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Marriott Amex Offers: Up to 29% Discount at Canadian Hotels

 

The good times from American Express just keep on rolling. 

Following on from yesterday’s Discover Canada Amex Offers, we’re now seeing a new Amex Offer for Marriott hotels nationwide that allows you to earn up to a 29% discount on Marriott hotel stays within Canada until October 31, 2021.

Stack the two offers, and you’re potentially looking at a stunning 43% discount on your domestic hotel stays this summer – repeatable on as many eligible American Express accounts as you have in your household.

Marriott Hotels in Canada: Earn a 25–29% Discount

There are two new Marriott Amex Offers circulating this morning; both require manual registration before they will apply on your card.

Spend $350, Get $100

The first is for a $100 statement credit upon making a $350 purchase at a Marriott property in Canada.

If you were to make a purchase of exactly $350, you’d effectively unlock a 29% discount on your purchase via the $100 statement credit. 

This offer has a registration cap of 15,000 cardholders, so make sure to register as soon as possible to lock in your eligibility. 

Spend $200, Get $50

The other Amex Offer gives you a $50 statement credit upon making a $200 purchase at a Marriott property in Canada.

If you were to make a purchase of exactly $200, you’d effectively unlock a 25% discount on your purchase via the $50 statement credit.

This offer has a registration cap of 20,000 cardholders, so again, log in to your Amex online dashboard to register now so you don’t miss out. 

While yesterday’s Discover Canada Amex Offers appear to be targeted (i.e., some users received it on their online accounts, while others did not), the Marriott offers seem to be available to anyone who’s eligible for Amex Offers.

In fact, if you have more than one American Express credit card on your online account, it’s fairly likely that you’ll end up receiving both the $50 credit and the $100 credit across two of your accounts. The “$100 off $350” credit in particular appears to be more common on premium travel credit cards like the Platinum Card or Aeroplan Reserve Card.

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 $200 or $350, you’ll get the $50 or $100 credits, respectively.

Both Marriott Amex Offers are valid until October 31, 2021. 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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Stack with the Discover Canada Amex Offer

If you’ve been lucky enough to receive the Discover Canada and Marriott Amex Offers on the same card, then the two sets of statement credits should both kick in when you make an eligible hotel purchase or cumulative purchases of $250 or more. 

(Historically, Amex Offers that take the form of a statement credit have proven to be applicable on a single purchase. I’m sure we’ll receive final confirmation of whether or not these credits will stack with each other very shortly, at which time we’ll update this section with that confirmation.)

If you stayed at a hotel in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec this summer and charged $250–350 in hotel purchases to your offer-laden American Express card, you could earn:

  • Two $50 statement credits on a $250 purchase, for a total discount of $100 or 40%
  • $50 and $100 statement credits on a $350 purchase, for a total discount of $150 or 43%

Summer travel in Canada at a 40%+ discount, ladies and gentlemen – it doesn’t get much better than that. Indeed, I’m personally very much looking forward to cashing out these credits when I embark on a few quick trips across Canada this summer. 

The Fine Print

The most relevant part of the terms and conditions is as follows:

Offer valid only at participating Marriott Bonvoy™ properties in Canada … Offer valid on room rate and room charges only. Online gift card purchases are excluded. All other purchases are excluded. Offer not valid for stays that are paid for before registration of your eligible Card in the offer and after 31/10/2021. Excludes EDITION®, The Luxury Collection®, Bulgari®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Protea Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Moxy® Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International™, Marriott Executive Apartments®, and Vistana™

As you can see, there’s quite a number of excluded brands, although their collective footprint in Canada is quite limited. But it’s something to take note of in case you were considering staying at, say, the AC Hotel Montreal Downtown. 

While the terms say that the offer applies to the “room rate and room charges only”, 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 in Canada this summer and fall to maximize your statement credits, you can nevertheless show up to a local Marriott property that sells gift cards and unlock an effective discount on future Marriott stays.

For those of you who play the game in two-player mode or more, note that most Marriott hotels require that you pay with a credit card that’s in your own name. 

I had run afoul of this at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver a while back, when I tried to split $1,000+ in gift card purchases across multiple individuals’ cards; the hotel had even swiped one of the cards that wasn’t in my name before asking that the purchase be refunded (although the statement credit still remained on the account). 

Scotia Gold Amex Cardholders Can Register Too

As we’ve seen on previous Amex Offers, the “Spend $200, Get $50” Marriott offer is also available for Scotiabank Gold American Express primary and supplementary cardholders to register via this link. 

