Amex Introduces Big New Marriott Bonvoy Bonuses (Limited Time)

Amex unveils major new bonuses for Marriott (limited time)

Gary Leff at 18. March 2021.

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American Express has just improved the offers on both Marriott cards to make them more attractive and make it mandatory to apply when people start traveling again. Enhanced offers for the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card.

  • The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has a limited expiration date: Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after using your new card for $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your card membership. Plus, you’ll receive up to $150 in credits on your new card statement for the first three months of your membership. Cardholders receive a free night reward each year after their account anniversary date, as well as an additional free night reward after spending $60,000 in purchases with your card during the calendar year. They can each be used for one night with a maximum redemption value of 35,000 points. (Resort or destination fees are not free in the Bonvoy program…).

Silver Elite status is attached to the card, with $35,000 of purchases in a calendar year earning Gold status. But the reason I have and keep this card is because the 15 annual elite nights are in addition to the elite nights on my personal card and count towards both lifetime elite status and current year status.

This is an annual fee of $125 (see Fees and Expenses). Statement credits, which are part of a limited offer, are obviously higher than this annual fee. And of course, one free night a year can easily cost more.

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  • There is a limited-time offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card with a $450 annual fee (see Fees and Spending) where you earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after making $5,000 in purchases with your new card in the first 3 months. In addition, in the first six months of your card membership, you can earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants. The offer expires on 5.12.2021. These details mean you can actually earn money beyond the annual fee, in addition to the 125,000 bonus points offered. That’s because you understand it too:
    • Loans up to $300 per year to purchase a car at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
    • Free reward for one night’s stay each year after the anniversary of your account, to be used on properties worth 50,000 Bonvoy points or less.
    • The card also includes a Priority Pass Select membership for unlimited access to airport lounges.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai

I have these two cards. They are attractive to me because of the 15 elite nights (for the current year and for life) they give me, and because I more than cover the cost to me with the relief and bonuses for the free nights. And both cards have better bonus offers now, for a limited time, than when I got them.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card rates and fees are listed here.
For Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® card rates and fees, click here.

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® – 65,000 AAdvantage miles.

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