Earn Up To 125k Marriott Points and Platinum Elite Status

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Just when we thought the Marriott credit card offers couldn't get any better, Amex announced huge new limited-time offers on the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card and Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card. In addition to six-figure welcome bonuses, both cards now offer complimentary Platinum Elite status for 2021 as part of the new welcome offer. Both offers are valid through January 13, 2021.

These are great offers on valuable hotel rewards cards. So, let's take a closer look and discover which of these cards deserves a spot in your wallet.

Earn Up To 125K Points and Platinum Elite Status for 2021

The new offers on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business Card can land you up to 125,000 Bonvoy points plus Marriott Platinum Elite status for the 2021 status year!

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$125
Welcome Bonus Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 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.
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  • 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 purchases

Limited-Time Welcome 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.

The 100,000 point bonus on its own is a great offer. Add in a year of Marriott Platinum Elite status and the $150 in statement credits for U.S. advertising in select media, and you can extract mega-value from a card with such a modest annual fee.

100,000 points is enough for a night at the luxurious St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, even at peak pricing!
100,000 points is enough for a night at the luxurious St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, even at peak pricing!

Keep in mind, as a business card, the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card won't add to your 5/24 count if you are aiming to apply for Chase cards in the near future.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
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Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$450
Welcome Bonus 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.
  • 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.
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New Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card applicants can earn up to 125,000 bonus points after meeting the minimum spending requirements. That's a massive increase from the card's standard 75K offer. Plus you'll receive 12 months of Platinum Elite status. Cardmembers typically have to spend $75,000 on the card in a calendar year to earn Platinum Elite status.

Ongoing benefits include an annual free night certificate valued at up to 50,000 points, up to $300 in statement credits each year towards Marriott purchases, and a Priority Pass lounge membership.

Earn 75,000 points with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

Following an unprecedented new cardmember offer that ended in late October 2020, the Marriott Boundless has reverted back to its standard offer. While this is far from the best bonus we've seen, the card still holds excellent long-term value.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases

The Marriott Boundless provides an anniversary free night certificate worth up to 35,000 points and 15 Elite Night Credits each year. That's enough for Silver Elite status.

One of the major strengths of the Marriott portfolio is its vast footprint. No matter where you go, whether for an overnight stay before a flight or a luxurious week in paradise, you're going to find a Marriott hotel nearby. This makes the free night award a particularly good value.

Marriott Transfer Partners

Another thing worth mentioning is the flexibility of Marriott Bonvoy points. Regardless if you frequent Marriott properties, Bonvoy points are some of the most versatile in the reward travel world. You can transfer them to more than 40 partners!

You'll also receive 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points you transfer. That means that even if you (somehow) can't find a way to redeem your Bonvoy points for a stay at any one of their 29 hotel brands, you can use them to top-off one of your frequent-flyer accounts.

Application Rules

Layered on top of issuer application restrictions like the Chase 5/24 policy and Amex's ‘one-bonus-per-lifetime‘ policy, there are Marriott specific rules that can confuse even the most seasoned points-and-miles fans. If you already have another Marriott credit card (or if you received a Marriott welcome bonus in the past 24 months), double-check our post on the Marriott application rules before you apply for one of these cards.

Final Thoughts

The increased offers on these cards deliver terrific value for Marriott members, with the opportunity to land multiple free nights with any of the three welcome offers.

If you can use a free hotel night and additional card perks, all three cards should easily pay for themselves year-after-year. Whether you're a Marriott fan or simply looking to diversify your points portfolio, now is a great time to get a Bonvoy credit card.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), and Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees)

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    I hope business travel resumes rather sooner than later so i can get back in the game of collecting points considering crazy opportunities like this… Thanks for sharing!

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    Andrew Jeffery says:

    Hmmmm. I need to seriously think about getting rid of my Delta Amex for one of these offers. I think I would use this more. Marriott has been upping their game since the SPG merger.

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    I used to have a Starwood Amex and when Marriott took over it created a mess, after that I always use cobranded airlines credit cards.

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    Thanks for sharing. I agree they should extend the expiration beyond January 13.

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    The actual AMEX card annual fee is $150 if you stay at Marriott hotels.

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    Awesome deal. Not to mention that Marriott has great properties all around the world. I try to stay with them as much as possible.

