Amex has an increased welcome offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card to go along with the new offer on the Bonvoy Brilliant card that we wrote about earlier today. Instead of the free night certificates offered with the Brilliant card, this one is all about points: 125,000 of them.
The Offer & Key Card Details
|Card Offer and Details|
85K Points ⓘ Affiliate
85K points after $5K spend in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)$250 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: 125K points after $6K in the first 6 months and 50K points after 6 eligible paid nights at Bonvoy hotels[Expired 8/9/23]
Earning rate: 6X Marriott.✦ 4X restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets on up to $15K spend per year ✦ 2X on all other eligible purchases
Card Info: Amex Credit Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign transaction fees.
Big spend bonus: One 50K Free Night Award after $15K calendar year spend.
Noteworthy perks: 15 night credit towards elite status every year upon account anniversary ✦ 1,000 bonus points with each qualifying stay ✦ Gold elite status
See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide
I’ve always been a little perplexed about the Bevy card, ever since Marriott and Amex first released it. It’s got a fairly hefty annual fee of $250/year, but the benefits are on the skimpy side: complimentary Bonvoy Gold status, 1,000 bonus points on every Marriott stay and the ability to get a 50k Marriott free night certificate with $15k spend in one year. The last one is especially strange, given that the $95 Chase Marriott Boundless card comes with a 35k free night cert every year, regardless of how much you spend on the card. I just don’t see much reason to keep the Bevy after the first year, unless there’s a juicy retention offer available.
Still, this could be appealing for some folks in the Bonvoy poorhouse. 125K is among the best offers that we’ve seen on the card, outside of one that we saw over the summer for 125k points + an additional 50k with 6 paid nights at Bonvoy hotels. We value the redemption of Marriott points at ~0.8 cents each; even accounting for the annual fee that gives about $700 in first-year value.
Are you eligible for a Amex Bonvoy Brilliant card?
Here’s Greg’s chart for deciphering the Marriott eligibility rules: