26 Best Hotels To Redeem a Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificate at for Max Value

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos suite

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One of the best credit card benefits you can get just for holding a certain card is a free hotel night. And while it’s great to use points for those aspirational hotel bookings, you can sometimes use a free night certificate and save your points for another day!

Marriott Bonvoy has a huge footprint of brands and hotels you can redeem free night certificates at. With some incredible brands like St. Regis and The Ritz-Carlton, there are bound to be ways you can get exceptional value using free night certificates!

In this guide, we’ll be showing you the top properties you can redeem these Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates at, most of which will include some of its awesome luxury brands. We’ll focus on either premium or luxury hotel brands since these are typically the highest-value redemptions.

Let’s get started!

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How To Get Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificates

Before you can think about how to use these free night certificates, it probably makes sense to think about how to get these certificates.

So before we deep-dive into all the amazing properties you can use Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates at, let’s talk about the best ways you can earn these.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

If you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, or the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card (no longer open for new applications), you will receive 1 free night certificate each year after renewal. 

This free night certificate includes the room rate and applicable taxes and fees, so it truly is akin to getting a free night at a participating qualifying Marriott property.

If you hold either the Marriott Bonvoy Business card or the Marriott Bonvoy card, your free night certificate is valid for a redemption price of up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

If you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, your free night certificate is valid for a redemption price of up to 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points!

Only the primary cardholder will receive a free night certificate, so any authorized users or employees will not get their own free night certificates.

Hot Tip: The free night certificate will be credited to your Marriott Bonvoy account within 8 to 12 weeks after your anniversary. This is done to prevent cardmembers from getting the e-certificate and then canceling the card shortly before paying the annual fee.

You’ll get notified via the email address listed on your Marriott Bonvoy account when the certificate is deposited into your account, and you’ll also be provided instructions on how you can redeem your e-certificate.

To redeem these certificates, you have to log into your Marriott Bonvoy account and apply the e-certificate during booking. If you want to redeem this certificate, be sure that redeeming points is not selected as your payment option.

Your free night certificate is valid for 1 year after issuance.

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

Marriott Bonvoy is unique in the sense that the hotel chain partners with 2 banks to issue co-branded credit cards! In the above section, we mentioned that Amex now issues the ultra-premium consumer and business cards in the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business card, respectively.

Chase, on the other hand, issues premium and mass consumer Marriott Bonvoy credit cards — specifically, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card, respectively.

The Marriott Boundless card is the only card that offers a free night certificate; the Marriott Bold card does not.

Typically, free night certificates from Chase post a bit faster, but it can take up to 8 weeks after your account anniversary date for it to be deposited into your online Marriott Bonvoy account.

Of course, the free night certificates from Chase cards behave the same as the ones from Amex cards.

The free night certificate from the Marriott Boundless card is valid for a 1-night stay of up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

These are 3 more Chase cards that are no longer open for applications but earn free night certificates every account anniversary. These are:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card — up to 25,000 points
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card — up to 35,000 points
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Card — up to 50,000 points

Your free night certificate is valid for 1 year after issuance, just like the free night certificates from the Amex Marriott Bonvoy cards.

Bottom Line: Amex and Chase both have cards that offer Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates. In general, the card you end up getting depends on what card benefits you value more.

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Annual Choice Benefit

One of the ways you can earn free night certificates is by qualifying for one of the top tiers of Marriott Bonvoy elite status, Titanium Elite.

When you hit the 75 eligible nights threshold, you will qualify for Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite status, and you will receive a benefit called an annual choice benefit that allows you to choose from 1 of the following options:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 1 Free Night Award (valid for up to 40,000 points)
  • The ability to gift Gold Elite status
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • A $100 charity donation

In general, most people choose 5 Suite Night Awards as the annual choice benefit, but it is still possible to get a free night certificate if you designate it as your Titanium annual choice benefit.

New Member Paid Stay Promotions

Marriott Bonvoy frequently circulates a promotion where new members who sign up for a Marriott Bonvoy account will earn a free night after completing 2 stays within a certain timeframe.

This applies only to new members only, not existing Marriott Bonvoy members.

As usual, the free night certificates are valid for 1 year after the date of issuance.

