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Marriott has a laundry list of benefits and perks associated with its Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program.
Indeed, one of the most useful benefits you can enjoy from Marriott Bonvoy is a free night certificate that allows you to stay in some of Marriott’s most luxurious hotels for free!
And with Marriott having one of the largest portfolios of brands in the world, you’ll have no problem getting phenomenal value from your free night certificates. You can even use them for select properties including JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton!
Let’s get into our favorite high-value Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate redemptions in the U.S.!
Before we dive into the list of jaw-dropping luxury hotels and resorts you can book, we need to slow down a bit and talk about the best ways you can get these free night certificates.
If you have a co-branded Marriott Bonvoy credit card from American Express such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, you’ll get a free night certificate after each cardmember anniversary.
A premium card for Marriott fans who want perks like an annual statement credit and Free Night Award, plus a fast track to Marriott elite status.
If you're approved and accept this Card, your credit score may be impacted.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a premium card designed with road warriors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalists in mind.
So is the card a worthwhile addition to your wallet?
A great option for business owners who stay in Marriott hotels and want automatic elite status.
Business travelers who opt for Marriott as their hotel chain of choice will definitely want to consider the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card. The card offers great benefits to cardholders like a complimentary hotel night once a year, complimentary Gold Elite status, and multiple point redemption options.
Hot Tip: The new Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card doesn’t come with a free night certificate automatically, but you can earn one (with a redemption value up to 50,000 points) after spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.
And, in almost all situations, this certificate covers the room rate, as well as taxes and fees. Some properties charge a resort or destination fee on top of this, but this fee is usually priced at $50 or less.
If you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Business card or the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card (no longer open to new applicants), you’ll receive a free night certificate valid for a redemption value of up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Meanwhile, the annual free night certificate with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card is valid for a redemption value of up to 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Hot Tip: You can top off free night certificates with up to 15,000 points for a stay. That means you can redeem a 35,000-point certificate for a night costing up to 50,000 points, a 50,000-point certificate for a night costing up to 65,000 points, or an 85,000 point-certificate for a night that costs up to 100,000 points.
Authorized users for personal cards and employees for business cards won’t receive their own free night certificate — only the primary cardmember will.
The free night certificate is deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy account 8 to 12 weeks after your cardmember anniversary.
So if your anniversary is on January 1st, expect it to deposit into your account sometime between the end of February and the middle of March. You’ll receive an email notifying you that your certificate has been deposited into your account, as well as instructions on how to redeem it.
All you need to do to redeem these certificates is log into your online account and apply the e-certificate when prompted during the booking process — be sure to deselect redeeming points!
Free night certificates are valid for 1 year after they are issued.
Chase is the other issuer of Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, in addition to American Express.
Amex and Chase have totally different customer segments, though, as Amex is focused on the business card and ultra-premium consumer card market, while Chase is focused on the premium and mass-market consumer card demographics.
Chase offers 3 card options: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card, and the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card. The Marriott Boundless card is the only one that offers a free night certificate automatically. The Marriott Bountiful card offers a free night certificate after spending $15,000 in a calendar year.
Marriott loyalists will love this card's annual free night award, automatic elite status, and up to 17x points per $1 on Marriott hotel stays.
If you’re a frequent traveler and a Marriott loyalist, there’s a lot to love about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. The card comes packed with several great benefits like a free hotel night once a year, automatic Silver Elite status (with a fast-track to Gold Elite status), and multiple options for redeeming points.
Although Chase’s language says it may take up to 8 weeks after your account anniversary for the free night certificate to post, it usually is a bit faster than that.
The Chase free night certificate functions exactly the same as Amex — it is valid for room rate, taxes, and fees at a property with a redemption price of up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
There are 3 other cards, all of which are no longer for new applicants, that also earn free night certificates. The Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card has a 25,000-point free night certificate, the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card has a 35,000-point free night certificate, and The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card has a 50,000-point free night certificate.
