Got a lot of loose change sitting around that you want to put to good use? Coinstar kiosks have come up with a program that helps you redeem the balance of all those unused nickels for Marriott hotels around the country.
Coinstar said on it's website, "Use your coins to treat yourself, or someone special, to a memorable experience at Marriott. Marriott eTravelCard is available at Coinstar and offers a convenient way to pay for short stays and longer vacations.
It can be used at over 3700 locations worldwide for rooms, spa, golf, dining and more. Better still, there's no expiry date and no fees - including our coin counting fee. Now, did someone say room service?"
Spokeswoman Sarah Ward Jones of Coinstar said to NBC News, "We believe that one of the impetuses for people to cash in their coins is so they can take vacations. "With more than 3,700 locations around the world, Marriott was a logical fit for the program."
The partnership between Coinstar and Marriott could be compared to ones they have with companies such as Amazon, Starbucks, Chili's and Papa Johns to name a few.
The difference however with their traditional Coins to Cash program, which charges a fee of 9.8 cents per dollar, is that with the Marriott program the transaction costs are taken care of by corporate partners so people get the full value of their change.
Customers receive a receipt that can be used to pay for Marriott hotels including meals, spa treatments and lodging. To date, the program that started in mid July is available at 17,000 out of Coinstar's 19,000 kiosks.
Accorrding to Coinstar there are about $10 billion in coins out of circulation in the U.S. sitting in between people's couch cushions.