This certificate is valid for a 1-night stay of up to 25,000 points.

Marriott Bonvoy Travel Packages

Marriott Travel Packages, also known as Marriott Hotel + Air Travel Packages, allows you to redeem a large amount of Marriott Bonvoy points for a combination of airline miles and a free 7-night certificate.

To be clear, this package would include a 7-night certificate, not 7 1-night certificates, so you’d have to redeem this 7-night certificate for 1 weeklong stay at the same hotel.

For example, you can redeem 675,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a 7-night certificate at a Category 8 hotel and 50,000 airline miles (55,000 miles if transferring to United) with any transfer partner.

10 Best Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificate Redemptions [40,000 to 50,000 Points]

If you have a free night certificate valid for up to 40,000 or 50,000 points, you can really elevate the quality of the properties you can book stays in. And as you can imagine, Marriott Bonvoy offers the ability to stay at some of the most incredible properties in the world.

In this next section, we’ll be walking you through the best Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate redemptions ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 points per night a standard stay.

1. HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa (Japan)

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO a Luxury Collection Hotel Spa
HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel Spa. Image Credit: Marriott

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel Spa is one of the hottest hotels in the world, in addition to being one of the best additions to Marriott’s portfolio.

Belonging to The Luxury Collection brand, this property is nestled just outside Nijo Castle in Kyoto’s Nakagyo district, which is, unsurprisingly, one of the most exclusive locations in Japan’s Eternal City.

It’s a 3-minute walk from Nijo Castle, an 11-minute walk from the subway station, and 3 miles from the Kyoto National Museum. Additionally, this property offers a balance between contemporary style and traditional hot spring-style (onsen) lodging.

The rooms each come with at least 463 square feet of space and house amenities like a plush king or 2 double beds, twin vanities, a massive walk-in shower and separate bathtub, a desk, and a minibar.

This Category 7 property, priced at 50,000 points per night during off-peak dates, can be booked using a free night certificate valid for up to 50,000 points. While the main challenge will be finding off-peak availability, it can be done!

And it’s so worth it because you’d pay $800 to $1,500 per night if you paid cash, with the average nightly room rate being around $900.

2. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos (Mexico)

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. Image Credit: Marriott

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is placed on a white sand beach in San José del Cabo, and its sprawling facilities are incredibly impressive.

All 128 rooms have luxurious beds, exquisite designs, marble flooring, and unique floor plans that combine indoor and outdoor spaces. Expect at least 700 square feet of space, panoramic ocean views, and a private balcony or patio. The standard rooms also have hammocks on the balcony or patio, which is incredible!

On-property amenities include 3 eateries, a coffee house, a full-service spa, 4 outdoor pools (2 of which are kids’ pools), a hot tub, a 24/7 gym with private personal training available, and a massive amount of meeting and event space.

This Category 7 property can be booked during the off-peak season by using the Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate valid for stays of up to 50,000 points.

Otherwise, you’d have to pay $500 to $1,000 per night, with average room rates sitting squarely at $800 per night, inclusive of taxes and fees.

3. The Bodrum EDITION (Turkey)

The Bodrum EDITION
The Bodrum EDITION. Image Credit: Marriott

The Bodrum EDITION is the premier luxury resort in Turkey’s Bodrum district. It overlooks the Aegean Sea and has some of the best raving reviews out there.

There are a total of 108 guest rooms, lofts, suites, and villas, each of which has at least 452 square feet of space, deluxe bedding and linens, an ergonomic workstation, a huge bathroom with an oversized separate tub and monsoon rain shower, and of course, Le Labo bath products.

If basking in opulence in Turkey is what you’re looking for in a hotel, look no further. This property has 2 chic restaurants, 2 bars, and a posh cocktail lounge and nightclub. The property has a full-service spa, an outdoor infinity pool, a sun terrace, and meeting, wedding, and event space.

This Category 7 property can be booked during off-peak dates with a 50,000-points free night certificate. And if you’re considering paying cash for the privilege of staying here, you’ll dish out $500 to $1,000 per night, with average cash rates of $700 nightly, including taxes and fees.

