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I have the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card and one of its features is earning Platinum status from Bonvoy every year with $75,000 in annual spend.
Right now though you don’t need to spend money on the card – or on their less expensive Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card – to earn Platinum status as a new cardmember. This is huge. You’ll get Marriott Platinum status for a year just for being approved as a new cardmember. While that’s something Hilton has done in the past, Marriott’s benefits are potentially richer and usually harder to obtain.
First, the premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant(TM) American Express® Card which has a $450 annual fee (See Rates & Fee). Instead of having to spend to earn Platinum status in the first year, you’ll receive complimentary Platinum Elite for the 2021 status year (offer expires January 13, 2021).
And there’s also a limited time offer of up to 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points 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. This offer expires January 13, 2021 as well. 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 cardmmbership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
- 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.
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
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.
- 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 card too, 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.
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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