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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 #1215 on: August 02, 2017, 11:00:16 AM »
i'm looking to stay tonight in a category 5 hotel tonight near lakewood looking to pay 100 obo pls pm me

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1216 on: August 02, 2017, 12:13:25 PM »
i'm looking to stay tonight in a category 5 hotel tonight near lakewood looking to pay 100 obo pls pm me
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1217 on: August 02, 2017, 02:02:51 PM »
Are the 7 night certificates associated to the original account? As in if I purchase it, could my name be on the primary check in guest? Worried about checking in without the account holder. Thanks
no people are selling these certificates so the buyer can sponsor a hotel stay for the AH

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1218 on: August 02, 2017, 02:14:08 PM »
no people are selling these certificates so the buyer can sponsor a hotel stay for the AH

I don't understand the need for sarcasm here. I think that the posted is just asking whether he can be listed as the primary guests, or if he has to be a second guest, in which case he is concerned about checking in without the AH. Seems like a valid question to me.

My answer to the original poster is it will most likely be impossible to get you listed as the primary guest. Some people claim that they can do it, but I wouldn't rely on it. The bottom line is that you have to be prepared to check-in as a second guests with a poker face. If you need everything to be by the books, then maybe these certificates aren't for you.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1219 on: August 02, 2017, 02:16:58 PM »
I don't understand the need for sarcasm here. I think that the posted is just asking whether he can be listed as the primary guests, or if he has to be a second guest, in which case he is concerned about checking in without the AH. Seems like a valid question to me.

My answer to the original poster is it will most likely be impossible to get you listed as the primary guest. Some people claim that they can do it, but I wouldn't rely on it. The bottom line is that you have to be prepared to check-in as a second guests with a poker face. If you need everything to be by the books, then maybe these certificates aren't for you.

Thank you, that answers my question perfectly!

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1220 on: August 02, 2017, 02:23:24 PM »
I don't understand the need for sarcasm here. I think that the posted is just asking whether he can be listed as the primary guests, or if he has to be a second guest, in which case he is concerned about checking in without the AH. Seems like a valid question to me.

Why would there be a thread 80 pages long of people buying and selling if the buyer cannot check in?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1221 on: August 02, 2017, 02:25:26 PM »
In terms of data points, I bought two week long certificates as a secondary guest and stayed both weeks consecutively, no problem. Anything can happen though, and you have to be prepared to accept a loss at the small chance that they decide to get nosy.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1222 on: August 02, 2017, 02:28:38 PM »
I noticed that hotels especially the ones in the 1-5 category are not looking to make you upset, they don't look out for negative reviews on kayak or trip Advisor, they will try to accommodate you so you should be happy

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1223 on: August 02, 2017, 03:05:42 PM »
Why would there be a thread 80 pages long of people buying and selling if the buyer cannot check in?

Because it usually works, especially when playing the part, but it's not fail-proof.

As an additional data point, international hotels are known to be stricter on requiring the AH to appear sometime during the stay, especially in Asia.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1224 on: August 02, 2017, 04:51:36 PM »
In terms of data points, I bought two week long certificates as a secondary guest and stayed both weeks consecutively, no problem. Anything can happen though, and you have to be prepared to accept a loss at the small chance that they decide to get nosy.

Just curious, were these two certificates from the same person or from two different people.  Did you have them join the reservations together ahead of time so you wouldn't have an issue once you got there?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1225 on: August 02, 2017, 05:11:00 PM »
Just curious, were these two certificates from the same person or from two different people.  Did you have them join the reservations together ahead of time so you wouldn't have an issue once you got there?

Bought from the same person. They didn't join them together, I just explained to the hotel the day before I was supposed to check out from week one that I'm staying an additional week and that I would like to combine so I could stay in the same room. Not a problem at all. Also, I just moved to Denver, hello!

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1226 on: August 03, 2017, 06:57:39 AM »
Looking to buy one night in marriott LGA. PLease PM me! Need for tonight

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1227 on: August 03, 2017, 07:47:35 AM »
Looking to buy one night in marriott LGA. PLease PM me! Need for tonight
The Marriott LGA hotel is a cat 7. Don't think there's a 1 night cat 7 cert.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1228 on: August 03, 2017, 07:51:21 AM »
Need prince Sakura Tokyo for two nights in August. Category 8
If anyone gets a special price there please let me know!

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #1229 on: August 03, 2017, 10:42:37 AM »
How do you find out what category a particular hotel is in?
Which hotel?