Topic Wiki

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 »

Author Topic: Marriott Certs Sale  (Read 743620 times)

Offline g8trgr8t

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jun 2016
  • Posts: 252
  • Total likes: 26
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4300 on: August 15, 2019, 08:47:05 PM »
Not according to TPG, who states that any certificates which have a points amount tied to them (ie: credit card nights good at a 35k a night property) will only be valid for standard and off-peak awards, but not for peak pricing. I'm unclear about the vacation packages, but the way that Marriott is handling all reward matters, I would not be surprised if they applied the same rules to those as well.

If anything, this new change might lower the value of the vacation packages, because it might only make sense to use them during standard pricing, and stick to points for off-peak pricing.

Another big blow to the Bonvoy program.

From today

Bonvoy confirms to me that Marriott travel packages do not have restrictions on use during peak nights. Marriott reward night certificates can be used for their permitted category whether the standard room redemption is for off season, standard or peak season. As a result you get the most value during peak season.

https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2019/08/15/marriott-travel-packages-finally-have-a-use-case-with-peak-season-awards/?utm_source=milesfeed.com&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=MilesFeed.com

Offline al613

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Aug 2009
  • Posts: 332
  • Total likes: 1
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4301 on: August 16, 2019, 01:06:04 AM »
1 night up to 35k points from Gold account. $160
bump

Offline Buruch

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2012
  • Posts: 1904
  • Total likes: 29
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4302 on: August 16, 2019, 04:39:23 AM »
For sale:
3 x new cat 6, 7 night for $1,600 each
1 x 35k night exp 10/2/19 for $140
1 x 35k night exp 5/12/2020 for $150

Offline Rindsy

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jul 2014
  • Posts: 225
  • Total likes: 4
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: United States
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4303 on: August 16, 2019, 07:33:47 AM »
I recall reading a while back on DDF that Marriott reps. were saying that the primary guest was needed to check-in. If you have experience actually doing this without a problem, I guess that should be satisfactory... Thanks.

So, in practice, how does this work? Say, I want to book a hotel in Tel Aviv. Someone "sells" me 2 free nights. How do I become the primary guest?
If you're in the financing or e-commerce business, and need capital to grow, we should talk...

Offline Buruch

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2012
  • Posts: 1904
  • Total likes: 29
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4304 on: August 16, 2019, 09:47:50 AM »
For sale:
3 x new cat 6, 7 night for $1,600 each
1 x 35k night exp 10/2/19 for $140
1 x 35k night exp 5/12/2020 for $150

Forgot to add: Gold account.

Offline brownok

  • DansDeals Copper Elite
  • *
  • Join Date: Jul 2018
  • Posts: 21
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: lakewood
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4305 on: August 16, 2019, 11:00:38 AM »
selling 2 Marriott nights up to 35k pts from one account (exp 5/2/20 and 7/2/20)
$140 each or $270 for both
Sold

Offline nafnaf12

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jan 2012
  • Posts: 3873
  • Total likes: 206
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 78
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4306 on: August 16, 2019, 11:29:53 AM »
Buying
2x 35k night cert

1 account

Pm
« Last Edit: August 16, 2019, 12:25:23 PM by nafnaf12 »
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

Offline bznt

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Apr 2013
  • Posts: 2436
  • Total likes: 40
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
  • Location: new york
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4307 on: August 16, 2019, 11:40:03 AM »
Looking for 2 nights cat 3
this weekend checkin today the 16th checkout Sunday the 18th
Bump

People are posting that they are selling but they are not responding to pmís ???

Offline CountValentine

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 9549
  • Total likes: 3041
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips -1
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
  • Location: Poland - Exiled
  • Programs: DAOTYA, DDF Level 3, 5K Lounge
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4308 on: August 16, 2019, 02:10:09 PM »
People are posting that they are selling but they are not responding to pmís ???
I did and TY for an easy sale.
You're so far up Trump's a** you can see Giuliani's feet.  HT Baruch

Offline nirc

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 609
  • Total likes: 5
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: USA
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4309 on: August 16, 2019, 02:48:37 PM »
For those that bought certificates from fellow DDF users, has anyone got burnt?

Perhaps not getting a category or length of stay promised, or worse not getting anything at all/ hotel stay cancelled prior to arrival etc...
« Last Edit: August 16, 2019, 02:52:26 PM by nirc »

Offline Moshe26

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2016
  • Posts: 601
  • Total likes: 16
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4310 on: August 16, 2019, 03:05:20 PM »
For those that bought certificates from fellow DDF users, has anyone got burnt?

