Does free night certificate expire on date of expiration or date of booking?
Thanks for reaching out regarding your question regarding the free night certificate. As per the terms and conditions for the Fall MegaBonus:
• Maximum one (1) free night award earned with this promotion per member to be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-5 properties.
• Free night award will expire six (6) months after the date of issuance.
• An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only.
• An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay.
• The awarded free night certificate is not transferable and may not be given as a gift.
Hope this helps to clarify your question.
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In case moba wanted to know specifically; if a Certificate with a June 30th expiration date expired on June 30th or on July 1st for a June 30th stay-what's the scoop?
This is a test Insiders- No tagging - no Arnold Horshack quick to the box showoff answer by others - thank you
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ps- superstar (it might be Carat reincarnated - but The Big Cheese won't tell) goes off shift soon, so a response tomorrow is worthy of the SpringHill waffle of a prize (still bigger than the Win Travel for Life prize ).
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We are up to the challenge and have the scoop for you! The expiration date of a certificate is the last date the member would be able to check-in and use the certificate. For example, if a member had a certificate that expired on October 31, 2017, they would need to check in on or before Halloween.
That's excellent work Julia - great job. Yes, it's just like the MegaBonus - the end date is January 15th; if you check in on January 15th then the stay counts regardless of when you check out; unless of course, it's Hotel California - you'll have to look that one up also .
Now no doubt, folks are sitting at home saying, "well, of course that's the policy on certificates; it's consistent with the MegaBonus rules" to which I say, "hold on bucko, Marriott is nothing if not consistently inconsistent, and as anyone who wants to receive points on Cash upgrade charges on award stays can tell you - common sense ain't so common when it comes to Rewards" . Plus I guarantee you that if you call customer service, at least half of the reps will tell you that the certificate must be used by the day before so that you check out by the expiration date (try it).
Also, a tip of the cap to all the eager beavers out there who were dying to demonstrate their knowledge, excellent patience and I thank you, it gave us a chance to show how sharp our moderators are.
The Insider participation is up, the flow is rockin', the prophet of Pebble Beach has jumped back in the game, so all is well.
Nice work moderators. Keep on keepin' on Insiders.
erc omg, love the Hotel California reference....of course I can check in anytime I like, but I can never leave...
And the common sense piece was right on point, as usual
Thanks for making my day!!
moba, One other thing to consider is unlike the MR visa certs, mega bonus certs are generally not extendable. So use it or lose it. Six months is not a long time.
Good catch Peymanagement. You could get a disappointment if you don't pay attention to the date of expiration.
Regarding to the e-certificate of megabonus, could it be used on the reservation of category 5 vacation club?
Yes, the certificate can be used at Vacation Club properities, as long as they are within Category 1 to 5!
Julia, Julia, Julia - you are red hot!
Just an FYI, (that you probably already knew); MVC only has two Cat. 5 properties (none lower).
Marriott Villas at Doral - Florida - so far no dates available for points thru Oct 2018
Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France - a handful of Sundays until March, nothing yet afterwards
Often these time shares even though they say they are a Cat. 5, 6, 7, or 8, often tack on a 5k per night 'extra', which can be a frustrating exercise. This is a beef we've written about before - a Cat. 7 property that cannot be obtained with 35k points .
and as pey writes above, if it's a MegaBonus cert it dies in April, so keep an eye on the expiration.
Doable - but tough - good luck
thanks for the information. I do not know there are only 2 cat-5 MVC. But how lucky I am that my target is Village d’Ile-de-France. We are going there to celebrate my daugter’s birthday at Disneyland Paris next March. It has vacancy on that weekend but have to pay 2 upgrades extra (ie, 5K*2). At least the e-certificate saves me 25K points.
Thank you, Julia.
I have earned the free night. I can't seem to figure out how to utilize the free night. Do I need to print out the e-certificate? I can't seem to find a link to it even though my account says I have 1 unused certificate. Thanks!
Thanks for reaching out! You can find instructions on how to use your certificate through the link below and we have also inserted them here.
Link: Marriott Rewards FAQ | Rewards Account Frequently...
1. In the "Find a Hotel" box, enter your stay information and then select “Find”
2. A list of hotels will display with their individual Rewards category; select "View Rates", making sure the hotel category is within the range on your reward
3. A list of available rooms and the points normally required will display; use “Select” when you find your preferred room type
4. Confirm your room preferences and select "Continue” to open “Reservation Details”
5. On this page below "Confirm Details", you will see options to either "Attach the e-Certificate(s) below to my reservation" or "Order new e-certificate(s) and automatically deduct the points from my account." Select your certificate and then "Continue" at the bottom of the page
6. Your reservation will be completed and your confirmation number will display
We hope these help and we hope you have a great rest of your day!
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