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Trade in Loose Change at Coinstar Kiosks to Earn Marriott eTravelCards – Plus, a Giveaway!

You know that jar of loose change you’ve been collecting for a rainy day? (Or a much-needed getaway?) Now you can take those coins to a Coinstar Kiosk to exchange them for a voucher to use at any Marriott worldwide — for no additional coin-counting fee. For example, if you have $37.61 in pennies and nickels, the Marriott-partnered Coinstar Kiosk (found in hundreds of grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide), will exchange them for a Marriott eTravelCard worth exactly $37.61. Use the eTravelCard for Marriott accommodations, meals, spa treatments or a round of golf on your next vacation. The voucher never expires. It’s that easy!

Frankly, I’d never used the Coinstar Kiosk at my local supermarket before, so I was pleased when Coinstar approached me to give it a try — providing me with $25 in quarters to trade in for a Marriott eTravelCard. In fact, it’s so straightforward, my 12-year-old daughter was able to use the touch screen, tell it we wanted a no-fee Marriott voucher (vs. a fee for “coins for cash”), and pour the coins in the hopper. Literally, within a couple minutes from beginning to end, we had our $25 Marriott eTravelCard (actually a paper receipt) in hand.

Next up: a family getaway where we could actually use the Marriott eTravelCard we earned! Last weekend we decided to spend a couple nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, a university town about five hours from my mountain home. Since we were booked at the Fort Collins Marriott, it was a perfect opportunity to use our credit.

Typically we avoid eating breakfast at hotel restaurants; when we’re road tripping, we prefer to either a) bring our own bagels and cream cheese (oh, yes, we’re that thrifty) or b) seek out a neighborhood eatery to get a (literal) taste of the local flavor. For this trip, we indulged in a family breakfast at the hotel’s Copper Creek Restaurant, which was, by the way, surprisingly affordable. The child’s price for the well-stocked buffet was only $4.95 — such a deal! We fueled our busy day of sightseeing and hiking with Eggs Benedict, waffles, biscuits & gravy and loads of fresh fruit. Yum!

We simply charged our meal to our room, and when we checked out the next day, we gave our Marriott eTravelCard to the front desk clerk to apply to the room charge. Again, it was hassle-free and easy.

Marriott isn’t the only “no fee” gift card or eCertificate option. Actually, at several hundred of the Coinstar locations nationwide, you can also trade in coins for credit at retailers such as Gap, iTunes, Sears and Starbucks. (To find a Coinstar location that is equipped with the ability to give you Marriott eTravelCard or other store/retail certificates, make an online search first.)

It’s only when you want straight cash back from Coinstar that you’re charged a fee, and it is a bit hefty for my tastes: 9.8 cents per dollar in the United States. Who wants to give up money like that — nearly 10 percent of your total change?

That’s why I’m a fan of the “free coin counting” option — and especially pleased that I can trade in change for vouchers I can easily spend at a Marriott, a hotel brand I’ve enjoyed for years, and likely will for years to come.

Coinstar and Marriott would like one of our readers here at The Vacation Gals to enjoy the benefits of using a Marriott eTravelCard, too! All you need to do to win a $100 credit for use at hundreds of Marriott brand locations worldwide is answer the following question: Where and how would you spend your $100 Marriott eTravelCard?

Just leave a comment below with your answer to be entered into the $100 giveaway. You may comment daily.

For an additional daily entry Tweet the following: “I entered to win a $100 Marriott eTravelCard from @thevacationgals: bit.ly/coinstarmarriott” Then tell me you tweeted in the comments below.

The nitty gritty:

  1. Immediate family members of The Vacation Gals are ineligible for this gift card giveaway.
  2. You must have a United States mailing address (I am sending you the voucher), though it can be used at Marriott hotels around the world.
  3. This giveaway ends Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm PST.
  4. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  5. We will enter the total number of comments into random.org to generate a winning comment number. Winner will be notified and announced on this post after confirming the winner entered properly.
  6. If winner does not respond to two emails announcing his/her win within five days, another comment number will be chosen.
  7. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Good luck!

Coinstar and Marriott have paid me to blog about their products/services. All opinions are my own.

11/1 UPDATE: Our winner is Amanda, who was commenter #121.

201 Responses to “Trade in Loose Change at Coinstar Kiosks to Earn Marriott eTravelCards – Plus, a Giveaway!”

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    CU says:

    I would use the Marriott eTravel Card at the Courtyard Burlington Harbor where we are staying on Thanksgiving to visit my husband’s uncle who is very ill….

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    Michelle J. says:

    I’d love to spend a $100 Marriott eTravelCard at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, at the Sunset Luau or the Mandara Spa. :)

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    Terri says:

    I would spend the $100 Marriott eTravelCard at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown. We live a few hours from Philadelphia and love to take our kids on trips there.

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    Elena says:

    I would spend it in Marriott in San Diego

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    Denise says:

    We’d use it at the Lake Buena Vista Residence Inn!

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    cw says:

    would use it to go to fresno to visit in-laws….stay at the courtyard marriot

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    Elena says:

    I would stay at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, Ca and would visit my friends living in Buellton

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    Amy W. says:

    I would use it for a weekend getaway with my husband at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

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    JoeyfromSC says:

    I’d use it for a night’s stay when my best friend comes to visit me in L.A. for the 1st time:)

    Thanks for the chance to win & for the great info!

    Joey J.

    ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Adrienne gordon says:

    i’d spend it when we travel to Mass. for the holidays

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    Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to use it towards a little getaway for my husband and I,maybe to Lancaster PA and eaving the kids with their grandparents.
    Thanks so much.

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would take my kids to niagara falls

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    Ann Fantom says:

    I would use the Marriott eGift card on our Christmas trip to NYC

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    Holly C. says:

    I would use it at the Marriot in NYC!

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    beth shepherd says:

    Courtyard Orlando Downtown on our Florida trip this summer

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    Alexa B. says:

    i would use this gift card towards my annual weekend trip to Washington D.C.

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    Tina M says:

    New York Marriott Marquis for my anniversary

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    Suzanne K says:

    I’d use this for a short vacation in San Diego to visit the pandas at the zoo and Sea World

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    Kyl Neusch says:

    got to florida

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    Elena says:

    I would have a weekend getaway in San Diego

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    mickeyfan says:

    Courtyard Omaha Downtown in the Old Market area would be a nice getaway for a weekend.

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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I would spend it at the Marriot in Huntsville AL.

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    Serge B says:

    I would spend it at the Marriott at Marco Island!

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    jules mcnubbin says:

    i’d spend it on a trip to vegas

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    Elena says:

    I would stay at San Diego Marriott with my family

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    Katherine says:

    I would go to Williamsburg to visit family and friends

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would stay in Boston for my anniversary

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    Holly C. says:

    spend it in NYC!

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would use this in Florida to visit my parents.

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    Sarah says:

    I’d put it towards my hotel for my trip to New York next year! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway, and best wishes to you for much continued success with your site! :)

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i would spend it in florida for a getaway

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    Debra Ford says:

    I would use it on a weekend getaway to Vermont

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    Elena says:

    I would go to San Diego for a weekend getaway.

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    Marcia Goss says:

    I would take my husband to Atlanta for a weekend getaway.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would use it to stay at a Marriott in FL

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    Holly C. says:

    I would spend it on a night out in NYC!

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    Alaine says:

    I’d spend it in a hotel in Oklahoma City!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    Elena says:

    I would spend a weekend in San Diego

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would spend it on a hotel stay in Florida

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    Stacey B says:

    I’d spend it to use towards a weekend away at the beach!

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    Elena says:

    I would go to Santa Barbara for a weekend getaway

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    Wild Orchid says:

    I would use it towards a weekend getaway at VA Beach!

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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    Wild Orchid says:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/260758824875614208

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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    lala r says:

    id use it for holiday celebration in seattle
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would spend it going to a Marriott in FL

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i would use it for a vacation in florida

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    ky2here says:

    I’m using mine for a hotel for our New Year’s vacation

    ky2here at msn dot com

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    10/24-I would use it to stay at a Marriott in FL

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    Elena says:

    I would stay at a Marriott in San Diego

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i would go on vacation in florida

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    Jill H. says:

    I would hope to use it on a trip to Hawaii – saving for the airfare there. Thank you for the chance.

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    Derk Thomas says:

    Stay at the mariott in providence and see waterfire.

