American Express offers rewards for tweets, Discover runs contests on its Facebook page, Barclays comes out with a crowdsourced credit card – everyone is aboard the social media wagon these days and social media websites are the hottest place to have contests. Right now Marriott is running a contest through their ExecuStay® Facebook page, dangling the offer of 75,000 Marriott Rewards points just for “iking” their page. Facebook members simply click on the “like” tab and follow instructions to enter, up to once per day, now through May 31, 2012.
What can you do with 75,000 Marriott Rewards points? Marriot estimates the actual retail value of the points at about $940, enough for a few free nights at different Marriott properties – from 10 nights at a lower-end Marriott to two or three at one of their fancier properties. Sounds pretty good, right? But as we all know, winning a contest isn`t a very sure bet. If you want to spend a free night at the Marriott, how else can you do it?
Credit-Land Shows You the Way
The Marriott Rewards program is for people who stay at the Marriott frequently and want to earn points toward room upgrades, discounted stays, frequent flyer miles, car rentals, cruises, and more. You earn points by staying at the Marriott – but there is another way to earn points, without even setting foot in a Marriott. What`s that, you say? By using a rewards credit card, of course – helping you choose the best credit card is our job here at Credit-Land.com!
The Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase lets you earn Marriott Rewards points that you can use toward hotel stays, airline miles, and more. For every dollar you spend at a Marriott location – whether at an ExecuStay® branch, a Fairfield Inn, or even the Ritz-Carlton – you`ll earn three points toward your Marriott Rewards account. Everywhere else, you`ll earn one point per dollar. So while you`re filling up your gas tank or checking out at the grocery story, you can be putting points into your rewards account and saving up for a free hotel stay.
Piling Up the Points
There`s no limit to the amount of points you can earn, and the points never expire. Do you spend $8,500 on groceries each year, like the typical American family? There`s 8,500 points for you, if you always pay for groceries with your Marriott card. Do you pay $5,000 for gas every year? Use your card and add another 5,000 points to your rewards
A free night at the Marriott costs anywhere from 7,500 points to 40,000 points, depending on the brand and category of hotel where you want to stay. With a reward balance of 13,500, you`ll have your pick of places.
Sweetening the Deal
But wait – it`s even better than that. I forgot to mention the 30,000 bonus points you get just for using your card the first time. Oh, and also the certificate for two free nights at certain Marriott hotel categories.
With 43,500 points, plus two free nights, you can spend an entire week at a Marriott, for free. Who needs to win a Facebook contest?
Here`s the fine print:
- APR on purchases and balance transfers is 14.24%
- Annual fee is $45, but waived for the first year
- The foreign transaction fee is 3% of each transaction, in US dollars
So go ahead and click “like” on Marriott`s ExecuStay® Facebook page, in case you get lucky, but after that, come back to Credit-Land.com and click on “apply” for the Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase. With this card, you are a guaranteed winner.