April 18th, 2012

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Although many of this week’s and last week’s Daily Getaways have been a little lackluster, today’s Marriott offers are actually pretty decent…that is, if you manage to get the full 20% discount by using an American Express card to purchase one.

Just as a reminder, Marriott is offering TravelCards at a discount in the following denominations:

The TravelCards come in the following packages:
-$50 Marriott TravelCard for $44. 150 available
-$100 Marriott TravelCard for $89.  290 available
-$250 Marriott TravelCard for $222.  452 available
-$500 Marriott TravelCard for $445.  201 available
-$1,000 Marriott TravelCard for $890. 50 available

No presales on these, so the offer will go live at 1:00 pm EDT. Because quantities are limited—especially in the case of the $1,000 TravelCard of which there are just 50, you should make sure you’re online right at 1:00 pm or you might miss out.

Marriott TravelCards can be redeemed for stays, meals, spa treatments and activities at participating properties. Basically anything charged to your hotel bill.

Now, in and of themselves, these offers aren’t so great at just about an 11% discount. The way to get true value out of them, however, is to use your Amex card to squeeze another 10% discount from them.

For instance, the $1,000 gift card can be had for $801 if you use an Amex card, and the $500 card can be bought for $400.50—so that amount to a 20% discount – not too shabby- especially since you earn points even when you pay with these gift cards! I’m not a Marriott guy, but if I was I’d be trying to get in on these, especially if you know you’ll be spending that money at their hotels anyway.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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