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Chase and American Express both issue Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards and these cards each offer an annually issued certificate that can be used to redeem a free night at select Marriott properties worldwide.
In this post, I showed how Bonvoy members can locate their free night certificates on the desktop site and the Bonvoy mobile app, so today I’m going to go through the simple process of making a single night reservation with a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate.
Posts in this series:
- How To Find Your Marriott Free Night Certificates In Your Bonvoy Account
- How To Use Chase & Amex Marriott Free Night Certificates – Single Night Bookings
- How To Use Chase & Amex Marriott Free Night Certificates – Multiple Night Bookings (coming tomorrow!)
Which Credit Cards Offer Marriott Free Night Certificates?
The following credit cards offer Marriott free night certificates each year on the anniversary of card membership (value of certificate shown alongside).
Cards Open To New Applicants:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card – Up to 35,000 Points/Night
- Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card – Up to 35,000 Points/Night
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card – Up to 50,000 Points/Night
Cards No Longer Open To New Applicants:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Card – Up To 25,000 Points/Night
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Business Card – Up To 25,000 Points/Night
- Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card – Up to 50,000 Points/Night
- Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card – Up To 35,000 Points/Night
Using A Marriott Free Night Certificate
At the time of writing, it’s not possible to redeem a Marriott free night certificate in the Bonvoy app so the steps shown below are for the desktop site.
Unsurprisingly, the place to start is with Marriott’s search facility on the Bonvoy homepage.
Step 1 – The Bonvoy Homepage
Log in and fill in the search parameters on the homepage in the usual way, but just be sure to place a checkmark in the box labeled “Use Points/Certificates” before you launch the search.
Step 2 – Select An Appropriate Property
From the list of hotel options that are now presented…
…you should select one that appeals and which costs no more than your free night certificate is worth (you cannot use free night certificates to part-pay for a night).
Step 3 – Select Your Room
Next, select the room you’d like to book:
Step 4 – Confirm Marriott Has Used Your Certificate
Once you’ve selected your room (i.e. you have clicked “select”), the “review reservation details” page should open up and you should find that Marriott has automatically added your certificate to your reservation – this will be confirmed by the fact that your “summary of charges” shows as zero:
Now proceed with your booking in the usual way.
What If You Don’t Want To Use Your Certificate?
There will be times where you have one or more certificates in your account but want to make a reservation without applying them to a booking (e.g. when the booking requires noticeably fewer points than the certificate is worth) – Marriott has you covered here.
All you have to do to make sure that a certificate isn’t applied to a reservation is to select the pay with points option that you’ll find directly below the certificate on the “review reservation details” page:
You can be confident that you’re paying with points and not with a certificate because your summary of charges will show the number of points that will be deducted from your account.
Using a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate to book a single night stay is easy and straightforward so it’s unlikely that you’ll trip up anywhere in the booking process. Where things get a little more complicated is when you’d like to make a multi-night reservation for which you’d like to use a mixture of points, cash, and Bonvoy free night certificates to make your booking online – all of that will be covered in a post that’s coming tomorrow.
Featured image: The rooftop bar at the West Hollywood EDITION – image courtesy of Marriott