If you have a Marriott stay coming up that you are not using points this offer is for you.  Buy Marriott GiftCards to cover the cost of your stay and earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points.  You can use your Marriott Rewards Premier Card to buy the Marriott GiftCard and double dip; Marriott points and Southwest points.  How about that!  Love it! 

Now through November 30, 2012, you can earn up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards Points!

  • $100 Marrott GiftCard = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points
  • $250 Marriott GiftCard = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points
  • $500 Marriott GiftCard = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points

Marriott GiftCard Offer 

Marriott GiftCards do not expire and may be used at over 3,700 locations worldwide, including participating JW Marriott®, EDITION℠, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard® by Marriott, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott, SpringHill Suites® by Marriott, Residence Inn® by Marriott, TownePlace Suites® by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation Club℠.

If you don’t currently have the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card then you should.  It currently has a great 50,000 point sign up bonus, plus 1 free night stay (Category 1 -4) after approval.  No annual fee for the first year!

I got my Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card last year and I’m enjoying my points right now as you read this post.  I redeemed Marriott points I earned from my bonus for 5 nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, New Bedford, Massachusetts.  I used only 60,000 points for a 5 night stay.  With Marriott you can redeem points for 4 nights and the 5th night is always free.  This is a Category 4 property and nightly rates start at $229.  It’s not the Hilton or the Hyatt but good enough for my family.  Can’t beat free accommodations!  

Great central location to all the sites we want to visit in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  We can walk to the pier to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  Only 45 minutes to Plymouth to see the Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower II.  Flax Pond Farms where we will take a Cranberry Bog tour is only 36 minutes away.  Heading the other direction to Providence, Rhode Island is only 30 minutes as well and a little bit farther down to the seaside town of Newport, RI.

So I combined these points with some Priority Club points and made a real nice family vacation out of my sign up bonus!  I’m all about stretching the points for more vacation time.  Marriott free nights start at only 7,500 points for Category 1.  Check out the rewards chart below.

So my recommendation for families is to pick a fun destination and stretch these points as far as you can. 

If you are going to pay for Marriott nights coming up, buy the Marriott GiftCard through this promo and earn the extra points.  And secondly, if you don’t have the Marriott Rewards Premier Card grab it and enjoy a free accommodations for your next family vacation.  Thank you Chase!  I love all my Chase cards and the benefits they offer me.  I still say that I’n in love the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card because of the power of the Ultimate Rewards program.  Don’t know about Ultimate Rewards machine, read more here.  It’s my in-the-wallet card!


  1. is it possible to accumulate united airlines miles by purchaseing gift cards to give away at christmas? Glad you enjoyed your trip arrived home safely!

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