The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® card has just launched a new welcome offer of 100,000 points.
Now, when you are approved for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, you can get 100,000 bonus points plus a free night for a future stay after spending $5,000 within the first three months of account opening. That’s a significant boost from the card’s standard welcome offer, for 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card is the most premium of Marriott’s co-branded rewards options. It has a $450 annual fee, but offers plenty of perks, perks, and annual credits for frequent travelers who prefer to stay with Marriott.
Here are some ways to make the most of the 100,000 points offer and how you can decide if the Bonvoy Brilliant card is right for you.
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Annual subscription :
15.99% to 24.99% variable
Recommended credit score:
670-850 (good to excellent)
Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 in eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. 3 points at American restaurants and on flights booked directly with the airlines. 2 points on all other qualifying purchases.
- Generous welcome offer and rewards on Marriott purchases
- The value of added benefits and credits can greatly exceed the annual fee
- Qualify for Automatic Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status
- Comes with travel insurance and purchase protections
- High annual fees
- High APR
- Marriott Reward Nights use dynamic pricing, so redemption value may vary based on your travel plans
- Rewards aren’t that flexible
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex Credit Card is a luxury hotel credit card with great value perks for frequent travelers and fans of the hotel chain. Although it requires a $450 annual fee, frequent flyers can exceed the cost with major perks, which include a $300 annual Marriott Bonvoy statement credit, a free night reward each card renewal month ( up to 50,000 points), automatic Gold Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy Program, Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership and more.
Additional card details
- Up to $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit per year
- $100 Marriott Bonvoy property credit when you book a qualifying stay of two nights or more at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis properties
- Free Night Reward each card renewal month (worth up to 50,000 points)
- 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year
- Automatic Gold Elite status with Marriott Bonvoy
- Priority Pass Select Airport Lounge Subscription
- Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck membership
- Eligible for Amex offers
- Travel coverage
- Purchase protection and extended warranties on eligible items
How to Use 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points
Book Marriott Hotel Stays
The Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program moved to the dynamic pricing model earlier this year, which means Bonvoy reimbursement rate vary and may change based on availability, seasonality and your travel itinerary.
But 100,000 bonus points can go a long way, no matter what your travel plans.
Here’s an example: Suppose you want to book a weekend in Los Angeles for three nights over the next few weeks.
Here’s how many points you’d use to book a three-night stay at the Westin or Sheraton Grand between April 29 and May 2:
If you choose to book either hotel on different dates, the price may be drastically different. Between May 20 and May 23, both properties cost significantly more:
Still, the card’s new welcome offer ensures that at least the majority of either trip would be covered by your bonus points – and 100,000 points can go a long way. Here are some additional examples of how you can use your points for Marriott hotel stays:
If you would like to book a five-night stay in Charleston, SC over the holiday weekend between June 30 and July 5, you can redeem your points to cover the majority of your stay at the Residence Inn:
Or, you could cover a three-night stay at the Courtyard Marriott between August 26-29 without even spending the entire welcome offer:
These examples are all popular travel times and destinations, but the more flexibility you have, the better your chances of maximizing your points when you redeem them for hotel stays. Although Marriott no longer categorizes its hotels, you may find that if you stay at a more affordable property, choose a location farther from the heart of a city or major attraction, and travel during off-peak hours, you can perhaps to stretch your points further.
Also, don’t forget the Free Night Award you’ll get with the welcome offer. You can redeem it for a one-night stay at any participating hotel worth up to 85,000 points.
Transfer your points to airline partners
Marriott has 39 airline partners to which you can transfer your points. In general, points are transferred at a ratio of 3:1, but this ratio varies by airline. For example, if you are a Delta SkyMiles member, you will earn 30,000 Delta SkyMiles for every 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer. This is generally not the best redemption option, as you will get much more value when redeeming points for future hotel stays.
Introducing the Marriott Bonvoy Brillant Card
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant is Marriott’s most premium co-branded option. It has a $450 annual fee, so it’s best for frequent travelers who often stay at Marriott properties. Here’s how you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points with the card:
- 6X points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
- 3X points on meals at American restaurants
- 3X points on flights booked directly with the airlines
- 2X points on all other qualifying purchases
The greatest value of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card is all the extra travel perks and perks. You’ll receive $300 in Marriott Bonvoy statement credits annually to use at Marriott Bonvoy properties, an annual free night, automatic Gold Elite status with Marriott Bonvoy, and a $100 Marriott Bonvoy property credit when you book two or more nights at the Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis. Plus, get Priority Pass airport lounge membership, Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit worth up to $100 every four years, and travel and purchase protections.
How to qualify for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant requires good to excellent credit to have the best chance of qualifying for the card. Once you’re approved, remember to pay your balances in full and on time each month to avoid high-interest debt that could offset the value of your rewards.