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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
« Last edited by David61 on July 12, 2020, 11:44:57 PM »

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3495 on: April 15, 2019, 04:39:18 PM »
I doubt there are any category 4 Ritz Carltons

You're right. It looks like they have Tiers. How do the Tiers 1 - 5 translate to the Marriott categories?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3496 on: April 15, 2019, 04:40:43 PM »
You're right. It looks like they have Tiers. How do the Tiers 1 - 5 translate to the Marriott categories?
no such thing anymore, only cat 1-8
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3497 on: April 15, 2019, 06:21:18 PM »
no such thing anymore, only cat 1-8
Welcome to bonvoy!

Interesting. So, what's the best way to determine what kind of cert I'd need to buy to be able to stay in a certain hotel?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3498 on: April 15, 2019, 06:23:58 PM »
Interesting. So, what's the best way to determine what kind of cert I'd need to buy to be able to stay in a certain hotel?
check what the current category of the hotel is

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3499 on: April 15, 2019, 10:05:37 PM »
check what the current category of the hotel is

Aah. I just checked the Marriott website and it's showing category 6. I guess that means I need to find an actual RC cert. Thanks for your help!

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3500 on: April 15, 2019, 11:05:29 PM »
It's showing category 6. I guess that means I need to find an actual RC cert. Thanks for your help!
How did you come to that conclusion?

Any cat. 6 cert. (or 50k points) will do

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3501 on: April 16, 2019, 06:19:27 PM »
Selling 2x 50k nights from one Platinum Elite Account - $300/ea. (Expires 3/20, 4/20)

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3502 on: April 16, 2019, 09:53:42 PM »
Selling:
One night category 1-4 from Platinum - $120 OBO
One night category 1-4 from Gold - $110 OBO
(from separate accounts)
Both Sold!

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3503 on: April 17, 2019, 12:56:34 PM »
How did you come to that conclusion?

Any cat. 6 cert. (or 50k points) will do

Oh ok, that's good to know. Thanks.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3504 on: April 17, 2019, 01:24:03 PM »
Selling 2x 50k nights from one Platinum Elite Account - $300/ea. (Expires 3/20, 4/20)

Can a person under the reservation even take advantage of your titanium elite status?

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« Reply #3505 on: April 17, 2019, 01:25:45 PM »
Can a person under the reservation even take advantage of your titanium elite status?
It depends on the hotel

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3506 on: April 17, 2019, 04:23:57 PM »
Selling 1x 50k night and 1 x 40k night from one Titanium Elite Account - $600 for both obo. (Both Expire 12/19)

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3507 on: April 18, 2019, 04:28:47 PM »
Need 4 or 5 certs cat4 come from the same account. PM me if you have. @500 each.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3508 on: April 18, 2019, 09:53:10 PM »
Selling certs from titanium elite account

60k - $350

50k - 290

40k -  230

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #3509 on: April 19, 2019, 08:30:28 AM »
What is the going rate for the 1 night certificate received annually for all Amex bonvoy-regular card holders?