Same as the Amex Marriott Bonvoy card products, your Chase free night certificates are valid for 1 year after issuance.
When you qualify for Marriott Bonvoy’s Titanium Elite status (which is one of its top tiers), you get what’s known as an annual choice benefit.
Marriott Bonvoy gives you several options to choose from, and you can pick 1 of the following:
To qualify for Titanium Elite status, you must earn 75 Elite Night Credits in a calendar year.
Marriott routinely offers new Bonvoy members a handy promotion whereby you can earn a free night certificate, valid for up to 25,000 points, after completing 2 paid stays within a certain timeframe.
Remember, this promotion is valid for new Marriott Bonvoy members only and not for existing members.
These certificates are valid for 1 year from the date of issuance.
One of the newest types of free night certificates that Marriott has rolled out is the 85,000-point free night certificate.
Specifically, Marriott and Amex have collaborated to incorporate an 85,000-point free night certificate as part of welcome offers for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card! Keep in mind that welcome bonuses change all the time, and this is no exception.
This top-tier certificate essentially covers most standard room rewards imaginable, except for select properties during peak dates.
In this next section, we’ll walk you through our absolute favorite properties to use your 85,000-point free night certificate at.
Hot Tip: Marriott Bonvoy removed its award chart in early 2022. Now, it will allow free night certificates to be redeemed for up to 15,000 points beyond their standard value through points top-ups. For example, an 85,000-point certificate and 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points can be used for a 100,000-point stay.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is arguably the best luxury Marriott resort in the fiercely competitive location of Miami.
And that’s saying something because the Miami area is stacked with other big Marriott brands including Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, and JW Marriott.
This incredibly exclusive property has standard guest rooms with ocean views and a choice of 1 king or 2 queen beds. Other room amenities include smooth marble floors, a furnished balcony with sun loungers, a flat-screen TV, a desk, a sitting area with lounge chairs, a minibar, coffee and tea facilities, and 650 square feet of space.
The bathrooms feature the finest tiling, double vanities, a wall-mounted LED make-up mirror, a separate deep soak bathtub, walk-in rain shower, bathrobes, slippers, and Remède bath amenities — a signature to St. Regis.
At all St. Regis properties, you’ll enjoy butler service, and specifically at this property, there are 2 signature restaurants, a wine vault and bar, plus a burger bar for your enjoyment.
You’ll also find a full spa, a fitness center, direct beach access, 2 outdoor pools with cabana rentals, and plenty of meeting space for those high-end events you might want to plan.
You can redeem 85,000-point certificates here. Award nights can cost up to 120,000 points per night, so these certificates can’t be used for all dates.
Average cash rates are $1,900 per night, though it’s not unheard of to find rooms for $750 per night. During the peak season, though, rooms can exceed $2,750 per night in price!
Marriott Bonvoy has a surprisingly small collection of luxury properties in Hawaii — not to worry, though, because The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is the aspirational Marriott property in Hawaii if there ever was one.
This glorious property is a 2-minute walk from Kapalua Bay Beach and is much more secluded than its major competitors in Maui.
Each standard room is at least 440 square feet large with a furnished lanai and Hawaiian-inspired décor throughout. You’ll find the signature Ritz-Carlton king bed, exclusive linens, floor-to-ceiling windows, a large work desk, minibar, smart TV, plug-in tech accessories, and a Nespresso coffee machine.
The marble spa bathroom is outfitted with a separate oversized soaking tub and walk-in rain shower, twin vanities, a lighted make-up mirror, bathrobes, and luxurious bath amenities.
There are 6 distinctive restaurants on the premises, including a club lounge! Other facilities include a lavish spa, an outdoor pool, a gym with personal trainers, and nearly 175,000 square feet of event space.
A free night can be yours at this resort using an 85,000-point certificate as long as the stay is at 85,000 points or lower. Remember that you can top off these certificates with up to 15,000 extra points, making it redeemable for a night costing up to 100,000 points.
