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

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Several hotel credit cards offer free nights to cardholders as part of their perks and benefits, and we believe this is one of the best perks of holding a credit card.

These credit card free night certificates can be very useful to travelers because they enable you to extend a trip by another night or get you a free room for a night without having to dip into your reserve of points that you may otherwise want to save for a higher-value redemption.

Several products in Marriott’s portfolio of co-branded credit cards offer free nights to cardholders, and Marriott Bonvoy has a huge footprint of hotels where you can redeem these certificates. With some incredible brands like St. Regis and The Ritz-Carlton, there are bound to be plenty of options for you to get exceptional value from your certificates!

Naturally, if you redeem a certificate at premium or luxury brands, you get more out of your certificate because these types of properties typically cost more than midrange or budget brands. In this guide, we’ll look at the best properties to redeem these free night certificates and get great value from them.

Let’s get to it!

How To Get Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificates

Before you even think about where to use these free night certificates, you need to know how to get them — let’s have a look at the best ways to do so:

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

If you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, or 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 you truly get a free night at a qualifying Marriott property when you use the certificate.

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. However, if you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, your free night certificate is valid for a redemption price of up to 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Only the primary card member will receive a free-night certificate, so any authorized users or employees will not get their own free night certificates. The free-night certificate is valid for 1 year after it’s issued.

Hot Tip: The new Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card doesn’t automatically come with a free night certificate. However, you can earn one (with a redemption value of up to 50,000 points) after spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.

When the certificate is deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy account, you’ll be notified via the email address listed there, and you’ll also be provided with instructions on how to redeem it.

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

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

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

Marriott partners with 2 issuers for its co-branded credit cards.

Chase issues the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card, and the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.

The Marriott Boundless card is the only Chase card that offers a free night certificate automatically. However, the Marriott Bountiful card provides a free night certificate after you spend $15,000 in a calendar year.

Typically, free night certificates from Chase post a bit faster than those from Amex. However, 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 worth 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:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card — up to 25,000 points
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card — up to 35,000 points
  • The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card — up to 85,000 points

Just like the Amex certificates, your free night certificate is valid for 1 year after being issued.

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

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Annual Choice Benefit

Another way to earn free night certificates is to qualify for one of the highest tiers of Marriott Bonvoy’s elite status, Titanium Elite.

When you stay at least 75 eligible nights, you qualify for Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite status and receive a perk 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 hotel bed
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • A $100 charity donation

Most people choose the 5 Suite Night Awards as their annual choice benefit. However, if you designate it as your Titanium annual choice benefit, getting a free night certificate is still possible.

New Member Paid Stay Promotions

Marriott Bonvoy frequently circulates a promotion in which new members who sign up for a Marriott Bonvoy account earn a free night after completing 2 stays within a specific timeframe.

This applies only to new members, not existing Marriott Bonvoy members, and free night certificates are good for up to 25,000 points and have the same 1-year validity as all other free night certificates.

Hot Tip: You can now top up your free night certificate by using up to 15,000 points. So a 50,000-point certificate can be used in conjunction with points for a night costing up to 65,000 points.

8 Best Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Certificate Redemptions From 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 elevate the quality of the properties you can stay at. In this section, we’ll walk you through the best Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate redemptions ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 points per night for a standard stay.

Hot Tip: Marriott Bonvoy and American Express have introduced new free night certificates worth up to 85,000 points. Although these are still relatively new, a few luxury properties catch our eyes, and you can use these certificates reasonably well. These are The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach, Autograph Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, and Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos.

1. The Bodrum EDITION (Turkey)

The Bodrum EDITION
The Bodrum EDITION. Image Credit: Marriott

The Bodrum EDITION is the premier luxury resort in Bodrum on the so-called Turkish Riviera. It overlooks the Aegean Sea and has incredible reviews from guests.

There are 108 guest rooms, lofts, suites, and villas, each with at least 452 square feet of space, deluxe bedding and linens, an ergonomic workstation, a huge bathroom with an oversized soaking tub and rainfall showerhead, and, of course, Le Labo bath products.

This property has 2 chic restaurants, 2 bars, and a posh cocktail lounge and nightclub. It also has a full-service spa, an outdoor infinity pool, a sun terrace, and a meeting, wedding, and event space.

This fantastic property can be booked for 57,500 to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, and if you find low-end availability, you can redeem a 50,000-point free-night certificate.

You’d pay $500 to $1,000 per night, with the average cash rate being $700 nightly, including taxes and fees.

2. The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert (United Arab Emirates)

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

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the 2 most popular hotspots in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But in the north lies Ras Al Khaimah, one of the most underrated desert cities for an unforgettable and opulent desert holiday.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, is a 5-star resort that packs plenty of luxury. Each villa is at least 1,700 square feet (!) and features a private pool, a large furnished terrace, extravagant Arabic décor, and mud-brick architecture to allow for maximum cooling.

The property has 6 eateries, including a rustic farmhouse restaurant with a whiskey lounge, an Arab-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 property can be booked for 50,000 to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. On cheaper dates, you can use a 50,000-point Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate. Otherwise, cash rates are around $500 to $900 per night, with the average price being around $750, including taxes and fees.

3. The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire (United Kingdom)

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 gives you an idea of what it’s like to stay in a palace from a bygone era.

As the former manor home of the third duke of Marlborough, this property boasts 150 acres of gardens and parklands. Each classically luxurious room boasts a marble-clad bathroom, elegant furnishings, and beautiful décor. Although rooms start at a relatively tight 226 square feet, you’ll still feel as if you’re in an oasis of luxury, thanks to each room’s soundproof windows.

Elsewhere on the property, you can enjoy delicious English cuisine in the signature restaurant, afternoon tea in the drawing room, cigars and drinks in the Churchill Bar, and even the spa lounge at the Langley Spa. It also offers a whopping 17,000-plus square feet of space, including a 24/7 gym, an indoor heated pool, and an outdoor pool.

This superb property is priced at 54,000 to 84,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, which means you can redeem a 50,000-point free night certificate and top it up with Marriott Bonvoy points to stay here. Cash prices range from $525 to $900 per night, with an average rate of around $650.

4. 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 this iconic Canadian city.

This property is one of the best luxury hotels 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.

The rooms start at 400 square feet and have a Nespresso machine, marble bathroom with rain shower, Toto bidet toilet, heated floors, and Asprey bath amenities.

In addition, the hotel features 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.

Reward pricing at this historic hotel ranges from around 50,000 to 88,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, while paid rates can range from $345 to a whopping $7,350 for standard rooms! However, rooms average about $450, including taxes and fees.

5. 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 high-end resort on Spain’s ritzy beach island of Mallorca. This hillside castle hotel overlooks the Bay of Palma and is an indulgent paradise of Spanish hospitality.

This adults-only property has 164 rooms and suites, each at least 280 square feet, featuring contemporary design and modern technology. The en suite bathrooms are marble sanctuary with twin vanities, a separate bath and shower, heated floors, signature bath amenities, and plush bathrobes and slippers for each guest.

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

This property can be booked for 40,000 to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, making it possible to redeem a 40,000- or 50,000-point free night certificate here. Paid rates range from $250 to $650 per night, averaging around $380.

6. JW Marriott Hotel Nara (Japan)

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

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

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

Each room is at least 387 square feet and features natural, elegant tones, Aromatherapy Associates amenities, a separate shower and bathtub, a living and sitting area, a bidet, a minibar, and luxury bedding. Elsewhere, you’ll find 2 restaurants, an executive lounge, a spa, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a gym, and a meeting space.

Award nights cost 40,000 to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, meaning you can use a 40,000- or 50,000-point free night certificate here. Cash rates range from $350 to $475 per night, with an average rate of $280.

7. 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 tremendous.

This St. Regis is on a private beach along the Andaman Sea on one of Malaysia’s most prestigious islands. The property has all-suite accommodations, each with a living room, a balcony, a minibar, a coffee maker, and so much more. In addition, there’s the signature St. Regis butler service.

Suites offer at least 624 square feet, a furnished balcony, crisp bedding, a warm marble bathroom with excellent 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 are an overwater restaurant, 3 more restaurants, 3 bars, an oceanfront pool, a fitness center, direct private beach access, and, of course, an Iridium Spa.

Cash rates start relatively low at $230 per night but can go up to $675 per night. Although the average room rate is “just” $280 per night, this property is an incredible way to use your free night certificate. With room rates starting at 58,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, you can use 50,000-point certificates to stay here.