Perhaps not getting a category or length of stay promised, or worse not getting anything at all/ hotel stay cancelled prior to arrival etc...
no issues so far bh. did you get scammed?

Offline Agoldsc1

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2015
  • Posts: 1245
  • Total likes: 83
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York, NY
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4311 on: August 16, 2019, 03:11:32 PM »
For those that bought certificates from fellow DDF users, has anyone got burnt?

Perhaps not getting a category or length of stay promised, or worse not getting anything at all/ hotel stay cancelled prior to arrival etc...

As far as getting the incorrect number of nights or category of hotel, that is very unlikely as the purchaser should receive an e-mail confirmation of the reservation.

As far as getting scammed, I can't speak in particular to this thread, but there certainly have been deals that have gone wrong elsewhere in the forum. And this is an especially bad item to be scammed with, as the last thing you want is to be left homeless at your destination with no option than to pay for a hotel at the last-minute rack rate. Therefore, it's always prudent to purchase only from seller's with a good reputation on the board, or confirm references.

Offline leaf

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Feb 2015
  • Posts: 484
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4312 on: August 16, 2019, 03:21:08 PM »
For those that bought certificates from fellow DDF users, has anyone got burnt?

Perhaps not getting a category or length of stay promised, or worse not getting anything at all/ hotel stay cancelled prior to arrival etc...
Seems like - unless an actual scam - buyer can verify everything beforehand. Are there any DP for Marriott canceling these certificates?

Doesn't the seller also have risk that the buyer will run up a tab (incidentals) and leave account holder responsible?

Offline CountValentine

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 9549
  • Total likes: 3041
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips -1
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
  • Location: Poland - Exiled
  • Programs: DAOTYA, DDF Level 3, 5K Lounge
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4313 on: August 16, 2019, 03:47:46 PM »
Doesn't the seller also have risk that the buyer will run up a tab (incidentals) and leave account holder responsible?
Run up a tab charged to what?
You're so far up Trump's a** you can see Giuliani's feet.  HT Baruch

Offline smart man

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Sep 2016
  • Posts: 211
  • Total likes: 25
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: Jerusalem
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4314 on: August 16, 2019, 03:50:12 PM »
Run up a tab charged to what?
Charged to the room. Now, hotels ask for credit card when checking in, but sometimes they forget or charge he one that's on file by mistake. I once had that my card was charged $200 but the buyer reimbursed me right away.

Online mochjas

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2015
  • Posts: 8675
  • Total likes: 712
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 120
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Titanium Elite, AA EX PLAT, Jetblue Mosaic, Qatar Gold, United Silver
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4315 on: August 16, 2019, 03:53:32 PM »
Always use a fake cc to hold the room if you donít know the buyer

Offline CountValentine

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 9549
  • Total likes: 3041
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips -1
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
  • Location: Poland - Exiled
  • Programs: DAOTYA, DDF Level 3, 5K Lounge
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4316 on: August 16, 2019, 03:55:00 PM »
Always use a fake cc to hold the room if you donít know the buyer
Translation: Common Sense!
You're so far up Trump's a** you can see Giuliani's feet.  HT Baruch

Offline pointer

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Feb 2018
  • Posts: 1446
  • Total likes: 255
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 16
    • View Profile
  • Location: United States
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4317 on: August 16, 2019, 06:24:48 PM »
Always use a fake cc to hold the room if you donít know the buyer
tnx for the tip!

I was sure they put like a pending charge to verify the cc, guess I was wrong.

Online mochjas

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2015
  • Posts: 8675
  • Total likes: 712
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 120
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Titanium Elite, AA EX PLAT, Jetblue Mosaic, Qatar Gold, United Silver
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4318 on: August 16, 2019, 06:26:10 PM »
tnx for the tip!

I was sure they put like a pending charge to verify the cc, guess I was wrong.
if they do and it gets declined ask the buyer for his cc

Offline Yoksel

  • Dansdeals Silver Elite
  • **
  • Join Date: Jan 2018
  • Posts: 51
  • Total likes: 1
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4319 on: August 17, 2019, 09:20:22 PM »
Selling 2 x 60K certs from Ritz card. Platinum account.

Expiration 8/11/2020

$400 each

Good chance to lock into a reservation before peak pricing kicks in.