24 best hotels to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy 40k free night award for MAXIMUM value

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These are the best Category 5 and 6 hotels to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy 40,000-point Free Night Certificate.

How to get a Marriott 40,000 Free Night Certificate?

Marriott Bonvoy members are offered an Annual Choice Benefit upon reaching 75 Elite nights within a year. Reaching that milestone will also (re)qualify members for the Titanium status.

What are Elite Nights?

“Elite Nights” are nights that count towards status (re)qualification. This is not necessarily the actual number of nights that a member has stayed in that year.

Hotel Loyalty Programs like Marriott Bonvoy sometimes run Double Elite Night promotions to assist members to reach their status goals.

In the USA, signing up for a Marriott Bonvoy credit card gets you 15 Elite nights instantly.

75-night Annual Choice Benefits:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards™
  • One Free Night Award (up to 40,000 points)
  • Gift Gold Elite status
  • 40% off your favourite mattress and box spring
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • US$100 charity donation

Unless if the donation amount increases to US$300, getting One Free Night is the obvious choice here.

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Types of properties to look out for

When hunting for properties that offer maximum value to use a 40k free night, I look for those in categories 5 and 6 and lean towards newer properties and more expensive ones.

With the 40k free night cert, you can book a free night at any Category 5 property (as long as it is not fully booked) or off-peak nights in Category 6 properties.

However, do note that Marriott Bonvoy will be getting rid of its award chart in an upcoming devaluation.

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Best hotels to redeem 40k Free Night Certs

Disclaimer: I have not stayed in many of the newer hotels in this list. These are my picks, based on what looks good on paper and in photos.

I have also included photos of non-suite rooms that a Titanium member can expect to get upgraded to, at the minimum. This should give you a good sense of how the room-furnishing is like in each property.

These properties are sorted from the most expensive (cash rate) to the least.

Rates shown are the average for the month of March 2022.

1. Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa

Location: Maldives
Average price: US$790
Year built: 2021

It is shocking that this hotel is still a Category 5 property. It is more expensive than other Category 6 hotels in this list!

Related article: Sweet Spots: Best ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points

I wrote about how you can stay 5 nights in this property for just 120k points. Having a 40k free night gives you the option to extend for another night.

Of course, you’ll have to consider the cost of the compulsory roundtrip seaplane transfers of US$450 per person and the overpriced food in the resort, which really eats up a lot of value from your stay.

Sunrise Overwater Villa at Le Meridien Maldives (Photo credit: marriott.com)

2. W Miami

Location: Florida, USA
Average price: US$550
Year built: 2009

This Category 6 property has beautiful decor and is highly-priced all year.

Cool Corner room at W Miami (Photo credit: marriott.com)

3. Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: Muscat, Oman
Average price: US$530
Year built: 1985
Year renovated: 2018

This mountainside Category 6 property was originally built as a palace for Oman’s Sultan Qaboos.

King room at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Photo credit: marriott.com)
Grand lobby at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Photo credit: marriott.com)

4. W Osaka

Location: Osaka, Japan
Average price: US$450
Year built: 2021

This newly-opened Category 6 hotel is located in the heart of Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

Spectacular room at W Osaka (Photo credit: marriott.com)

5. W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

Location: Singapore
Average price: US$410
Year built: 2012

This Category 6 property is located on Southern Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

Away Room with plunge pool at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove (Photo credit: marriott.com)

6. Neues Schloss Privat Hotel Zurich, Autograph Collection

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Average price: US$390
Year built: 2021

This new Category 6 property is located in the vicinity of Lake Zurich.

Superior guest room at Neues Schloss Privat Hotel Zurich, Autograph Collection (Photo credit: marriott.com)

7. JW Marriott Hotel Nara

Location: Nara, Japan
Average price: US$390
Year built: 2020

This new Category 6 property is located about 45-min drive West of Osaka. It is also the most expensive one in this list that has a Club/Executive Lounge.

Executive room at JW Marriott Hotel Nara (Photo credit: marriott.com)

8. Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

Location: Urubamba, Peru
Average price: US$380
Year built: 2010

This Category 6 hotel is really special. It is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu.

Terrace room at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado (Photo credit: marriott.com)
Mountain view from Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado (Photo credit: marriott.com)

9. The St. Regis Istanbul

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Average price: US$370
Year built: 2015

This Category 6 hotel is located in an upscale area near Macka Park. I used my 40k cert here in 2020.

Related article: Review: The St. Regis Istanbul (1 Bedroom Suite)

1 Bedroom Suite at The St. Regis Istanbul (read my review)

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Average price: US$360
Year built: 2005

This Category 6 resort is located in the exotic Canary Island of Tenerife!

Citadel Deluxe room at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama (Photo credit: marriott.com)
View from The Ritz-Carlton, Abama (Photo credit: marriott.com)

11. La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK, Dubai, Autograph Collection

Location: Dubai, UAE
Average price: US$360
Year built: 2017

This Category 6 hotel is directly connected to City Walk mall and is very close to Burj Khalifa.

Premium room at La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK, Dubai, Autograph Collection (Photo credit: marriott.com)

12. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia
Average price: US$350
Year built: 2017

This Category 6 property is located in Langkawi, a Malaysian island at the edge of the Andaman Sea.

Ocean View Deluxe Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi (Photo credit: marriott.com)

13. Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai

Location: Dubai, UAE
Average price: US$350
Year built: 2005

This Category 6 property is one of very few hotels in this list that offers complimentary Club Lounge access to Platinum members and above.

