If you were planning on paid stays at a Marriott anyway, United is currently offering a bonus for gift card purchases:
You can earn up to 7,500 award miles through the following methods:
Anyone taking advantage of this?
Disclosure: I don’t really stay at Marriotts. It isn’t anything against them. We just never really built up any rapport between us, and by the time I got to know them, I already had other hotel chains. I hope you understand, Marriott. It’s not you, it’s me. And Hyatt.