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The Amex Marriott Brilliant is now offering one of the most lucrative offers we’ve ever seen for the card. It’s a welcome bonus worth over $1,000 and one that you may not want to pass one if you have interest in staying at Marriott properties.
This offer expires 5/12/2021.
The Amex Marriott Brilliant intro
- 6X Bonvoy points on Marriott
- 3X at U.S. restaurants
- 3X on flights booked directly with airlines
- 2X Bonvoy points on all other purchases
- Marriott Gold status
- Free night award
- $300 credit
- $100 property credit
- 15 elite night credits
- $450 annual fee
- Learn how to apply here
- Earn 125,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months
- Plus earn up to $200 in statement credits for US restaurants within the first six months
Typically, a 100,000 point offer on the Amex Marriott Brilliant would get folks really excited because that was one of the best offers we had seen.
So with another 25,000 points added on top of that, this is a pretty sweet offer (although the spend requirement of $5,000 is a little bit on the higher side).
The added bonus of $200 in statement credits for US restaurants within the first six months is also a nice addition.
At a valuation of .77 cents per point, 125,000 points comes out to $962 in value. When you add on the dining credits, you’re looking at about $1,162 in value for a bonus.
That is a pretty tremendous hotel credit card offer. Learn how to apply here
Perks and credits
In addition to the bonus, this card is attractive because it is so easy to offset the annual fee every year if you stay at Marriott properties.
The $300 annual credit can be used on room rates which means that if you spend $300 a year at Marriott properties you instantly offset this fee down to $150.
You will also receive a free night award that could be used at Marriott properties costing 50,000 points per night. You can easily get around $300 in value from those type of properties so this card is a no brainer for many people.
If you stay at luxury properties like the Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis you can also get a $100 credit to use on qualified charges when booking a two night minimum stay.
The Marriott Gold elite status is a so-so benefit in my opinion but it is nice to get the annual 15 elite night credits that will help you climb elite status quicker.
The eligibility rules for the Marriott credit cards are pretty complex and a little confusing.
And in addition to those rules, the Brilliant is subject to the American Express once per lifetime rule and other credit card rules like the 2/90 rule.
These rules can be time-consuming to keep up with and so I would recommend that you just use the free app WalletFlo which automates your eligibility for these rules.
If you are in the market for a hotel credit card and especially a Marriott card, this would be a fantastic time to jump on this card because it is one of the most valuable bonuses we’ve seen ever offered.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio.