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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 #2310 on: September 30, 2018, 04:25:21 PM »
Looking to buy 4x marriott certs 5 night, cat 1-4, for stay in November, preferred platinum elite status
300 usd each, please PM.
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Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2311 on: September 30, 2018, 04:26:37 PM »
Looking to buy 4x marriott certs 5 night, cat 1-4, for stay in November, preferred platinum elite status
300 usd each, please PM.
Best Regards

Has anyone even bought one at this low a price? Even for a 5n...

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2312 on: September 30, 2018, 04:29:10 PM »
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2313 on: September 30, 2018, 04:30:14 PM »

If it works on c5 itís not an old cat 5 certificate. Itís possible they screwed up with the conversion, especially if they let you attach it to a current cat 5.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2314 on: September 30, 2018, 04:32:25 PM »
If it works on c5 itís not an old cat 5 certificate. Itís possible they screwed up with the conversion, especially if they let you attach it to a current cat 5.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2315 on: September 30, 2018, 05:38:49 PM »


it does not matter that its attached, when you check in the hotel will take out the additional points which is 60k or refuse to honor the cert

I have had on occasion wrong certs attached before and at check in hotel takes the additional points automatically

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« Reply #2316 on: September 30, 2018, 05:42:13 PM »
it does not matter that its attached, when you check in the hotel will take out the additional points which is 60k or refuse to honor the cert

I have had on occasion wrong certs attached before and at check in hotel takes the additional points automatically
You obviously didnt "see attached".
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2317 on: September 30, 2018, 05:54:20 PM »
You obviously didnt "see attached".

its showing as a 45k value certificate....if it was new cat 5 it should be showing 105k..thats how my category 5 shows as 105k

let us know when you are actually able to redeem it for a cat 5

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2318 on: September 30, 2018, 05:55:32 PM »
its showing as a 45k value certificate....if it was new cat 5 it should be showing 105k..thats how my category 5 shows as 105k
They cancelled my old Cat 1-5 and exchanged it for new Cat 5.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2319 on: September 30, 2018, 05:56:31 PM »
its showing as a 45k value certificate....if it was new cat 5 it should be showing 105k..thats how my category 5 shows as 105k

let us know when you are actually able to redeem it for a cat 5
Your confusing cost with value

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2320 on: September 30, 2018, 05:58:21 PM »
They cancelled my old Cat 1-5 and exchanged it for new Cat 5.

look under certs and let us know what its shows. does it show at qp91. If so you lucked out

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« Reply #2321 on: September 30, 2018, 06:15:32 PM »
look under certs and let us know what its shows. does it show at qp91. If so you lucked out
Click on the pic i attached to my post. It shows Unused Certificate Partial Package Category 5
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2322 on: October 01, 2018, 12:30:45 AM »
Hi everyone, in China, is there any problem with 2nd guest checking in (the account holder will not be at the hotel)? Thanks.
Yes as they need to document every guest to the police.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2323 on: October 01, 2018, 12:35:54 AM »
Yes as they need to document every guest to the police.
Thanks for your answer but do they allow or not? The name of the second guest is on the reservation.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2324 on: October 01, 2018, 03:54:43 PM »
Do certificates exist for category 7?