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Marriott has several co-branded credit cards, and personally I have two of them:
- I have the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (review), which has a $125 annual fee (Rates & Fees) and offers an anniversary free night certificate every year valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points per night
- I have the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, which has a $450 annual fee and offers a $300 annual Marriott credit plus an anniversary free night certificate every year valid at a property costing up to 50,000 points per night
Bonvoy Brilliant $25 anniversary bonus
Well, it looks like my anniversary for the Bonvoy Brilliant has just hit, and there’s a special offer on my account when I look under the “Amex Offers” section. When I click the link next to the “Congrats on Your Anniversary” heading, I’m brought to another page.
As the offer is described:
Congratulations on your 1st year of Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card Membership! To celebrate this milestone, register your Card and you can earn a $25 statement credit after you spend $25 or more in eligible purchases on your Card at hotels participating in Marriott BonvoyTM between the time you register and March 31st, 2020. Registration period ends February 29th, 2020. Terms and Conditions apply.
As far as the terms go, the statement credit will be applied within 10-12 weeks, and it appears that all Marriott Bonvoy properties qualify.
Personally I don’t usually use a Marriott Card for my spending at Marriott properties, in spite of the fact that the above two cards offer 6x Bonvoy points for spending at Marriott properties.
Nonetheless you can bet I’ll be spending $325 on my Brilliant Card with this offer. I’ll then earn the $25 back for having spent $25, and can also take advantage of the card’s $300 annual Marriott credit.
I really do love these anniversary free nights
Some might be saying “well why would you bother having two credit cards you usually don’t spend money on?” It’s because I value the anniversary free nights immensely.
I’m redeeming one of these certificates today, and it’s the perfect example of the value of this. My Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex has a $125 annual fee, and I currently have a certificate valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points.
My plan is to use this for a stay at The Langley this coming week, which is a Marriott Luxury Collection property.
The cash rate would be 365 GBP, or about 480 USD.
Meanwhile it costs just 30,000 points per night, and I’m using a certificate from a card with a $125 annual fee.
That’s an amazing deal, and should make my Heathrow layover much more enjoyable — thanks to reader Matt for the tip.
If you have the Bonvoy Brilliant Card then check your account and see if you’re eligible for a $25 credit when you spend $25 at a Marriott Bonvoy property. That’s an awesome deal, and is a nice addition to the $300 annual credit that the card already offers.
Does anyone else see this offer on their Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card?
(Tip of the hat to Victoria Walker)
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Marriott Bonvoy Business Card From American Express (Rates & Fees).