WOW: Marriott Platinum Status With Credit Card Bonus

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My goodness, the bonuses on Marriott’s co-branded credit cards just keep getting better and better.

Amazing new Bonvoy credit card bonuses

The two co-branded Marriott Amex cards are offering phenomenal new welcome bonuses that are available through January 13, 2021. Both of these bonuses are even offering Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status.

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, which has a $450 annual fee (Rates & Fees), is offering the following:

  • Receive complimentary Bonvoy Platinum status for the 2021 status year (valid through early 2022)
  • Earn 100,000 Bonvoy bonus points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
  • Earn 25,000 Bonvoy points after you first anniversary of card membership

Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, which has a $125 annual fee (Rates & Fees), is offering the following:

  • Receive complimentary Bonvoy Platinum status for the 2021 status year (valid through early 2022)
  • Earn 100,000 Bonvoy bonus points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
  • Get up to $150 back in statement credits for eligible purchases on U.S. advertising in select media within the first six months of card membership

Marriott Amex cards are offering limited time increased bonuses

That’s right, you get Marriott Platinum status!

Both the Bonvoy Brilliant Card and Bonvoy Business Card are offering Platinum status to new members (unfortunately existing cardmembers aren’t eligible for this).

During the limited-time offer period, if you’re approved for the card and meet the spend requirements, Platinum status would be valid from February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. This is the first time ever that Platinum status has been offered as part of the bonuses on either of these cards.

Platinum status at Marriotts is useful, as you receive:

  • Room upgrades subject to availability, all the way up to a standard suite
  • Access to executive lounges, except at Ritz-Carlton
  • A welcome gift, with complimentary breakfast as a choice at many brands
  • Guaranteed 4 PM late check-out, except at resorts, where it’s subject to availability
  • 50% bonus points on stays

Obviously, most people are traveling less now than in the past, so the timing for this isn’t ideal. I’d note a few things on that front:

  • There’s no way Marriott would be offering this promotion if it weren’t for coronavirus
  • While Marriott sometimes struggles with managing expectations, Platinum status is extremely useful overall
  • We could potentially see Marriott extend status again next year or lower elite thresholds, so it might be easier to requalify than you’d assume (only time will tell)
  • Marriott has technically suspended brand standards for the time being, meaning hotels don’t have to offer all perks, though personally, I’ve found most hotels to be pretty good about this

Marriott Platinum members may receive suite upgrades

These Marriott cards offer long-term value

Generous welcome bonuses aside, I consider both of these cards to be worth keeping long term, even if you’re not ordinarily a Marriott loyalist.

The $450 annual fee Bonvoy Brilliant Card offers the following, among other things:

  • A $300 annual Marriott statement credit, whereby $300 of charges per year at Marriotts will be reimbursed; this can apply to room rate and any other eligible charges, so if you spend at least $300 per year at Marriotts, this should more or less be worth face value, and lower the real “out of pocket” on this card to $150 per year
  • An anniversary free night award that is valid for a property costing up to 50,000 Bonvoy points; this compares favorably to other Bonvoy cards, which typically offer free night certificates valid at properties costing up to 35,000 points
  • 15 elite nights towards status annually, which will make it easier to earn Bonvoy Platinum status in the future
  • Also keep in mind that as part of this offer you get 25,000 bonus points on your first anniversary, which is an incentive to keep the card

Read a full review of the Bonvoy Brilliant Card here.

Use your $300 credit at virtually any Marriott property

The $125 annual fee Bonvoy Business Card offers the following, among other things:

  • An anniversary free night award that is valid for a property costing up to 35,000 Bonvoy points
  • 15 elite nights towards status annually, which will make it easier to earn Bonvoy Platinum status in the future; if you have a personal and business Bonvoy card, you can earn up to 30 elite nights towards status annually

Read a full review of the Bonvoy Business Card here.

I’ve redeemed a free night certificate at The Langley, a Luxury Collection hotel

Are you eligible for these Marriott credit cards?

Due to just how many co-branded Marriott credit cards there are, it can be hard to keep track of the rules when it comes to eligibility for the bonuses.

The Bonvoy Brilliant Card welcome offer is not available to applicants who have had this product, or the Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card (which is briefly what this card was known as).

