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IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW REWARD BOOKINGS WORK BEFORE YOU TRANSACT.

1.   Marriott certificates can be used for any reservation that can be booked with points. To search for reward availability simply go to marriott.com and check the box to search "using points".
Marriott hotels are divided into categories. (Cheapest being category one)

What room types can you book?
You can book any STANDARD room that's available at marriott.com using reward points with no cap on the number of points. (standard room means it not an upgraded room. Every hotel lists their rooms differently, In some hotels, the standard room may even include suites)
To check, go to marriott.com and search for rooms. Make sure to check the option "Use Points/Certificates".

If it says:
Redemption - You can book that room no matter how many points it is
Redemption with Cash Upgrade - You can book however, the cert will cover the basic portion you will need to pay the additional cash upgrade fee.
Redemption with Points Upgrade - You cannot book using a certificate

2.   There are a few different types of certificates. Seven/five night certificates are the hotel portion of "Marriott travel packages" that the owner does not want or need anymore (google Marriott packages to learn more about them). Individuals many times buy these packages just to receive the airline miles and donít end up using the hotel portion of the package. There are also single night certs given to account holders for holding a Marriott brand credit card

3.   A 7/5night-night certificate must be used for 7 consecutive nights. The reservation cannot be split up.

4.   In order to hold the room, you need a credit card. Your card will be kept for incidentals and you won't be charged for the room.

5.   MUST be booked BOOK 30 Days in Advance. THIS IS A TECHNICAL GLITCH WHICH MARRIOTT CLAIMS TO BE FIXING, HOWEVER, ITS MORE THAN A YEAR THAT THIS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE. In order to book with a certificate, reps must create the reservation as a points advance and then attach the cert. Marriott recently made a new rule that reservations made within 30 days arenít eligible for points advance. If the account, you are booking with has enough points to cover the reservation you can book it as regular points and have the rep detach the points and attach the certificate.

6.   Travel package certs must be booked over the phone. Single night certs can be booked online

7.   The certificate sits on the account holders account and the elite night credits are officially credited to them. There is no way to transfer those stays to your account.

8.   If you are the traveler do not call Marriott reservations. This reservation is in someone else's account and calling may result in his/her account getting audited and the reservation canceled.

9.   The certificate covers the cost of the reservation including tax but does NOT include any resort fees, parking, and incidentals (for example food charged to the room)

10.   It's not possible to entirely remove the certificate owner from the reservation but your name is added as a secondary guest and a special code is added (M8 code) to inform the hotel that this reservation is in fact gifted to you. The hotels are very much aware of this.

You should be able to check-in as you would to a regular reservation with your own ID. You will need to provide a credit card to cover any incidentals, resort fees, and parking fees if there are any.

11.   You cannot add your Marriott account number to the reservation and generally, the hotel will go by the status on our account (which may be silver or gold at the time of check-in) however, it depends very much on the front desk rep at the time of check-in


See post #4067 for a history of bid/ask on these 1/5/7 night certificates of different levels

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Marriott Certs Sale
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:42:38 PM »
1 night at any Marriott Category 1-4 expiring 7/13 - asking $90.

Here's the list of Category 4 hotels:  https://www.marriott.com/hotel-search/Category4.hotels/

If it helps, I've got another four free Cat 1-4 nights available with later expirations, will sell for $100 each (only with the 7/13 one).
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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 06:02:23 PM »
You know they will extend the expiration

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 07:02:06 PM »
I did not know - just call and ask?

At any rate, I've got lots of Marriott points and free nights with no plans to use them, so the offer is still open.

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 09:04:23 PM »
I did not know - just call and ask?

At any rate, I've got lots of Marriott points and free nights with no plans to use them, so the offer is still open.
What are you looking to get for a night in a cat 6 hotel (think it's 30K a night)?
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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 11:29:33 PM »
What are you looking to get for a night in a cat 6 hotel (think it's 30K a night)?

I'd be using points so I don't think it would be a great deal for you, but I'll PM.


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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 11:34:21 PM »
I'd be using points so I don't think it would be a great deal for you, but I'll PM.
I'd like to know the $ amount too please
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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 12:14:15 AM »
Since there's some interest in points, here's why I might offer a Cat 4 certificate vs. offering to sell points:

Seller perspective:  Marriott has been rolling out Mega Bonuses for a while and I'll earn one of those certificates after 2 or 3 one-night stays.  On the other hand, although I travel for business and am Marriott silver (almost worthless), I tend to stay at low priced hotels (avg. under $100 room rate) and often at Residence Inn which earns at a lower rate.  So let's say I earn, on average,  1,000 points per night.  That means 30 nights to get me the 30K Cat 6 reward.  Now if I sell a Cat 4 certificate for $90 I'm getting the equivalent of a $30-45 return per night.  If I sell 30K points for something like $250 then I'm getting the equivalent of an $8-9 return per night.

Buyer perspective:  There are plenty of Cat 4 hotels that go in the high $100s plus tax.  Buy a certificate and save $100, or 50%.  But Cat 6 rarely go over $300 plus tax, so spend $250 on the points and save only $50, or something like 20%.

I know, I know, there are plenty of exceptions and opportunities that could change this, but that was my general cheshbon.

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 01:41:38 PM »
You know they will extend the expiration

I called twice and they will not extend.  Oh well. :(

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2013, 10:01:51 AM »
I have a category 1-4 cert.  Marriott says they're non-transferable, and that I must be the one to check in, and that there is no second party/sharing on a cert. reservation, so I cant put a second individual.

Anyone have any experience with this?  I'd like to possibly sell mine, or give it to a friend/family, but is it possible at all for someone else to use it?

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2013, 02:11:59 PM »
Selling a free night at a category 1-4 hotel anywhere in the world. Exp 3/14. Best Offer.

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 07:13:04 PM »
Another Marriott Category 1-4 coming up on expiration that I won't be able to use in time...

Asking $60, expires November 14th.

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2013, 01:11:43 AM »
pm me to sell your free nights and points

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 11:45:14 PM »
...and another Marriott Category 1-4 for sale, expires Jan 5th.  Asking $60.

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2013, 11:31:02 AM »
I have a free category 4 that runs out in may but I want to use it in july.
how do I go about getting it extended

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Re: Marriott Cat 1-4 for Sale
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 12:46:05 PM »
...and another Marriott Category 1-4 for sale, expires Jan 5th.  Asking $60.


Hey I'm interested. Can u email me? Gavhaller@ gmail