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Paying for stay with gift card + points

Question asked by brad0247 on Jan 24, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 27, 2016 by gk17

I am wondering if it is possible to pay for a 2-night stay using an e-certificate for the first night and a combination of a Marriott Gift Card and points for the second night.



Hotel: Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown

Category: 5

Room: Studio, 1 King

Rate: $249/night

Dates: July 15-17, 2016

Guests: 2


I would apply my e-certificate for a category 1-5 hotel for the first night, Friday, July 15. Then, I could apply my Marriott gift card balance of $119 to the cost of the second night, Saturday, July 16. Using points, I would pay the remaining balance of around $130.


Is this possible? If so, how many points would be deducted from my account for the equivalent of approximately $130?


If this is not possible, what options do I have that would accomplish something similar?


Can I use my e-certificate for the first night and pay with cash for the second when booking then upon check-in, show my Marriott gift card to the front desk and have the amount of the gift card credited back to my credit card? And then can I decide to cash in points for that charge to my credit card?


Finally, would I earn points for this stay? Under what conditions?


I am a Platinum Elite member -- would I earn elite night credit?