Marriott's free night certificates have been changed recently.

Bonvoy members were able to top off their free night certificates with 15,000 points. There were changes to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card. The annual free night certificate has gone up from 50,000 to 85,000 points.

After spending $60,000 on the Brilliant card, card members can choose a second 85,000 point free night certificate as a Choice Benefit.

With more members having 85,000 point free night certificates in their accounts, let's look at how to maximize them.

General maximization strategy

If you decide not to use an 85,000 point certificate, you should get a comparable cash price after tax.

On paper, a good redemption of an 85,000 point certificate would be for a room that is at least $714 after tax.

Marriott's website has a feature called Cash + Points that can be used to find the best night to redeem a night certificate.

A four-night stay at the Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris can range from 82,000 to 83,500 points per night.

The nights that cost 83,500 points are more expensive than the nights that cost 82,000 points. An increase in the number of points doesn't necessarily mean an increase in the cash price.

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The cheapest night in points is the most expensive one. You stand to maximize your award if you review the cash and points prices for your stay before you redeem your certificate.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection


L'Occitane en Provence bath amenities and signature cinnamon French toast can be found at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

It's a good place to redeem an award certificate since nightly rates start at four figures. Unlike most resorts in Hawaii, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel doesn't tack a resort fee onto the room rate, so if you plan it right, you could stay here.

The outdoor dining tranquility of Pacific Ocean views with the sound of tropical birds and gently crashing waves is a good place to start your day.

The best beach on the Big Island is reviewed.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.


The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is located in Washington D.C. One of Washington's premier hotels, with just 118 rooms, used to be an ant colony.

From almost all the rooms, guests can see the river. Cash rates here start at $524) per night, but most nights go for more than 800 dollars. You can top off your certificate to cover the night if you can't find a place to stay. Here you will find more on that.

It's a good idea to stop by the lobby in the late afternoon for free hot chocolate and snacks.

There is a hidden cherry blossom spot in DC.

The St. Regis Deer Valley


The convenience of The St. Regis Deer Valley in Utah makes it a good choice for that 85,000 point certificate.

Since this area is a short drive from the Salt Lake City airport, it makes sense to ski there instead of going to Colorado.

The rooms here are usually over $1,000 per night. If you want to top off your certificate with up to 15,000 points, you can use a flexible-date calendar to find nights when you can get under 100,000 points.

It's a good idea to rent ski equipment at the site and use the ski valet. The hotel has a free shuttle that will take you to the base of the mountain if anyone in your group is new to skiing.

A review of a ski resort in Utah.

The Bodrum Edition


You might think, "Woah, where is that?" when you see a credit card ad on the Marriott website or see a picture of it on a credit card ad. Maybe it's the Bodrum Edition.

The Bodrum Edition is located on the bank of the Aegean Sea. The Turkish hammam is a great place for guests to relax. The hotel has two bars, a nightclub and all day Latin American food.

You will need to plan your stay since the resort is closed from November to April. During the shoulder season, room rates start at 400 euro, but peak summer dates show room rates over 1,500 euro. An 85,000 point free night certificate is a steal of a deal.

There are multiple overwater hammocks at the resort. You'll wake up with gentle waves and gentlycurated Edition music.

The Bodrum Edition was reviewed in the Turkish Riviera.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa


If you're looking for overwater bungalows and private plunge pools, look no further.

One of Marriott's newer resorts in theMaldives has a standard room that can be booked using an 85,000 point certificate.

Depending on your dates, paid rates can double in the next few months. You should be able to redeem an 85,000 point certificate here and top it off if you need it.

Most mornings and evenings there is a yoga platform jutting into the sea.

There is a review of a Marriott resort on the island.

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane


One of the best hotels in London is the London Marriott Hotel Park Lane.

At the foot of Hyde Park lies the hotel. It's easy to get to all London offers with a quick walk or ride on the tube.

The luxurious rooms at the property have a touch of classic British style. The hotel has a restaurant called Lanes of London that serves contemporary British cuisine and traditional afternoon tea.

The Executive Lounge can be visited by those with Platinum elite status.

It's not the most extravagant hotel on this list, but it's worth a visit because of its perfect location and upscale amenities. Your free night certificate is going to save you a lot of money because the rates are going to be around $600 by the end of the year.

It is possible to get to Central London in minutes from the Marble Arch tube station.

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Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris


You will find yourself transported to the 1920s Paris of the Lost Generation when you walk through the doors of this Art Deco gem.

The hotel is close to the Champs-Elysees and the flagship boutiques of globe-spanning fashion brands. You can walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

The hotel has just 116 rooms and 43 suites, so rates tend to go up. You will need to top off your free night certificate if you book awards for 100,000 points. It could still be worth it.

If you aren't aware, the hotel has a small spa with a private hammam, green-mosaic shower, massage area and treatments incorporating rejuvenation Unique.

There is a review of a luxury hotel in Paris.

The Madrid Edition


The opening of the Madrid Edition may have been Madrid's most anticipated hotel opening of the year.

A few steps away from Puerta del Sol is where it is located. The hotel's restaurant, Jeronimo, is ranked one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and it has a rooftop pool with stunning views of the city.

With introductory room rates ranging from $400 to $800, such luxury doesn't come cheap, so using an 85,000 point free night certificate can be a great option to stay here.

There are both duplexes with kitchens, living areas, massive outdoor space and private pools to choose from. The panoramic views of Madrid's rooftops are better than the main pool and shared hotel rooftop. The room rate starts at $20,000 per night.

The Madrid Edition is Spain's newest Marriott hotel.

Bottom line

A Marriott 85,000-point certificate will give you access to a lot of options. It is difficult to go wrong when you have a Marriott property. These examples will show you how to get the most reward from your certificate.

If you apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card now, you can get an annual 85,000 point certificate and 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after the first three months.

Additional reporting was done by Summer Hull.