Marriott offers big dining savings promotion

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Marriott is running an interesting dining promotion through July 31. Marriott Bonvoy members who have not yet joined the hotel’s Eat Around Town program can earn up to 6,000 bonus Bonvoy points.

Eat Around Town is a dining rewards program linked to the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. If you want to participate, you need to sign up and link your Marriott Bonvoy membership number with at least one credit or debit card. Next, explore their list of 11,000-plus participating restaurants.

When you make a purchase from an eligible establishment and pay with your linked card, you get bonus Marriott points. Marriott Bonvoy Elite members and Marriott credit cardholders normally earn 6 points per dollar they spend. Other members get 4 points per dollar. The current promotion allows new Eat Around Town members to earn even more points on top of that.

To earn the full 6,000 bonus points:

  • Create a login and link a valid credit or debit card between Feb. 22 and July 31, 2021.
  • Opt in to Eat Around Town emails with a valid, deliverable email address and remain enrolled through the promotional period.
  • Spend at least $30 (including tax and tip) in a single transaction at any participating restaurant, bar or club within 60 days of signing up. Pay with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Submit a review of the restaurant, bar or club on the Eat Around Town website within 30 days of your visit.

You’ll get 1,000 bonus Bonvoy points the first time you make a $30-plus purchase and complete the other steps. That increases to 2,000 additional bonus points the second time and 3,000 more bonus points the third time you spend $30 or more and meet the additional criteria. That’s a total of 6,000 potential bonus points, which our sister site The Points Guy values at 0.8 cents apiece for a grand total of $48. If you spend the minimum $30 per visit, that offsets more than half of your costs ($48 out of $90).

That’s not all, because this promotion is stackable

For starters, you’d also get the usual 4 or 6 points per dollar. So regular members would get 360 more Bonvoy points for spending $90 and elites and Marriott cardholders would get 540 additional points. Those are worth another $2.88 and $4.32, respectively, according to The Points Guy. Of course, the more you spend, the more points you get. Those figures assume the minimum $90 in spending which is required to maximize the new member bonuses.

Plus, you should pay with a credit card that offers dining rewards. The Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card* is a good example. It gives 4 percent cash back at restaurants, which would be $3.60 out of every $90.

Whether or not you take advantage of this specific promotion, it’s a good reminder to seek out stackable deals whenever possible. For example, American Airlines and Hilton also have dining rewards programs. You could also look into online shopping portals, including those offered by credit card companies, airlines or cash back apps such as Rakuten, Ibotta and Dosh. Of course, maximize store coupons, too. Then pay with the right rewards credit card on top of these discounts. Many times, you can combine multiple savings options on a single purchase, whether we’re talking restaurants, groceries, clothes, electronics … you name it.

A real-world example

I currently have a DoorDash coupon code worth 25 percent off my next two orders. I also have a Chase Offer worth a further 10 percent off a DoorDash purchase up to $50, and my Chase Freedom Flex℠ card gives 3 percent back at restaurants. That card also gives free DashPass benefits for three months, which means $0 delivery fees and reduced service fees on orders over $12.

I can combine all of those on a single purchase. Maximizing these promotions isn’t as difficult as it may sound. And it can be well worth it.

Have a question about credit cards? E-mail me at ted.rossman@bankrate.com and I’d be happy to help.

All information about the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by Bankrate and has not been reviewed or approved by the issuer.