/It’s your last chance to earn up to 125,000 points with Marriott Bonvoy Amex cards — and you’ll also get Platinum elite status for a year

It’s your last chance to earn up to 125,000 points with Marriott Bonvoy Amex cards — and you’ll also get Platinum elite status for a year


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If you’re looking to use hotel points to book a weekend getaway or even a staycation close to home, there’s currently no shortage of credit card welcome offers that can help you boost your loyalty program balances significantly. 

If you want to stay at high-end Marriott properties that cost more than 50,000 points per night, like the all-inclusive Al Maha Desert Resort near Dubai, these two elevated Marriott Bonvoy card offers from American Express are worth a look. But you’ll have to apply now, because both offers end on January 13, 2021.

Plus, if elite status is important to you, you can leverage these welcome bonuses to get an upgrade to Platinum elite status with Marriott for a year starting in February.

We’re focused here on the rewards and perks that come with each card. These cards won’t be worth it if you’re paying interest or late fees. When using a credit card, it’s important to pay your balance in full each month, make payments on time, and only spend what you can afford to pay.

Regular APR

15.74% to 24.74% variable APR

Credit Score

Good to Excellent

Featured Reward

Earn up to 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after your first anniversary of Card Membership. Offer Expires 1/13/2021.


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    • Earn up to 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after your first anniversary of Card Membership. Offer Expires 1/13/2021.
    • Enjoy complimentary Platinum Elite status with your Card for the 2021 status year. Offer Expires 1/13/2021.
    • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
    • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy Hotels. 3 points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
    • Receive 1 free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
    • Enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass Select membership.
    • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
    • $450 annual fee.
    • Terms Apply.
    Pros
    • Annual statement credits can save you money on Marriott stays
    • You get a free reward night each year after your account anniversary
    Cons
    • High annual fee
    • Other cards are more rewarding for earning points on your spending


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    The premium Marriott consumer card, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, is now offering up to 125,000 Marriott points — a big jump from its standard welcome bonus of 75,000 points.

    New cardholders will earn 100,000 Marriott points after they spend $5,000 in the first three months from account opening, plus 25,000 more points after their first year of card membership.

    With 100,000 Marriott points, you can book a night at any Marriott Bonvoy property, since the most expensive award stays top out at 100,000 points per night during peak travel dates.

    The Bonvoy Brilliant card offers cardholders complimentary Gold elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program, but as part of this limited-time offer, you can get upgraded to Platinum elite status for a year, starting in February 2021. With Platinum Marriott Bonvoy status, you’ll get 50% more bonus points on paid stays, complimentary enhanced Wi-Fi in your guestroom, and 4 p.m. late checkout at participating properties.

    The Bonvoy Brilliant card has a $450 annual fee (See Rates), but some of that fee is effectively canceled out if you take advantage of the $300 annual statement credit for participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. This benefit resets each account year, and you can use it to pay for a hotel stay, or for incidentals such as room service during your stay.

    You also get a free night award each account anniversary, which you can use at Marriott properties that cost up to 50,000 points.

    Regular APR

    15.74% – 24.74%

    Featured Reward

    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 Card Membership. Earn up to $150 in statement credits within your first 6 months of Card Membership for all eligible purchases on your Card on U.S. Advertising in select Media. Plus receive complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for one year (February 1, 2021-January 31, 2022). Offer ends 1/13/21.


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    • The information related to the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has been collected by Business Insider and has not been reviewed by the issuer
    • 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 Card Membership. Earn up to $150 in statement credits within your first 6 months of Card Membership for all eligible purchases on your Card on U.S. Advertising in select Media. Plus receive complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for one year (February 1, 2021-January 31, 2022). Offer ends 1/13/21.
    • 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
    • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping. 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
    • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
    • Terms apply.
    Pros
    • Comes with a free night reward every year after your account anniversary
    • Earns 4x points on several bonus spending categories, including US purchases for shipping and US restaurants
    Cons
    • The complimentary Silver elite status isn’t very valuable
    • Not the best option for earning rewards on non-bonus category purchases

    The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has a lower annual fee of $125, and it doesn’t offer the annual Marriott Bonvoy statement credit that you can get with the Bonvoy Brilliant card. However, it does offer an annual free night award for Marriott Bonvoy hotels that cost up to 35,000 points — and like the Bonvoy Brilliant, it’s offering an elevated welcome offer that comes with an upgrade to Platinum elite status for one year.

    If you apply by January 13, you can earn 100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months, and you’ll be upgraded to Platinum elite status (from the card’s usual Silver status) for a year starting in February.

    Beyond that, you can earn up to $150 in statement credits for eligible purchases on US advertising in select media, including online, radio, and TV advertising, in the first six months of card membership.

    You can use these points now or later

    If you’re dreaming of a vacation but not sure when you’ll actually feel ready to book, keep in mind that your Marriott points won’t expire as long as you continue to use your Marriott credit card.

    That said, it could also be worth using points from one of these offers sooner than later to book a getaway near you if you live near a Marriott Bonvoy resort and you feel comfortable booking a stay during the coronavirus pandemic. With 100,000 Marriott points, you could book two nights at properties like the Westin Snowmass Resort in Colorado or the W Miami, which sits right on the beach.

    In any case, remember that these welcome bonuses are only available until January 13, so you’re almost out of time to apply.

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    Please note: While the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they’re subject to change at any time and may have changed, or may no longer be available.

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

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