Marriott Bonvoy™ Brilliant American Express® Card

Marriott Bonvoy™ Brilliant American Express® Card

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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Additional Benefits

The $300 Marriott statement credit can now be used for purchases at U.S, restaurants (including takeout and delivery) between June 1 – August 31, 2020.   This card is also offering 6x points on U.S. supermarket spend (up to $7,500) until December 31, 2020.

Welcome Offer

Current signup offer is 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy™ points after you spend $3,000 in 3 months, provided you have never had this product before and you do not currently have a Marriott card from Chase.   $450 annual fee includes a $300 annual Marriott statement credit and Priority Pass membership.    (The Marriott Bonvoy™ Boundless Credit Card from Chase also offers 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 in 3 months and has a $150 annual fee, but does not offer a statement credit or Priority Pass.)   

Point Accrual

This card now earns 2 Marriott points per dollar spend and 3 points on dining and air travel booked directly with the airline.  It earns 6 Marriott points per dollar spent at Marriott.   In all cases, the card's earning capabilities are less than or equal to what were with the Starwood Preferred Guest card that this replaces (Starwood points were converted to Marriott at 1 to 3 and that card earned 1 Starwood point per dollar spent).  
We valued Starwood points as high as 2.7 cents per dollar prior to that integration.  We see Marriott points ordinarily being worth around 0.90 cents per point.

Why BestCashCow Likes

Those who stay at Marriott hotels.

Calculating Your Value

Your Annual Points

With our default spend profile, this card can produce 62,600 points annually, assuming your stay at Marriott branded hotels.

We value these points as high as 0.90 cents per point.

So, you can receive up to $563.40 in value per year.

*This value is only achieved if your hotel purchases are at same hotel as the card brand.

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Most Valuable Redemptions

Marriott has devalued its redemptions severely by adding so many categories and peak versus off-peak awards that we rarely see attractive valuations for redemption at Marriott.   You may still transfer 60,000 points for 20,000 airline miles and get a 15,000 Marriott point bonus, but even that is inferior to the airline redemptions that Starwood previously offered.   



Customer Reviews for Marriott Bonvoy™ Brilliant American Express® Card

Rated 3.50 stars out of 5 - based on 4 reviews with ratings

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  • July 2, 2018 |

    I am disappointed all over. I had this card for decades. I remained loyal to Amex and felt that I was well rewarded, but so were they. Then came the devaluations and the Marriot merger. I stuck with it, even though I rarely stay in Marriots --> prefer all of the Starwood brands incl. Sheraton outside the US. Then they do this and move it to 2 points instead of 3. My spend is now worth over 33% less? I guess my 20 year loyalty is also worth 33% less so I will switch to Cap1 or Discover or somewhere else.

  • March 26, 2017 |

    I used to have this card, but think the Reserve is better. These points are worth something, but not a whole lot more than the Chase points and since Reserve is littered with all sorts of two-time and three-time earning opportunities, it is my choice going forward.

  • December 22, 2016 |

    I disagree with your valuations. Starpoints are the most valuable currency by far, especially now that their value is locked in 1-to-3 with marriott. This card may not have the bonus of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but their points are mor valuable than any of the transferable points. The business card also gives you free access to the lounges at Starwood properties.

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