My Experience With The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

Through January 13, 2021, both the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (review) and Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (review) are offering incredible limited time welcome bonuses that we’ve never seen before. Among bonus points and other perks, both cards are offering Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for the 2021 program year.

We’ve never seen Platinum Elite status offered as a welcome bonus on either of these cards before, and for that matter it’s not an offer I’d expect to see again after travel starts to significantly recover. Personally I have both of these cards, and in this post wanted to focus in particular on the personal version of the card.

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card has a $450 annual fee (Rates & Fees). I can totally understand how on the surface some people might say “well I don’t want to pay $450 for a card if I don’t have to.”