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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 #5805 for a history of bid/ask on these 1/5/7 night certificates of different levels
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1530 on: January 04, 2018, 09:14:18 PM »
Yeah, but they should be going for $300. Everyone here is price gouging so I had to raise my offer.
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 They should be going for a lot more but since their were so many it went for less. Minimum $350 should be the going rate.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1531 on: January 04, 2018, 09:43:36 PM »
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 They should be going for a lot more but since their were so many it went for less. Minimum $350 should be the going rate.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1532 on: January 05, 2018, 10:00:08 AM »
Yeah, but they should be going for $300. Everyone here is price gouging so I had to raise my offer.

they should go for whatever someone is willing to pay for them. supply and demand.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1533 on: January 05, 2018, 10:16:36 AM »
they should go for whatever someone is willing to pay for them. supply and demand.

That's not the attitude on other posts for selling hyatt, Ritz, etc. There's always been a standard selling price. FYI.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1534 on: January 05, 2018, 10:23:07 AM »
they should go for whatever someone is willing to pay for them. supply and demand.
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That's not the attitude on other posts for selling hyatt, Ritz, etc. There's always been a standard selling price. FYI.
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No such thing as a "standard selling price."

The market demands what the market demands.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1535 on: January 05, 2018, 02:20:53 PM »
That's not the attitude on other posts for selling hyatt, Ritz, etc. There's always been a standard selling price. FYI.

And who exactly is setting the standard selling price?  Of course the answer is no one.  Itís supply and demand economics at work. 

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1536 on: January 05, 2018, 03:08:13 PM »
I'm looking for 4 nights category 1-3 with gold or more (so I guess category 1-5 since that's the lowest mariot seems to go?).  pm with offers

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1537 on: January 05, 2018, 05:09:09 PM »
Marriott 1-5 cat, 2 nights for sale $190


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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1538 on: January 06, 2018, 06:42:37 PM »
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No such thing as a "standard selling price."

The market demands what the market demands.

I disagree.

The value of the cert is defined by what it provides (amount of discount on particular room). The inherent value of the cert is different depending on who is buying it. Some people safe thousands of dollars by upgrading the certs, and others just save a few hundred bucks.

Looking back at this thread, I'm reading that only 1 person listed a cert about 3 weeks ago at 350 (which was not the norm at the time) That same person raised his price to 370 within a week. That's called price gouging, and taking advantage of the buyers here.

I, myself, offered 375 just recently because I needed a cert and I wanted the first one available. But historically, the certs have been going for around 300. Just some reference for you.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1539 on: January 06, 2018, 07:03:19 PM »
I disagree.

The value of the cert is defined by what it provides (amount of discount on particular room). The inherent value of the cert is different depending on who is buying it. Some people safe thousands of dollars by upgrading the certs, and others just save a few hundred bucks.

Looking back at this thread, I'm reading that only 1 person listed a cert about 3 weeks ago at 350 (which was not the norm at the time) That same person raised his price to 370 within a week. That's called price gouging, and taking advantage of the buyers here.

I, myself, offered 375 just recently because I needed a cert and I wanted the first one available. But historically, the certs have been going for around 300. Just some reference for you.
None of what you said undermines what I said: the market demands what the market demands. There is no "set" selling price.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1540 on: January 06, 2018, 07:08:49 PM »
I disagree.

The value of the cert is defined by what it provides (amount of discount on particular room). The inherent value of the cert is different depending on who is buying it. Some people safe thousands of dollars by upgrading the certs, and others just save a few hundred bucks.

Looking back at this thread, I'm reading that only 1 person listed a cert about 3 weeks ago at 350 (which was not the norm at the time) That same person raised his price to 370 within a week. That's called price gouging, and taking advantage of the buyers here.

I, myself, offered 375 just recently because I needed a cert and I wanted the first one available. But historically, the certs have been going for around 300. Just some reference for you.
Jan 1st was not 3 weeks ago.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1541 on: January 06, 2018, 07:48:30 PM »
Looking to buy 2-3... 7 night cert, category 1-5 for may-june. offering $325

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1542 on: January 07, 2018, 12:53:07 AM »
Jan 1st was not 3 weeks ago.

It was Dec 28th, and I meant 3 days.

Thanks for the correction :)

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1543 on: January 07, 2018, 01:00:58 AM »
None of what you said undermines what I said: the market demands what the market demands. There is no "set" selling price.

It's worthless to go back and forth over this. I never mentioned a "set" selling price for the certs, I said a "standard". Just because there is someone willing to pay $750 for a cert because they think they are getting a great value saving $100, doesn't mean that's what the monetary value of the cert really is.

Regardless, I would venture to say that price gouging on the forum is generally frowned upon. Feel free to disagree.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1544 on: January 07, 2018, 03:11:34 AM »
Do 7 night certs have to be consecutive nights? Can they be 2 nights for 3 rooms?