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Update 7/20: This Marriott welcome offer giving five 50k free night certificates is due to end on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7am ET, so you only have a few hours left to apply for this card if you’re interested in the bonus.
Update 6/3: We have confirmed with Marriott that the certificates awarded through this welcome offer can be topped off with up to 15,000 additional points, just like the rest of the certs that orbit around the Marriott universe. There was some concern about language in the terms and conditions that stated that the certificates awarded in this offer could not be topped up with additional points, but the horses themselves said that it was inaccurate language left over from a previous offer. Go forth and conquer.
In our most recent evaluation of Marriott points, our formula determined Marriott 50K free night certificates to be worth about $300. Starting today, you can get five of those free night certificates with a new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Given that you can now top off those certificates with up to 15,000 additional points per night, this could be a terrific deal for someone able to maximize the use of the certificates in the first year.
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For the past couple of years, I’ve been lukewarm on free night certificates given the fact that those certificates expire a year after issuance and the uncertainty of travel in 2020 and 2021. Furthermore, certificates are far less flexible than points in that you can only use each of these five certificates for a single night — you can’t break them up into multiple cheaper nights as you can with points. However, with travel largely roaring back and hotel prices skyrocketing along with the added flexibility of putting points on top of your free night certificates, it should be easier than ever to get solid value out of your free night certificates.
I’ve personally made a couple of recent bookings that included some points on top of a 50K certificate that are yielding values at or above 1c per point (let’s just hope the suite might awards clear!). I could see this offer being particularly appealing for folks with relatively near-term plans that could make good use of these certificates.