You’ll find paid room rates of $1,500 on average, $2,400 during the high season, or $1,150 during the low season.
The St. Regis New York is one of the finest and most historic establishments in the bustling metropolis.
With an enviable Midtown Manhattan location just off of the famous 5th Avenue and a 6-minute walk from Central Park, this property is a landmark itself.
Each of the rooms boasts 12-foot ceilings, silk wall coverings, sitting areas, and signature St. Regis butler service. You’ll also find 1 king bed or 2 double beds, a Bose sound system, a flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, a large writing desk, and other custom furnishings.
The Italian marble bathroom screams luxury with double vanities, terry cloth bathrobes, and bath and body products by Remède.
Choose from 2 dining options here, including a signature restaurant, Astor Court, and King Cole Bar (where the Bloody Mary was invented).
You’ll also find a high-tech fitness center, a luxury courtesy car for complimentary drop-offs within a 10-block radius, a beauty salon, and plenty of meeting space.
This property can be booked using an 85,000-point free night certificate, provided that the date you’re staying on is priced at 85,000 points or lower. By topping up with up to 15,000 points, the maximum nightly price you can redeem an 85,000-point free night certificate is 100,000 points.
Expect to spend anywhere from $650 to $2,000 per night for a stay here, with the average room rate floating at the $1,200 mark.
Our last U.S. redemption using the top-tier 85,000-point certificate is the oh-so-tasteful The St. Regis Deer Valley.
This high-end resort is just 1.4 miles from Park City and is adjacent to the Deer Valley ski area!
The warm guestrooms start at 410 square feet large and each contains a king-sized pillow-top bed with Egyptian cotton linens, a work desk, comfortable double lounge chair, minibar, and coffee and tea facilities, as well as a flat-screen TV and valley or slopeside views.
The European-inspired marble bathroom consists of a glass-enclosed rain shower, a deep soaking bathtub, twin vanities, an embedded flat-screen TV in the mirror, bathrobes, slippers, and Remède amenities.
To recharge, choose between a prime-cut steakhouse, French brasserie, cocktail bar and lounge, barbecue joint, seafood room, or an alfresco cafe. You can also access 24-hour room service and a sundry store for your convenience.
This resort has ski-in/ski-out access, ski valets, ski butlers, a split-level infinity pool, an athletic club, a spa, and an abundance of meeting space to round out the property’s amenities.
As you can imagine, The St. Regis Deer Valley is a top-notch property that charges up to 120,000 points per night. Be flexible with your dates to find availability at the 85,000 to 100,000 price where you can redeem an 85,000-point certificate!
Although rooms can be found for as cheap as $350 per night during the low season, they can also be as expensive as $4,000 per night just for a standard room. The average, though, is around $1,150 per night.
Hot Tip: For skiers and snowboarders, Deer Valley is covered by the Ikon Pass, while Park City is covered by the Epic Pass. For more details, check out the ultimate guide to season ski passes around the world.
There are plenty of fantastic ways to get outsized value with a free night certificate of up to 40,000 or 50,000 points in value.
Let’s take a look at our best options.
The Ritz-Carlton has 2 properties in Naples — our particular favorite is the golf property The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
One of the best golf getaways in the U.S., this property has standard rooms with a minimum of 470 square feet of space, a Juliet-style balcony, resort views, a flat-screen TV, a glorious king bed with luxury linens, a minibar, coffee and tea facilities, a desk, and a complimentary newspaper.
In the full marble bathroom, you’ll find a deep soaking tub, separate shower, Asprey bath amenities, double vanities, bathrobes, slippers, and a lighted make-up mirror.
Indulge in an alfresco Latin American restaurant, a signature bistro, cocktail lounge, or an espresso bar while you’re here.
More importantly, there are 2 18-hole golf courses designed by Greg Norman, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym, a spa, and an abundance of meeting space.
This resort can be booked using a 50,000-point certificate during off-peak dates, though standard and peak dates will be out of reach with these certificates.
