Limited time: Earn 125,000 points and up to $200 back on this premium Marriott Amex card

Mar 18, 2021

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With more than 7,000 properties under 30 brands, there is a Marriott hotel for everyone. And when it comes to choosing a Marriott credit card, there is also a variety of options from both Chase and American Express. Currently, there’s an elevated limited-time offer for two Marriott credit cards: the consumer Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card.

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The Bonvoy Brilliant Amex now has a welcome offer of 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening. ​Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants within the first six months of account opening.

Meanwhile, the Bonvoy Business Amex is offering 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/12/21.

Let’s take a closer look at these and other offers across popular Bonvoy credit cards.

Related: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card is right for you?

Marriott card welcome offers

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

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Annual fee: $450 (see rates and fees)

Welcome offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. ​Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants within the first six months.

Is it worth it? 125,000 points are worth $1,000, according to TPG valuations. Then, you’ll get another $200 back as statement credit simply for dining out (or for takeout) within the first six months of having the card.

If you’re normally a frequent traveler loyal to Marriott, this is a great card to add to your wallet. You’re getting a sizable list of perks, including automatic Bonvoy Gold status, an annual free-night award (worth up to 50,000 points), up to $300 in annual statement credits for eligible Marriott purchases, Priority Pass lounge access, 15 elite qualifying night credits per year and so much more.

Check out our full card review.

APPLY HERE: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card

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Annual fee: $125 (see rates and fees)

Welcome offer: 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/12/21.

Is it worth it? If you qualify for a small-business credit card, this current offer has the potential to be quite lucrative. The 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points alone is a solid offer worth $800, according to TPG valuation.

The card itself also comes with 15 elite night credits annually (which can be stacked with a Marriott Bonvoy consumer card) and a free-night award annually. A second free night can be earned after eligible spending. Other benefits include premium on-property internet access and no foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees).

Check out our full card review.

APPLY HERE: Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card 

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)
(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

Annual fee: $95

Sign-up bonus: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Is it worth it? While not as high as the previous offer for five free nights for properties that require up to 50,000 points, this is still a solid bonus for a mid-tier hotel card if you are looking to stash away Marriott points. The Boundless card also offers a solid return on eligible Marriott purchases (6x points) and everyday spending (2x points) as well as an anniversary free-night certificate worth up to 35,000 points.

Of course, you also get 15 elite night credits, which gives you automatic Silver Elite status. There’s also a pathway to upgrade to Gold Elite status by spending $35,000 on the card each year. You can also double up on elite night credits (for 30 elite nights) if you hold a Marriott Bonvoy business credit card.

Check out our full card review.

APPLY HERE: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Related: Best ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy free nights

Can you apply for more than one Marriott card offer?

You can have more than one open Marriott card — some people in TPG’s office have two or three. However, that was admittedly easier to do back when there were more available cards, including some legacy Starwood Preferred Guest card products.

Now, with only four total Marriott cards currently available for new applicants, there are a fair number of restrictions on who can earn the sign-up bonuses across the available cards — especially since you’re working across two different issuers with Amex and Chase.

To give a specific example, if you have the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex card for your small-business spending needs but decide you want to jump on the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex card for its welcome offer and perks, you could theoretically have both of those cards and their bonuses.

Note that these restrictions are all in addition to Chase’s 5/24 rule (which applies to the Bonvoy Boundless and the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card) and Amex’s one-bonus-per-lifetime rule (which applies to the Bonvoy Brilliant and the Bonvoy Business cards). You’ll want to make sure you’re eligible for these offers before applying.

Related: How to determine if you’re eligible for a Marriott Bonvoy card sign-up bonus

Bottom line

For those who are using this time to rack up valuable travel rewards and solidify their credit card strategy, these new offers across Marriott Bonvoy cards are worth a look.

Marriott cards already hold slots in our top hotel credit cards list. Add in the current increased bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card and you’ve got a compelling reason to consider getting a Marriott card now.

Related: The best hotel credit cards of 2021

Featured photo by The Points Guy. 

Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor and Ethan Steinberg. 

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business card, click here

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

Aside from the welcome offer you'll earn up to $300 in statement credits each year and 1 free night (worth up to 50k points) every year after your cardmember anniversary. Terms apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 125,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 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. Offer Expires 5/12/2021.
  • 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.
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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