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One of the best perks of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card is the annual free night certificate they offer. In exchange for your $85 annual fee ($99 on the business card) you get one free night at a Category 1-5 property.

Marriott recently announced its annual category changes, effective March 6. Over 1,300 hotels are changing category, including a number of great Category 5 properties that are moving up to Category 6. Going forward, that means you’ll have to spend 30,000 points for an award night at these hotels. If you have free night certificates you haven’t used yet, here are six properties to consider booking before the changes take effect on March 6.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc has historically been one of the best-value uses of Marriott free night certificates, with cash rates here starting at about $300. Commanding the southern tip of Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, this hotel effortlessly blends pristine private beaches with a unique and luxurious design. Guest rooms boast high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)
(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center 

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is proof that some of DC’s greatest treasures lie just outside the city limits. The Gaylord provides easy access to our nation’s capital, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria, a quaint little waterfront neighborhood situated just across the Potomac River. And don’t worry, those 19 stories of glass windows aren’t just for show — they provide a spectacular view of flights on final approach into Reagan National (DCA).

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)
(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando, International Drive/Convention Center

Orlando has plenty of hotels to choose from, but the never-ending flow of tourists to Disney and Universal keeps cash rates high even at lower-tier properties. The Fairfield Inn and Suites International Drive provides seamless access to Universal Studios, with regularly scheduled shuttle service to all the parks. Orlando was hit especially hard with this year’s category changes. In addition to this Fairfield, six other Marriott properties in Orlando are moving up from Category 5 to 6. If you’ve been planning a trip to Orlando on Marriott points, now’s the time to book!

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

The Algonquin St. Andrews Autograph Collection

Nestled in a quiet corner of New Brunswick, Canada right by the water, the Algonquin St. Andrews has it all. Whale-watching trips, a historic golf course and weekly farmers markets in town are just some of the activities guests can enjoy. If you’re craving more nature, head over to the reversing falls, a series of rapids that flow backwards at high tide. Very few Autograph Collection properties are eligible for free night certificates, and it will be a shame to see this one go.

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)
(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji

Despite its proximity to Chinese metropolises like Shanghai and Hangzhou, the JW Marriott Zhejiang provides a relaxing getaway from the big city. Surrounded on all sides by mountains and lush greenery, the hotel beckons you to stay put and relax, and maybe even enjoy a spa treatment. Outside the hotel, Anji is home to a number of waterfalls, canyon hikes and switchback mountain roads to give you a bird’s-eye view of the valley.

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)
(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley

Feeling priced out of the San Francisco hotel market? The Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley may be the answer. Just a short drive from Palo Alto, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, this hotel is a great jumping-off point for your next Bay Area trip. Business travelers will appreciate the easy access to tech hubs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, while leisure travelers will enjoy being surrounded by a number of parks, hiking trails and mountain climbing.

(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)
(Photo courtesy JW Marriott)

For more information on the free night certificates available through the Marriott cards, see this post.

Featured image of the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa courtesy of Marriott.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Now that Marriott and Starwood have joined forces, you can transfer your points between the two programs depending on what makes the most sense for you. Each year after your anniversary date, this card will earn you 1 complimentary night stay at a category 1-5 location and you will earn 15 Elite Credits that will guarantee you at least Silver Elite Status.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $85.
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 hotel every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points and get Free Night Stays faster
  • Earn 5 points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels
  • 2 points per $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants. Plus 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards Elite Status. Receive 15 Elite Credits guaranteeing Silver Elite Status or better.
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.24% - 24.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $85
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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