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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 #2895 on: January 10, 2019, 05:26:19 PM »
IMO 'all sales are final' unless otherwise agreed upon In Advance. The only exception (as the seller) could be that the original buyer can find a replacement buyer themselves and the original seller can change the reservation, if that's a possibility.

I am more interested in knowing how Marriott handles this. I assume they will charge me at least the 1st nights stay? Do they return the certificate? Or do I forfeit everything and get charged a nights stay? I assume that when I book the night in the buyers name I use my own credit card for the reservation. Right?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2896 on: January 10, 2019, 05:45:37 PM »
Bump - Price $450 OBO

Offering Cat 1-4 (new) 5 Night Cert with Gold Elite account
$600 OBO

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2897 on: January 10, 2019, 05:51:21 PM »
IMO 'all sales are final' unless otherwise agreed upon In Advance. The only exception (as the seller) could be that the original buyer can find a replacement buyer themselves and the original seller can change the reservation, if that's a possibility.
I would word it as follows: You are buying the certificate. If you need to cancel that is fine but you need to find another use for the certificate. Either resell it or use it somewhere else. Unless of course you agreed to different arrangements with the seller beforehand

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2898 on: January 10, 2019, 05:52:48 PM »
I am more interested in knowing how Marriott handles this. I assume they will charge me at least the 1st nights stay? Do they return the certificate? Or do I forfeit everything and get charged a nights stay? I assume that when I book the night in the buyers name I use my own credit card for the reservation. Right?
That all depends on the cancellation policy of the hotel. Every hotel is different. But for the most part it shouldnt be hard to cancel without a penalty

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2899 on: January 10, 2019, 06:05:46 PM »
That all depends on the cancellation policy of the hotel. Every hotel is different. But for the most part it shouldnt be hard to cancel without a penalty

I am concerned about the buyer not showing. I have no control over that. Typically if you don't show up you get charged. So I am trying to understand the maximum downside. If they don't show up, my CC will get charged for nights stay. Right?  So lets say I sell the cert for $500 and then the buyer never shows up and the hotel charges my CC $300 for the firsts night stay. Right? Is this something that is possible?  Or do you guys have the buyer provide his/her CC when you make the booking?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2900 on: January 10, 2019, 06:11:21 PM »
I am concerned about the buyer not showing. I have no control over that. Typically if you don't show up you get charged. So I am trying to understand the maximum downside. If they don't show up, my CC will get charged for nights stay. Right?  So lets say I sell the cert for $500 and then the buyer never shows up and the hotel charges my CC $300 for the firsts night stay. Right? Is this something that is possible?  Or do you guys have the buyer provide his/her CC when you make the booking?
make the buyer give you his cc to put on the reservation.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2901 on: January 10, 2019, 06:33:39 PM »
make the buyer give you his cc to put on the reservation.
+1 You should be doing this anyway, for incidentals etc.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2902 on: January 10, 2019, 07:22:00 PM »
So what's the current status on Marriott's new (supposed) policy not allowing second guests to be added to reservations?  Anybody have successful bookings?

I'm interested in buying a 5-night award, but wondering if the seller could attempt to add my name first before I proceed with payment, sounds reasonable?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2903 on: January 10, 2019, 07:39:13 PM »
I am concerned about the buyer not showing. I have no control over that. Typically if you don't show up you get charged. So I am trying to understand the maximum downside. If they don't show up, my CC will get charged for nights stay. Right?  So lets say I sell the cert for $500 and then the buyer never shows up and the hotel charges my CC $300 for the firsts night stay. Right? Is this something that is possible?  Or do you guys have the buyer provide his/her CC when you make the booking?
wouldn't you get "charged" the cert? (as in, forfeit the cert). same like a points booking, or it works differently?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2904 on: January 10, 2019, 09:17:45 PM »
wouldn't you get "charged" the cert? (as in, forfeit the cert). same like a points booking, or it works differently?
There was a post where a no show caused the certificate to be returned and the night to be charged to CC. I believe that was for IHG though.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2905 on: January 10, 2019, 09:54:10 PM »
So what's the current status on Marriott's new (supposed) policy not allowing second guests to be added to reservations?  Anybody have successful bookings?

I'm interested in buying a 5-night award, but wondering if the seller could attempt to add my name first before I proceed with payment, sounds reasonable?

I recently bought a 7 night from ErikV and I called the hotel and was able to adds second guest without a problem

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2906 on: January 10, 2019, 09:55:26 PM »
Need cat 4 for January 25 single night.  $110

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2907 on: January 10, 2019, 09:55:50 PM »
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2908 on: January 10, 2019, 11:01:26 PM »
Need cat 4 for January 25 single night.  $110
Since you listed a price.. if I wanted to sell a category five certificate what is it worth?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #2909 on: January 11, 2019, 12:14:30 AM »
Looking to buy two 1 night cat 1-4 marriot certificates preferably in the same account @ $85 obo
Paying $100 per a night