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Dining rewards programs are a great way of double-dipping when you dine out. And Marriott's Eat Around Town program is making dining out especially rewarding for the next month.
During the month of October, Eat Around Town members will earn 8 Marriott Bonvoy points for every dollar spent at participating restaurants. That's in addition to the points and miles you'll earn from your credit card.
For those that have had their movements restricted this year due to the pandemic, this is a great way to earn points while getting out of the house…or ordering in if you prefer.
Marriott Eat Around Town Promotion
- All members will earn 8 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent at participating restaurants when using a linked credit card. That's double the typical 4X earning rate.
- Promotion runs from October 1 to October 31, 2020
- You must be a Marriott Bonvoy member and enroll in the Eat Around Town program
- Your bill must be paid with your registered credit or debit card at the time of your visit
- Eligible charges include food, drink, tax, and tip as charged to the registered card
After October 31, Marriott Eat Around Town members will continue to earn points based on your Bonvoy elite status. Non-elite members will earn 4X Marriott Bonvoy points. Bonvoy elite status members (Ambassador Elite, Titanium Elite, Platnum Elite, Gold Elite, or Silver Elite) get a 50% bonus. That's 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent.
Eat Around Town Terms and Conditions
- Not valid on orders placed through third-party online ordering or delivery sites.
- Takeout and/or delivery may not be available at all restaurants.
- Please note that some restaurants only offer rewards on certain days of the week or up to a maximum spending amount per month.
- Marriott Bonvoy points earned through Eat Around Town do not count towards elite tier qualification in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
- Please allow six to eight weeks from the completion of your Eat Around Town transaction for your points to appear in your Marriott Bonvoy account.
- The offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups, and cannot be combined with other select offers.
- Other limitations may apply. Terms and Conditions are subject to change.
What is a Dining Program?
Many of the top airline and hotel programs offer additional points when you dine at an eligible restaurant and pay with a credit card you link to the dining program. This strategy is often called “double-dipping” because you get extra points from the dining program on top of the points you already earn (from the bank) when you pay with a card that earns more than one point per dollar at restaurants. You can learn more about which card to use for dining in our dedicated post of the best rewards cards for dining & restaurants.
Unfortunately, you can't triple-dip by adding your credit card to multiple dining rewards programs. Most of the airline and hotel dining rewards programs use the same back-end system. So, your card will be automatically unenrolled from one program if that card is added to another dining rewards program.
Cards Offering Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status
It pays to be a Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cardholder. Just by having one of the Marriott credit cards, you'll get (at least) Marriott Silver Elite status. That qualifies you for the 6X earning rate on Eat Around Town purchases after this promotion expires. And it's an especially good time to become a Marriott cardholder:
- Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
- Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
- 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
- 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
- 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
- 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases
However, Marriott Bonvoy credit cards from Chase and American Express aren't the only way to earn Marriott status. Select premium cards such as the The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express cards provide cardmembers Bonvoy Gold Elite status.
With only 11,000 restaurants participating nation-wide, your favorite diner might not be on the list. However, this is still a great way to earn some more Marriott Bonvoy points in October. If you're a member, I'd recommend checking out the map for where you live and see if any of the restaurants you like or have always wanted to go to are participating.
Don't forget to check out our guide on the Marriott Bonvoy Program to know which cards to use, how to maximize your points, and what other rewards are available.
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