Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card

Earn 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points

after you use your new Card to make $6,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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Rates & Fees
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Quick Summary

This is the most premium card in the Marriott family, coming with a $650 fee but plenty of perks to justify it. Earn 6x points at Marriott, 3x on worldwide restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines, 2x on everything else.

Also comes with an annual free night award every year after your Card renewal month, good at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, each card renewal year. The card also has the $300 Brilliant Dining Credit. Each calendar year, get up to $300 (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases made on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card at restaurants worldwide.

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How to Earn Rewards

6x

Earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® program.

3x

Earn 3X points at restaurants worldwide and on flights booked directly with airlines.

2x

Earn 2X points on all other eligible purchases.

Annual Fee

$650

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Our Take

This is still the best premium card option for loyal Marriott guests looking for card perks and a decent bonus, and included Platinum Elite status.

These points can be used to book Marriott stays or transferred to 20+ airlines at a rate of 3:1, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 60,000 miles transferred.

This card comes with a hefty annual fee but also a ton of perks. The biggest perk being the $300 dning credit. Each calendar year, get up to $300 (up to $25 per month) in statement credits for eligible purchases made on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card at restaurants worldwide. This credit should work on just about restaurant expense, so it would be difficult not to take full advantage of it each year.

The Bonvoy Brilliant card also comes with an annual free night award after your cardmember anniversary, good for a free night up to 85,000 points per night. This covers many Marriott properties that you might like to visit.

Finally, this card comes with an up to $100 Global Entry/$85 TSA PreCheck Credit that is similar to what is offered by many other premium credit cards on the market.

Note that you are not eligible to receive this card if you have received an upgrade or welcome offer on the Chase Marriott personal or business credit card in the past 24 months.

Benefits

Elite Night Credits

Each calendar year with your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card you can receive 25 Elite Night Credits toward the next level of Marriott Bonvoy® Elite status. Limitations apply per Marriott Bonvoy member account. Benefit is not exclusive to Cards offered by American Express. Terms apply.

Free Anniversary Night

Free Night Award: Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.

Marriott Bonvoy Credit

Each calendar year after spending $60,000 on eligible purchases on your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, you will be eligible to select a Brilliant Earned Choice Award benefit. You can only earn one Earned Choice Award per calendar year. See https://www.choice-benefit.marriott.com/brilliant for Award options.

Up to $100 Credit

Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®: Receive either a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry ($100) or a statement credit every 4.5 years after you apply for a five-year membership for TSA PreCheck® (up to $85 through a TSA PreCheck official enrollment provider) and pay the application fee with your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.

Priority Pass Select

Enroll in Priority Pass™ Select, which offers unlimited airport lounge visits to over 1,200 lounges in over 130 countries, regardless of which carrier or class you are flying. This allows you to relax before or between flights. You can enjoy snacks, drinks, and internet access in a quiet, comfortable location.

Metal Card

Card is made of metal

Up to $100 Credit

$100 Marriott Bonvoy Property Credit: Enjoy your stay. Receive up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis® when you book direct using a special rate for a two-night minimum stay using your Card.

Terms Apply

Terms apply. Enrollment may be required.

Cell Phone Protection

With Cell Phone Protection, you can be reimbursed, the lesser of, your repair or replacement costs following damage, such as a cracked screen, or theft for a maximum of $800 per claim when your cell phone line is listed on a wireless bill and the prior month's wireless bill was paid by an Eligible Card Account. A $50 deductible will apply to each approved claim with a limit of 2 approved claims per 12-month period. Additional terms and conditions apply. Coverage is provided by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.

Compared to Other Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card

Welcome Bonus:

Earn 3 Free Night Awards

(each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from your account opening

Annual Fee:

$95 Learn More

Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card

Welcome Bonus:

Earn 60,000 Bonus Points plus 1 Free Night Award

after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Free Night valued at 50,000 points. Certain hotels have resort fees.

Annual Fee:

$0 Learn More

Editorial Note

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