Just to give you an idea of cash rates, standard rooms can sell out for $4,300 per night during the peak season! Off-peak and standard rates are $550 and $1,050 per night, respectively.
Each of the standard 463-square feet large rooms has either resort or lake views, a private balcony with chairs and sliding French doors, and a choice of 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Beyond that, you’ll also find a flat-screen TV with premium channels, an oversized desk, coffee and tea machines, and an iPod dock.
The luxurious bathroom is trimmed with marble and features a bathtub, separate rain shower, double sinks, bathrobes, slippers, Asprey products, and a lighted make-up mirror.
The property has 2 high-end restaurants, a casual poolside eatery, a cocktail bar with billiards and live music, and a grab-and-go coffee shop.
You’ll find a combination of indoor and outdoor pools, a full spa with saunas, steam rooms, cold plunge pools, an indoor pool, and an expanded ladies’ lounge, plus a whopping 5 championship golf courses.
During the summer, you’ll also find kayaking, paddleboarding, and other watersports — during the winter, it’s all about ice skating and fireside s’mores. Consider hosting a retreat or corporate event here, too!
This property is bookable during off-peak dates using a 50,000-point free night certificate.
Just note that the maximum points price is now around 90,000 points per night, so you wouldn’t be able to use a 50,000-point free night certificate on those dates.
If you paid to stay here, you’d spend $700 per night during off-peak dates, $1,100 during standard dates, and $2,500 during peak dates.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is one of the most envious properties in Florida’s Fernandina Beach area. Just 6 miles from the Amelia Island Museum of History and Amelia Island State Park, this property will certainly keep you busy during your stay.
The standard room is 410 square feet large and has partial ocean and coastline views. Choose between 1 king bed or 2 double beds — standard luxury furnishings include 400-thread count Frette linens, a sitting area with a lounge chair and floor-to-ceiling windows, desk, minibar, coffee and tea facilities, and a flat-screen TV.
You’ll also find a marble bathroom with a shower-tub combination, double vanities, bathrobes, slippers, a lighted make-up mirror, and Asprey amenities.
In addition, there are 4 chic restaurants, a lobby cocktail bar, and a coffee shop for your enjoyment. Get your fitness or wellness on at the gym, indoor or outdoor pool, tennis court, 18-hole golf course, or directly on the beach. Lastly, there’s also event and meeting space.
This resort is bookable using a 50,000-points certificate only during off-peak dates.
Looking at cash rates, off-peak costs are around $800 per night, average rates are $1,700 per night, and peak rates hover around $2,850 per night.
One of the best luxury hotels in New York by Marriott is The New York EDITION, a sleek luxury hotel situated in an iconic skyscraper right in the thick of Midtown.
This property is across the street from Madison Square Park and an 11-minute walk from the Empire State Building.
Each cozy room starts anywhere from 264 square feet large and features city skyline views and either a king bed or a queen bed. You’ll also find a small work desk, flat-screen TV, fully-stocked minibar, and free high-speed Wi-Fi.
Additionally, the natural stone bathroom includes a walk-in rain shower, lighted make-up mirror, robes, slippers, and Le Labo bath products.
There’s a signature Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as a cocktail lobby bar and lounge for your enjoyment.
Get a workout in at the gym or relax with a spa treatment there. Plus, you can host a meeting or corporate event here as well!
The New York EDITION makes it possible to redeem a 50,000-point certificate during off-peak dates.
To book paid stays here, expect to spend anywhere from $550 to $1,750 per night, though the average is usually around $925 per night.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale is a sprawling, 250-acre resort situated just 8 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and 6 miles from the Desert Botanical Garden.
Each standard room is at least 600 square feet large and has either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. You’ll find plush bedding, a furnished balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious sitting area with a couch and a dining table for 2, a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and coffee/tea facilities.
The marble bathroom is generously appointed — an oversized bathtub, a glass-enclosed shower, double vanities, a huge LED mirror, bathrobes, slippers, and a lighted make-up mirror round out the features here.
