How To Redeem A Marriott Free Night Certificate

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I imagine this is probably exceedingly obvious to Marriott loyalists, but for those of us who are just learning our way around Marriott Rewards, I figure this is worth a post.

Historically I’ve been a Starwood loyalist, though with Marriott’s takeover of Starwood, I’m now also a Marriott Rewards Platinum member through their status match offering. While my priority is always to stay at Starwood hotels when possible, they don’t have nearly as big of a global footprint as Marriott does. As a result, I’ve found myself occasionally staying at Marriott hotels.

Marriott’s global promotions are typically called “MegaBonus.” During Marriott’s MegaBonus promotion last fall, they offered a Category 1-5 free night certificate after making just two stays at any Marriott family property. That’s really generous — I easily qualified for that, and am now just getting around to redeeming the certificate for an upcoming airport hotel stay, as it expires in July 2018.