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You Can Now Top Off Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificates With Points

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Last year, Marriott Bonvoy announced that it would be adding a highly desired feature to its program — the ability to add points on top of a free night award certificate in order to stay at a higher category property, or even the same category property that happens to be on peak pricing.

Now, the ability to top off your Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates is finally here, so let’s review everything you need to know about this new redemption option.

How To Top Off Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Awards

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Image Credit: Marriott

Fortunately, Marriott Bonvoy has made it super simple to add points on top of a free night award redemption. All you need to do is go through the process of redeeming a free night certificate as you normally would by searching for a 1-night stay at a property you would like to visit.

Once you’ve selected the property, if the hotel in question has a higher award cost than what your certificate allows for (35k, 50k, 85k), you’ll automatically receive the option to redeem your free night award plus however many points are needed on top.

We’ve got to give props to Marriott Bonvoy here for making the redemption process quite straightforward. That said, there are some rules you’ll want to be aware of when you’re planning your redemptions.

Hot Tip: Check out our guide to the best U.S. hotels to redeem a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate at for max value!

Rules for Top Off Redemptions

Naturally, all of the standard rules still apply to free night award certificates. For instance, the hotel must have availability for the night you want to stay, you must complete your stay before the expiration of your free night certificate, and you can’t use a free night award to stay 2 nights at a less expensive property (for example, one that costs 15,000 points per night).

The newest rule, though, is that you can only apply up to 15,000 points on top of your Marriott Bonvoy free night award certificate. Here is some quick math on what that looks like:

Final Thoughts

While the jury is still out on how hard award travelers will be hit by Marriott Bonvoy’s move to dynamic pricing, this change to free night certificates is definitely a favorable one and significantly increases the flexibility and usefulness of these certificates moving forward.

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About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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