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The largest (and my personal favourite) hotel chain, Marriott International has just launched a few different promotions including 20% off Marriott Bonvoy gift cards. This is an amazing deal but since it applies to USD, you need to factor in the 2.5% exchange fee that most credit cards charge unless you have one of the best no foreign transaction fee credit cards in Canada.

COVID-19 is still a very serious concern in the world, but these promos are very flexible and Marriott has one of the best refund/cancellation policies out there when it comes to hotel stays. I personally think this deal is even better than using your Marriott Bonvoy points for free nights. 

Marriott summer promotions

  • From May 11 – 17, get a 20% USD discount on Marriott Bonvoy Gift Cards
  • On May 18 and 19 only, get 10% off Homes and Villas by Marriott International (HVMI) stays.
  • From May 18 0 June 30, get a 60% bonus on purchased points toward free nights. You can also gift points with the bonus.

Flexibility

  • No blackout dates for Marriott Bonvoy Gift Cards.
  • Marriott’s regular cancelation policy applies so you can cancel any reservations made before June 30 up to 24 hours prior to arrival including pre-paid stays.
  • If you book between May 4 – August 31, 2020, HVMI guests may cancel up to 10 days before arrival to receive a full refund. That said, a $75 credit card processing fee still applies.

Get up to 25.5% off by stacking promos

If you pay with your American Express Platinum Card you could actually get up to 25.5% off thanks to the double points and rewards promotion. With the American Express Platinum Card, you earn 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent. Thanks to the promo, that’s 4 points per $1 spent. The promo also doubles the value of your statement credits. That means travel purchases are worth up to 8%.

When you combine that with the Marriott Bonvoy Gift Cards USD promo and subtract the foreign transaction fee of 2.5%, you end up with about 25.5% in total savings.

Additional ways to save

If you don’t have the American Express Platinum Card, there are still a few other ways to save.

Final thoughts

This is one of the best hotel promotions I have ever seen and there’s even more potential value since you can stack this offer with other promotions going on. I plan on buying quite a few gift cards and using them whenever it doesn’t make sense to use my Marriott Bonvoy points.

20% off Marriott Bonvoy Gift Cards
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Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

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