Marriott & # 39; s sums up the final loose ends of its merger with Starwood, including the full integration of the loyalty programs of both chains into a new program called Bonvoy. For frequent travelers, the relaunch of the SPG Luxury Card, one of our favorites, is the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express® Card.
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We The Lede will not be buried, the culmination of the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex is a limited offer of 100,000 points if you spend $ 5,000 in the first three months (valid until 24.4. 19). This is a limited-time offer, with which the SPG Luxury Card ran late last year, which proved to be a hit with our readers.
Note that there are many rules that determine who qualifies for this bonus. If you've ever received a welcome bonus from an SPG Amex card or currently have a Marriott visa, you probably are not eligible. If you are not sure, it would be your safest bet to call and ask Amex before you apply.
These points are not as flexible as transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards, and are around 9 cents per point (according to The Points Guy's recent ratings) at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of value. But that's good for about $ 900 for hotel stays and possibly more if you find a particularly valuable salvation.
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In addition to your welcome bonus, you get six points for every dollar you spend at Marriott hotels, three points per dollar for directly booked restaurants and flights through an airline and two points per dollar for all other purchases. While the points are not worth a ton at a time, the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex makes it easy to collect many.
This is definitely a high-end card that goes along with a high-end $ 450 annual fee, which is not in the first year. Other than that, the perks can more than cover:
- A free night award (up to 50,000 points) on the occasion of your Anniversary Member. However, you may still be dealing with resort fees. Depending on the property and date, you can be worth hundreds of dollars.
- Each year, $ 300 is credited to Marriott purchases, reducing the annual fee to $ 150.
- A $ 100 luxury credit for spa services and restaurants at the Ritz Carlton and St. Regis hotels. This bonus is new to the Bonvoy Brilliant and was not available with the SPG Luxury Card.
- Priority Pass Membership with Access for Two Guests
- A Global Entry of $ 100 or a TSA Credit of $ 85 TSA – You must debit the fee with your card and the fee will be canceled.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Elite status, punished with Platinum if you spend $ 75,000 (including all purchases) on the card during the calendar year.
You'll find that these are multiple These benefits overlap those offered by the Chase Sapphire Reserve, potentially damaging the value proposition for experienced point collectors. But purely from a monetary perspective, the anniversary night and the $ 300 credit should cover the $ 450 annual fee, and that's not even the considerable welcome bonus.
The Bonvoy Brilliant Amex continues to follow in the footsteps of the SPG Luxury Card, a lucrative, perking option for frequent Marriott guests. The $ 450 annual fee means it's likely to only be worth it if you know you'll be using the $ 300 Free Night Marriott Credit, but if you spend a fair amount of time and money Spend Money in Marriott Hotels and Be Qualified You should apply for the welcome bonus before 24.04.19 to make use of the limited time offer.
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