My husband and I planned a trip, using points for two out of three nights of our stay. He just found out he's got to work and cannot go. He wanted me to be able to take a friend, we've already spent a good deal of money on transportation so we didn't want to cancel. He called Marriott and they told him if he doesn't come we can't use his certificates. Now we're looking at having to cancel the trip. I don't recall this being the case several years ago, it was possible to "gift" them by allowing someone else to be on the registration.