I have stayed here in the past, before Suitesmile. Food at the lounge was fantastic all day long. You almost do not need to eat out!

Premier Room at Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai (Photo credit: marriott.com)

14. The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Average price: US$350
Year built: 2007

This Category 5 property is known for offering Club Lounge access to all hotel guests, regardless of status!

Large Corner Suite at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place (read my review)

15. Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria
Average price: US$340
Year built: 1892
Year renovated: 2013

This category 6 property is famous for its classic decor and historic building.

Opera Guest Room at Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Photo credit: marriott.com)
Exteriors of Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Photo credit: marriott.com)

16. Josun Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seoul Gangnam

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Average price: US$330
Year built: 2021

This new Category 6 property is located at the heart of Gangnam’s business district.

Grand Masters Bay room at Josun Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seoul Gangnam (Photo credit: marriott.com)

17. The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Average price: US$330
Year built: 1914
Year renovated: 2016

This is another Category 6 property with a historic building. It is located right in the heart of Budapest near attractions like St. Stephen’s Basilica, Erzsébet Square and the River Danube.

Club Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Photo credit: marriott.com)

18. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany
Average price: US$320
Year built: 2004
Year renovated: 2019

This newly-renovated Category 6 hotel with new design inspired by the glamour of Berlin in the 1920s.

Corner Deluxe room at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin (Photo credit: marriott.com)

19. The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart

Location: Tasmania, Australia
Average price: US$300
Year built: 2021

This Category 6 hotel is the newest hotel on the list, having opened just last week!

Heritage room at The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart (Photo credit: marriott.com)

20. W Muscat

Location: Muscat, Oman
Average price: US$300
Year built: 2019

This Category 5 resort is situated in the upbeat Shatti Al Qurum beachfront.

Fabulous room at W Muscat (Photo credit: marriott.com)

21. The St. Regis Singapore

Location: Singapore
Average price: US$300
Year built: 2008

This Category 6 luxurious property is located within walking distance of the Orchard Road shopping district.

King room at The St. Regis Singapore (Photo credit: marriott.com)

22. The St. Regis Langkawi

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia
Average price: US$270
Year built: 2016

This Category 6 hotel is the second one in this list that is situated in Langkawi.

Room with Andaman Sea View at The St. Regis Langkawi (Photo credit: marriott.com)

23. Budapest Marriott Hotel

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Average price: US$270
Year built: 1969
Year renovated: 2014

This Category 6 property is probably the weakest in the list when it comes to room furnishing but it makes up for it with a spectacular view of Danube River.

This hotel also has a Club Lounge where Platinum members and above have complimentary access to.

Executive room at Budapest Marriott Hotel (Photo credit: marriott.com)
View from the Executive room at Budapest Marriott Hotel (Photo credit: marriott.com)

24. W Brisbane

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Average price: US$220
Year built: 2018

I contemplated adding this Category 5 hotel in this list because of how low the average cash rate is, compared to the others in this list. But I genuinely find the decor of this hotel interesting enough to check out at least once in your life. And it offers a beautiful view of Brisbane River as well!

Cool Corner room at W Brisbane (Photo credit: marriott.com)
Swimming pool at W Brisbane (Photo credit: marriott.com)

Summary

Property nameYear built /
renovated
Usual rate
(nett, in US$)
Lounge
for Elites?
Marriott
category
Le Meridien Maldives20217905
W Miami2009550 6
Al Bustan Palace1985 / 2018530 6
W Osaka2021450 6
W Singapore2012410 6
Neues Schloss Zurich2021390 6
JW Marriott Nara20203906
Tambo del Inka2010380 6
St. Regis Istanbul2015370 6
Ritz-Carlton, Abama2005360 6
La Ville Dubai2017360 6
Ritz-Carlton Langkawi2017350 6
Grosvenor House Dubai2005350 6
Ritz-Carlton Jakarta PP2007350 5
Hotel Bristol Vienna1892 / 2013340 6
Josun Palace Seoul2021330 6
Ritz-Carlton Budapest1914 / 2016330 6
Ritz-Carlton Berlin2004320 6
The Tasman Hobart2021300 5
W Muscat2019300 5
St. Regis Singapore2008300 6
St. Regis Langkawi2016270 6
Budapest Marriott1969 / 2014270 6
W Brisbane2018240 5

No complimentary breakfast in The Ritz-Carlton hotels

The Ritz-Carlton hotels are exempted from providing complimentary breakfast and club lounge access to Elite members (Platinum and above).

However, some properties offer them anyway! The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is one of them and The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is another one.

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Booking a Category 7 property with a 40k cert

Can you use this 40,000-point cert to book a Category 7 hotel? Well, soon you can! As shared in a previous article, from early 2022, Marriott will allow members to top-up for the difference in points, up to 15,000 points when redeeming a free night cert.

This will give you access to off-peak nights in Category 7 properties (50k per night).

However, be reminded that there will no longer be “peak” or “off-peak” nights from March 2022 as Marriott is adopting dynamic award pricing.

This means that hotels will get to decide on how to price their award rates, ranging anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 for Cat 7 properties, whenever they want.

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Bottom line

Redeem your 40k free night cert in any of the hotels in this list almost guarantees that you will be getting high value.

I am currently sitting on two 40k free night certs (earned in 2020 and 2021). I am hoping to use them at W Osaka and JW Marriott Naha by mid-year, IF border restrictions allow. 🤞

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