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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

12. Certs cannot be combined - e.g. you can't combine two 35k certificates to book a 60k room.

13. The "free fifth night" only applies to points bookings, not certificates.

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 #8580 on: March 08, 2022, 01:46:31 PM »
having trouble adding on additional guest with certificate booking. main customer service will not do it. each one tells me only wa to add name is through gifting which can not be done on cert. Additionally front desk wouldnt add  another name on due to it being a point booking they said it has to be added on durung original reservation and they can not add on afterwards. How we go about this? and no i didnt say im gifting i told them my wife is arriving earlier than me. I keep having this issue lately. any ideas? thanks

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8581 on: March 08, 2022, 02:05:43 PM »
having trouble adding on additional guest with certificate booking. main customer service will not do it. each one tells me only wa to add name is through gifting which can not be done on cert. Additionally front desk wouldnt add  another name on due to it being a point booking they said it has to be added on durung original reservation and they can not add on afterwards. How we go about this? and no i didnt say im gifting i told them my wife is arriving earlier than me. I keep having this issue lately. any ideas? thanks

Might be YMMV based on property. No other way to do it than what you've outlined above. I have never had a problem adding a 2nd guest to the reservation by calling the front desk but it seems like recent DPs have identified a few hotels who will not do it.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8582 on: March 08, 2022, 02:11:56 PM »
Might be YMMV based on property. No other way to do it than what you've outlined above. I have never had a problem adding a 2nd guest to the reservation by calling the front desk but it seems like recent DPs have identified a few hotels who will not do it.
Any DPs on adding 2nd guest on points booking?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8583 on: March 08, 2022, 02:29:34 PM »
Any DPs on adding 2nd guest on points booking?
       point bookings is fine cause youre allowed to gift so it can be done in the original booking

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8584 on: March 08, 2022, 02:35:25 PM »
       point bookings is fine cause youre allowed to gift so it can be done in the original booking
Can you add 2nd guest by original Point reservation, and keep it on your account not as gift?

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8585 on: March 08, 2022, 02:57:01 PM »
gifting is just their term they use. it will still be under your account and you should get the nights for it as well.. in terms of adding a second name best is always to book the room with 2 guest staying in there.. otherwise they sometimes will cancel and rebook with a 2 guest occupancy to add the second name.. YMMV for that.. in terms of adding a name to the cert, I had that issue when adding after booking.. but when booking the first time with Customer Care- they added the name no problem...

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8586 on: March 08, 2022, 03:15:59 PM »
1 50k Platinum
250

2 35k Platinum
135 each
260 for both

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8587 on: March 08, 2022, 04:09:33 PM »
having trouble adding on additional guest with certificate booking. main customer service will not do it. each one tells me only wa to add name is through gifting which can not be done on cert. Additionally front desk wouldnt add  another name on due to it being a point booking they said it has to be added on durung original reservation and they can not add on afterwards. How we go about this? and no i didnt say im gifting i told them my wife is arriving earlier than me. I keep having this issue lately. any ideas? thanks
You cannot add a second guest to an existing certificate reservation you need to do it when you make the original reservation.

My recent experience (about a month ago) I called and asked to make a reservation with my certificate with an additional guest and was told I can't do that so I huca and the next rep did it np but asked if I will be there at time of checkin because otherwise the guest may not be able to checkin and I said sure. The additional guest was on the reservation confirmation and afaik had no problems checking in.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8588 on: March 09, 2022, 12:25:00 AM »
You cannot add a second guest to an existing certificate reservation you need to do it when you make the original reservation.

My recent experience (about a month ago) I called and asked to make a reservation with my certificate with an additional guest and was told I can't do that so I huca and the next rep did it np but asked if I will be there at time of checkin because otherwise the guest may not be able to checkin and I said sure. The additional guest was on the reservation confirmation and afaik had no problems checking in.
I (believe I) had a guestís name added to a cert booking at time of reservation this week (Residence Inn Surfside) and they called me at the hotel saying she was not on the booking and she had to be added through reservations. When I called in they said they didnít see the name and couldnít add her to the booking after the fact, I escalated to a supervisor and she cancelled and rebooked with the guestís name added. However she made a point of asking if I was coming and even asked what time I would be arriving. Iíd guess they are starting to crack down on these, as this is the first time Iíve ever had issues. Guest was made to wait half an hour in the lobby while I waited on hold.. not fun.


OTOH, I made a cash booking with a guest checking in as secondary with no issues this week as well.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8589 on: March 09, 2022, 02:49:01 AM »
 W south beach is where my incident happened where they wouldnt allow me to add on guest even though it was my wife!!! same last name  marriott reservation refused as well claiming additional guests can not check in.  maybe were supposed to ask them just to add additional guest with out telling them there gonna be checking in. I dont understand how they understand the point of adding on an addtl guest then.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8590 on: March 09, 2022, 06:35:37 AM »
W south beach is where my incident happened where they wouldnt allow me to add on guest even though it was my wife!!! same last name  marriott reservation refused as well claiming additional guests can not check in.  maybe were supposed to ask them just to add additional guest with out telling them there gonna be checking in. I dont understand how they understand the point of adding on an addtl guest then.

Based on this and @S209's data point, it seems this is only a prominent issue for Miami hotels who might be cracking down on it. The other guy that was having trouble a few weeks ago was also trying for a Miami hotel.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8591 on: March 09, 2022, 11:19:13 AM »
Selling one 35K cert from a Platinum account for $125 (exp Aug)

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8592 on: March 09, 2022, 11:43:34 AM »
Looking for five 35k certificates.  Paying $120 per night obo

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Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8593 on: March 09, 2022, 01:15:11 PM »
Selling: at $125 OBO
6x 35k certificateís from same account.

3x 35k certificateís from same account.
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8594 on: March 09, 2022, 01:58:18 PM »
Selling two 35K cert from a Platinum account for $290 OBO expires 6/30/2022

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8595 on: March 09, 2022, 03:39:33 PM »
Selling 1 50k award - Silver Elite - Exp 6/30/22
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8596 on: March 09, 2022, 03:49:47 PM »
Looking to buy 4 - 35k certs from 1 account. Need to book a Cat 5 hotel for 4 nights of which 2 of the nights need 40k. So you will have to add 10k Bonvoy points.

From what I understand this can be done now under the hybrid system.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8597 on: March 09, 2022, 04:37:18 PM »
Looking to buy 4 - 35k certs from 1 account. Need to book a Cat 5 hotel for 4 nights of which 2 of the nights need 40k. So you will have to add 10k Bonvoy points.

From what I understand this can be done now under the hybrid system.

You cannot top off certificates with points until the end of April according to Marriott.

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8598 on: March 09, 2022, 11:03:39 PM »
Buying one 35k night. Paying $115. DM me

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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
« Reply #8599 on: March 09, 2022, 11:10:45 PM »
Buying (2) 50k Certs , same account , $240