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Here’s one last post before the end of the awesome increased offer for hotel points you really shouldn’t miss (you have to apply before the end of the day today). I’m talking about the annual Marriott free night certificate, one of the best benefits of any card in Canada.

The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Card (which doesn’t require an incorporated business) give you a huge welcome bonus (obviously, otherwise we wouldn’t recommend them).

But they also give you an awesome certificate for a free night every year after. Here are the details.

 

Basics of the Marriott certificate

I promise we’ll have a lot more details on this certificate soon, but I want to at least show you some concrete examples of how awesome it can be. 

What’s really important is to take advantage of the deal before the end of the day, so you don’t miss out on the increased offer that’s usually only available once a year.

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Basically, each time you renew your card, you’ll get a certificate for a free night worth 35,000 points. This can be used in super luxurious hotels!

I really want to emphasize: that this is one of the best credit card benefits — of any card in Canada. For $120, you get a certificate worth ≈ $315. 

But it can be worth so much more too, if you use it right. What’s certain is that it will never be worth less than $120, so it makes no sense to close the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card for anyone (it’s the ONLY one that EVERYONE should keep without exceptions). 

Absolutely NO sense and it’s not even debatable. 

The basics!

As the Marriott certificate is worth 35,000 points, the principle is the same as points: the value varies according to how you use it. Depending on the hotel, the date of stay, and the date of booking. 

Read the basics of how Marriott points work if you haven’t already, to understand the basics.

But 35,000 is still a lot of points, so it gives you choices literally everywhere. And it’s always going to be worth at least $120, I repeat. But obviously, the less expensive and popular the destination, the more luxurious the hotel is going to be.

Finally, don’t forget that the ideal is to combine several certificates to extend your stay in beautiful hotels. If you’re on your own, you should have the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Card to get 2 certificates per year for a 3-day/2-night stay. If you have a travel buddy, take each one and you’ll get a 5-day/4-night stay in beautiful hotels.

 

Basics of these 31 examples

Here are 5 things to remember:

  • It includes some hotels up to 50,000 points
  • The dates are random
  • This is a very incomplete list
  • I’ve deliberately omitted North America
  • You can do the research yourself so easily

 

Includes some hotels up to 50,000 points

You can add a top-up of up to 15,000 points to your certificate, which is worth 35,000 points, for a total of 50,000 points. This can often be a really good way of getting even more expensive hotels or just more choices.

You don’t have to and you have plenty of options at 35,000 points, but it’s a situation where it’s sometimes worth it to get more luxury, honestly.

To calculate the real value your certificate gives you, I’ve obviously deducted the value of the extra points in these cases, so you can see the real figure.

 

The dates are random

If you travel at peak times, the difference between points and cash often becomes even greater, so your certificate is worth even more! 

I’ve taken more normal random dates just so as not to exaggerate the value of the certificate, but if you travel at peak times or for popular events, your certificate will be worth so much more!

For example, for Europe, I took dates in the best month to go, in September to avoid the season of terrible tourist crowds. So it fell in the middle of Oktoberfest for the Munich example, so that gives you an idea: the value is incredibly higher for that one.

I also made an exception for Rio and put in dates during Carnival to replicate a bit of my own certificate use last November, the night before the Taylor Swift show madness when I saved $600 with my own certificate from my Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card!

 

This is a very incomplete list

I just wanted you to see a few examples before tonight, in case you weren’t convinced yet.

We’re going to make some much more exhaustive lists to help you, like for places to maximize your points.

There are so many good options with this certificate!

 

I deliberately omitted North America

I always want to encourage you to go to different places, firstly because it’s more fun but obviously also because North America is the worst place in the world to travel with Marriott points. 

If you want to use your certificate in North America, you’ve got even more options and it’s still going to give you the same value for your certificate. But the hotels are going to be far less attractive, just as the hotels with cash are far less attractive in North America than those at the same price elsewhere.

Hotels elsewhere will be nicer to maximize your certificate experience.

So in a whole year, I encourage you to get out of North America at least once (it’s so easy to travel more if you invest the least amount of time in travel rewards) and use your certificate elsewhere. 

But we’ll make a list of the best in North America, too, for those who sadly don’t get out of here.

 

You can do the research yourself so easily

If you don’t want to wait and want to explore more destinations (or see a specific destination or dates), it’s so easy to do in 30 seconds.

Read the basics on how to search for Marriott hotels with points.

 

14 examples in Europe

Here are some examples from the favorite continent of many travelers.

