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Question about free night certificate

justnosy

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we have a certificate (visa black card free night) expiring in April...unfortunately the one night that we can use it my husband won't be there and it's his certificate (I already used mine)...I want to use it at the Courtyard Washington Convention Center (cat 4)...we'll be moving to the JW the next day

I'm pretty sure I used his last certificate (last year) w/o him being present but I was looking through other posts and it was mentioned that the certificate is non-transferable :eek: ...yikes!!! So, now I'm afraid to use it w/o him...what would happen if I booked the room using his certificate? I also read to book in his name but to mention that I'll be checking in...

BTW - I booked one night (have up to 6PM that day to cancel w/o penalty) but it'll cost $215 w parking!! At least the kids and I will get free breakfast but I'm not sure it's worth it...I would prefer to get the free night w/o the breakfast...I'm staying there for time/convenience (I know I can get something cheaper but time/convenience for that one night is more important!) I guess I can use some points instead...
 

susanmmm

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Just to be on the safe side you should probably make a notation that you are staying there. I recently stayed at a NYC Hilton hotel on my husbands points. He was in the car. They informed me that they would not give me keys or access to the room without his permission. They did say that if a notation was made when we booked the room that I was also a guest, that no further confirmation would be necessary. Better safe than sorry.

Susan
 

thinze3

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I agree about better safe than sorry. I have had one glitch doing this before. I booked a room with points and then made the mistake of telling the reservation agent about it. She gave me this long spiel, but it worked out.

Most times I make the reservation in MY name and then simply add a note to the reservation saying, "My wife will be checking in before me." It always has worked for me this way .
 

justnosy

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Thanks!

I really appreciate all the replies - and all on a positive note!! :D

I'll cancel my reservation after I book the one night using the certificate!

Thanks again everyone!
 
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