8. The Sanya EDITION (China)

The Sanya EDITION
The Sanya EDITION. Image Credit: Marriott

The Sanya EDITION nods to the EDITION brand’s acclaimed style in an unparalleled location on Hainan Island in China. It’s proven to be a popular spot, with over 6,000 reviews and a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor.

The 50-acre grounds contain 501 rooms and suites, each with signature minimalist décor, lots of wooden tones, and lush greenery throughout.

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

Reward prices tend to hover from 54,000 to 59,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, so you may be able to redeem your 50,000-point free night certificate here and then top it up with points. Cash rates range from $300 to around $900 per night, while the average cost is around $450.

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

Marriott Bonvoy’s 35,000-point free-night certificate is the most common type. Let’s take a look at our favorite places where you can use it!

1. 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 wealthiest in the country, thanks to a robust auto industry, including Volkswagen’s global headquarters and the world’s largest car plant!

Indeed, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, is a prestigious hotel set alongside a canal. It’s a 4-minute walk from the Autostadt automobile museum (guests enjoy complimentary entrance) and a 15-minute walk from Volkswagen Arena.

The property houses 4 upscale eateries, including 3-Michelin-starred Aqua and 2 posh bars. Plus, there’s a full spa, a heated outdoor pool, and a 24/7 gym.

Award rates typically range from 30,000 to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, meaning you can book a night here using a 35,000-point certificate. Cash rates range from $270 to around $800, with average rates at about $400 per night.

2. Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu (Greece)

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

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

The property is the only 5-star beachfront resort on Corfu. It has stylish rooms with at least 312 square feet of space, plus 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa, an outdoor pool, a gym, and an event space.

Award nights typically cost 40,000 to 63,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Cash prices can also be reasonable, ranging from $200 to $700 per night, with an average of around $400, which makes it a great opportunity to use your 35,000-point free night certificate if you can find low-level availability.

3. JW Marriott Miami (Florida)

JW Marriott Miami
JW Marriott Miami. Image Credit: Marriott

If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, there’s a great chance you’ve heard of the JW Marriott Miami. This property is in Brickell, a hot dining, shopping, and nightlife destination.

It’s located near other prestigious properties like the Four Seasons Hotel Miami and less than 4 miles from South Beach.

Rooms have all the furnishings you’d expect in a luxury hotel. Property amenities include 2 restaurants, a pub, a spa, a gym, a heated outdoor pool, a business center, and 18 meeting rooms.

Award nights usually cost between 31,000 and 54,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Meanwhile, cash rates range from around $275 to $685 per night, with an average rate of $375 per night.

4. 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, famous for the Westin Heavenly bed. It’s not as high-end as St. Regis or The Ritz-Carlton, but the brand still provides a luxurious experience.

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

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

This luxury resort in Mauritius typically costs 40,000 to 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, which means you can redeem a 35,000-point free night certificate here if you can find availability on the lower end. Cash rates usually range from $330 to $1,075 per night, with the average at about $450 per night, including taxes and fees.

5. 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 middle of the 14th century!

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

This resort features 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Midori, the only Asian restaurant in Portugal to be awarded a Michelin star, and LAB, helmed by Sergi Arola.

In addition, you’ll 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, and plenty of meeting and event space.

Award nights at this property typically go for 30,000 to 59,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Cash rates can range from around $210 to $815 per night, with an average rate of around $350 per night, including taxes and fees.

6. 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

The 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 for producing fish sauce.

This property is extra special, as it’s one of the only experiential luxury resorts in the world. Designed by American architect 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 many 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 several thematic activities that reflect its eclectic character, including lantern-making classes, an outdoor night market, and more.

You can expect award nights to cost from 42,000 to 63,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, while cash rates range from $230 to $2,550 per night, with an average of around $300 per night.

7. Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel (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 in the capital city of Doha and is modeled after a sheik’s palace.

It consists of lavishly designed buildings on a private beach along the Persian Gulf. Its opulent rooms each have a marble bathroom, a 4-poster bed, and luxe bedding.

This property boasts 8 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 no fewer than 23 treatment rooms.

Award nights typically go for 26,400 to 54,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, meaning you can use a 35,000-point certificate on most nights. Cash rates range from $220 to $480 per night, with an average rate of around $275 per night.