The property grounds are dotted with 8 food and beverage outlets including a Jean-Georges steakhouse and a southwestern restaurant with panoramic resort and valley views.
Other facilities include a 165-foot waterslide, 9 pools, a full spa, tennis courts, kids’ club, splash pad, playground, 27-hole golf course, lake, shopping boutique, and complimentary wine tastings.
So yes, this property is absolutely decked out with amenities! Fortunately, you can book an off-peak night using a 50,000-point free night certificate.
If you look at off-peak rates, you’ll see that it costs around $480 per night — average rates are $800 per night, and peak rates can go as high as $4,500 per night!
One of Marriott’s most elite golf and spa resorts is none other than The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.
This awe-inspiring bluff-side resort has standard rooms measuring 450 square feet large, and each of them has at least partial golf course and mountain views. You can choose a 1 king or 2 double bed arrangement, but you’ll always find 100% cotton linens, a Nespresso coffee machine, a work desk, a sitting area with a lounge chair, flat-screen TV with Netflix and premium channels, and a minibar.
The elegant marble bathroom contains a huge, deep soaking bathtub, separate rain shower, lighted make-up mirror, bathrobes, and Asprey bath products.
There are 3 refined dining options, including an elegant seafood restaurant with a weekend brunch.
Pamper yourself at the serene spa, which boasts a co-ed whirlpool, a sauna, steam rooms, and an extensive treatment menu.
You’ll find 6 lighted tennis courts with complimentary amenities, including court reservations and equipment, as well as 2 golf courses, an oceanfront lawn with fire pits, a fitness center, an indoor pool, and event space.
Looking at paid stays is astounding because peak rates can go as high as $5,800 per night! Alternatively, off-peak dates are around $900 per night, while standard rates are $1,000 per night.
Remember, points stays can cost up to 90,000 points per night here, which means you can only use 50,000-point certificates for true off-peak dates here.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is set atop a 150-foot oceanfront bluff and looks like a scene out of a movie! This Mediterranean-style property has views of the Pacific Ocean and is just 1 mile from the Monarch Beach Golf Links.
This property has rooms measuring at least 400 square feet large, with views of the courtyard, garden, or pool. You’ll find a plush king bed or 2 double beds and a thoughtfully-designed living space with a furnished personal balcony or patio, flat-screen TV, desk with entertainment connectivity for laptops, coffee machine, and mini-fridge.
In the full marble bathroom, you’ll notice a walk-in shower (in king guestrooms) or shower-tub combination (in double bed guestrooms). Furthermore, there’s a double sink, a lighted make-up mirror, bathrobes, and Asprey amenities.
This property has a steakhouse, an outdoor lounge and bar with breathtaking ocean views, a Pan-Latin restaurant, a grab-and-go cafe, a poolside cafe, and an indoor cocktail lounge.
Lastly, you’ll find a spa with a sauna and steam rooms, tennis courts, 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, a beach shuttle, and event space.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel costs as little as 50,000 points, so you can redeem your 50,000-point free night certificate to stay here! The most it’ll cost is around 90,000 points per night, so keep that in mind.
During off-peak dates, paid stays are $700 nightly — average rates are around $1,000 per night, and high season rates can exceed $4,000!
One of the most aspirational points hotels on the West Coast is The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara — this property is less than a mile from Sandpiper Golf Course and 13 miles from downtown Santa Barbara.
Every standard room is at least 450 square feet large and has 1 king bed or 2 queen beds dressed with sumptuous Frette linens. You’ll find a private patio or balcony, plus a variety of luxury amenities including a sitting area, flat-screen TV, desk, fireplace in select rooms, an in-room iPad, premium movie channels, a minibar, and a coffee machine.
The marble bathroom features a separate deep soaking tub and shower, a lighted make-up mirror, Asprey bath products, and bathrobes.