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    Bill from Maine says:

    C’mon Marriott. Match the Amex Hilton Aspire offer. Hilton’s current offer is 150K and Diamond (permanent as long as you own the card) for $450 AF per year, plus you get a free weekend night anywhere in the world upon card renewal.
    Marriott’s actual offer after spending $5K with Platinum for 1 year is 100K. You receive another 25K upon payment of annual fee which is basically their version of a free night at a lower category hotel. You are on your own after your Platinum cancels out after the 1st year and you’ll still have to pay a $450 fee for the privilege.
    This is a safe offer for Marriott since a lot of people aren’t traveling much and will not take advantage of the benefits. Besides that, most lounges are closed or severely restricted and many on property locations offer reduced breakfast benefits if they even offer one. When I was an “Old Gold” member, today’s Platinum, I rarely would receive any type of room upgrade. Make the Platinum status permanent as long as you own the card, especially after paying the $450 and enhance some of the card benefits and I might be a taker.

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    Wish Amex would go away with the one in a lifetime thing. But it’s a great time to get this one for sure.

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    I’ve already had and cancelled the Boundless card can I still get the Bold and get the 50k?

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      You can! However, you’ll need to wait 24 months from when you earned a new cardmember bonus on the Boundless.

      Per the application, those who can’t get the bonus include: “previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), or Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ credit card, who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.”

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    Looks like it’s time to get a Marriot card for my wife also, 2 free nights a year plus trade for airline miles.

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    Wow, I am fan of Marriott Bonvoy , it’s worth me to apply this card even if i need pay an annual fee. Hope i can earn some points to have a free trip hotel with Marriott hotel.

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    Stephanie says:

    Would strongly consider this card, but I don’t stay at Marriott hotels very much. Might be worth it just for the sign-up bonus though.

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    Seems like an OK deal but the marriott point system seems diluted and the cost of hotel stays are too expensive and 100k wont get too many nights compared to hyatt.

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    Unhappy to have no this credit card, I want to apply this card to get many points at Marriott Bonvoy club. I am a platinum member of Bonvoy , they have very good hotel and really like travel and stay in that hotel.

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    I cancelled my Amex Bonvoy Brilliance (formerly the SPG) and Chase Bonvoy Boundless cards earlier this year. Any idea if I’d stand any chance of acceptance if I applied for a Bonvoy Bold? 50,000 points for free is tempting, but if Chase limits you to only one of the Marriott bonuses, then I won’t bother.

    Thanks

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      JT Genter says:

      You might be able to thread the needle as long as you earned the Boundless sign-up bonus and Brilliant welcome bonus more than 24 months ago. There are a bunch of other restrictions in the Offer Details, so make sure you read them carefully to make sure you qualify.

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    Bonuses for these cards have always been marginal, although these are better. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come with increased bonuses all around.

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      Yes, let’s hope for record signup bonuses and record discount point/miles sales. And, then, even more importantly, let’s hope the programs all don’t go and devalue what they just gave us because they have no moves left in this tough environment. That’s why I currently feel safer with accumulating flexible point currencies.

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    Nancy Hiatt says:

    Was an SPG member that got folded into Bonvoy. Looks like I’m ineligible. Sheesh. Is there any way around this?? Bold would be perfect for me!!

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      JT Genter says:

      It depends on which aspect makes you ineligible. If you have the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, you might be able to close your old card and wait the 30-day waiting period before getting the Bold.

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    I already have two of the Amex cards so I won’t be getting another Marriott Card. I’m planning on using the free nights soon. Marriott points, with their ability to transfer to many airlines are really useful. When I think i don’t have enough of a certain type of airline points for a redemption, I always have to remind myself that I have a lot of Marriott points so it might still be possible. I only wish the transaction was instant in all cases.

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    With no annual fees, it’s a great offer!

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    It’s a solid offer no doubt. My only gripe is that the free night has lost some of its sparkle, being tied to points rather than category.

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    Amazing

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    It’s worthy to keep this card with annual fee ( $95 ) as i can get free nigt award and 15 elit night credits every year.

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    This is a great offer. Is it available in other countries as well?

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    That’s quite the bonus for small spend and no annual fee. I’ve been looking into increasing my credit card portfolio to include one or two more travel-centered rewards cards. I may be looking into Marriott now. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Great bonus for a no annual fee credit card!