4. The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert (UAE)

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. Image Credit: Marriott

In the United Arab Emirates (abbreviated as UAE), Dubai and Abu Dhabi are known to be the 2 largest cities, business hubs, and tourist destinations. But in the north lies Ras Al Khaimah, one of the most underrated desert cities to have an unforgettable desert retreat holiday in opulence.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is a 5-star resort that allows you to bask in desert opulence and swanky villas. Each villa is at least 1,700 square feet large (!) with a private pool, tons of space, a large furnished terrace, extravagant Arabic décor, and mud-brick architecture for maximum cooling.

The property has 6 eateries in total, including a rustic farmhouse restaurant with a whiskey lounge, an Arabian/Indian restaurant, a Moroccan restaurant, an outdoor shisha bar, a Mediterranean grill, and a pool bar!

Plus, you’ll find a sumptuous spa with an indoor pool and a 16-station hydrothermal facility called The Rainforest, a 24/7 gym, meeting and event space, and tons of activities.

This Bedouin-inspired Category 7 property can be booked during off-peak dates using a 50,000-points Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate. Otherwise, cash rates are around $500 to $900 per night, with the average being around $750 including taxes and fees.

5. The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire (Iver, U.K.)

The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel Buckinghamshire
The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire. Image Credit: Marriott

One of the newer properties to grace Marriott Bonvoy’s Luxury Collection brand is The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire. This exquisite hotel reminds you of what it’s like to stay in a timeless, palatial property.

As the former manor home of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, this property boasts 150 acres of gardens and parklands. Each of the classic rooms shimmers with lavishness with its marble bathrooms, luxurious furnishings, and beautiful décor. Although these rooms start at 226 square feet large, you’ll enjoy an oasis of space, thanks to its soundproofed windows.

On the property, you’ll have the option of savoring delicious English cuisine in the elevated restaurant, Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room, cigars and drinks in the Churchill Bar, and even the spa lounge within The Langley Spa. The spa also offers a whopping 17,000+ square feet of space, including a 24/7 gym, an indoor heated pool, and an outdoor pool.

This superb property is a Category 6 hotel, which means that you can redeem either a 40,000-points or 50,000-points free night certificate to stay here. If redeeming a 40,000-points certificate, you’ll need to find off-peak availability, while standard dates can be booked using a 50,000-points certificate.

On average, you’ll see room rates of $600, inclusive of taxes and fees. However, the range can be from $400 to $800 per night for this luxurious property!

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal (Canada)

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal
The Ritz-Carlton Montréal. Image Credit: Marriott

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal is an elegant hotel in the heart of the Canadian city.

This property is the best luxury hotel in the city, with a convenient location less than 2 miles from Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal and less than 3 miles from Vieux Port de Montréal.

On top of this, the rooms start at 400 square feet large, and each has free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, Nespresso machine, marble bathroom with rain shower, a TOTO bidet toilet, heated floors, and Asprey bath amenities.

In addition, you’ll find a Daniel Boulud fine-dining restaurant, an afternoon tea lounge, a Champagne bar, a rooftop terrace, an indoor saltwater pool, a gym, and 12,000 square feet of event space.

Room rates at this palatial, historic hotel hover around $450 to $900 for standard rooms, and they usually sit at around an average nightly rate of $600, including taxes and fees.

7. Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca (Spain)

Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel Mallorca
Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca. Image Credit: Marriott

Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca is a wonderful luxury resort in Spain’s ritzy beach island of Mallorca. This hillside castle hotel overlooks the Bay of Palma and is an indulgent paradise of Spanish hospitality.

The 16+ adults-only property has 164 rooms and suites, each of which is at least 280 square feet, contemporary in style, and technologically-advanced.

The full bathroom is a marble sanctuary with twin vanities, a separate bath and shower, heated floors, signature bath amenities, and a plush bathrobe and slippers for each guest.

This property has an international restaurant, an aristocratic afternoon tea lounge, a Mediterranean lounge, a Spanish bodega, a poolside bar, and a salon-style bar. Also, there is an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a 24/7 gym, a spa, tennis courts, and meeting/event space.

This Category 6 Marriott property can be booked with a 40,000-points free night certificate during off-peak dates and a 50,000-points free night certificate during off-peak or standard dates.