Furthermore, the welcome offer is not available to applicants who:

  • Have or have had The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card from JPMorgan or the J.P. Morgan Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card in the last 30 days
  • Have acquired the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days
  • Have received a new Card Member bonus or upgrade offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 24 months

The Bonvoy Business Card welcome offer is not available to applicants who have had this product, or who have had the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.

On top of that, the welcome offer is not available to applicants who:

  • have or have had the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card from Chase, or the Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 30 days
  • have acquired the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days
  • received a new Card Member bonus offer in the last 24 months on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase

Other than those restrictions, I find that Amex cards are generally quite easy to be approved for, especially compared to Chase and Citi cards. Just keep in mind the general Amex application guidelines.

Bottom line

Both the Bonvoy Brilliant Card and Bonvoy Business Card are offering incredible welcome bonuses that include Bonvoy Platinum status for the 2021 program year. These are phenomenal offers that I’d highly recommend taking advantage of, if you’re eligible.

Not only are these cards that are worth getting for the bonuses, but they’re also worth keeping long term. While there’s perhaps some sticker shock with the $450 annual fee on the Brilliant Card, the $300 annual credit and annual free night certificate should more than justify that fee alone.

Times sure have changed when Marriott Platinum status is being offered as part of a credit card welcome bonus…

Anyone plan on applying for a Marriott Amex card to secure Platinum status?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), and Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees).

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Comments
  1. Uh, until February 2021? Dude, I have zero booked nights before then (just cancelled 14 in Tokyo.) With paring back benefits across FS hotels, this doesn’t seem like much of a deal.

  2. Have they committed to requiring brand standards for elite benefits again in 2021 yet (they keep pushing out the deadline for that), or could this be a gigantic nothingburger if they decide to allow hotels to continue denying earned benefits? The current suspension even includes those benefits that have nothing to do with any COVID restrictions.

  3. Based on the terms it seems like if you have ANY Marriott card (Chase or Amex) you can’t apply for any other Marriott card. This is the case for Chase cards as well. Am I reading that right?

  4. Ok — this is tempting. I hate that Platinum status is only for a year. That makes the Biz card more attractive than Brilliant

  5. I think it’s easy for Marriott or really any of the other flags to make such a generous offer, think about how many people are really traveling from now through the end of 2021 surely it will increase as vaccines become available and next spring comes but still how much does one think this will “cost” Marriott? The money made from this offer is in the spend requirements and after 2021 will one keep their new found status ? It’s same for the airlines beginning to lower their thresholds on status level requirements, what will be interesting to see in the coming year is how many people do reach these various goals even Hawaiian Air has lowered.

    Only time will tell.

  6. Lucky – in the “That’s right, you get Marriott platinum status!” section, shouldn’t February 2021 be February 2022??

  7. What about us lowly Brilliant Card holders that paid the $450 fee in the spring who can’t take advantage of any benefits because of travel restrictions? We don’t get a status upgrade? Guess it doesn’t matter with the restrictions anyway. Plus they haven’t (and according to an agent) won’t extend free night certificates beyond the 1 year expiration date, unlike Hilton which extended until 8/2021 to use. In my case the $450 AF got Bonvoyed.

  8. @ben Marriott must really believe that business and leisure travel will not rebound much at all in 2021 to be essentially giving away their status.

  9. @ Robert — Yeah, it seems pretty clear that at this point most travel brands aren’t expecting a recovery anytime soon. In many ways this seems like a brilliant promotion (pardon the pun) on Marriott’s part. The hotel group will likely be able to drum up business and generate loyalty among those who may not have otherwise stayed at Marriott properties.

    In fairness, Hilton has been similarly “giving away” status for years with credit cards, though Hilton in general takes a different approach towards loyalty.

  10. @ Jimmy — I’m working on getting an official answer, though my guess would be yes, based on how this kind of stuff has worked in the past. I could be wrong, though.

  11. @ Mark — I agree the Bonvoy Brilliant Card hasn’t been as generous as the Hilton Aspire Card when it comes to extending perks to existing cardmembers in light of the pandemic. However, I’d note that:
    a) I wouldn’t be surprised to see some further benefit extensions in the coming months, even if they haven’t been announced yet
    b) It’s normal for credit card companies and loyalty programs to offer perks just for those who are new customers, and not for existing customers/bookings

  12. @ Chris Parker — The rules are complicated, but it’s not *quite* that strict. For example, if you have the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex you’re still eligible for the Bonvoy Business Amex, and vice versa.

