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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 #4067 for a history of bid/ask on these 1/5/7 night certificates of different levels
« Last edited by leeboy on February 26, 2020, 06:56:55 PM »

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4530 on: September 22, 2019, 10:59:28 AM »
Selling one 40k free night certificate for $170. Titanium account

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4531 on: September 22, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »
Selling 1 35k certificates for $165 from a gold account. Exp 09/2020. Thanks.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4532 on: September 22, 2019, 01:07:21 PM »
FOR SALE-
Gold Elite - 1 night up to 35K  - $150

Platinum Elite - 1 night up to 50k  - $250

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4533 on: September 22, 2019, 04:58:12 PM »
If someone wants to help a newbie - if I'm selling a 7-day cert, what do I need to do to protect myself?  I have interest from a member who also doesn't have a long background on the forum, and I'm not sure if this is a good idea. 

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4534 on: September 22, 2019, 06:12:01 PM »
If someone wants to help a newbie - if I'm selling a 7-day cert, what do I need to do to protect myself?  I have interest from a member who also doesn't have a long background on the forum, and I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

New as well and looking to buy a certificate. Is paying upfront via PayPal (with a verified US address and a longstanding account) not considered protection? If there's a different standard protocol here, I'd be curious for some helpful tips as well. I have bought on eBay before, but only found this forum a couple months ago.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4535 on: September 22, 2019, 07:13:59 PM »
Someone offered this methodology: I book the room in my name, add theirs in the comments as guest, and they paypal me after I forward them email confirmation. 

Is this "safe?" i.e. am I protected if they don't actually paypal me? 

Or, do I need someone to paypal me before I book in order to be safe (in which case they would take the risk - I doubt anyone would do this for a new account such as mine, so probably I would need to find someone else with a long history on the board and take the risk myself, since I'm new?)  Sorry if these questions are newbish/stupid! 
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4536 on: September 22, 2019, 07:38:37 PM »
Selling 7night cat8 for $1,600 (gold account)

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4537 on: September 22, 2019, 07:44:12 PM »
Someone offered this methodology: I book the room in my name, add theirs in the comments as guest, and they paypal me after I forward them email confirmation. 

Is this "safe?" i.e. am I protected if they don't actually paypal me? 

Or, do I need someone to paypal me before I book in order to be safe (in which case they would take the risk - I doubt anyone would do this for a new account such as mine, so probably I would need to find someone else with a long history on the board and take the risk myself, since I'm new?)  Sorry if these questions are newbish/stupid!
The seller has little risk as seller can always cancel (unless it's for a very near term booking).
Seller makes booking, adds buyer as second guest. Sends buyer confirmation number. Receives payment.
Buyer can always pay with PayPal goods and services for extra protection (to protect against seller fraudulently canceling booking after receiving payment).
Seller should not use real credit card number when booking to protect against incidentals.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4538 on: September 22, 2019, 08:05:35 PM »
Buying 5 night, Cat 6 - $900 obo, for July 2020

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4539 on: September 22, 2019, 08:23:43 PM »
If someone wants to help a newbie - if I'm selling a 7-day cert, what do I need to do to protect myself?  I have interest from a member who also doesn't have a long background on the forum, and I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

ask for references. I am not particularly active here but have purchased goods several times. The most recent seller, sky121,  very politely asked me for references documenting good transactions. I happily sent and she sold the item to me.

Good luck.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4540 on: September 22, 2019, 08:59:14 PM »
New as well and looking to buy a certificate. Is paying upfront via PayPal (with a verified US address and a longstanding account) not considered protection? If there's a different standard protocol here, I'd be curious for some helpful tips as well. I have bought on eBay before, but only found this forum a couple months ago.

as long as you are paying for it as for merchandise. Some sellers only wants friends and family transaction since I believe paypal reports sales that add up past a certain threshold annually to the IRS. When paying as friends and family you have no protection so you should be comfortable with risk which is mitigated by seller history here

When paying as for merchandise you should be willing to pay the paypal fee, ie $1000 agreed upon price, 3% fee, you send $1031 so seller nets the $1000 price. That is my experience as a buyer and as a seller although I mostly buy.

Others may have different advice, just my experience.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4541 on: September 22, 2019, 09:02:08 PM »
Selling 1 night 35k from gold account for 160

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4542 on: September 23, 2019, 09:37:33 AM »
Selling 7 night cat 6 1700 obo

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4543 on: September 23, 2019, 09:40:56 AM »
5 night cat 5 titanium status
$850 OBO

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #4544 on: September 23, 2019, 05:15:33 PM »
2 40k Certificate from ambassador account 180 each or $350 both.