American Express is currently offering a limited time welcome bonus of 150,000 points on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card. This offer ends tonight, so if you’re looking to apply, then today is the final day for this bonus.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
This card carries a hefty annual fee of $650. However, for those who frequent Marriott properties, there can be some great value to be derived from the bonus points and benefits that the card offers.
Welcome Bonus: 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
You’ll earn a welcome bonus of 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership. This should be pretty easy for most people as it only requires a spend of $1,667 each month.
Earning Marriott Bonvoy Points
In addition to the welcome bonus, you’ll also earn bonus points in the following categories:
- 6x points per dollar spent at hotels in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio
- 3x points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines and on dining worldwide
- 2x points per dollar spent on all other purchases
Benefits and Credits
In addition, you’ll also get the following benefits which could go a long way in helping you get value on the $650 annual fee:
- $300 dining credit ($25 per month at restaurants worldwide)
- 1 free night award when you renew your card (redemption up to 85,000 points)
- $100 Marriott Bonvoy property credit for qualifying charges at Ritz Carlton or St. Regis properties when you book direct for a 2 night stay
- Complimentary Platinum elite status for simply keeping your card account active
- Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA pre check (Up to $100 in value)
- 25 elite night credits every calendar year
- Lounge access via Priority Pass Select
- Premium internet access
- Cell phone protection when you pay your bill with your card
The Pundit’s Mantra
Overall, this card could be a fantastic option for someone who stays at Marriott properties on a regular basis. With the dining credit and the free night certificate, you can get some decent returns on the $650 annual fee.
While Marriott is not my hotel chain of choice, I’m tempted to get the card primarily for the welcome bonus. Bear in mind, Marriott points can also be transferred to many major airlines all over the world at a 3:1 ratio.
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