  13. @Ben — I hear ya, but factor in the uncertainty due to the pandemic and that number drops significantly… unless people plan to “stay-cate” more over the next 16 months. If I were a domestic business traveler, I’d jump on this. I’m not, yet I’m still tempted

  14. @ qasr — Yeah, Marriott has “once in a lifetime” restrictions. Many suggest that seven years after canceling a card you may be eligible for it again, but that’s not confirmed or official. Since this is considered the replacement for the SPG Amex, it is considered the same product for all practical purposes.

  15. While this is a great offer for new applicants, it kind of sucks that they aren’t giving existing cardholders a way to get in on this. Even something like spend $15K or $20K and get Platinum in 2021 (instead of the $60K or whatever it is normally) would be good

  16. @ Andre — I totally agree with you. In fairness, though, this isn’t an offer Marriott would likely be making if it weren’t for the pandemic, so I don’t view this as a choice between taking advantage of this offer now and taking advantage of it during “normal” times. Even taking out the Platinum status, the offers are roughly in line with the best offers we see on these cards.

  17. Ben, if I have the business Amex card (old SPG biz card) from an old business, can I apply for another business card with a new business that I set up 3 years ago? I have a separate Tax ID number.

  18. @ Gene — While I far prefer my World of Hyatt Globalist status to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status, I think that’s a bit extreme. I absolutely don’t go out of my way to stay at Marriotts, but often Marriotts are the best options. And when they are, I’d definitely rather be a Platinum member than not, because it does make a difference.

  19. @ Luis — I believe you’re only eligible for the bonus once, even if you’re using different EINs. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, please…

  20. Bonvoyed again!

    I’m sorry, but this whole credit card concept honks me off, where the credit card holder is more valuable to them than the paying customer. Why don’t they just become a bank?

    Bonvoy already has repeatedly cheapened the value of my Platinum status (earned by actually staying nights in their hotels). Now I have to compete for room upgrades and lounge access with every schmo who buys a credit card?

  21. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but only the Business Amex Marriott’s 15 annual elite nights stack with the 15 nights you get from Chase’s Boundless card to start your year with 30 nights? So getting the $450 personal Brilliant won’t stack those nights?

  22. @Mark, the Brilliant has been gr8 for me this year. I got a 100k upgrade offer in Feb. Paid $675 total in annual fees offset by $600 in annual Bonvoy credit usable on dining, $100 credit for $1k general spend offer, $125 in credits on two Bonvoy Amex offers, 10x points on gas, dining, and stays for a few months, and the 50k cert. I’m happy about everything except the delay in them depositing the cert

  23. @ Loren M — The 15 elite nights on the Bonvoy Business Card stack with the 15 elite nights on any of the Bonvoy personal cards, whether issued by Amex or Chase. Here’s the relevant part of the T&Cs:
    “A maximum of 15 Elite Night Credits will be provided per Marriott Bonvoy Member Account, unless you have both a small business Marriott Bonvoy Card account and a consumer Marriott Bonvoy Card account; then, you may receive a combined maximum of 30 Elite Night Credits (15 per Card account).”

  24. In general I agree with Esquiar, Bonvoy Brilliant has been an excellent card this year and a good long term hold, so those who don’t have the card should get it with this offer

  25. @Ben — I agree I am taking an extreme position, but I find few things more off putting about a hotel than having to argue about benefits. Marriott cannot be counted on to deliver upgrades, and I don’t want have to spend half of our stay arguing with the management (the FCQ will NOT stop until they relent). Therefore, I just never book Marriott.

  26. Hmm i just got the Amex marriott business in July..this offer doesnt seem to exclude those with the Amex Marriott Biz card…yet chase excludes them from their offers..

  27. @ben, what if you product upgraded from old SPG Amex card to Amex brilliant in the last 24 months are you still eligible for the bonus on the Amex business card if you have never had the business card?

  28. LOL Marriotts stop recognizing benefits at their properties, then give status as a credit card bonus….nice

  29. I love how people in these comments complain about this offer. Bonvoy had no requirement to offer this, not sure how you can get mad at something that didnt even exist before or mad at an offer that is an improvement on the same card’s offer from one day before.

  30. @ Zimm — If you’ve never had the Marriott Business Amex and you’ve just had the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex/SPG Personal Amex then you should be fine, based on how I’m reading the eligibility requirements.

