Get Marriott Platinum Status For A Year With Your Choice Of Two Marriott Cards

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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.

If you’re looking for the same Platinum status at a lower annual fee ($125, see rates and fees), the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card also has a cool limited time offer:

  • 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.

Westin Maui

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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  1. You spend $60,000 a year on a Marriott card? Given the poor value of their points, that seems a bad return.

  2. 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. Bonvoyed again!

  3. If you have stayed at a Marriott recently, you’ll know that Platinum status is basically worthless. No lounges, no breakfast, no late checkout (“need more time to clean”) and the standard “sorry, we’ve been told not to upgrade Platinum members to suites.”

  4. No lounge, no breakfast, why bother? (You don’t actually believe that lounges in US hotels are EVER coming back, do you?)

  5. Don’t see what the value of plat is in these current times and I don’t see that changing within the next year.

  6. I’d been waiting for a higher than 75k offer to get this card. Might have bit at straight-up 125k except with free Platinum thrown in while I already have Titanium, now the I don’t want the 125k unless I get something like extra elite nights.

    Regarding the benefits, the staycations August-October I’ve not had any problems with getting 4 pm checkout. I’ve not gotten any real suite upgrades even though that is not part of Platinum Benefit Guarantee so not part of the waiver, so are hotels really officially except from this as they act?

    Breakfasts I’ve seen a lot of granola bars. One Courtyard, ironically the brand that is so stingy on breakfast, is giving a free bagels and oatmeal breakfast to all guest. That is one of the hotels that may move to Sonesta.

  7. 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.

  8. Up to $300 in statement credits each year of cardmmbership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels? Does the basic room charge qualify? I only book the room, nothing additional.

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