Another issue is that they expire. Do you want to use a free night towards a trip you are planning or plan a trip around it?
I recently shared where we are staying with our IHG Anniversary Free Night. Then AwardWallet informed me that my Marriott Rewards Anniversary Free Night was expiring in less than 3 months.
Rather than have the Marriott Rewards Anniversary Free Night cause me any headache, I decided to use it for a real need while also feeling like I got a good deal.
At the end of the school year, the Michael W Travels family will be heading to St Kitts. Our flight home with American Airlines includes an overnight in Miami. This is a minor hassle and one I didn’t want to spend any extra money on.
I figured that my Marriott Rewards Anniversary Free Night would be the perfect option for this short stay.
While doing a search, there were only a couple of properties which qualified for this redemption since you can only book Marriott Categories 1-5 hotels.
I decided to book a stay at the TownePlace Suites Miami Airport. The hotel offers free shuttle service as well as free breakfast.
If we were to pay for our stay, it would cost $108 plus tax for a total of $122 for the night. If I wanted to use points for the stay, it would cost 25,000 Marriott Rewards points.
So did I get a decent value for my Anniversary Free Night?
In September 2017 I paid the $85 annual fee. I also took advantage of a $10 off $25 Whole Foods Chase Offers deal. This brought my annual fee down to $75 for the year.
So for $75, I got a room which would’ve cost $122. While I didn’t save a ton, I do feel that this will be a solid use for my Anniversary Reward Night.
What do you think?
If you have the Marriott Rewards credit card, let us know where you’ve used your free night?