  31. @ John — If you have the Business Marriott Amex Card then you should indeed be eligible for the Marriott Brilliant Amex Card.

  32. I’d Rather get the Brilliant than the Business, but since the Brilliant’s elite nights don’t stack with other personal nights, I may settle for the Business.

  33. The comments here about watered down status or CC holders competing with those who “earned” their status through actual stays (many on the corporate dollar) are ignoring the lack of business travel. Occupancy rates are low, the road warriors with status aren’t traveling and those earning platinum status via the CC offer aren’t getting SNA’S, I don’t believe. I don’t see this offer having any significant impact on current elites.

  34. I’m an AU on the Amex Bonvoy card(the $95 fee one, legacy from Starwoods) would I be eligible for this or do I have to cancel it first?

  35. @ Eric — I don’t disagree with you, but I think it’s important to consider the current situation, as MattR hints at above:
    a) Who “earned” status this year with real stays? Marriott extended status by 12 months, gave existing elite members elite nights equivalent to 50% of their tiers, and you can also earn up to 30 elite nights per year through Bonvoy credit cards. This year I earned 67 elite nights without actually staying a night. Do I “deserve” status? I don’t know.
    b) As MattR said above, times have changes, a LOT. Hotels are in a tough spot and at this point will do anything they can to drum up business, and we can’t really blame them. For so long the major hotel groups relied on weekly business travelers to fill their rooms, while that’s not a thing right now for the most part.

  36. I am not eligible as I just signed up for the Chase deal giving 5 50k point nights which to me is a more lucrative offer than this deal as I don’t stay at Marriott properties enough to make Platinum all that valuable to me.

  37. As far as $300 annual Marriott statement credit goes, do we have to pay with AMEX Bonvoy Brilliant card or can I pay with other card like CSR and still get $300 back?

    I have Ritz Carlton stays coming up next month and I would Like to get this card if the promotional Platinum status starts as soon as getting this card… too bad it’s won’t starts until 2021.

  38. @Esquiar, glad you had success with this card. I got good value when I signed up well over a year ago. My point was on the renewal, due to MY timing the $450 AF won’t be able to be utilized for maximum benefit. I am interested in international travel and have cancelled multiple trips so far. One more shot to use the $300 statement credit and 50K cert early next year for a European splurge. Looking less likely that will happen. But if it does I am good with the card and the fee. If the trip doesn’t happen, that was my point, I’ve not heard any kind of extentions to these benefits unlike Hilton. Maybe @Lucky is right that there will be some promotions in the future.

    As far as the 10X points on gas and dining, IMO this was a fair deal if you intend on transfering points to airline program, which I plan on. @3-1 and 10X you are getting 3.33 ponts per $1. Not bad but I get 4x on other cards for dining and gas is not something I pay for. Also during the summer with the AMEX Aspire card I got $250 statement credits for dining.

    There’s no question these kinds of benefits are individualized. Some do better than others. And as others have stated, we status earners by credit card are pretty lucky anyway as we get the same benefits of the road warriors.

  39. The picture for the introduction of this article is positively unappealing. I would NEVER stay at such a hideously looking place.

    I’ve had some hotel CCs and even with the bonuses, you might get a couple of nights. Loyalty cards and programs for hotels only make sense if you spend a third of your life at such places, it isn’t worth the bother.

  40. There have to be a gazillion Marriott Platinum members and now there will be more. My Titanium, basically the same as Plat, is becoming worthless.

  41. Scott Kirby said the industry does not expect a return to”normal” until 2024. Hotels and Airlines will have to deal with poor revenue and mounting debt

  42. Yet another massive Marriott program devaluation.

    Elite benefits are close to zero at many US properties. Some extra points, maybe late checkout, maybe a minor upgrade.

  43. This is absurd. Whenever properties return to normal with lounges the lounges will be even more overcrowded. Wow. Meanwhile, absolutely NOTHING for ambassadors. Like rolling over dollar spent or a portion thereof.

  44. Marriott Platinum is almost worthless. I feel badly for those who went out of their way to acquire it, but I’m a lifetime titanium and I have moved my business to Hyatt and other chains. I think I have something like 100k in MR points left, but after getting no upgrades or perks beyond free breakfast (only offered at some chains), and that benefit is now gone indefinitely “because of covid”.

