Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

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Card Details and Application Link
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
75K points + up to $200 in statement credits
75K points after $3K in the first 3 months + up to $200 in statement credits for purchases at US restaurants in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
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$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Decent ultra-premium option for Marriott fans, but Hilton fans may prefer the ultra-premium Hilton Aspire card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

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Earning rate: 3X airfare charged by airline; 3X US restaurants, 6X Marriott; 2X on all other eligible purchases

Big spend bonus: Platinum Elite status with $75K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 50K Free Night Award each year upon renewal ⚬ $300 Marriott statement credit per membership year ⚬ Gold Elite status ⚬ 15 elite nights credit ⚬ Priority Pass Select with 2 free guests ⚬ Global Entry fee credit ⚬ Free premium internet at Marriott properties

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Rewards

Marriott points can be redeemed for free night awards, travel packages, airline miles, or experiences. 5th Night Free Awards: When redeeming points for free nights, the 5th night within a single reservation is free. Airline miles: Points can be converted to airline miles at a rate of 3 points to 1 mile. A bonus is added on when you transfer 60,000 points at a time, such that 60,000 points transfers to 25,000 miles. Also, you'll get a 10% bonus when transferring points to United Airlines.

Everything you need to know about Marriott's rewards program, Bonvoy, can be found here: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Perks

This card is loaded with high-end perks:

  • $300 annual rebate: Up to $300 in statement credits per card membership year for purchases made directly at participating Marriott hotels. This includes the room rate itself and any incidentals charged to your room.
  • Annual free night award: Each year, after renewal, you will receive one Free Night Award. The Free Night Award can be redeemed for a one-night stay at Marriott hotels with a redemption level at or under 50,000 points.
  • Automatic Gold Elite status: Gold elite status offers 2pm late checkout, 25% point bonus on points earned from hotel stays, points-only welcome gift, chance of a room upgrade, and complimentary enhanced internet.
  • Platinum Elite status with $75K spend: Spend $75K within a calendar year to get Platinum Elite status good for the rest of that year and all of the next year. Platinum status offers 4pm late checkout, 50% point bonus on points earned from hotel stays, welcome gift with breakfast option, chance of a room upgrade including select suites, and lounge access. You will not get choice benefits, such as 5 Suite Night Awards when Platinum status is achieved in this way (Choice Benefits are only awarded when you earn 50 elite nights within a calendar year).
  • 15 Elite Night Credits: This is now a standard perk with all currently available Marriott cards. These elite nights count towards your total towards elite status each year. For example, if you stay 35 nights in Marriott properties, you will earn 50 night Platinum status thanks to these 15 elite nights adding to your actual stays. Unfortunately the 15 elite nights do not stack across cards.
  • Priority Pass Select Airport Lounge Access: This card grants the primary cardholder Priority Pass Select membership which allows yourself and up to 2 guests free access to Priority Pass lounges. Authorized users do not get their own Priority Pass.
  • Global Entry / TSA Pre Check Credit: This card will refund your $100 Global Entry application fee or $85 TSA Pre Check fee once every four years.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at a new welcome bonus. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application, and if you already have an Amex card, they won't usually issue a hard pull when approved for another one. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from getting a welcome bonus for the card if you apply now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 90 Day Rule: You can get at most two credit cards within 90 days. This rule does not apply to Pay Over Time (charge) cards.

  • 5 credit card max: Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards or 10 or more charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)



Marriott Bonvoy credit cards are issued by both Chase and American Express.  If you're interested in getting more than one Chase or Amex Marriott card, it's important to consider the complex rules they have put in place:


How to Meet Spend Requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting their money back. These techniques are referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most new cardmember bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount do NOT include fees or interest charges, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Keep or Cancel?

This card is not particularly rewarding for spend, but it is loaded with high-end perks. If you value those perks significantly higher than the card's annual fee, then keep the card. Otherwise, cancel when the annual fee comes due. To me, the decision really comes down to how highly one values the card's annual 50K free night + $300 in hotel credits. If you value that combination well above $450, then the card is worth keeping.

Related Cards (Marriott Bonvoy)

Card Offer
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
3 Free Night Certificates (up to 50K each)
3 Free Night Certificates (valid for a single night each up to 50K points) after $3K in the first 3 months + 10x on up to $2500 in combined spend at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores in first 6 months.

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

See Also: Are you eligible for a new Marriott card?

Recent better offer: Earn 5 50K free night certificates after $5K spend in 3 months [Expired 10/28/20]

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
75K points + Up to $150 statement credit
75K points after $3K of eligible purchases in the first 3 months of card membership + up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases in first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$125 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've seen.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
75K points + up to $200 in statement credits
75K points after $3K in the first 3 months + up to $200 in statement credits for purchases at US restaurants in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've seen.

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Frank

I am still unclear on this.

I have the AMEX Bonvoy personal card (the original SPG card). Can I now get the AMEX Brilliant card as well? I would have thought not, but your “rules” don’t seem to say that.

Frank

Thanks for the reply. Now I see your notes say (Offer Expires 1/13/2021).
Do you know what the “normal” or previous offer was?

Frank

OKAY, thanks. I am working on 3 other bonus spend requirements right now, but I will try to get this one in early January when I can pre-spend more if need be to meet the requirements.

Of course this all hinges on whether or not we can travel safely in the second half of 2021. I have now 30 free Marriott nights and the Platinum status will help a lot. Plus we (P1 & P2) should also have Hyatt Globalist for 2021 and 2022 with 10 free nights there as well.

Wish us luck!

Frank

I tried applying but got the warning message saying I would not be eligible for the bonus. Darn it. They did say the reason may be something else. I cheked again and according to your charts above and my careful reading of their terms and conditions I should be eligible as far as the Bonvoy cards are concerned (I have kept a sheet of every card – and that’s quite a lot to be modest – that we have applied for, received, denied, kept, cancelled since 2012). They did mention something about taking advantage of Amex offers (I have hardly got any in the last 4 years, and something else but I cleared the screen too quickly and don’t remember what that was. Maybe too many cards …. though I have only 1 business card and 3 personal ones all with little use. I suspect I can get the card, just no 100,000 to 125,000 point bonus, but I don’t think I want to just do it for the Platinum status. I have 2 cards I could cancel in case they think I have too many (one I am cancelling next month anyway after claiming some credits).

To add insult to injury, as soon as I’d decided to not go ahead with the application, my wife received a pre-appoved offer for the exact same card (even though our “troubles” with the issuer 4 years ago were identical and she has more of their cards than I do). That does us no good as I am the one with 30 free night certificates and she has only 2.

Do you think I could do better by calling?

Frank

Now it appears I can only upgrade to the Brilliant from my regular Bonvoy (old SPG) card. That seems to be the hangup and why I cannot get the bonus. I suppose I could call and ask if I cancel that one and then apply for the Brilliant would I get the bonus – but I doubt I could do it before 1/13/2021. Thats seems to be the reason my wife got the offer and I didn’t (she dropped her SPG card some time ago).

Hmm, it is my oldest AMEX card though. Any suggestions?

Frank

Yes, I think I will play it safe. That was my only way to get Platinum status … oh well. I will try again in January and see once more. Or I could just keep the new card and get an upgraded “free” night each year.

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jeph36

I just got an emailed upgrade offer from the $95 Bonvoy to this card for 100K points for $5K spend in 3 months. Expires Apr 29 2020. With the current extension of the minimum-spend time, that is actually 6 months to meet the spend. I was thinking about cancelling that Bonvoy card when the AF comes due, but now I am wondering …

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