Is it possible to gift a nights stay to a family member?
You can make the reservation yourself, and then call the hotel and add the family member's name to the reservation.
Not sure if you can gift the actual certificate, though.
Certificate stays require the Rewards Member to be present. You can however make point stays for friends and family members without being present.
Really? I've actually done this with a certificate, but maybe the hotel just let it go.
Perhaps it is each properties discretion?
I think the reservation agents have been trained to notify individuals that the Rewards Member must be present for certificates. However I think the individual properties just see it as a Rewards Stay. This question was asked on Insider's back in 2015 and Lindsey H from Marriott indicated the "certificates are non-transferable"
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Good info all around. Vaboy states the formal policy and whereas in the beginning years ago, I shied away from gifting out of fear of facing the loyalty 'death penalty' (for awhile, a few years back, Marriott was shutting down accounts when folks attempted to break policy - like booking two rooms same night different properties - they dropped it when they discovered there were often legitimate reasons for actually doing it and using both rooms personally - but for awhile, they were like Big Brother sweeping through accounts), I now have read enough cases of folks successfully gifting the certificate out of policy to not personally fear the reaper.
However, saying that, I still don't gift the certificate out of concern that my guest would run into the one FDA who actually enforces the formal policy and my guest is both made awkwardly uncomfortable, if not embarrassed, as well as forced to pay the evening's rate, which could get financially ugly (and be my obligation IMO).
So like vaboy mentions, I bypass the incremental flexibility value of the gifted certificate (it's a shame they don't formally allow it, that would add worthwhile value to us without the apparent Marriott dread of increasing the Category) and just toss 25k or less points to my guest (in the form of an awards stay in their name).
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