Is it possible to use an E-Certificate (normally for 1-5 hotels) on a 6-7 hotel and just pay the difference upon arrival?
Sadly, no. These certificates cannot be used at hotels above category 5 at all.
bejacob's provided the succinct (and correct) answer. But to expand slightly, this question is raised every now and then, and whenever one of the MRI moderators passes the question on to the team at MRewards, the answer comes back that promotional certificates have neither a cash value nor a points value; thus, they cannot be combined with either cash or points for a night's stay at a higher-category property.
Thanks for your helpful responses, bejacob and foxglove. You are correct that unfortunately free-night certificates cannot be upgraded to higher categories. Please let me know if you have any more questions around this.
Now with mega bonuses seem to be geared to added points the only cert i have gotten is from the annual credit card comp
oh how I miss the MegaBonus Certs!
All of us here on MRI really wish we could!
I agree with others who have already posted comments. However, there are genuinely good Cat. 1-5 hotels available for E certificates
I'm staying at the Augusta Marriott (Cat 4) using E certificate this coming Friday in preparation for my 55th high school reunion nearby. En route, using 35k reward points to stay at JW Marriott in Atlanta-Buckhead, a wonderful location for nearby shopping, restaurants, concierge floor amenities, etc., and staying here nets us 100 miles nearer to Augusta for our trip.
Highly recommend both for those who might have opportunity to stay in these areas in near future!
All of the hotels in gainesville fl are cat 5 or under.....
Go see the gators.
BEfore Cocky took off with someone's bride seems like he absconded the Gator coach a few years ago!
Most desirable hotels in the Northeast are at least a cat 6. There are a handful of 5s left but far and few between. The fact is, if you want to stay in Philly, NYC, or Boston you are going to be out of luck looking for cat 5 and below. Sure there are some properties outside the city limits but the whole point of a trip is to not spend it going to and from the hotel because you have to say 20-30 mins outside the city to find a hotel at the right category level.
Come visit me in Columbus, Ohio. Of the roughly 23 properties in town only 1 is category 7 and 3 are category 6. The rest are 5 and below. I will admit, there are only 2 full service properties (both Marriotts) in that latter group.
Even better, about half the properties in town are category 3. Nothing fancy, but what would you expect in a medium-sized Midwestern city?
Also Lots of good Marriott Properties in Northern VA (Outside DC) which are Category 5 or less.
And which are totally do-able when visiting DC. Redemption lives on! (Even if I have to travel 3,000 miles for it. Love DC, so it's all good.)
I might never stay in any hotel by DC except the Ritz pentagon city now. cheap club level is cheappppp.
You're killing me.
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