NOTE: The gift cards are sold out. But it is possible to buy Marriott gift cards on eBay and elsewhere, just not at a 20 percent discount. So keep your eyes peeled!
I've posted several times that I think the Marriott Rewards program is one of the best for casual travelers. Their first quarter Megabonus offer provides most casual travelers with a free room night for every two stays, up to three free nights (the offer is personalized, but most receive the stay-two-get-one offer).
The free room certificates are only good for a Catagory 1-4 hotel, so in New Orleans for example you can use your certificate at the Courtyard or Springhill Suites but not the full Marriotts. That's good enough for us.
Jinny and I have used some of the certificates, and have yet to use one on a hotel with a rate of less than $150. So they have real value. There are plenty of Fairfield Inns out there with rates under $100, so essentially this offer allows one to purchase three one-night stays for $66. Given the inflation in hotel rates, that's a great deal.
For today only, eBay is offering $50 Marriott gift cards for $40. So a room normally costing $100 can be had for $80. So three hotel nights can be had for $160, or $53.33 each, and the night purchased with the free night certificate can almost always work out to be a decent hotel with a rate of over $150. So $160 gets you $360 or more worth of hotel stays.
Now the math doesn't always work out perfectly, but this is as good as it gets. So if you have any travel planned in the next few months, go ahead and get a few of these gift cards today, AND TODAY ONLY.
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