Limited time: Earn 8x Marriott points with new Eat Around Town dining rewards program

Oct 2, 2019

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Today is a good day for Marriott loyalists as the hotel company is launching “Eat Around Town,” a new dining rewards program similar to other Rewards Network dining programs like Delta SkyMiles Dining. When you register for an account and link a credit or debit card, then eat at a participating restaurant and pay with your card, you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy points for the meal. With this move, Marriott joins competitors Hilton Honors and IHG Rewards Club in offering a hassle-free way to double dip on rewards.

The program, which is available to U.S. residents, includes restaurants across the country. Once you’ve signed up and registered a card at EatAroundTown.Marriott.com, your rewards will be credited automatically whenever you dine at a participating restaurant. According to David Flueck, Senior Vice President of Global Loyalty, over 11,000 locations will be included.

Note that you can only register a specific card with one dining program. However, there’s no reason you can’t link different cards to other dining programs — for example, you could link your Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (4x points at U.S. restaurants) to Marriott’s Eat Around Town, and link the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on dining) or Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card (4% back on dining) to the American Airlines AAdvantage dining program (and so on).

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In celebration of the new program, Eat Around Town is offering Marriott members 8 points per dollar from Oct. 2nd to Nov. 11, 2019. Thereafter, Marriott Bonvoy elite members will continue to earn 6 points per dollar and regular members 4 points per dollar. That’s a pretty generous amount, as TPG values Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.8 cents/each, meaning you’ll net an 6.4% return on your first month with the program.

Combine this with cards that offer bonuses on dining out like the American Express® Gold Card (4x American Express Membership Rewards points at restaurants worldwide) or Citi Prestige® Card (5x Citi ThankYou points on dining) and you’ve got yourself a good deal.

Featured photo by Gene Sloan/The Points Guy.

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