Southwest Rapid Rewards and Marriott are teaming up this month to offer bonus points on gift card purchases.
Buying gift cards at a discount (or earning bonus points) is a solid way to save on travel. I remember stocking up on Hyatt gift cards when they were a 22% savings purchasing at Costco. American ran a similar promo last year as well.
If you have a Chase Sapphire or Ink credit card, you can buy gift cards at an office supply store for 5 points per dollar. This deal represents 12 points per dollar spent. If you collect Rapid Rewards points and have a Marriott stay coming up, this is pretty much a no-brainer. Not a barn burner but a nice deal to consider.
ETA: Reader PH pointed out two things to me. First, of you use either of the Chase Sapphire cards, this transaction likely rings up as a travel purchase, bumping the earning up to 14 points per dollar. Also, he points out that Marriott cards are back in stock online at Staples.com. So, you could buy them through the Chase Online portal and pick up the current bonus (usually 3X) for buying through their portal. Thanks, PH!