Best card for Marriott loyalists

If you’re looking for a loyalists card that makes it easy to recoup its high annual fee, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card does just that. The benefits are great for all types of Marriott travelers. (Partner offer)

At a glance

  • 6X Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 3X 3 points at Worldwide Restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
150,000 points
Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy® bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months.
29.99% Variable
28.24% Variable
18.74%-27.74% Variable
$650
  • Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy® bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months.
  • Each Card renewal year, get up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide.

At a glance

  • 6X Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 3X 3 points at Worldwide Restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
150,000 points
Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy® bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months.
29.99% Variable
28.24% Variable
18.74%-27.74% Variable
$650
  • Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy® bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months.
  • Each Card renewal year, get up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide.
  • A Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite member will earn 50% more points on eligible purchases at participating hotels for each U.S. dollar or the currency equivalent that is incurred and paid for by the member.
  • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. 3 points at Worldwide Restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Marriott Brilliant Free Night Award: Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Each calendar year after spending $60,000 on eligible purchases, Card Members are eligible to select an Earned Choice Award benefit. Benefit options include: Five (5) Suite Night Awards, 85K Free Night Award, and mattress and box spring $750 discount from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.
  • $100 Luxury Property Credit: Enjoy your stay. Receive up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis® when you book direct using a special rate for a two-night minimum stay using your Card.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®: Receive either a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry ($100) or a statement credit every 4.5 years after you apply for a five-year membership through any Authorized Enrollment Provider for TSA PreCheck® (up to $85) when you pay the application fee with an eligible Card. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Each calendar year you can receive 25 Elite Night Credits toward the next level of Marriott Bonvoy Elite status. Limitations apply per Marriott Bonvoy member account. Benefit is not exclusive to Cards offered by American Express. Terms apply.
  • Enroll in Priority Pass Select, which offers unlimited access to over 1,200 lounges in over 130 countries, regardless of which carrier or class you are flying. This allows you to relax before or between flights. You can enjoy snacks, drinks, and internet access in a quiet, comfortable location.
  • Enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass™ Select membership.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on international purchases.
  • Cell phone protection: You can be reimbursed for your costs to repair or replace your damaged or Stolen cell phone up to $800, subject to a $50 deductible, for 2 approved claims per 12-month period when your prior month's wireless bill was paid utilizing an Eligible Card Account. Terms and conditions apply. Coverage is provided by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.
  • $650 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Our Take

TPG Editor's Rating

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3.5/5

Overview

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card is a good choice for those who spend time at Marriott properties. While it’s not a great choice for everyday spending, this card does earn 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program. You can also redeem Marriott rewards points at more than 7,100 Marriott locations globally.

Pros

  • Earn up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide.
  • 1 free night award (up to 85,000 points) every year after your card renewal month.
  • Priority Pass Select membership (enrollment required)
  • Automatic Platinum status

Cons

  • $650 annual fee isn't insignificant
  • May not make sense if you don't stay at Marriott properties

Who is this card good for?

This credit card is great for Marriott loyalists, even if they don’t travel frequently. Cardholders earn complimentary Marriott Platinum Elite Status, priority pass lounge access, a yearly up to $300 statement credit for restaurant purchases (up to $25 per month) and an annual free night award. These perks allow cardholders to almost instantly make back the annual fee.

Earning Rewards

Cardholders earn 6x Marriott Bonvoy points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program. They also earn 3x points at worldwide restaurants and flight books directly with airlines. All other purchases earn 2x points.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card worth it?

    This card is a valuable option for Marriott loyalists. You earn a yearly up to $300 statement credit for restaurant purchases and earn 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program which based on TPG valuations is a 4.8% return. The other perks such as one night free yearly are great additions for those staying at Marriott properties.

  • Do Marriott points expire?

    Marriott points do expire, but only after 24 months without qualifying activity.