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Some Marriott cards come with an annual free hotel night certificate worth up to 35,000 points.
This includes the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card.
It’s easy to get a value well above the card’s annual fee if you redeem at pricey Category 5 hotels.
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One of my favorite all-around credit card perks is the anniversary free night certificate that many co-branded hotel cards offer. Depending on how you use them, these can easily offset your card’s annual fee and even help you come out ahead in the long run.
With four different Marriott Bonvoy credit cards in my wallet, I’ve gotten quite a few chances to explore redemption options for the 35,000-point free night certificates that most of those cards carry. Today we’re going to take a look at how to earn these valuable rewards, and some of your best options for redeeming them in the US and internationally.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy 35,000-point free night certificates
Marriott is the largest hotel company in the world, with an equally impressive credit card portfolio issued by both Chase and American Express. All of Marriott’s co-branded credit cards offer a 35,000-point anniversary free night certificate, with the exception of the no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card (no anniversary night) and the premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, which offers a 50,000-point free night certificate instead (The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card also offers a 50,000-point free night certificate, though it’s not open to new applicants).
That means you can earn 35,000-point anniversary free nights on the following Bonvoy cards:
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card: Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card: No longer open to new applications
If you have the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, you can also earn a second 35,000-point free night certificate each calendar year when you spend $60,000 or more on your card. Marriott Titanium elites can pad their balance even more by selecting a 40,000-point free night certificate as their 75-night choice benefit, adding even more flexibility.
How much are 35,000 Marriott points worth?
The short answer is the 35,000 points roughly equates to a Category 1 to 5 hotel on Marriott’s award chart, though Category 5 properties under peak pricing will be slightly too expensive at 40,000 points a night. This still leaves plenty of great opportunities to redeem these certificates, including multiple choices in most major cities in the US. Let’s take a look at some of the best options to consider, both in the US and internationally.
The best hotels for redeeming a 35,000-point Marriott free night certificate
All of the cards that offer these free night certificates carry annual fees in the ~$100 range (from Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card up to Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card for the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ …read more
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