Marriott Free Night Award Certificates Extension 2021

Marriott’s free night award certificates extension for 2021: due to the pandemic, all free night award certificates that were due to expire in 2020 or early 2021 have been extended to August 1st, 2021.

One of the best features of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (apart from the great Welcome Bonus that can give you 8 free hotel nights) is the annual free night award certificate you’ll get every single year.

It can be used for very luxurious hotels around the world (all hotels from Category 1 to 5).

The certificate is easily worth hundreds of dollars (or even a thousand dollars in an overwater bungalow in Fiji) but you usually have just one year to use them (unlike Marriott points, which effectively never expire).


Free night award certificate extension

The extension ensures that your free night award certificates won’t expire before the summer at least. You can already see this in your Marriott account.

New expiry date for certificates in my account (image credit: Marriott website)


Hopefully, you can go somewhere more fun by then, and you’ll get much nicer hotels with your certificate too: the worst use of Marriott points or certificates is often for hotels in Canada and the US (because they are expensive—and popular—countries).

Many travelers use the certificate for a $150 room sadly, when it can get you something so much better. That’s also what maximizing travel rewards is all about. That’s the beauty of variable-value rewards programs that give you outsized value and unlimited value (but only if you understand that you need to use them well!).

But if the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better in the spring, we’ll at least share a post with the best luxury hotels here in Canada where you can use your certificate, in case that’s still your only option (we sure hope not).


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Marriott’s free night award certificates extension for 2021 ensures that no credit card certificates will expire before August 1st, 2021.

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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: 62/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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