Canadian travelers can earn free hotels pretty easily. And while Germany is not the best destination to maximize the number of free nights, getting 8 completely free nights with a travel buddy (or 3 if you are traveling solo) is still a pretty good deal. I’ve taken advantage of the deal myself in plenty of countries!
This pro tip is super easy. By each getting the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card, you’ll get 132,000 points after unlocking the welcome bonus (or 66,000 points without a travel buddy).
Those points give you completely free hotel nights:
- 21 nights in Marriott category 1 hotels in amazing countries (or 10 nights solo)
- 12 nights in Marriott category 2 hotels in even more countries (or 6 nights solo)
- 8 nights in Marriott category 3 hotels in thousands of hotels (or 3 nights solo)
So if you want the most free hotel nights, plan your trips around those specific countries with category 1 hotels. But maybe you prefer getting fewer nights since that gives you more destination options… like beautiful Berlin.
Berlin has 3 Marriott category 3 hotels where you can get 8 free nights, and they all look very nice (one is a 5-star hotel).
With these 8 free hotel nights and the flight deals we often spot from Canada to Berlin for ≈ $600 roundtrip, you’ll be on your way to a very affordable trip in an amazing city.
The 3 Marriott category 3 hotels in Berlin
Here are the 3 hotels you can choose from:
- Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof
- AC Hotel Berlin Humboldthain Park
- Moxy Berlin Humboldthain Park
Here they are on a map of the city:
Flytrippers’ other co-founder Kevin loved his time in Berlin and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the vibrant German capital. If you visit the city, these hotels can be a great option where to stay for free.
- 3 Marriott category 4 hotels
- 6 Marriott category 5 hotels
We list these at the end of this post, but let’s start with the category 3 hotels.
Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof
Moxy is one of the few of Marriott’s 30 hotel brands that I haven’t experienced yet and one of the newest ones. It looks really cool: it is a more affordable brand with smaller rooms that aims to somewhat recreate the social atmosphere of hostels… for those who’ve outgrown shared rooms.
This is the hotel option that is closest to central Berlin.
AC Hotel Berlin Humboldthain Park
I’ve had many stays in AC Hotels, all of which were very enjoyable. Officially, it is an upper-midscale brand… but this one is a 5-star hotel (and many of those I’ve stayed in have been full-service hotels, at least in Europe).
So this one is the highest-rated of the 3, but it’s a bit farther out (a 15-minute subway ride to central Berlin).
Moxy Berlin Humboldthain Park
This other Moxy is located next to the AC Hotel, in case you prefer the younger, hipper vibe.
The 3 Marriott category 4 hotels in Berlin
Category 4 hotels aren’t often a great use of points (unless they are very expensive in cash—the basic thing to understand about variable-value rewards)…
But they could be good uses of the Marriott annual free night award certificate that is one of the greatest benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (but the certificate can be used on the even more luxurious category 5 hotels below on most dates too).
Here are the 3 Marriott category 4 hotels in Berlin:
- Sir Savigny Hotel, Berlin, a Member of Design Hotels
- Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
- Courtyard Berlin City Center
The 6 Marriott category 5 hotels in Berlin
These are the best uses of the Marriott annual free night award certificate.
Here are the 6 Marriott category 5 hotels in Berlin:
- Hotel Luc, Autograph Collection*
- Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection
- Provocateur, Berlin, a Member of Design Hotels
- Hotel Berlin Central District
- Berlin Marriott Hotel
- The Westin Grand, Berlin
Basics about Marriott points
The number of nights indicated applies:
- on a majority of dates
- by staying 5 nights in a row
The thing is that the amount of Marriott points required for a free night doesn’t just depend on the hotel’s category. There are in fact 3 possible prices for each category:
- the standard price (the majority of dates)
- the off-peak price (fewer points required)
- the peak price (more points required)
We always use the standard price to simplify the math and because it’s the most common. So you can 21 free nights in category 1 hotels on the majority of dates (sometimes it will be a bit more than 21 nights, but sometimes it can be a bit less if you aren’t flexible at all).
And Marriott only charges 4 nights if you stay for 5 consecutive nights, so that’s also what we use in our examples. The 21 free nights are 4 stays of 5 nights and 1 more night.
By the way, to get even more free nights, the American Express Cobalt Card is the one that allows me to earn the majority of my Marriott points (but of course I keep my Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card for the incredible free night award certificate).
You can read the 12 things to know about the Marriott Bonvoy program to learn more.
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Featured image: Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof (photo credit: Marriott)
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