Marriott Amex Offer: Spend $250, Get $50 at Canadian Hotels

 

We’re seeing a new Amex Offer for Marriott hotels nationwide that allows you to earn a $50 statement credit upon spending $250 on Marriott hotel stays within Canada until October 5, 2022.

Marriott Hotels in Canada: Spend $250, Get $50

The new Marriott Amex Offer requires manual registration before they will apply on your card.

You’ll get a $50 statement credit upon making a $250 purchase at a Marriott property in Canada.

If you were to make a purchase of exactly $250, you’d effectively unlock a 20% discount on your purchase via the $50 statement credit.

This offer has a registration cap of 40,000 cardholders, so be sure to log in to your Amex online dashboard to register now so you don’t miss out. 

The offer has shown up on a wide range of American Express products, like the Platinum Card and Aeroplan Reserve Card. Somewhat frustratingly, it’s not necessarily going to show up on your Marriott Bonvoy Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (which would otherwise provide the highest earning rate on Marriott purchases).

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 location-specific deals or money-saving tactics – as long as the bill is at least $250, you’ll get the $50 credit.

The Amex Offer is valid until October 5, 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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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. Reservations must be made online at www.marriott.com, via the Marriott Bonvoy™ App or by calling 1-888-236-2427. Click here for a list of participating properties. 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 or after 05/10/2022. 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 not differentiated 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 $250, Get $50” Marriott offer is also available for Scotiabank American Express cardholders to register via this link. 

This option is available to primary and supplementary cardholders of the Scotiabank American Express Card, Scotiabank Gold American Express Card, and Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card.

This gives you yet another option to multiply your savings under this promotion, especially as Scotiabank-issued Amex cards can be manually registered individually for the offer, whereas Amex-issued Amex cards cannot. 

Conclusion

American Express is now rolling out a new set of $50 statement credits on Marriott hotel stays of $250+ in Canada. 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 (or gift card purchases) before October 5, 2022.

24 Comments
  1. Euro Traveller YYZ

    I got the offer on my Business Edge card.

  2. 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?

    1. Euro Traveller YYZ

      I got a $400 Marriott gift card at a Marriott in Toronto and when I checked the balance online they had converted the amount to U.S. dollars. I will use it where they accept USD, as I don’t want to lose on the conversion a second time.

      1. Dino

        It is not correct. Your gift card is always in Canadian dollar. It just the webpage displays it as USD. You can check later and your balance should be changed based on the exchange rate. Do worry, the exchange rate is always good for Marriott GC. You can use it anywhere you want.

  3. May

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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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