Ric over at Loyalty Traveler made an interesting post Monday about how Marriott is running a promotion with Southwest Airlines right now where you can purchase Marriott hotel Gift Cards for amounts of $100, $250, and $500 and earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points for each purchase.
The promotion runs from now until November 30, 2012.
- $100 Marriott Gift Card gets you 1,200 Rapid Rewards points
- $250 Marriott Gift Card gets you 3,000 Rapid Rewards points
- $500 Marriott Gift Card gets you 6,000 Rapid Rewards points
The limit of Rapid Rewards points bonus is up to 12,000 per Rapid Rewards account. With Rapid Rewards points valued at approximately 1.6 cents per point (or 60 points to the dollar), 1,200 points is worth about $20 USD, which translates to about a 20% discount/cashback reward off the gift card.
If you frequent the Marriott chain or have plans on traveling in the near future, this is a perfect opportunity for you to stock up on some gift cards that you would have used later anyway, and at the same time score some Southwest points too. And if you use those gift cards during a sale or hotel promotion, you’ll be leveraging your money even further!
Here’s the direct link for the promotion and how you can buy these gift cards. (Full terms available on the website as well.)