Great Ways to Use a Marriott 50K Certificate


We keep most of our hotel-branded credit cards year after year. This is because the benefits of the cards typically outweigh their annual fees (especially those hotel cards that come with an annual free night certificate). Some of our favorites are our Marriott annual free night certificates! 

Marriott allows you to “top off” free night certificates with up to 15K points, so each 50K free night certificate could be redeemed for award nights that cost up to 65K points if you topped them off with some of your Marriott points. Currently, you can earn five 50K free night certificates after meeting the minimum spend on these two Marriott cards:








Let’s dive into some of the best ways to redeem a Marriott 50K free night certificate. Check out this post to learn more about all the Marriott cards and the rules for getting each one. Additionally, if you have a 35K certificate, you can top it off and stay at some of these hotels.


Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa

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 annual fee? Alex stayed there 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 and top it off with 12,000 points. Depending on your dates, I’ve seen them for as little as 45K points!


screenshot Marriott resort on points


JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

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 used points just to stay at a certain 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 points/night—it is that special!


Phu Quoc vietnam beach

JW Marriott Phu Quoc, Vietnam


Screenshot of points cost at Marriott in Vietnam


Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa

If you have some Marriott points to top off your Marriott 50K certificates, you can book the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, which is located steps from Kaanapali Beach (one of my favorite spots on Maui)! There are even some rare 40K nights that you can book with your certificates (March 2024).


Balcony at hotel overlooking water and beach

Picture courtesy of Marriott


My sister and I have stayed there, and you can read my review here. The location is perfect for restaurants, shopping, and fun at the beach.


Screenshot award night


Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino

The Renaissance brand of Marriott Hotels is another brand I like. I had a friend with five 50K certificates from a sign-up bonus, so we booked the Renaissance Aruba. We really enjoyed our stay in Aruba, and visiting Flamingo Island because we were staying there was amazing! If you book in the Fall, you can find rooms for as little as 55K points. I would use a certificate and top it off with other points I had (or purchased) to stay here.


Hotel room with white bedspread on bed

We used 50K certificates for a room similar to this!


Two women standing near pink birds




AC Hotel Honolulu

The ability to stay five nights in Hawaii with one credit card welcome offer is pretty unique. It might not be the most luxurious stay, but who will be in the room when you can be at the beach? This is a new hotel, too, so that is always nice. I definitely think it is worth paying for some Marriott points, in this case, to “top off” the certificate if you don’t already have points.


Screenshot of hotel price in Honolulu



JW Marriott Orlando at Bonnet Creek Resort and Spa

This is a great option for those 50K certificates if you want a trip to Walt Disney World. June had some available dates for using a 50K certificate. It gets great reviews and has a ton of fun things for children to do! You can even get a room with a view of Disney Springs.


Kid's Club at hotel

The Hidden Garden Kid’s Club looks adorable!


Suggestions From Readers

Some of our readers have suggested the following hotels for redeeming 50K certificates. Sometimes, they have had to top off their certificates.

  • JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
  • JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
  • Marriott Fallsview Niagara Falls
  • The Westin Hamburg
  • Westin Hapuna Beach
  • Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
  • Westin St Francis Square San Francisco
  • Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Fairhope, Alabama
  • Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection
  • JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
  • JW Marriott Marquis Miami
  • Ritz-Carlton Bali – almost all have private plunge pools, always a suite or villa
  • W Punta Mita
  • Westin Excelsior in Rome – pool and steam room/sauna
  • Westin, Paris Vendome
  • Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites Livingston Yellowstone
  • Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa 


Bottom Line

We keep our hotel-branded credit cards because we get great value from our Marriott annual free night certificates. We hope you’ve found some inspiration for where you can use yours. If you don’t have one yet but have plans to stay at Marriott hotels, read our post about Marriott credit cards and get one—you’ll be glad you did! Do you have a 50K Marriott hotel stay that you would recommend? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the reader’s list!


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  1. Nancy says:

    Does the free night (annual and the bonus sign up offer) certificate have an expiration date?

  2. Cam says:

    Thanks for these suggestions. I only hear about Disney hotels (swan and dolphin) so I am excited to heart about some that aren’t Disney. 🙂

  3. Liz says:

    My husband and I each have some of these. If we wanted to use them all for one stay, could we link my husband’s reservation with mine?

    • Pam says:

      You have to book each reservation one at a time but could then call and ask them to link them so you wouldn’t have to move or get new keys each day.

  4. Blair says:

    Can you stack marriott free night certificates? So, for example, if I wanted to stay in an overwater bungalo for 5 nights… let’s pretend that they were 50k points per night … could I use five 50k certificates?

  5. Denise says:

    I am using mine at JW Marriott San Antonio. I actually only have 35k certificate but if you stay mid week I can stay for only 42k points. We are going after Memorial Day.

  6. Amy says:

    Can you use all 5 nights consecutively?

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