Marriott Bonvoy: Book Cat 7 Off-Peak with 50K Certs

11 Howard is a Category 7 hotel in NYC. Since the off-peak rate is 50K points per night, I found that it is possible to book this hotel with 50K certificates which you get annually with the Amex Bonvoy Brilliant card or the Chase Ritz card.

Here’s a sliver of a silver lining for Bonvoy fans…

Now that Marriott has implemented their Peak and Off-Peak award pricing, those with 50K free night certificates can book Category 7 hotels when they are priced at off-peak rates.  Previously, 50K certs could only be used for Category 6 hotels and below.  The bad news, of course, is that when Category 6 hotels are Peak priced, we won’t be able to use our 50K certificates since the peak price is 60K.  Same story with Category 5 hotels and 35K certificates.

Sadly, the off-peak trick doesn’t readily work for 35K certificates since Category 6 hotels charge 40K off-peak.  However, in very rare situations you may be able to book a Category 6 hotel with a 35K certificate: the award must be off-peak and PointSavers.

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