Five free Marriott 50K free night certificates returns (and yes, you can top off the certs)

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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.

The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
5 Free Nights up to 50K points each
5 Free Night Certificates each valid for a night up to 50K points after $5K in purchases in the first 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

See Also: Are you eligible for a new Marriott card?

Recent better offer: This matches the best offer we've ever seen on this card.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Dine
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 3X gas stations, grocery stores, and dining on up to $6K in combined purchases each year ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Gold status when you spend $35K each year ⚬ 1 Elite Night Credit towards elite status for every $5K spent

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night certificate for 1 night at a hotel redemption level up to 35K ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year ⚬ 1 Elite Night Credit for every $5K spent

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Quick Thoughts

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.

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joremero

I plan on using mine at the JW San Antonio. Currently 50k and about $500 a night for the vacation periods I’ve checked (spring break 2023 and summer 2023

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curtis leasure

Does anyone out there know if the person who get the certs HAS to be the one checking in or can you book with certs under someone else’s name? For example, if my mom got the certs could she book reservations for me?

croppingfool

Can’t be done. I tried with certificates in my husband’s name and I was on the reservation. I said I would be arriving before him. The hotel and Marriott both told me when booking that my husband would have to be present with a photo ID. I would have to wait in the lobby until he arrived. Strict policy.

Jeff

I applied through an email link I got for 100k points after $3k spend and another 25k points after another $2k spend ($5k total). It’s about half the point value as the certs. I was thinking to ask chase for a match, but realized I can’t use it at the hotel I have booked on points atm (even after the 15k additional points). I don’t have any particular plans for use of the 50k certs so am thinking the point flexibility might be better. Just curious on people thoughts?

Captain Greg

Update: In an email from Marriott with this offer, it says to apply by 7/21.

TomK

I’ve got kind of a weird case when it comes to eligibility. I upgraded my Amex Marriott card to the Brilliant 26 months ago for 100k point offer. However Amex and Marriott had a screwup that took 6 months to resolve. I had success via Amex twitter and my Brilliant upgrade bonus ended up being a manually entered “goodwill” bonus that appeared on my account 20 months ago. It says ‘goodwill’ when I look at my award in Marriott. I’m really tempted by this 5x50k offer, and I suspect that I might be eligible for it based on how I got my 100k. Thoughts?

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Alan

Any idea when this offer expires?

Drew

Someone commented July 21.

Dan

Marriott certificates don’t work for making a cash+points booking at a higher category property, I assume?

Dan

Absolutely, thanks for clarifying – I’m trying to plot out how to maximize the certificates for the up coming. I had my eye on a stay later this year that’s right at 50,000/night with a cash copay, since the rate on points alone is a bit too high to top up at 78,000/night.

Captain Greg

How likely is it that this will be available through referral? Was planning to do amex gold, but this would get heavy consideration through referral from P2. I’d love to do both, but I’m at 4/24 and the amex gold offer expires in a few days so I might have to choose one.

Captain Greg

I would like to apply for both, as you suggest, but I’d like to use P2’s referral. So that’s why I’m trying to determine if it’s likely that this will become the referral offer. Right now, P2 gets 40k per referral but the offer is only three 50k certs.

Captain Greg

When you say “more risk than it’s worth,” is the risk missing out on the five 50k offer altogether? My thinking is that it might not be worth doing, for my situation, without the referral. P2 and I can always get 40k points and 3 certs at any time, so doing the new offer without the referral is essentially one cert better. Yes, it’s still better, but I feel like it is worth the risk of what you’re proposing. If I miss it, I’m guessing another good offer will come up again in the future.

Captain Greg

Was this offer available via referral the last time it came up (in the fall of 2020)?

Jess

Can you use the certs to book 5 days in a row with separate reservations?

Tim

Why?

Jess

I’m reading that the certs are hard to use and can’t be used in the same reservation. I was asking if they can just be used separately at the same hotel consecutively.

Tim

I see. I’m almost sure you can use up to all 5 in one reservation for 5 consecutive nights.

I think he means you won’t have leftover points when you use a certicate for a night where the room is less than 50k (e.g., 35k).

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Greg The Frequent Miler

You can do that, but better yet you can use as many certs as you want in a single reservation. You won’t get the 5th night free as you do with points, but otherwise there’s no problem.

Jimmy

In terms and condition I don’t see any mention of the Chase Ritz card. I currently have the Chase Ritz card which I product changed from Marriott Premier during August 2019 and also have the Amex Bonvoy Business card which I opened during December 2020 and didn’t qualify for welcome bonus. Would I be eligible for SUB for Bonvoy Boundless Card?

Dan

I assume if I cancel my Boundless card I can re-apply and get the bonus. (I meet all other qualifications – no amex Bonvoy, no bonus in over 24 months). Should I cancel and wait 30 days before re-applying?

JHT

If I received the welcome bonus over 24 months ago, can I cancel my current Boundless and apply for this?

JBP

Does the Chase referral bonus work for this new five night offer ?

Dan

My refer-a-friend link shows only 3 free nights @ 35k each. Sometimes it takes them a week or two to update the link to the new offer.

Dave Hanson

Anyone seen data points of Chase not enforcing 5/24 on this cobrand card (like their United cobrands)?

Lukas

No.

Randy B

So I just had my P2 apply for this card over the weekend with the prior offer. Haven’t even gotten it in the mail. Any way to get it switched the newer offer or are we SOL?

Last edited 1 month ago by Randy B
Kristen Silva

I did the same thing and just got off the phone with chase, there’s no way to apply the new offer to the old one unless you close the account and reapply.

Randy B

Damn. Appreciate the data point. I guess my FOMO is somewhat offset by the thought it is hard enough to use 3 of these certs 🙂

Beechy

Would like to get confirmation from Marriott if these certificates are able to get topped off with up to 15k points to redeem.. Thanks you.

Li Yang

I downgraded my boundless card to a non fee card last year. Can I apply for it again to get the bonus? TIA.

Dan

If you have the Bold you can’t get the Boundless. The link Nick posted is very helpful. https://frequentmiler.com/marriott-card-eligible/

Li Yang

Thanks. Very helpful indeed. I will cancel the bold card and wait a couple weeks to apply for boundless.

Ben

The Offer Details contain this phrase: “Your e-certificate may not be combined with cash or other Marriott Bonvoy points when redeeming for your free night.” I feel like this may be carryover language from a prior offer from before Marriott allowed top offs of up to 15K points, but it doesn’t instill confidence that it would be allowed.

Alex

Is Marriott still extending the expiration for a year when calling in?

Ben

No