With an average cash rate of $500 and a range of $450 to $600 per night, you’ll get tremendous value from redeeming your free night certificate here.

8. JW Marriott Hotel Nara (Japan)

JW Marriott Hotel Nara
JW Marriott Hotel Nara. Image Credit: Marriott

JW Marriott Hotel Nara is one of the newest luxury hotels in the famous city of Nara, Japan.

Located in the city known for its tame deer that roam around the town, JW Marriott Hotel Nara represents another option for luxury travelers to take a day to explore the town instead of treating it as a day trip from nearby Osaka.

This strategically located 5-star hotel is a short 10-minute walk from Shin-Ōmiya train station and less than 2 miles from Nara Park! The sleek hotel has 158 sophisticated rooms and 16 suites in total.

Each room is at least 387 square feet large and features natural, elegant tones, Aromatherapy Associates amenities, a separate shower and bathtub combo, a living and sitting area, a bidet, a minibar, and luxury bedding.

This property has 2 restaurants, an executive lounge, a spa, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a gym, and meeting space.

This hotel falls under Marriott’s Category 6 level, which means that off-peak dates can be booked using the 40,000-points free night certificate, while both off-peak and standard dates can be booked using the 50,000-points free night certificate.

Expect cash rates of around $350 to $600 per night, with an average rate of $450.

9. The St. Regis Langkawi (Malaysia)

The St. Regis Langkawi
The St. Regis Langkawi. Image Credit: Marriott

The St. Regis Langkawi is one of the most underrated properties in Marriott’s portfolio. And while cash rates tend to be relatively affordable, the quality of this property is immense and you should look past just the cash rates when figuring out the best places to stay.

The St. Regis Langkawi is situated on a private beach along the Andaman Sea on one of Malaysia’s most prestigious islands. It’s an amazing getaway and beautifully secluded.

This property has all-suite accommodations with each having a living room, balcony, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibar, coffee maker, and so much more. In addition, you’ll enjoy a butler and complimentary valet parking.

The rooms all come with 624 square feet or more, a furnished balcony, crisp bedding, a warm marble bathroom with amazing toiletries, and lots of in-room technology. The bathroom has a separate soaking tub, twin vanities, slippers, bathrobes, a walk-in shower, and an in-mirror television.

On the premises, you’ll find an overwater restaurant, 3 more restaurants, 3 bars, a seafront pool, a fitness center, direct private beach access, and of course, an Iridium Spa.

Cash rates start relatively low at $250 per night but can go all the way up to $600 per night. Although the average room rate is “just” $400 per night, this Category 6 property is an incredible way to use your free night certificate. You can use 40,000-points certificates for off-peak dates and 50,000-points certificates for off-peak and standard dates.

10. Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Portopiccolo (Italy)

Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort Spa Portopiccolo
Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort Spa, Portopiccolo. Image Credit: Marriott

Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort Spa, Portopiccolo, also shortened to Falisia, is situated along the picturesque Italian Riviera in a private bay. Specifically, it’s nestled in the Gulf of Trieste on the Adriatic coast, an envious location to vacation in.

This chic Portopiccolo hotel offers rooms with at least 280 square feet of space, a plush king bed, high-tech tea and coffee facilities, twin vanities, an oversized bathtub/shower combination, a bidet, a separate sitting area, and more.

There’s a total of 4 eateries, consisting of a classy open-air restaurant, a cafè, a spa lounge bar, and a cocktail bar. The property also houses a 24/7 fitness center, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a spa, an outdoor infinity pool, and an abundance of meeting and event space.

As a Category 6 property, you can redeem a 40,000-points certificate for an off-peak stay or a 50,000-points certificate for an off-peak or standard stay here.

Room rates average around $350, including taxes and fees, but can be anywhere from $300 to $500 nightly.

11 Best Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificate Redemptions [35,000 Points]

One of the most common free night certificates you can get is the 35,000-points Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates. These 35,000-points free night certificates are valid for hotel stays up to Category 5.

You can book either standard or off-peak stays in Category 5 properties with this certificate, which we’ll be focusing on in this next section.