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would go on a vacation to Tampa, Florida

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    10/25-I would use it to stay at a Marriott in FL

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    Elena says:

    I would stay at a Marriott in San Diego. Thank you!

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    Janna Johnson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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    Debra Ford says:

    I would use it to take a weekend trip to Vermont

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    Frank Leone says:

    I would go to Montreal!

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    Elena says:

    I would star at a Marriott in Santa Barbara

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    10/26-I would use the gift card to stay at a Marriott in FL

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would use it for a florida trip

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    id use this for a trip to florida

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    Elena says:

    I would love to stay at a Marriott in Buellton, CA when visiting my friends

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    10/27-I would use the gift card to stay at a Marriott in FL.

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    JEWEL says:

    I would use it to stay in the city when I go in for Christmas shopping

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    Theresa D says:

    I would use the gift certificate in Providence RI for a getaway with my husband.

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    MelissaO says:

    I’d use it toward a night at a Marriott in Montreal!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

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    Elena says:

    I would stay at a Marriott hotel in San Diego

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would stay at a Marriott in FL

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    ROSE O. says:

    I would use my Marriott etravelcard for a staycation in the city. My kids always love to get a way, even for a night.

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    KIM H says:

    North Carolina trip!!

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    Alaine says:

    I’d spend it on a hotel in OKC!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    Diane Baum says:

    I would spend it to pay for my hotel stay in Florida

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    katfam says:

    I’d love to take a weekend trip to Boston.

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    Erica C. says:

    I’d want to stay at the New York Marriott Downtown.

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    Roxann says:

    I would use it toward the hotel charges on our trip to Orlando.

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    Heather S says:

    I would spend it at a Marriott near Disneyland California!

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    Elena says:

    I would have a weekend getaway in San Diego and stay at a Marriott there

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    Dee Hadley says:

    I would use the gift card to stay in San Antoino,Tx. thanks for the giveaway

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    carol le says:

    I would love to go to Santa Barbara and surprise my hubby for his upcoming birthday. We have never been there.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    10/29-I would use the gift card to stay at a Marriott in FL.

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    Claire says:

    I’d use it toward a hotel stay on my trip to London.

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    dani marie says:

    i would travel to san francisco to visit my friend allie.

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    Sarah L says:

    I’d have a nice dinner at the Bistro in the Courtyard Denver Southwest/Lakewood.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    angela a says:

    I’d spend it at one of.the hotels at one of our tennis tournaments that we attend here in the southeast areas.

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    Karen Gonyea says:

    To Maine :)

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    Tiffany Hearn says:

    I would use it to stay in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Denise S says:

    I’d use it on my next summer vacation to South Dakota’s Black Hills.

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    I would use it for a staycation in GA

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    susan smoaks says:

    I would take it to Atlanta, GA for a nice romantic weekend with my husband!

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    Jeanette H. says:

    I would use it towards a weekend trip to Niagara Falls, Canada:
    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iagnf-niagara-falls-marriott-fallsview-hotel-and-spa/

    (:

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    Elena says:

    I would visit my friends in Buellton, CA and stay at a Marriorr there

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    Patrice says:

    I would give this as Christmas present!

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    Beth Palacios says:

    I would use this for a much needed date night in San Fransico with the hubby. Our anniversary is coming up and our kids are finally old enough to stay the night with Grandma. Sigh, it would be awesome. :)

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    Heather M says:

    I would use it at my local Marriott just to get away for a night or 2!

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    Julie says:

    I would use it in Michigan for my wedding anniversary

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    Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’d use it to stay the night on the beach!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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    AEKZ2 says:

    I’d use it in Boston next year for an anniversary party

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    Barbara Long says:

    I would use this at the Phoenix Marriott resort we will be staying at for our anniversary and have a nice dinner at the Blue Sage restaurant.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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    Breanne says:

    I’d hop over to Maui for a weekend getaway with my husband.

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    McKim says:

    I would use it in Idaho on our way to visit our daughter.

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    Geoff K says:

    I’d use it for an extra night at the Marriott in Berlin next spring!

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    Stephanie Douglas says:

    I would use it in my hometown (just to get away with my husband for the night)!

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I will use the gift card to stay at a Marriott in FL.

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    Laura Unger says:

    I would use this to stay at a Marriott in Philadelphia to visit family.