 

Corfu, Greece

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $570
  • Price (pts): 42,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 7,000 pts (≈ $63)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $387

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas

Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $505
  • Price (pts): 38,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 3,000 pts (≈ $27)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $358

 

Tuscany, Italy

Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa

Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $387
  • Price (pts): 33,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $267

 

Milan, Italy

STRAF, Milan, a member of Design Hotels

STRAF, Milan, a member of Design Hotels (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $756
  • Price (pts): 42,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 7,000 pts (≈ $63)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $573

 

Barcelona, Spain

AC Hotel Barcelone Forum

AC Hotel Barcelone Forum (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $402
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $264

 

Málaga, Spain

AC Hotel Malaga Palacio

AC Hotel Malaga Palacio (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $483
  • Price (pts): 42,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 7,000 pts (≈ $63)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $300

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Memmo Principe Real, Lisbon, a Member of Design HotelsTM

Memmo Principe Real, Lisbon, a Member of Design HotelsTM (image credit: Marriott) 

 

  • Price (C$): $638
  • Price (pts): 40,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 5,000 pts (≈ $45)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $473

 

Cascais, Portugal

Sheraton Cascais Resort

Sheraton Cascais Resort (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $381
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $243

 

Paris, France

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $498
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $360

 

Munich, Germany

Residence Inn Munich City East

Residence Inn Munich City East (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $570
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $432

 

Brussels, Belgium

The Dominican Brussels, a Member of Design Hotels

The Dominican Brussels, a Member of Design Hotels (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $594
  • Price (pts): 42,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 7,000 pts (≈ $63)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $411

 

Minusio-Locarno, Switzerland

Giardino Lago, Minusio-Locarno, a Member of Design HotelsTM

Giardino Lago, Minusio-Locarno, a Member of Design HotelsTM (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $444
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $306

 

Split, Croatia

AC Hotel Split

AC Hotel Split (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $425
  • Price (pts): 34,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $305

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Residence Inn Copenhagen Nordhavn

Residence Inn Copenhagen Nordhavn (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $443
  • Price (pts): 40,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 5,000 pts (≈ $45)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $278

 

4 examples in the Middle East and Africa

Here are some examples in a great region where hospitality is usually much better.

 

Bodrum, Türkiye

Le Méridien Bodrum Beach Resort

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $819
  • Price (pts): 37,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 2,000 pts (≈ $18)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $681

 

 İstanbul, Türkiye

Orient Occident Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection

Orient Occident Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $414
  • Price (pts): 32,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts 
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $294

 

Cairo, Egypt

Marriott Mena House Cairo

Marriott Mena House Cairo (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $881
  • Price (pts): 34,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $761

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $365
  • Price (pts): 35,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts 
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $245

 

7 examples in Asia

Here are some examples from the best part of the world!

 

Maldives (Le Méridien)

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa (image credit: Marriott)
  • Price (C$): $2,024
  • Price (pts): 39,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 4,000 pts (≈ $36)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $1,868

 

Maldives (Sheraton)

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (image credit: Marriott)
  • Price (C$): $447
  • Price (pts): 35,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts 
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $327

 

Pranburi, Thailand

Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $414
  • Price (pts): 38,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 3,000 pts (≈ $27)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $267

 

Hô Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Sheraton Saigon Grand Opera Hotel

Sheraton Saigon Grand Opera Hotel (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $384
  • Price (pts): 34,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $264

 

Tokyo, Japan

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $411
  • Price (pts): 39,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 4,000 pts (≈ $36)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $255

 

Singapore, Singapore

The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore, a Member of Design Hotels

The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore, a Member of Design HotelsTM (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $412
  • Price (pts): 30,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $292

 

Taoyuan, Taiwan

The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan

The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $348
  • Price (pts): 33,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts 
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $228

 

2 examples in Oceania

Here are some examples from a very exotic region.

 

Fiji

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $494
  • Price (pts): 50,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 15,000 pts (≈ $135)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $239

 

Sydney, Australia

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $369
  • Price (pts): 39,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 4,000 pts (≈ $36)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $213

 

4 examples in South America

Here are some examples in the best region in the Americas.

 

Cusco, Peru

Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco

Palacio del Inka, a Luxuary Collection Hotel, Cusco (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $477
  • Price (pts): 41,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 6,000 pts (≈ $54)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $303

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $1,274
  • Price (pts): 46,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 11,000 pts (≈ $99)
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $1,055

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $324
  • Price (pts): 33,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $204

 

Bogotá, Colombia

JW Marriott Hotel Bogota

JW Marriott Hotel Bogota (image credit: Marriott)

 

  • Price (C$): $774
  • Price (pts): 32,000 pts
  • Top-up (pts): 0 pts
  • Certificate cost: $120 (card fee)
  • Net profit: $654

 

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Summary

The certificate is amazing! Get the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Card!

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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