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    Application rules that do not make sense.

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    Thanks for the article – Some really good bonuses there. I’m in the process of trying to build up my Marriott reward points at the moment.

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    Useful, i was looking for a new card and the fact you get Silver Elite status as part of the card is a clincher for me.

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    i hope this offer stays for a couple of months. This card had been on my plan for a while now.

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    Timson Leung says:

    is 100k the highest bonus ever? or should i wait?

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    Really need to see a FYF waived offer with Marriott in Canada…

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    I was a Starwood AmEx cardholder and when Marriott took over it created a mess. I had a separate Marriott account with its own set of rewards. It has taken about a year to get them combined into one number, but I ended up losing a reward night I had earned on one account. So far, I’m not impressed with the Marriott card bonuses.

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    Nice offer

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    I’ve been staying away from Bonvoy but this may be a reason to consider it.

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    The free night certificate is a big bonus and the big points.

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    100k may only get you 3 nights

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    looks like it’s time to get a marriot card

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    Is Marriott branded card from Chase has 24 or 48 month rule?

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    This wouldnt be a good fit for most people unless you plan on traveling and staying with them frequently.

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    FYI – You have a typo in this clause near the beginning of the post: “ the Bonvoy Bold is Marriott’s entry-level card, and COST’S you nothing to hold for the long term.”

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    Eh. Hotel cards are good for frequent travellers but not so much for the average family that just looks for an occasional hotel with a good rate.

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      Not in my case. I am an occasional traveler and I get great value from my hotel cards. The free night certificates alone make them more than worth it.

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    Is 100K the highest bonus ever?
    Or was there an even higher one in the past?

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    Yes it is a nice offer. But there might be some caveats. I just read an article about someone who had a horrific experience with Marriott. Many who replied to the OP had similar bad experiences.

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    Worth to consider the signup.

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    This is an attractive card to apply for!

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    That 3:1 transfer ratio is a little low. The 5k bonus is nice, but I hope the ratio improves someday.

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      3:1 isn’t a good redemption but if you think about is, most airlines are 1 mile per dollar on general spend and many hotel cards are three points per dollar so you’re not really worse off. Not the best option but I see it as breaking even.

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    ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    Love the Marriott brand, hate the 5/24 rule.

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    Great I was waiting for the 100,000 point sign up bonus

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    Bonvoy points aren’t what they once were post-Starwood merger, but this is a solid offer at least.

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      Nothing is what they once were. I still remember those those truly aspirational British Airways Executive Club Concorde awards.

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      They’re fairly close though aren’t they considering a 3:1 conversion? I truthfully don’t know how SPG worked but I’m under the impression both the earn and burn rates were around 3:1 from Marriott’s point structure.

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    I see the Marriott Bonvoy Bold is for the occasional travelers and the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless is the frequent travelers.

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    Steven William Van Meter says:

    That’s a pretty amazing sign up… A 100,000 point sign-up bonus! I haven’t seen an incentive like this in quite a while. This is really worth looking into.

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    I will definitely think about this offer! I need to stock up on Bonvoy points.

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    The no annual fee Bonvoy bold card starts to look pretty attractive. Only issue is that I already have grandfathered Marriott Rewards card (not sure what these are called now, but i don’t think it is Boundless)

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    The 5000 bonus is truly the most marvelous feature.

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    Well they have made that tempting. I do need more Marriott points. I’m going to have to delve deeper into Boundless.
    I’m going to have to look into using points on certain days and paid on other. Or is that not something that Marriott does? I know they have the dollar amount + points. I’ve seem that. I’m hoping to find that I can split it manually too.

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    I was thinking about this but I already have the AMEX Marriott card (converted from my AMEX SPG card after the merger). Reading one of your click thoughts it seems hat this would disqualify me from the bonus if I got the new 100,000 point Marriott. Is this right?

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    looks like a decent offer.. do we need certain level in bonvoy to use this ?

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    The ability to transfer these points to airlines really makes them valuable. My travels make marriott hotels the most convenient choice for me right now, so it’s great to earn even more with these cards.

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    The Marriott Bonvoy Bold looks like a good choice, no annual fee, 50,000 point bonus, and only 2K spend.

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    Nice bonuses. The Boundless is a pretty good card for $95.