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Marriott Amex US Offer: 20% Discount at North American Hotels

 

There’s a couple of new Amex Offer on the US-issued American Express cards that applies to Marriott hotels across North America, including here in Canada.

For those of us who have gotten into US credit cards, this is an easy opportunity to earn a 20% discount – in the form of a $50 or $100 statement credit on $250 or $500 in purchases, respectively (all figures in USD) – on Marriott hotel stays until June 30, 2022.

Marriott Hotels in North America: Spend $250, Get $50

The new Marriott Amex US Offers will require manual registration before they apply on your card.

You’ll earn a $50 statement credit upon making a $250 purchase at Marriott property, excluding luxury brands, in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The terms of this offer exclude several Marriott brands, many of which are instead included in the other concurrent offer for luxury brands:

Excludes The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club, Design Hotels, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, and Vistana. 

If you were to make a purchase or purchases totalling exactly $250, you’d effectively unlock a 20% discount via the $50 statement credit. The offer works on cumulative purchases, so you can make a few separate cheaper hotel stays if you’d like.

Marriott Luxury Hotels in North America: Spend $500, Get $100

As part of a separate offer, you’ll earn a $100 statement credit upon making a $500 purchase at Marriott luxury properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Again, if you were to make a purchase or purchases at these specific Marriott brands totalling exactly $500, you’d get a 20% discount via the $100 statement credit. You can combine multiple cheaper stays across different brands to reach the $500 total. 

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The terms of both offers do state that enrollment is limited, so register as soon as possible to lock in your eligibility. 

The offers appear to be somewhat targeted, but on a very wide basis, so make sure to check your Amex Offers across all your US-issued American Express cards. 

With Amex US, if you have more than one card to your name, it’s fairly likely that you’ll end up receiving an Amex Offer across multiple accounts at first.

However, once you add an offer to one of your accounts, it’s typically no longer eligible to be added to other accounts. That means you should be careful about which card you add the offer to.

Ideally, you’ll be able to add the offer to your Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card or Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, as these cards earn the highest possible return of 6x Bonvoy points when spending at Marriott hotels. 

Because the credit is applied on the Amex side, the discount will kick in based on the final amount charged by the Marriott hotel. That means you can combine it with other ongoing hotel promotions or money-saving tactics – as long as the bill is at least $250 or $500, you’ll get the $50 or $100 credits, respectively.

These Marriott Amex US Offers are valid until June 30, 2022. As usual, this refers to the transaction date of your hotel stay, so any hotel stay that ends by that date (excluding prepaid stays) should work. 

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Does Buying Gift Cards Work?

While the terms say otherwise, historically these Marriott offers have also worked with general-purpose Marriott gift cards purchased from a hotel’s front desk, as the purchases are undifferentiated from regular hotel room and incidental charges.

Therefore, even if you don’t plan on staying at enough Marriott hotels this spring and summer to maximize the statement credit, you can still show up to a local Marriott property that sells gift cards and unlock an effective discount on future Marriott stays.

In fact, this strategy would combine well with the $300 Marriott credit per membership year on the Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card.

You could simply show up at a hotel near you before the March 31 deadline and purchase $300 in Marriott gift cards, unlocking the $300 annual credit and the $50 statement credit in one fell swoop. You’d then be able to use the gift cards towards a future stay after the promotion period has ended.

For those of you who play the game in two-player mode or more, just be aware that most Marriott hotels require that you pay with a credit card that’s in your own name; this is something I had fallen afoul of before when trying to split $1,000+ in gift card purchases across multiple individuals’ cards.

Conclusion

American Express US is offering a new set of $50 or $100 statement credits on $250 or $500 purchases at Marriott’s mid-range and luxury brands, respectively, in Canada, the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Hopefully it won’t be long until we see Amex Canada follow suit with a similar offer for this season.

Most Amex US cardholders should see this offer on their accounts, as long as you’ve held your card for a few weeks and have started seeing Amex Offers roll in.

Be careful about which card you choose to register the card on. Ideally, you’d add it to one of your Marriott co-branded cards to earn the most Bonvoy points and stack with any annual credits on the card. 

Don’t forget to register on your Amex US Offers dashboard before the limited enrollment runs out, and then start planning your Marriott hotel stays before June 30, 2022.

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