For food and beverage, there’s a prime steakhouse with panoramic views and a 12,000-bottle-deep wine collection, a Latin lobby bar and restaurant, a sushi bar, a cafe by Lavazza, and a poolside cocktail bar serving drinks and light bites.
The spa measures 42,000 square feet large and includes a pool, redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fireside lounges, a rooftop terrace, and more. There are also 4 clay tennis courts, 3 zero-edged heated pools with cabana rentals, watersports, 2 natural beaches, and over 70,000 square feet of event space!
A stay here can be yours for an off-peak night by redeeming a 50,000-points certificate, though you’ll probably have to look hard to find one because it can be as pricey as 90,000 points per night here!
Staying here during the off-peak season would cost $800 per night, while average and peak rates are around $1,200 per night and $1,600 per night, respectively.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is an off-the-beaten-path luxury resort close to Tuscon yet secluded in the mountains. This property offers classic Sonoran luxury to those looking for a peaceful retreat.
The basic room has ridge, garden, or city views and is furnished with a king bed with premium bedding. There’s unique Southwestern décor throughout the room, and you’ll find a spacious sitting area with a dining table for 2 and an armchair. Elsewhere, you’ll find plug-in high-tech accessories, a 4K TV with premium channels and Netflix, an iPod docking station, a desk, and a furnished balcony with sunset views.
The spa bathrooms have double sinks, a soaking bathtub, a separate rain shower, a water closet, bathrobes, and luxury Asprey bath essentials.
In total, you’ll notice 5 dining options here, ranging from a lobby lounge to a regionally-inspired American restaurant and a grab-and-go cafe.
Here, the property’s main amenities include 3 golf courses, 3 hotel swimming pools, a 235-foot waterslide, a holistic luxury spa, a kids’ club, a gym, and loads of event space.
This hidden gem starts at 40,000 points per night, making it possible to redeem 40,000-point certificates for an off-peak night here. Alternatively, you can redeem a 50,000-point certificate for an off-peak or standard night.
Paid rates for off-peak, standard, and peak dates are usually around $400 per night, $900 per night, and $4,000 per night, respectively.
The Hotel Clio, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Denver Cherry Creek, which was formerly the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, is a trendy property just a short 3-minute walk from the nearest bus stop to downtown, as well as a mile from the Denver Botanic Gardens.
You can opt for 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, each of which is outfitted with refined, high-quality linens. The standard rooms feature Denver city views, a work desk, a daybed, a minifridge, soundproof windows, coffee and tea facilities, a flat-screen smart TV, and 403 square feet of space.
The marble spa-like bathrooms contain twin sinks, a separate bathtub and walk-in shower, bathrobes, a lighted make-up mirror, and posh toiletries.
Although Cherry Creek is the destination for foodies, this property has a Central and South American kitchen and lounge serving cocktails and family-style entrees.
There’s also a gym, fire pit, business center, an outdoor patio, and event space.
This property is available starting at 40,000 points per night, which means you can redeem a 50,000-points certificate here, though some dates may cost as much as 60,000 points per night.
By redeeming a certificate here, you’ll get around $400 of value on average — low season rates are around $300 per night, while high season rates are $550 per night.
So, what if you have a 35,000-points certificate? These aren’t as valuable as 85,000-points or 50,000-points certificates, though it’s still easy to get fantastic value from these.
Let’s take a look at our favorites!
The JW Marriott Miami is an incredibly popular hotel situated in the heart of Miami’s dynamic Brickell district. The hotel is less than 4 miles from South Beach and 6 miles from Ocean Drive.
Every standard room has 1 king bed or 2 double beds, plus a work desk, minifridge, flat-screen TV, sitting area with a lounge chair and ottoman, set of coffee and tea facilities, soundproof windows, and 400 square feet of real estate.
The bathroom includes a shower-tub combination, bathrobe, single vanity, make-up mirror, and amenities by Aromatherapy Associates.
