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How to redeem Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Annual Free Night Awards?

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Here's how to redeem the Annual Free Night Award worth 35,000 points, a benefit of Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards: Annual Free Night Award

A Marriott Bonvoy credit cards benefit

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards come with an Annual Free Night Award that you receive on your account anniversary, every year, valid for a one night stay at select Marriott Bonvoy properties:

This is a significant benefit, putting into perspective the cost of their annual fee ($120 for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card and $150 for the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card) at renewal.

35,000 points value

This Annual Free Night Award worth 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. If you redeem it correctly, you could get more than $300 worth of it, especially when you stay in the heart of major American or European cities.

Here is for example with the Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel, where we stayed recently. The cost per night at this hotel was US$314!

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Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

With the introduction of Marriott Bonvoy’s peak/off-peak rates, you can redeem your Annual Free Night Award in all these hotel categories:

Category Off-Peak Standard Peak Season
1 5 000 7 500 10 000
2 10 000 12 500 15 000
3 15 000 17 500 20 000
4 20 000 25 000 30 000
5 30 000 35 000 40 000
6 40 000 50 000 60 000
7 50 000 60 000 70 000
8 70 000 85 000 100 000

You will be able to redeem your Annual Free Night Award in Category 1 to 4 hotels at any time.

For Category 5, you will only be able to redeem it during Off-Peak or standard season. During peak season, you won’t be able to redeem your 35,000 points Annual Free Night Award as the 40,000 points rate won’t permit it.

And it is impossible to complete a 35,000 points Annual Free Night Award with 5,000 points from your Marriott Bonvoy account.

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - Catégorie 5 de Marriott Bonvoy

To help you find a Marriott Bonvoy hotel based on categories, check out our full map of Marriott Bonvoy hotels, with category filters!

When do you earn your Marriott Bonvoy Annual Free Night Award ?

You will have to wait between 8 and 10 weeks AFTER renewing your credit card to get your Free Annual Night Award directly into your Marriott Bonvoy account.

This Annual Free Night Award can be found in the Activity section of your Marriott Bonvoy account.

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Annual Free Night Award - Marriott Bonvoy

Want to learn more about the Marriott Bonvoy program? Check out our ultimate guide on Marriott Bonvoy!

Annual Free Night Award expiration

The Annual Free Night Award is valid for 12 months.

However, it is possible to extend its validity for an additional year. You’ll have to call Marriott Bonvoy to do that.

The one-year extension will be valid from the date of your call. Wait until the last month of your certificate is valid to call Marriott Bonvoy!

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - Plage et piscine

How to redeem your Annual Free Night Award?

For a free hotel night

To use your Annual Free Night Award, find the hotel where you would like to stay.

For example, a one-night stay at the AC Hotel New York Times Square (a costly night at $500!).

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AC Hotel Times Square - Bonvoy Marriott

Upon confirmation of your booking, Marriott Bonvoy will suggest you redeem this Annual Free Night Award.

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AC Hotel Times Square - Bonvoy Marriott

For a stay of less than 5 nights

If you stay between 2 and 4 nights in the same hotel, it is possible to combine the Annual Free Night Award with points that will pay for the other nights.

Here, for example, is a 2-night stay at the same hotel:

  • The Annual Free Night Award will be used for the first night
  • 35,000 points will be used for the second night.
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AC Hotel Times Square - Bonvoy Marriott

However, if you are staying 5 nights or more, read on carefully!

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - Piscine

Beware of stays of 5 nights or more

If you are staying 5 nights or more at the same hotel, be careful!

Indeed, when redeeming an Annual Free Night Award, it is impossible to benefit from the advantage of Stay 5 nights, Pay for 4!

Here, for example, is a 5-night stay at the same hotel:

  • The Annual Free Night Award will be used for the first night
  • Points will be redeemed for each of the other nights
  • No “Stay for 5, pay for 4” perk here.
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AC Hotel Times Square - Bonvoy Marriott

You will then pay 135,000 points, but you will have used your Annual Free Night Award!

Whereas if you choose to redeem your points WITHOUT using the Annual Free Night Award, you will be able to benefit from the advantage of Stay for 5, pay for 4 !

Here, for example, is a 5-night stay at the same hotel:

  • Points will be redeemed for each night
  • One night will be free (the cheapest in points)
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AC Hotel Times Square - Bonvoy Marriott

You will then pay 140,000 points, but you will keep your Annual Free Night Award for later use.

Conclusion

The Annual Free Night Award is a great perk of the 2 Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.

This advantage is cumulative if you have both cards: you will have, at renewal, 2 Free Annual Night Awards!

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