Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant $25 Anniversary Bonus (Targeted)

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Marriott has several co-branded credit cards, and personally I have two of them:

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.

Instead I use the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (review), which offers 3x Ultimate Rewards points, since I value those rewards more.

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.

Bottom line

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).

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Comments
  1. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere I’m going through my cards and downgrading/canceling some of them. The Marriott card (Premier? $95 AF) from Chase is one I may not keep. I haven’t used my free night yet (expires in the next few months) and while it is worth more than $95, I’m not sure how much more. Maybe $100 or $150 more. Since I don’t spend much/any time in Marriotts I don’t value it as much as a free night in a Hilton.

    And the Silver status it gives you is nothing since I can get Gold just by having the Platinum card. Sure I’m not fond of throwing away a free night for $95 but sometimes simplicity is best.

  2. As hotel prices have gone up during peak times, I am valuing hotel points more. I am getting more than 1 cent per point on Marriott redemptions for upcoming stays. I got close to 0.9 cents on a recent Hilton redemption, and I am getting about 2 cents per point on an upcoming Hyatt redemption. Given this, when I do pay for hotel stays, I would much rather use a co-branded card like your Bonvoy cards or the Hilton or Hyatt cards than cards like CSR, Citi or Amex Gold. Its always good to have a stash of hotel points, and among the best way to earn them is by paying for paid stays on the cards.

  3. Still waiting for my anniversary free nights. Going on 4 months for it to show up. So disappointed with AMEX.

  4. @Ben Is the $300 credit for any Marriott spending, like paying for a hotel room, or only for “incidentals”?

  5. coutureguy
    Yes, any Marriott charge during a stay that is charged to that card, including the room rate. It doesn’t have to all be used in 1 stay.

  6. Lucky….the $300 credit..can it be used to pay in advance for a stay in the future when you book online or is it only charges made during the stay?

  7. Enjoy The Langley. It’s a beautiful hotel in a wonderful setting, only downside is that service and breakfast can be disappointing. I’ve had some fantastic upgrades there. Hope you land a suite in the main building

  8. Ben, my wife and I both have the 450 card so have the 300 credit. My question is when making a res how can you use this credit? To get a better rate you need to pay in advance. I’d much rather use the 600 towards our hotel stay but can’t, or do I need to do a reservation at the higher rate so I can use the 300 credits? Or am I missing something?

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