    I keep dreaming of the day the SPG properties are split-off…

  45. Tempted to jump on both of these cards: Marriott’s footprint in China, where I like to travel when Zombies aren’t wandering the streets, looks pretty good. I am intensely skeptical that Bonvoy Plat will come close to offering the benefits of WoH Globalist, but I don’t actually have to do anything to earn it, so why not give it a go?

  46. Ben, i don’t think you need to ”meet the spend requirements” to earn the 2021 platinum status under this new promo. Can you confirm?

  47. @ JH — That’s correct. The terms make it clear that this is tied to approval of an account, rather than completing the spending requirement.

  48. @ Kendor — No doubt Bonvoy Platinum isn’t as good as World of Hyatt Globalist status, but Marriott does also have a much bigger global footprint, so there is a tradeoff.

  49. @ FNT Delta Diamond — I wouldn’t disagree if I thought thinks would “return to normal” by early 2022, but I just don’t see that being the case…

  50. @ Marco — Yeah, unfortunately it’s a US-issued card, so unless you’re eligible to apply for credit cards in the US, you couldn’t get it.

  51. @ erie — You have to pay with the Bonvoy Brilliant to get the credit. However, you can always split the payment at check-out, as you could charge $300 on your Bonvoy Brilliant, and then the remaining amount on another card.

  52. @ JC — Yeah, if you’ve received a new cardmember bonus on the Boundless in the past 24 months you wouldn’t be eligible for either bonus, unfortunately.

  53. @Lucky, I don’t see any value as an Ambassdor Elite Member. Marriott used to only check me in with the last four of my card and ID. Now every time the key is never ready. Always swipe the card like the mobile check in means nothing. The only time it does is with the mobile key and some hotels don’t even issue it until you arrive. So much for “contactless check in”

  54. I just got the Amex Marriott Business last month, is there a way to get this bonus matched instead of the 75K that I am supposed to receive?

  55. If I receive platinum status via this credit card offer, will I receive 5 suite night upgrade awards? That may be worth it. If not, this is still a solid offer for this card, but with as crazy as deals are starting to get I’m going to wait and see what pops up in the next couple of months. Can anyone confirm free suite awards with platinum status on this offer? Or is that somehow conveniently forgotten by Marriott when you reach platinum by CC?

  56. @ Richard — The suite night awards are earned as Choice Benefits, which require actually earning a certain number of elite nights. So you wouldn’t get those as part of this offer. However, if over the course of the year you reach 50 elite nights (including the up to 30 elite nights offered by credit cards), you could then select Choice Benefits.

  57. @Bo, obtaining the Chase Bonvoy Boundless bonus does NOT make you ineligible for these AMEX Bonvoy card bonuses, as long as you haven’t received a bonus from these AMEX Bonvoy cards within the past 24 months.

  58. Just pproved for the AMEX Bonvoy Business Card, approved yesterday for the Gold Card. We have no debt, zero CC balance, a lot of cash, and an 800-ish credit score. @Lucky any suggestions on how long to wait (or not) on applying for the Brilliant AMEX consumer card given our other recent approvals? I also have a Hilton Aspire card I got about 4 months ago.

  59. So annoying. My titanium status is becoming worthless, especially now with lounges closed.
    Now with everyone obtaining platinum status or higher, I can also forget about room upgrades.

  60. @Kamaaina, your Titanium status takes priority over those with Platinum status. But I understand the frustration, when some of us worked hard and spent large to earn status, but others haven’t. Airlines, particularly AA, have a history of doing this also.

  61. @Larry, i think you’re wrong when you say “obtaining the Chase Bonvoy Boundless bonus does NOT make you ineligible for these AMEX Bonvoy card bonus”..Lucky just said you would NOT qualify for the Amex bonus it in the comments.

  62. @JC, Lucky and I are saying the same thing, and it’s published on a couple of other competing travel blogs as well. You ARE eligible to qualify for the AMEX cards and bonuses as long as you haven’t received a Boundless SUB in the past 24 months (in your specific case, if you received the Boundless SUB 6 months ago, you can shoot for these cards in another 18-19 months). I should have been clearer about which SUB: obviously, because of AMEX’s lifetime rules on these card bonuses, you must not have ever received a SUB on either of these AMEX Bonvoy cards in the past (even when they were called SPG Business and SPG Luxury).

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