Up to 12,000 Southwest Points With Marriott Gift Card Purchases

by on August 28, 2012 · 21 comments

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From now until November 30, 2012 Southwest is offering bonus points for buying Marriott gift cards. A $500 gift card nets 6,000 Southwest points and you can buy up to $1,000 in gift cards through this promotion for a maximum bonus of 12,000 points per account. This is the same promotion they ran last year and is a great way to bank some Southwest points if you have some upcoming Marriott stays or plan to spend money at a Marriott spa/restaurant/shop in the future.
I like this promotion because the gift cards are sold by Marriott, so you earn points as if it were a Marriott purchase (5 points per dollar when using the Chase Marriott Premier card, 3x on the regular Marriott Rewards card) and you earn points when you redeem the gift cards to pay for hotel stays the same as if you paid cash for the stay. Unfortunately, I do not believe these points count towards Companion Pass Qualification, but if anyone has experience to the contrary, please comment below.

12,000 Southwest points can be redeemed for $200 in Wanna Get Away fares – so if you are going to spend $1,000 at a Marriott in the future, you might as well bank these Southwest points.

These gift cards will get physically mailed to you and you need to pay shipping & handling: $1 for USPS First Class (5-9 business days) and $8.50 for Express (2-3 days).

“The Marriott Gift Card can be used for all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room folio. If you are not a registered hotel guest and are planning to use this card at a spa, restaurant, retail store, or other outlet, please confirm in advance that the Marriott Gift Card is accepted. The Marriott Gift Card cannot be used to guarantee a room reservation, but may be used as payment at check-out. Gift Card purchases earning Rapid Rewards Points are not eligible for return or refund. This is a limited time, limited inventory offer. Marriott Rewards points will not be earned with the purchase of the gift cards. Shipping and handling fees apply. $1 shipping option available to U.S. addresses only for orders less than $1,000 USD.

Purchaser’s name must match Rapid Rewards account number to receive eligible points. Please allow four to six weeks after purchase for points to appear in your account. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply. All Marriott Rewards rules and regulations apply.”

Marriott Gift Card Details:
Marriott GiftCards may be used at participating JW Marriott®, EDITION℠, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC by Marriott℠, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard® by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott, SpringHill Suites® by Marriott, Residence Inn® by Marriott, TownePlace Suites® by Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club℠ and participating hotel outlets: retail, spa, golf and food and beverage. Card carries no value until activated. Card is a prepaid card, not a credit card or debit card, and is the property of and issued by MI Fulfillment Services, LLC. There is no expiration date for card. Card is not redeemable for cash, in any amount except when otherwise required by applicable law. Card becomes inactive upon use of all card value. Card may not be used for deposit, advance purchase or to secure or confirm a reservation. Each transaction will be debited against card balance, if transaction exceeds balance, user must pay the difference. Lost, stolen or damaged cards will be replaced only if previously registered. Value of replaced card will equal balance on card at the time it was reported lost, stolen or damaged. To check card balance, go to or call +1 800.442.6132. For questions, please contact the Customer Service Team at (801) 468-4167 or via email at [email protected].

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  • Jim Williams

    And you still get Marriott Rewards for the dollars spent, right? That’s like triple dipping! Or more.

  • Paul Telford

    Good deal, in for $1000 as Marriott is my most frequently used hotel chain. I should get 5k points from the Chase card, plus 10k points when redeemed (10 per dollar spent), plus the 12k Southwest points if I’m reading the details correctly. That’s about a $350 combined value.

  • Henry82

    Would this count as a Travel purchase to Chase Sapphire Preferred? Thinking of the 2X UR points.

  • MSPLee

    Can you buy 12 – $100 and still get 12,000 points? Also does the entire purchase have to happen once or can a person buy $500 today and another $500 before the promo expires?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- you can buy 10 different $100 GCs and you will get 1,200 bonus points each. You can buy in different time periods as long as its befor November 30.

  • thepointsguy

    I’d imagine so, but I’m not 100% sure. Maybe try a small $100 purchase to see how it posts before buying the max? Report back if you do

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. its a nice bonus if you were going to spend money at Marriott anyway

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  • Janet

    I would like to use these gift cards in Canada, do you have any idea how big a hit I will take on the currency conversion? I don’t believe the CAD version of these can be bought online.

  • Eugene

    I used my USD denominated Marriott gift cards in Amsterdam. Surprisingly the exchange was better than what Chase Sapphire gave me on a remaining portion of my hotel bill. I don’t know now if this is universally applicable though.

  • BeckleL

    Shipping is $19.95 to Canada… Talk about a rip-off. $20 to ship a small gift card?

  • thepointsguy

    Agreed- ridiculous

  • Jgcgtravel

    Looking forward to hearing for sure if this will count toward companion pass… If so, there’s your needed spending right there!

  • mleblancjr

    A service rep at Marriott said that Marriott gift cards were not able to be used to pay for discounted rate rooms (corporate discount), and that instead one would be charged full room rate. Has anyone had any experience in the past using gift cards to pay for discounted rooms?

  • thepointsguy

    That isn’t in the T&C and I haven’t heard anything like that before

  • Jon

    Marriott offers several types of what we would all call “gift cards”. The restricted cards are typically branded as “TravelCard” or “VacationCard”. They cannot be used for discounted rates (including the AAA rate). However, this Southwest promo clearly states that you will receive the “GiftCard” brand card, which has no restrictions.

    You should be fine with this promo.

  • Jon

    Perhaps you could ship the card to a US-based friend or relative, and have them send it to you?

  • Ran Zhang

    “Marriott Rewards points will not be earned with the purchase of the GiftCards.” omg, it says I wont receive the Marriott Reward Points… What are your reply based on?

  • addicted

    If we purchase the gift card using chase freedom card after october , will the purchase come under 5% cash back ? If yes it will be another 5000 UR points which can be transferred to Southwest ..that makes 17,000 points for $1000 gift card

  • Jenna

    If I buy these Marriott gift cards using my Chase Freedom card, would they count toward fulfilling Chase Freedom’s 5% Cash Back for next quarter (Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2012)? Please let me know. Thanks!

  • MissMiles

    Technically you could get 7x UR points right? Bc it’s 2x UR points when clicking on Marriott from the UR shopping portal. Then if using the freedom card starting oct 1st that’s 5x UR points. Does anyone know if the gift cards will qualify for the 5x UR bonus category?

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