8. W Brisbane (Australia)

W Brisbane
W Brisbane. Image Credit: Marriott

W Brisbane is a sleek, hip property in the Brisbane Quarter development in the city’s Central Business District. The trendy property has a glass façade and is a 9-minute walk from Central Station and a 6-minute walk from the shops of Queen Street Mall.

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 separate soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and more.

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

Typically, award nights cost 38,000 to 54,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Cash rates usually range from $210 to $500 per night, with an average of about $250 per night.

9. JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus (Turkey)

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

The JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus is one of the quintessential luxury hotels you can stay at in Turkey’s largest city.

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

This property has rooms with at least 269 square feet of space, thoughtful amenities, Aromatherapy Associates amenities, coffee and tea machines, and warm furnishings.

This hotel also has a seafood restaurant, a tapas bar, a coffee house, an international breakfast restaurant, 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.

You can usually book this hotel for around 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, making it eligible for the 35,000-point certificate plus topping-up points on most nights. Cash rates range from $230 to $600 per night, with an average rate of about $350.

10. 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 city of Izmir, 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, a minifridge, a minibar, free Wi-Fi, and a balcony with beautiful sea or pool views.

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

This property typically charges 30,000 to 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per award night, which means your 25,000-point certificates are good for most dates here. Cash rates, however, range from $300 to $700 per night, with an average rate of around $400 per night.

11. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing (China)

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

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

One such property is The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing, a posh, 5-star hotel in the historic city of Nanjing. The property soars a whopping 62 stories into the sky, with rooms starting at 538 square feet.

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

You’ll find 5 dining options here, ranging from a French-Chinese fusion restaurant to a traditional Cantonese restaurant and 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.

Award nights typically range from 30,000 to 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, and cash rates go from $280 to $410 per night, with an average nightly cost of $300.

3 Best Marriott Free-Night Certificate Redemptions of 25,000 Points

While less common than the 35,000-point certificate, the 25,000-point Marriott Bonvoy free-night certificate is yet another way to earn valuable free nights.

As we mentioned, you can usually earn these 25,000-point certificates by holding the Marriott Premier card (no longer open for new applicants) or taking advantage of Marriott Bonvoy’s new member promotions.

Here’s a look at our favorite ways to use these certificates!

1. JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria (Texas)

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

The JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria is known for its consistently good service and strategic location in Houston.

It’s on Westheimer Road, a short walk from The Galleria’s luxury shopping and a short drive from other major attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The comfortable rooms and suites with city views measure at least 435 square feet, and each has a featherbed mattress, a chic bathroom with a walk-in shower, and Aromatherapy Associates amenities. This hotel also has a bar and restaurant, a café, a gym, an indoor and outdoor pool, a business center, and more.

Award nights typically go for 22,000 to 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for standard rooms. Cash rates range from $240 to $680 per night, with an average rate of $325.

2. The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin (China)

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

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, is another excellent option for using your 25,000-point free night certificate. This opulent hotel in the heart of downtown presents an old-world vibe but maintains the utmost in luxury.

Guest rooms have an ornate chandelier, a marble bathroom, and other fine 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.

Award nights usually run from 22,000 to 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, while cash rates range from $200 to $325 per night with an average room rate of $270 per night, including taxes and fees.

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty (Kazakhstan)

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

Our last property on the list is The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, in Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis. This luxury hotel boasts jaw-dropping views of the Alatau Mountains from its home in Esentai Tower.

Each room is at least 431 square feet and offers panoramic views of the mountains or the city. It also has a marble bathroom with a separate rainfall shower and bathtub, dual vanities, Asprey bath amenities, 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 staffed business center, a Club Lounge, and much more.

The hotel has rates starting at 23,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, making it an option (on eligible nights) for your 25,000-point free night certificate. Paid rates range from $400 to $570 per night, with an average of about $450 per night.

Final Thoughts

There are many different ways to use your Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates. Naturally, you’ll get the best value with higher-end redemptions because of the higher cash prices you’d otherwise pay for your stay. Still, it’s possible to get some incredible value even with 25,000-point free night certificates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Marriott charges as few as 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for a free stay, while the high end is usually about 130,000 points per night. Redemption rates are now dynamically priced and loosely tied to the paid price.

How do I use my Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate?

All you have to do is log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account and perform an 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.

When do you get a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate?

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

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