Let’s take a look at our favorite 35,000-points free night certificate redemptions!

11. The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg (Germany)

The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg
The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg. Image Credit: Marriott

Wolfsburg is one of the biggest cities in Germany. It’s also known as the richest in the country, thanks to a robust auto industry, including Volkswagen’s headquarters and the world’s largest car plant!

Indeed, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg is a prestigious hotel along a canal and is just a 4-minute walk from the Autostadt car museum (guests enjoy complimentary entrance) and a 15-minute walk from the Volkswagen Arena.

The property houses 4 upscale eateries including a 3 Michelin star restaurant called AQUA and 2 posh bars, plus a full spa, a heated outdoor pool, and a 24/7 gym.

This Category 5 property is truly a hidden gem because the rooms, on average, sell for $500 per night. Prices can fluctuate between $300 to $800 depending on the date.

When you consider the fact that you can book off-peak and standard stays here using a 35,000-points free night certificate, you can begin to appreciate the immense value Marriott Bonvoy credit cards can bring to you!

12. Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland
Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland. Image Credit: Marriott

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, also shortened to Trump Turnberry, is one of the best hotels in the world.

The remarkable property won the Scottish Hotel of the Year in 2018, and it enjoys an enchanting location in an early-20th century Edwardian building overlooking the sea.

This resort has traditionally-appointed rooms screaming old-world luxury, and each includes a huge 65-inch flat-screen TV, Austrian chandelier, marble bathroom with spacious walk-in shower, brass fittings, and Italian marble.

This resort offers a Scottish fine-dining restaurant, a famous steakhouse, a tea lounge, and an outdoor sandwich shop situated within the iconic lighthouse, plus private dining options. You’ll also find a spa, 2 golf courses, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.

This property is, surprisingly a Category 5 hotel, which means you can redeem a 35,000-points free night certificate for an off-peak or standard stay here, which would otherwise cost $400 to $600 per night, with an average of $475 per night.

13. The Sanya EDITION (China)

The Sanya EDITION
The Sanya EDITION. Image Credit: Marriott

Falling in line with Marriott’s EDITION brand themes, The Sanya EDITION gives a nod to its internationally-acclaimed brand style in an unparalleled Hainan Island location within China.

This luxury resort is frequented by wealthy Chinese domestic travelers looking for an oasis to escape to. And with 6,000 reviews and a perfect 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, this is the place to be!

The expansive, 50-acre grounds contain 501 rooms and suites with minimalist, zen vibes, wooden tones, and lush greenery dotting the premises.

This exceptional property has 4 restaurants, a signature rooftop bar, an infinity pool, a spa, a gym, and easy access to the largest duty-free international mall in China!

If you have a 35,000-points free night certificate, you can redeem it for a stay here during off-peak and standard dates.

For cash stays, expect to pay around $450 per night at The Sanya EDITION. Even though it’s possible to find rooms for as little as $325 per night including taxes, you can see room rates skyrocket all the way to $900 per night during Chinese New Year!

14. Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort Corfu
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort Corfu. Image Credit: Marriott

Domes Miramare is a luxurious, adults-only Greek resort on the Ionian Sea set along a private white-sand beach.

The property has stylish rooms with at least 312 square feet of space, plus 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa, an outdoor pool, a gym, and meeting/event space.

This recently-renovated property is the only 5-star beachfront resort in Corfu and also has a team of super-talented mixologists for your libation requests.

This Category 5 property commands a steep cash price, which is why it’s one of the best ways to redeem your 35,000-points Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate for an off-peak or a standard stay here.

Average room rates are around $450 per night, but it can get as low as $250 per night or as high as $600 per night during the peak high season.

15. JW Marriott Miami (Florida, U.S.)

JW Marriott Miami
JW Marriott Miami. Image Credit: Marriott

If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, you definitely have heard of the JW Marriott Miami! This property is located in Brickell, a hot destination for dining shopping, and nightlife.

It boasts a prestigious location alongside properties like the Four Seasons Hotel Miami and Conrad Miami, and it’s less than 4 miles from South Beach.

The rooms in this property have all the standard furnishings in a luxury hotel. Amenities include 2 restaurants, a pub-style bar, a spa, a gym, a heated outdoor pool, a business center, and 18 meeting rooms.

