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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 #2490 on: October 28, 2018, 08:45:38 PM »
can marriott Calgary certificate booked before the merger be applied to a current category 5? meaning to say I have 2 Marriott Calgary reservations booked  for late 2019 ,when it was the old marriott category 5 that got merged with the spg in August and still  remained a category 5, looking to sell those as a 7 night category 5 certificate if you would be able to transfer the current Calgary reservation to a current category 5.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2491 on: October 29, 2018, 08:14:23 AM »
Price dropped to 1450 for 7 night category 6 certificate

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2492 on: October 29, 2018, 09:16:50 AM »
Looking for a cat 5, 5 night cert.
Paying $400 OBO.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2493 on: October 29, 2018, 09:20:48 AM »
Buying Cat 5 7-night cert for $850 or OBO.

Please PM me to deal

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2494 on: October 29, 2018, 10:10:19 AM »
Buying cat 1-4 $400
Cat 5 $850
Cat 6 $1,450

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2495 on: October 29, 2018, 10:14:45 AM »
Price dropped to 1450 for 7 night category 6 certificate
Buying cat 1-4 $400
Cat 5 $850
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2496 on: October 29, 2018, 09:06:44 PM »
Cat 6 still available for 1450.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2497 on: October 30, 2018, 08:32:00 PM »
marriott free night cert up to 25k points expires 1/15  100  dollars

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2498 on: October 30, 2018, 11:08:52 PM »
Can someone tell me how many points are needed to upgrade Cat1-4 certificate to Cat5/Cat6 ?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2499 on: October 30, 2018, 11:09:52 PM »
Can someone tell me how many points are needed to upgrade Cat1-4 certificate to Cat5/Cat6 ?
165k or so for cat 5

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2500 on: October 30, 2018, 11:14:29 PM »
165k or so for cat 5
It can still be done after the merger?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2501 on: October 30, 2018, 11:15:04 PM »
It can still be done after the merger?
If you cancel and book the stay with points

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2502 on: October 31, 2018, 12:29:01 AM »
Buying seven day cert Cat 1-5 (old) or Cat 1-4 (new).
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2503 on: October 31, 2018, 08:24:00 AM »
Looking for:

5 nights cat 4
7 nights cat 4

5 nights cat 5
7 nights cat 5.

5 nights cat 6


PM me with your offer, if you have any of the above thanks.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2504 on: October 31, 2018, 05:21:11 PM »
Looking for a category 5, five night cert.
Paying $500 OBO.