Marriott hotel brands are offering a Visa Gift Card for Friday and Saturday night stays at 2,300 participating Marriott brand hotels in the US and Canada when you pay with any Visa credit card. Offer is valid for weekend stays from February 11 to April 18, 2010. Hotel stays must be booked by April 4, 2010.
Earn $25 per night (only Friday and Saturday nights qualify for credit) for stays at Marriott, J.W. Marriott and Renaissance Hotels. A maximum $50 Visa gift card may be earned regardless of length of stay.
Earn $15 per night for Friday and Saturday night stays at all other Marriott brands: Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, and TownePlace Suites. $30 maximum Visa gift card value per stay.
Fine print says guest must reserve NAP promotion code to receive offer. My check of San Francisco hotels showed this rate as the lowest rate in the default search without entering any promotion codes. The gift card rate showed up without breakfast (Feb 26, $99), or for $20 more breakfast included at the Courtyard San Francisco (Feb 26, $119). This is essentially $5 to receive breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant after the gift card rebate. Sounds like a great deal.
You will receive a coupon code at the hotel and within 30 days you must register online for the Visa gift card.
I just saw this post on FlyerTalk from Marriott Concierge stating hotel category shifts are happening on March 8, 2010. Approximately 350 hotels will drop a category and about 300 will increase a category. The good news is the hotel changes for Category 6 to 8 previewed in this post show more high end hotels are dropping than are increasing.