This Category 5 hotel is a superb way to redeem a 35,000-points free night certificate, as long as you’re booking a standard or off-peak stay. The value you’ll receive is anywhere from $250 to $575 per night, with an average room rate of $375 per night.

16. The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort Spa Mauritius
The Westin Turtle Bay Resort Spa Mauritius. Image Credit: Marriott

Westin is one of Marriott’s premium brands, so while it’s not a true luxury brand like St. Regis or The Ritz-Carlton, it is still a worthwhile brand to stay in, especially if you want to enjoy the famous Westin Heavenly bed.

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort Spa Mauritius is a secluded luxury resort facing the marine park of Turtle Bay. This 5-star hotel has 190 rooms and suites, each at least 678 square feet large and containing a separate shower and bathtub, 2 vanities, and more.

The resort has 2 restaurants, a beachfront grill, an Asian cocktail lounge, and a cocktail bar, in addition to direct beach access, 2 outdoor pools, and a full spa.

This luxury resort in Mauritius is a Category 5 property, which means you can redeem a 35,000-points free night certificate for a standard or off-peak stay here.

If you paid cash, you’d spend around $325 to $450 per night with the average sitting at $360 per night, inclusive of taxes and fees.

17. Penha Longa Resort (Portugal)

Penha Longa Resort
Penha Longa Resort. Image Credit: Marriott

Penha Longa Resort is a leading historic resort in Portugal’s coastal Estoril region. Part of The Ritz-Carlton brand, this stunning retreat is housed in a former monastery dating back to the mid-14th century!

The property’s posh rooms each have Egyptian cotton sheets, a marble bathroom, a Nespresso machine, a balcony, and much more.

This Sintra resort contains 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Midori, which is the only Asian restaurant in Portugal to be awarded a Michelin star, and LAB, Sergi Arola’s namesake restaurant.

In addition, you will find 5 more eateries, a 27-hole golf course, 2 indoor pools, an outdoor infinity pool, a gym, a spa, a slew of family activities available, and plenty of meeting and event space.

This Category 5 property can be booked using a 35,000-points free night certificate during off-peak and standard dates.

During the low season, you might find rates as low as $180 per night, but the high season commands room rates of up to $600 per night. However, the average is usually around $325, including taxes and fees.

18. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa (Vietnam)

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort Spa
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort Spa. Image Credit: Marriott

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is an acclaimed luxury resort in Phu Quoc, known affectionately as Vietnam’s “Hawaii.” This island is also famous for its black pepper plantations and its fish sauce manufacturing.

But what makes this property an extravagant one is that it’s one of the only experiential luxury resorts in the world. Designed by Bill Bensley, this resort takes the form of a fictitious university campus with whimsical themes throughout!

The rooms have ridiculously high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and tons of amenities. In addition, you’ll find 5 restaurants, a spa, a gym, a hot tub, 3 outdoor pools, a kids’ club, a private beach, and meeting and event space.

Another aspect of this property is that it offers a number of thematic activities that reflect its eclectic character, including lantern-making classes, an outdoor night market, and more!

By redeeming a free night certificate at this Category 5 property, you can snag an off-peak or standard stay! Paid room rates hover around $250 to $600 per night, with the average being $300 per night.

19. Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Doha, Qatar)

Sharq Village Spa, a Ritz Carlton Hotel
Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Image Credit: Marriott

Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is one of Qatar’s finest properties. This property is located in the capital city of Doha and is modeled after a sheik’s palace!

It consists of a lavish collection of buildings on a private beach along the Arabian Gulf, and its opulent rooms each have a marble bathroom, 4-poster bed, luxe bedding, and more.

This property houses 8 eateries in total, including restaurants and bars. In addition, you’ll find a high-end souk (outdoor market), outdoor pools, and a huge spa and wellness center with a gym, indoor pools, and lots of treatment rooms (23, to be exact).

This property can be booked using a 35,000-points free night certificate during off-peak and standard dates, but cash rates will range from $250 to $550 per night and an average of $300 per night.

