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Marriott hotels in Thailand selling gift certificates with up to 50% bonus

From now till 15 June 2020, get up to a 50% bonus on gift certificates for Marriott hotels in Thailand. The catch? Valid till December 2020.

There’s a positive deluge of hotel deals coming through now, as properties try to entice visitors to return as soon as travel restrictions are lifted. 

Marriott hotels in Thailand have now launched an offer of their own. From now till 15 June 2020, selected properties are offering up to a 50% bonus on gift certificates. This includes some pretty aspirational ones like the Vana Belle Koh Samui and the Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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All hotels are selling the same three denominations:

  • Pay THB 1,000 for a THB 1,250 voucher (25% bonus)
  • Pay THB 3,000 for a THB 4,050 voucher (35% bonus)
  • Pay THB 10,000 for a THB 15,000 voucher (50% bonus)
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The catch is that the most vouchers must be used by 30 December 2020. There are a handful (see below) that have validity up till June 2021, but otherwise this should give people reason to pause. 

It’s still unclear when leisure travel will become possible, and even if Thailand lifts their ban on foreign visitors (which I think they will ASAP, because they’re so dependent on tourism), that counts for very little if you’ll have to do a 14-day stay-home when you return to Singapore. 

JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa

Each property has their own T&Cs, so be sure to navigate to the relevant hotel’s landing page and read them before you buy. In general, the vouchers can be used for any room charges, dining, or spa expenses. The entire voucher must be used in a single stay, and leftover value will be wasted. 

Which Marriott properties are participating?

In the table below I’ve listed the participating properties and voucher validity date. Do note that additional blackout dates may apply within the validity period (e.g the Vana Belle blacks out 29 and 30 December), so once again, check the T&Cs before you buy. 

Property Dates
Aloft Bangkok- Sukhumvit 11 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok 1 Jun- 30 Dec 20
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit 15 1 Jul- 30 Dec 20
Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort 1 Oct 20- 31 Mar 21
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa 16 May-30 Dec 20
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok 16 May- 30 Dec 20
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa 1 Aug- 30 Dec 20
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Le Meridien Bangkok 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Le Meridien Chiang Mai 16 May 20- 30 Jun 21
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort 16 May 20- 30 Jun 21
Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort 1 Jul- 24 Dec 20
Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Mayfair Bangkok- Marriott Executive Apartments 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa 1 Jul- 18 Dec 20
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 1 Jul- 30 Dec 20
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
Sheraton Samui Resort & Spa 16 May- 30 Dec 20
The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok 16 May-30 Dec 20
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket 1 Jun- 30 Dec 20
The St. Regis Bangkok 1 Jul-23 Dec 20
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit 16 May- 31 Dec 20
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui 16 May- 30 Dec 20
W Bangkok 16 May-30 Dec 20
Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket 1 Jul- 30 Dec 20
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As mentioned, the vast majority of these are valid until 30 December 2020, but at least the Le Meridien Chiang Mai and Le Meridien Chiang Rai are offering validity till June 2021. 

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It’s worth doing a little additional research before pulling the trigger – a week ago, the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong was selling vouchers at 50% off (better than 50% bonus) which were valid till April 2021. Before you buy a particular voucher, you might want to visit the hotel’s Facebook page and see if they’ve got a better offer. 

What card to use?

Athenee Hotel Bangkok
The Athenee Hotel Bangkok

These transactions will be processed online in foreign currency, but I’m not sure whether they will code as hotel expenditure (which is good for some cards like the DBS Altitude, and bad for others like the Citi Rewards). Therefore, I’d recommend the following cards:

  Earn Rate Remarks
UOB Visa Signature
Apply here
4 mpd Min FCY spend of S$1K per s. month, cap at S$2K per s. month
DBS Woman’s World Card
Apply here
4 mpd Cap S$2K per c. month
SCB X Card
Apply here
3 mpd Until 30 Jun 20. Min spend S$2K per c. month
SCB Visa Infinite
3 mpd Min spend S$2K per s. month
BOC Elite Miles 
3 mpd Until 15 Jun 20
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

Conclusion

A 50% bonus is mighty tempting, but the wild card, as always, is not knowing when travel will once again be possible. If you’re comfortable with taking that risk, then this could be a great way to save on a future vacation. 

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Will you be taking the plunge?

(HT: Loyalty Lobby)

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Jatin Grover

Hi Aaron, what about OCBC N90 card for this purchase? Will I get 8mpd on this? Thanks.

Jason Lim

Hi Jatin Grover, the promotion for the 8mpd for OCBC N90 card ended on 29 Feb 2020.

skywords

Hmmm. Was bracing for something bigger from the Marriott. They need liquidity fast so something along the lines of what Banyan Tree did (even if the discounts were lower) would be a bit more exciting. I’ve got loads of points but still would have gone in for a sale. Will be watching to see how it plays out with all the uncertainty.

tim tan

Hi aaron, are you sure the certificate can be used at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay?

Lifshitz

Where is the top picture from? Looks a bit like Pranburi but we never got such a bathtub….

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