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 U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
75,000 points
Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
29.99% Variable
25.24% Variable
15.74%-24.74% Variable
$450
  • Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.

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 U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
75,000 points
Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
29.99% Variable
25.24% Variable
15.74%-24.74% Variable
$450
  • Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. 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.
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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 each year on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 1 free night award (up to 50,000 points) on each cardmember anniversary
  • Priority Pass Select membership (enrollment required)
  • Automatic Gold status with the ability to earn Platinum

Cons

  • $450 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 Elite Status, priority pass lounge access, a yearly up to $300 statement credit for Marriott purchases 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 U.S. restaurants and flight books directly with airlines. All other purchases earn 2x points.

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