Savor 3 dining options, including an American breakfast spot, an international sports bar and cafe, and a classic British pub with specialty drinks and appetizers.
You’ll find a heated outdoor pool, gym, spa with a sauna, business center, and plenty of meeting space!
This chic property is bookable using a 35,000-points certificate.
If you look at paid stays, it could go as low as $300 per night or as high as $1,300 per night — on average, though, paid rates are around $400 per night.
Choose between 1 king or 2 queen beds in the standard rooms, plus a writing desk, flat-screen TV, soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area with a lounge chair and ottoman, minifridge, coffee and tea facilities, and 430 square feet of space — but the highlight is the balcony offering desert views.
There’s a marble bathroom with a soaking tub, single vanity, bathrobes, and a separate and spacious shower.
Check out the sports bar or the signature grill — whatever your preference, there are 3 full-service spots, as well as a poolside restaurant, a cafe serving Starbucks, and a grab-and-go spot serving sandwiches and salads.
Get your golf game on at the 3 golf courses totaling 27 holes, or visit the spa, gym, or multi-level outdoor pool with a lazy river and waterslides. Access the business center and meeting rooms for your convenience.
You’ll find that this resort can be booked during off-peak or standard dates using your 35,000-points free night certificate!
This underrated property costs around $500 per night on average; if you book during the low season, it’s not unheard of to find rates as low as $250 per night. Just keep in mind that high season prices can go as high as $800 per night.
One of San Antonio’s historic hotels in the heart of downtown is The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio.
You’ll have a choice of 1 king bed or 2 queen beds — the renovated rooms boast 342 square feet of space, blackout curtains, an oversized writing desk, a lounge chair, a minibar, a coffee machine, a flat-screen TV with premium channels, and high ceilings.
Making your way to the marble bathroom, you’ll find a setup consisting of a shower-tub combination, double vanities, bathrobes, slippers, a lighted make-up mirror, and luxury bath products.
As far as the food and beverage program goes, you’ll be able to choose from an American restaurant serving dishes crafted from local ingredients, a cocktail bar, a signature seafood restaurant, and a poolside cabana bar and grill.
On the property, check out the outdoor pool with private cabana rentals, fitness center, business center, and event space, including a ballroom!
This boutique hotel allows you to redeem a 35,000-point free night certificate for an off-peak or standard night.
For paid stays, expect average rates of $400 per night, low rates of $300 per night, and high rates of $725 per night.
The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is a fantastic property, whether you’re visiting for business or leisure.
The standard rooms have either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, plus luxurious linens, breathtaking panoramic views, a flat-screen TV, work desk, minifridge, and a set of coffee and tea facilities.
There’s a marble bathroom outfitted with a shower-tub combination, single vanity, bathrobes, lighted make-up mirror, and a hairdryer.
Consider 2 full-service dining options here, including a French bistro or a lively, lobby dinner restaurant with cosmopolitan vibes. There’s a coffee shop serving Starbucks, too.
The property’s facilities include a spa, 24/7 gym, indoor pool, hot tub, business center, and lots of meeting space.
The luxury hotel can be yours (at least for a night) using a 35,000-point certificate on off-peak or standard dates.
Paid room rates are $250 on the low end, $325 on average, and up to $700 per night.
The very last property we’ll discuss for 35,000-points certificates is the JW Marriott Houston Downtown.
This 4-star property is located in a downtown skyscraper and is across the street from a METRORail station and 3 miles from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
All of the rooms have 1 king bed or 2 queen beds — the standard rooms are 280 square feet large with soundproof windows, hardwood floors, and premium bedding. There’s also a desk, a minifridge, coffee and tea machines, and a flat-screen TV with premium channels.
The bathroom has robes, slippers, double vanities, Aromatherapy Associates products, an in-room iPad, and a shower-tub combination.
You’ll find a chic restaurant and lounge at the top of the property, plus a gym, a spa, and lots of meeting/event space.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown is bookable with your 35,000-point free night certificate, though prices can fluctuate depending on your stay dates.
