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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 gifts.marriott.com or call +1 800.442.6132. For questions, please contact the Customer Service Team at (801) 468-4167 or via email at Gifts@marriott.com.