One type of credit card that we never cancel is most of our hotel-branded hotel cards. This is because we get more value from them than the annual fee we pay. With the exception of the Hilton credit cards (other than the Aspire), they each give us a free night certificate every year after we pay the annual fee again. Some of our favorites are our Marriott free annual night certificates! Right now the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card has a great offer for 5 – 50K certificates after you meet minimum spend. Let’s check out how to use a Marriott 50K Certificate.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time differentiating between which cards earn which certificate. Basically, Marriott gives out annual certificates for 35K and 50K, depending on your card. I’m going to give you some options for the 50K certificates. Remember that the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless has a great offer for these certificates right now. Check out this post to learn more about all the Marriott cards and the different rules about getting each one.
How does a night in the Maldives sound! And, it’s an overwater villa!! Obviously, you would want to use other certificates, points, or cash to stay longer if you are going that far but, seriously, the Maldives on a credit card with a $95 fee? Alex stayed there this year and absolutely loved it! Did you read her post about the Maldives?
The Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa looks amazing! You can use a Marriott 50K certificate for a beach bungalow or add some points to it to book the overwater villa.
Yes, I’ve stayed at the JW Marriott in Phu Quoc, Vietnam and yes, I’d love to stay again. You can read all about it in my post but it was magical and worth the long flight. It was the only time I’ve traveled hacked just to stay at a hotel and it did not disappoint. It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that you can stay there for only 50K/night – it is that special!
If you have some Marriott points to add to your Marriott 50K certificate (you can add up to 15K to each), you can book the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa which is located steps from Kaanapali Beach, one of my favorite happening spots in Maui!
My sister and I are staying here in September for a few days so I’ll fill you in on our stay later. I know the location is perfect for restaurants, shopping, and fun at the beach.
The Renaissance brand of Marriott Hotels is another brand I like. I had a friend with 5-50K certificates from a signup bonus last year so we booked the Renaissance Aruba. We really enjoyed our stay in Aruba and visiting Flamingo Island because we were staying there was amazing!
Maybe you want to take a ski or snowboarding trip. The Westin Snowmass Resort near Aspen Colorado is just the place to use your Marriott 50K certificate. We stayed there during the summer and loved the area. Besides enjoying Aspen, the Snowmass Resort itself was really fun. Book early though as all Colorado ski resorts are busy during the winter.
Have I mentioned that I love, love, love Italy? This hotel is on my radar also. The Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Portopiccolo is a hotel I’d like to try and I don’t even know where Portopiccolo is! Looks dreamy though, right? I have been to Rome though and the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora is one I’d recommend if you go to Rome. Great location, beautiful hotel.
Another great hotel in San Diego is the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa. I’ll be checking out this hotel this week courtesy of an annual 50K certificate + 6000 Marriott points. With two double beds and a sofa bed, this room could sleep a family. They offer Food Truck Thursdays and Movies by the Bay on Fridays making it a fun destination for all. I’ll give you my full report soon.
THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego is another hotel I might use a Marriott free annual night certificate at some time. I have always loved San Diego and we’ve talked about family stays there, but this would be more of a couples stay. It is located in the Gas Lamp District, close to restaurants and all the action. It has great reviews and could be a fun stay.
We keep our hotel-branded credit cards because we get great value from our Marriott Free Annual Night Certificates. We hope you’ve found some inspiration for where you can use yours. If you don’t have one yet, read our post about Marriott Credit Cards and get one – you’ll be glad you did! Currently, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless has a great signup offer! Do you have a 50K Marriott hotel stay that you would recommend?
Affiliate Disclosure: Travel Hacking Mom uses affiliate links. We may receive compensation if you use our links when applying for a credit card at no extra cost to you. This compensation does not impact how or where products appear on this site. Travel Hacking Mom has not reviewed all available credit card offers on this site. Thank you so much if you use our links!
Editorial Note: The editorial content on this site is not provided by credit card issuer. All opinions, reviews, and recommendations are expressed by the author, not the credit card issuer.