Instant Redemption vs Marriott Gift Cards

Discussion created by vaboywnder on Jul 10, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 6, 2013 by bonzaiflyer

When Marriott first came out with the Instant Redemption program I was not very receptive to the idea because it seemed to be a bad use of points.  At the time the program was announced Marriott Rewards Members were able to redeem less points for Gift Cards equal in value.  Of course the best use of points is for hotel stays but then the Marriott Rewards member does not receive the Elite nights credits for doing so.  In the past when I was in need of additional Elite night credits I would use points for Marriott Gift Cards to help pay for leisure stays.  Now it has come to my attention that Instant Redemption you can use less points for amounts of $200 and higher in comparison to the Gift Card options.  Also when Instant Redemption is used you are still able to get Elite night credits for your stay and you don't have to wait for a gift card to arrive in the mail.  Below is a list of points required for both Instant Redemption and Marriott Gift Cards.

Instant Redemption:  

Value                    Points Required

$5                             2,500

$20                           9,000    

$50                          20,000

$100                        35,000

$200                        59,000

$500                      100,000

$1000                    190,000



Marriott Gift Cards: 

Value                   Points Required

$50                       17,500

$100                     30,000

$200                     60,000

$500                    130,000

$1000                  255,000;jsessionid=b839411d4104533e21b38ccef932.enyouserewards?c=102825441