(Unfortunately, the “Spend $350, Get $100” offer doesn’t appear to be available for manual registration.)

This gives you yet another option to scale up your savings under this promotion, especially as the Scotia Gold Amex is currently offering a record-high welcome bonus worth $500 all on its own.

Conclusion

Coinciding with yesterday’s quartet of $50 statement credits at Canadian hotels, American Express is now rolling out a new set of $50 or $100 statement credits on Marriott hotel stays in Canada. Equipped with your trusty American Express cards, you’re looking at some very powerful discounts on your summer domestic travel. 

All current cardholders should see at least one of 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. 

Don’t forget to register on your Amex Offers dashboard before the maximum number of registrations is hit, and then start planning your Marriott hotel stays before October 31, 2021. 

 
21 Comments
  1. Zach

    I asked this earlier and hoping for a response based on a data point. I have a stay booked in Europe in August and would love to pick up the gift card here and get this offer (my local Courtyard sells them). The gift cards you buy at the desk (from what I understand) are in Canadian Dollars.

    The spoke to the hotel and they said they accept Marriott Gift Cards – is it safe to assume I won’t run into any issues that its CDN funds and not US funds? The hotel itself doesn’t seem to know as they said they’ve only ever seen US$ gift cards. I would hope it would simply be a matter of applying the FX rate?

  2. May

    Is there a link to register for the $350, get $100 credit?
    Thanks

  3. Jay

    I bought a Marriot Gift Card from the front desk of Marriot Pinnacle Vancouver and it successfully triggered $50 Bonvoy Credit and $50 Discover British Columbia credit. So it’s confirmed now that both offer stacks 😃

    1. Zach

      Thanks for the update Jay! BTW – does anyone know if Canadian gift cards can be used at Marriott properties outside of Canada?

      1. Jay

        Marriott Gift Cards can be used Globally (except India) but can’t be used at their selected brands: Bvlgari Hotels, Design Hotels™, Homes & Villas by Marriott International Marriott™, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club®.

        1. Zach

          Perfect! So I assume the hotel just applies an FX charge as the funds are in Canadian $.

    2. Sandy

      Thanks for confirming! Gonna purchase the gift card now from my local Courtyard by Marriott.

    3. Xi'an Reda

      Nicely done boss. Good update!!

  4. Xi'an Reda

    Hey Ricky,
    I see that you explicitly mention that prepaid booking won’t trigger the credit. I was planning to call in some properties and prepay some stays for the family. How would Amex know if the transaction is for a current stay or prepaid stay?

    1. J

      I think he means stay needs to be completed by Oct 15, or If the stay is beyond October 15th but if it is prepaid, it should work.

  5. andrew

    You can buy gift cards online at Marriott’s website. Do you think that would work as well as buying a gift card at the front desk of a specific property?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Like CSP said, online gift cards are explicitly excluded in the T&C and historically haven’t triggered the credit.

    2. jovin

      It explicitly states in the T&C that online gift cards are ineligible. That’s why the recommendation is to go to the front desk, which is more nebulous in how the charge would appear.

  6. Ben L

    Can we book gift cards over the phone from hotel by calling the front desk?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Most hotels require you to be physically present to swipe your credit card.

  7. Adam

    Would this stack withAmex’s $200 travel credit on the plat?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Not directly. To use the $200 travel credit, you typically have to pre-pay for the hotel via Amex Travel, rather than paying at the hotel upon checkout to use the Amex Offer. You could use the $200 travel credit to pay for the room and then use the Amex Offer on incidentals, or redeem the two credits towards separate hotel nights.

  8. cennis

    Does this really stack with the 20,000 AP offer as implied in the article? It seems that booking through the Aeroplan portal requires prepayment – which would not be a payment directly to Marriott Bonvoy, which should not trigger the $50/$100 statement credit.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yeah this was my oversight as it wouldn’t stack directly since the Vancouver promotion is prepaid. I’ll go ahead and fix that.

  9. John

    How would you combine with the BC aeroplan offer, since that would be aeroplan and not BC. You mean bill three nights vis Aeroplan then extend your stay with a marriott cash booking for $350?

    1. Ricky YVR

      It wouldn’t stack directly as the Vancouver promotion is prepaid as you’ve pointed out. Instead, you could apply the Amex Offer to room incidentals or further nights.

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