This property costs $330 per night on standard dates, $200 per night on off-peak dates, and $600 per night on peak dates.
In this very last section, we’ll examine the best ways to use the 25,000-point certificates you get by having the Marriott Premier card or by completing the new member paid stay promotion.
A delightful hotel in downtown Fort Myers is Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection. This AAA Four-Diamond gem is 16 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and overlooks the Caloosahatchee River.
All of the standard rooms have either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds with partial river views. In addition, you’ll find a work desk, chaise lounge, sitting area with a lounge chair, flat-screen TV, at least 326 square feet of space, minibar, and wardrobe for storage.
Within the bathroom, there’s a walk-in rain shower, single vanity, make-up mirror, premium bath products, and a hairdryer.
There are 3 full-service restaurants, a coffee shop, a lobby cocktail bar, and a poolside bar. You’ll also find a sundeck, an outdoor pool, a gym, and event or meeting space.
This property, surprisingly, is bookable on most non-peak dates with a 25,000-point certificate!
Points rates can go as high as 40,000 points per night, so you may need to top off your certificate with up to 15,000 points.
Average rates run around $410 per night with the low at $250 per night and the high around $650 per night — a great value!
Hotel Carmichael, Autograph Collection is a beloved boutique hotel in Carmel, located in central Indiana.
The standard guestrooms contain 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, a sitting area with lounge chairs, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a minifridge, a minibar, and a set of Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.
The lavish bathrooms have a single vanity with a bright, backlit LED mirror, a walk-in marble rain shower, and upscale toiletries.
Dining options include an elegant French fine dining restaurant, a cabaret entertainment venue with live music and refined menus, and an American lobby lounge with a wood-burning fireplace.
Other amenities include a library, gym, and meeting and event space.
The hotel can be booked using a 25,000-point free night certificate on most nights.
Room rates can range from $210 per night on the low end to $880 per night on the high end! On average, though, cash rates are around $325 per night.
The very last hotel we’ll discuss is the Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection, which is in Wichita, Kansas. It’s housed in a former banking building and is less than a mile from the C2 Performing Arts & Convention Center and the Museum of World Treasures.
Each contemporary guestroom has a king bed or 2 queen beds, plus a desk, a flat-screen TV, a lounge chair, a stocked minibar, and a set of coffee and tea facilities, as well as 425 square feet of personal space.
The bathrooms feature a well-lit single vanity, a marble-tiled walk-in shower, bathrobes, a lighted make-up mirror, and premium bath and body products.
Check out the popular Italian steakhouse or the Prohibition-Era speakeasy serving masterfully-crafted beverages!
You’ll also find a 24/7 gym, as well as meeting and event space.
As you can probably predict, you can use 25,000-point certificates on most dates here.
Average room rates are $250 per night, while low season prices start at around $180 per night and high season rates can go as high as $520 per night.
Marriott Bonvoy’s free night certificates are increasingly flexible and easy to earn! This is especially true if you have any of Chase or Amex’s co-branded Marriott credit cards.
Overall, there are many ways to get free night certificates, but if you use these certificates at select hotels in the U.S., you can get up to $1,000 in value!
Whether you’re planning a resort staycation or a city crawl, there’s bound to be good value that’s yours for the taking!
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Marriott Bonvoy uses dynamic award pricing for redemption bookings. The price you’ll pay is generally tied to the cash rate.
The more expensive the property is, the more points it’ll cost to book a stay there.
If you already have a free night certificate in your Marriott Bonvoy account, all you need to do is log in and book an eligible hotel stay using your free night certificate. You’ll be asked how you want to pay for the stay, at which point you can opt to use your free night certificate.
Yes, free night certificates expire 1 year after issuance.
They cannot be transferred to someone else. However, you can book the stay in someone else’s name.
Yes. To do this, you can call Marriott Bonvoy to make the reservation over the phone using your free night certificate at 888-236-2427.
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