Get Marriott Platinum Status For A Year From A $125 Annual Fee Credit Card

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This is a really great opportunity for anyone who plans to travel in 2021. The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card will provide Platinum elite status for a year to new cardmembers.

The card has a $125 annual fee (see rates and fees), along with a limited time offer in points as well:

  • Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within your first 3 months of cardmembership.
  • You can also earn up to $150 in statement credits within your first 6 months of cardmembership for all eligible purchases on your card on U.S. Advertising in select media.
  • And receive complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for one year (February 1, 2021-January 31, 2022).

This Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card offer ends January 13, 2021. The card’s annual fee strikes me as a no-brainer, I have this since cardmembers receive a Free Night Award every year after account anniversary as well as an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year. Each of those can be used for one night whose redemption cost is 35,000 points or less.

I have the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card as well. Normally this $450 annual fee card (See Rates & Fee) lets you earn Platinum status with $75,000 in annual spend. However it right it too comes with Platinum status for the 2021 status year (offer expires January 13, 2021).

And there’s also a limited time points offer of up to 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points as well that expires January 13, 2001 as well: 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the new card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after your first anniversary of cardmembership. So earn more points than before, and Platinum status, as part of the initial offer for the card.

The $450 annual fee makes sense to me because in addition to points and status you receive,

  • Up to $300 in statement credits each year of cardmembership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. (Because of special Covid circumstances I was able to use my credit this year on restaurant takeout orders.)

  • A Free Night Award every year after your account anniversary for use at properties that are costing 50,000 or fewer Bonvoy points.

  • The card also comes with Priority Pass Select membership for unlimited airport lounge visits.

This seems like a no-brainer for Marriott status next year to receive upgrades including up to standard suites; lounge access; and 4 p.m. late checkout.

While Hilton has provided their Diamond status with their more expensive premium card for years, Marriott’s benefits are potentially richer and usually harder to obtain, and via the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card come at a lower annual fee.

Both of these cards also come with 15 elite nights per year, so going forward they help you earn status and also lifetime elite status and the elite nights from a personal and a small business card now stack.

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, click here.

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  1. If you hold the old Bonvoy Amex consumer card, that you cannot get anymore, can you apply for this card? The link you provided, doesn’t state the card that I have, is not eligible. But with Marriott cards, it gets confusing.

  2. My only reason at this point in time for not spending $125 for the card for Marriott Platinum status is that we might not see Marriott resume Platinum benefits in 2021. So I guess if you are willing to gamble that Marriott will resume Platinum benefits in 2021, I feel that even $125 is too much to pay for Platinum.

  3. Don’t get this card! Marriott has DESTROYED their elite tiers and there is almost no benefit to Platinum anymore. Marriott has outright let hotels get away with not offering promised benefits and this was pre-covid!

  4. Agree with sean, Marriott elite tiers only have value on paper. Plus, the Platinum status is only for a year. So temporary elite status offering paper-only benefits isn’t much of a win. I’d put Hyatt and Hilton well in front of Marriott in terms of reward programs.

  5. Once again, it is being Bonvoyed by a thousand cuts. My lifetime SPG Platinum status was full of benefits, it became Bonvoy Platinum with no where near the SPG benefits.

    Now I have to compete for the meager benefits (assuming they ever come back) with every schmo who gets a credit card for $125? Exactly why did I spend tens of thousands of $$ on actual room nights to earn Platinum status??

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