20. W Brisbane (Australia)

W Brisbane
W Brisbane. Image Credit: Marriott

W Brisbane is a sleek, hip property located in the CBD’s Brisbane Quarter. The trendy property has a glass façade and is conveniently located just a short 9-minute walk from Central Station and a 6-minute walk from Queen Street Mall’s shops.

The high-tech rooms have at least 430 square feet of space, each with eclectic sculptures and décor, a wet bar, cocktail equipment, luxurious beds, a deep-soak separate bathtub, a walk-in shower, and so much more.

In addition, the hotel has a casual restaurant, a poolside bar, and a stylish lounge and bar. As far as amenities go, you’ll find an outdoor heated pool, a gym, and a full-service spa.

As a Category 5 property, you’ll be able to redeem a 35,000-points certificate for an off-peak or standard date stay here. Paid room rates are usually around $275 per night, but this can fluctuate from $225 to $400 per night, including taxes and fees.

21. JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus (Turkey)

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus
JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus. Image Credit: Marriott

Our last 35,000-points free night certificate redemption we’ll discuss is the JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus, which is one of the quintessential luxury hotels you can stay at in Turkey’s international gateway city.

This property is situated in a prestigious neighborhood with views of the Bosphorus Strait and just an 11-minute walk from the fifth-century Galata Tower.

This property has rooms at least 269 square feet large, thoughtful amenities, Aromatherapy Associates amenities, coffee and tea facilities, and warm furnishings.

This hotel also has a seafood restaurant, a tapas bar, a coffee house, an international restaurant serving breakfast, a poolside rooftop bar, a wine cellar for private dinners, a tea lounge, and a street-level Parisian brasserie with Turkish flavors. There’s also a spa, a rooftop pool, and a 24/7 gym.

This JW Marriott property is a Category 5 hotel, which means you can redeem a 35,000-points free night certificate for standard and off-peak stays here!

This 5-star luxury hotel commands a price of $200 to $350 per night with average rates being approximately $250 per night, inclusive of taxes and fees.

5 Best Marriott Free Night Certificate Redemptions [25,000 Points]

While it’s less common than the 35,000-points certificate, the 25,000-points Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate is still a way to get valuable free nights.

As we mentioned in the intro section, you can usually earn these 25,000-points certificates by holding the Marriott Premier card (no longer open for new applicants) or by taking advantage of Marriott Bonvoy New Member Paid Stay Promotions.

With this certificate, you can book up to a Category 4 off-peak or standard stay. Let’s get into our favorite ways to use these certificates!

22. Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cesme (Turkey)

Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort Spa, Cesme
Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cesme. Image Credit: Marriott

Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cesme is a fantastic luxury resort in Turkey’s Izmir city, and it’s nestled on a stretch of white-sand Aegean Sea shoreline.

This fantastic resort offers chic rooms, each with a marble bathroom, tea and coffee makers, minifridge, minibar, free Wi-Fi, and a balcony with beautiful sea and/or pool views.

This resort has complimentary parking, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, an outdoor pool, a kids’ pool, a fitness center, a game room, meeting space, and a spa with a hammam and a sauna.

You’ll be pleased to learn that this property is a Category 4 property, which means your 25,000-points certificates are good for a 1-night off-peak or standard stay here.

This property charges at least $300 per night and as much as $700 per night in the summer. However, average room rates are usually around $400 per night.

23. JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria (Texas, U.S.)

JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria
JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria. Image Credit: Marriott

JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria is one of our favorite choices to redeem a free night certificate, thanks to an underrated category placement, consistent service, and a strategic location in Houston.

This particular hotel is located on Galleria’s Westheimer Road, just a short walk from shops at the Galleria and a short drive from other major attractions like The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Additionally, the comfortable rooms and suites with city views measure at least 435 square feet in size, and each has a featherbed mattress, a chic bathroom with walk-in shower, and Aromatherapy Associates amenities.

This hotel has a bar and restaurant, a café, a gym, an indoor and outdoor pool, a business center, and more.

Rooms here run around $170 to $400 per night and $300 per night on average. Luckily, this is a Category 4 property, which means you can redeem your 25,000-points free night certificate for an off-peak or standard date stay here.

24. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing (China)

The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing
The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing. Image Credit: Marriott

Who would’ve thought you can redeem a 25,000-points free night certificate at a Ritz-Carlton property? Well, it’s possible, and it can provide tremendous value.

One of the properties you can book is The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing, which is a posh, new 5-star hotel in the legendary historic city of Nanjing. The property soars a whopping 62 stories above the sky with rooms starting at 538 square feet large.

Each of the rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows, a windowfront tub with an LCD TV, a window-side seating area, 600-thread-count Frette bedding, a Nespresso machine, and dual vanities.

You’ll find 5 dining options here, ranging from a French-Chinese fusion restaurant to a traditional Cantonese restaurant or a rooftop cocktail bar. Plus, there’s a Club Lounge, a full spa on the 40th floor, a gym, an indoor pool with a skyline view, a business center, and tons of meeting space.

For a Category 4 property, there is tremendous value in redeeming your 25,000-points free night certificate here. That’s because room rates are between $230 to $350 and an average of $275 per night, including taxes and fees.

25. The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin (China)

The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin. Image Credit: Marriott

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is yet another high-value redemption using your free night certificate. This opulent hotel in the heart of downtown gives an old-world vibe but maintains utmost luxury.

Its guest rooms come with chandeliers, marble bathrooms, and the finest amenities. Also, the property has 3 restaurants, a lobby lounge serving cocktails and signature Afternoon Tea, a spa, a gym, an indoor pool, a Club Lounge, and meeting and event venues.

Room rates are slightly more affordable, ranging from $200 to $325 per night with an average room rate of $270, inclusive of taxes and fees.

26. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty (Kazakhstan)

The Ritz-Carlton Almaty
The Ritz-Carlton Almaty. Image Credit: Marriott

Our very last property is The Ritz-Carlton Almaty, which is in the heart of Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis. This luxury hotel boasts views to die for of the Alatau Mountains within its Esentai Tower location.

Each room has at least 431 square feet of space, panoramic views of either the mountains or the city, a marble bathroom with a separate rain shower and bathtub, dual vanities, Asprey bath amenities, incredible plush terry robes, and a full minibar.

There are 2 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and lounges, and a chocolate shop. You’ll also find a full spa, a pool, a gym, a fully-staffed business center, a Club Lounge, and much more.

Room rates are pretty consistent overall, but they hover anywhere from $240 to $320 per night, with average room rates sitting at $250 per night. This is an excellent way to get outsized value from your 25,000-points certificate, as long as you’re booking an off-peak or standard stay.

Final Thoughts

There are tons of different ways to use your Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates, Depending on which credit card you have or how you acquired your free night certificates, they may be valid for 1-night stays with different points costs.

In total, there are 50,000-, 40,000-, 35,000-, and 25,000-points free night certificates available. We’ve pretty much covered all of the best ways to redeem the different free night certificates.

Sure, most of the value is with the higher-end redemptions due to the high cash prices you’d otherwise pay for your stay, but it’s possible to get some incredible value even with 25,000-points free night certificates.

We hope you found this complete guide of the best ways to use your Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates helpful!


Frequently asked questions

How many points does it take for a free night at Marriott?

Marriott has 8 categories of hotels. It can cost as little as 5,000 points per night for an off-peak Marriott Category 1 property or as much as 100,000 points per night for a peak Marriott Category 8 property.

How do I use my Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate?

All you have to do is log into your online Marriott Bonvoy account and perform a hotel award search. Before you finish the booking, you should have the option to redeem a free night certificate instead of points, if available.

What is a Marriott e-certificate?

A Marriott e-certificate is just another name for a free night award certificate. This allows you to book a 1-night stay for free without paying the cash rate.

Will Marriott extend free night certificate?

Marriott has extended free night certificates until August 1, 2021. This means that you need to book your stay before this date. Stay up to date with all of the elite changes in our article Coronavirus (COVID-19): Hotel Elite Status Extensions, Changes, and Updates.

When do you get Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate?

You’ll get a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate in 8 to 12 weeks if you have an Amex Marriott Bonvoy card or within 8 weeks if you have a Chase Marriott Bonvoy card.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels. A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times. After 2 years of continual promotions, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

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