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Running events at hotels (like weddings or corporate meetings) can be very lucrative for earning points. Not only do you get points that you normally earn on your credit card, but also you can earn bonuses from credit cards that offer extra points for hotel spending. There are also corporate meeting planner programs, which offer an additional bonus to meeting planners for bringing business to that hotel chain.

TPG reader Mike tweeted recently asking:

“If I pay for an event at a Marriott Hotel with an Chase Ink Card, will I receive the 2x points? Same goes with Sapphire Preferred.”

Generally, yes you will still earn 2 points per dollar using your Ink Bold/Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred card, as long as the event is billed by the hotel itself. There’s really no delineation between charges billed by a hotel, and it’s merchant code will trigger that 2x bonus.

Take note, however, that sometimes if you’re running an event at a restaurant within a hotel, it could be billed by the restaurant instead. Thus, I would recommend putting it on the Sapphire Preferred if possible, even though I know it’s a personal card versus a business card. Remember that if you’re grandfathered into the Sapphire Preferred and you got it before July 23, 2014, you also get the 7% annual dividend, which makes earning on the hotels (because it counts as 2x travel) more lucrative.

You can find Marriott Gift Cards at office supply stores and earn 5x with your Ink Card
You can find Marriott Gift Cards at office supply stores and earn 5x with your Ink Card

Another angle with the Ink Card is that some office supply stores sell Marriott gift cards, so you can get 5 points per dollar on the Ink Plus, Ink Bold and Ink Business Cash cards. That would be the most lucrative way to pay for your event with the gift card, and you should look into the meeting planner points as well.

Most importantly, make sure that you negotiate the best terms for yourself in the contract, and try to get as many points as possible.

If you have other questions, feel free to tweet me at @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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