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 secure meaningful discounts on Marriott hotel stays through the end of the year.
20% Back on Marriott Stays
There are three different Marriott Amex US Offers throughout the fall and winter, all of which will require manual registration before they apply on your card.
Spend $500, Get $100 on Luxury Brands
You’ll earn a $100 statement credit upon making a $500 purchase (all figures in USD) at Marriott’s luxury properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Eligible luxury brands include The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, EDITION, Luxury Collection, W Hotels, and JW Marriott.
This offer is valid through December 31, 2022.
This offer appears 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.
Spend $300, Get $60
You’ll earn a $60 statement credit upon making a $300 purchase at Marriott properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
This offer is valid through October 9, 2022.
Note that the following brands are excluded:
Excludes Marriott Vacation Club®, Marriott Grand Residence Club®, Design Hotels™, Protea Hotels®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Vistana Signature Network and Vistana Residence Network. Excludes gift card purchases.
This offer also appears to be targeted on a wide basis, so make sure to check your Amex Offers dashboard across all your cards.
Get 20% Back on Marriott Stays, Up to $50
You’ll earn 20% back in statement credits (up to $50) at Marriott properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
This offer is valid through October 13, 2022.
Like the offer listed above, the terms state the following:
Excludes Marriott Vacation Club®, Marriott Grand Residence Club®, Design Hotels™, Protea Hotels®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Vistana Signature Network and Vistana Residence Network.
This offer appears to be reserved for business credit cards only, so you’ll most likely find it on the Amex US Bonvoy Business Card.
All three offers effectively give you a 20% discount on your Marriott stays from now through their expiry dates. The offers work on cumulative purchases, so you can make a few separate cheaper hotel stays if you’d like.
The terms of all three offers state that enrollment is limited, so register as soon as possible to lock in your eligibility.
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, Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Bevy 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, say, a corporate code or the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, for further savings.
Remember that each offer’s expiry date refer to the transaction date of your hotel stay, so any hotel stay that ends by that date (excluding prepaid stays) should work.
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 fall and winter to maximize the statement credit, you can still show up to a local Marriott property that sells gift cards and purchase the right amount to meet each offer’s threshold.
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.
American Express US is offering a trio of discounts at Marriott hotels in Canada, the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Most Amex US cardholders should see these offers 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 for these Amex Offers on your dashboard before the limited enrollment runs out, and then start planning your Marriott hotel stays before the offers expire.