Does anyone have the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card? How do you like or dislike it?
#I have the Brilliant Amex that costs $450 per year. It comes with an annual free night certificate worth 50K points (Which I used at the JW Marriott Chicago to save $750, and The Ritz-Carlton Dallas to save $900!), plus it comes with an annual $300 Marriott credit (towards room rate itself or incidentals), and because I stay at Ritz-Carlton periodically, I can use it to get a $100 Ritz credit for minimum 2-night stays. I also used it this year to reimburse my $100 Global Entry renewal fee, which makes Global Entry free (card will reimburse Global Entry every 4 years). I’d say it easily pays for itself...
That is a pretty suite card there VSB. I wish they had it up here in Canada. The 0% foreign exchange feature alone would save me most of the fee let alone all of the other goodies.
On the Amex Bonvoy. Rinny, this card is a carry over from the SPG loyalty card. The main features it provides is the fifteen nights credits, the free anniversary 35K cert and the accelerated points for spend (particularly at Marriott places and golf courses). it also carries the usual insurance stuff that you probably have through an other card or work and a few other things. It is the only Marriott card available up here in Canada and I like it better than the old Chase Marriott Rewards card. However as VSB points out there are other options in the USA so you will need to look at all and make a choice based on your needs. I carry the Platinum AMEX as well which has a hefty fee but there is a priceless feature that they have with that at all of the Canadian airports in that I jump the security line and end up ahead of everyone including the Nexus. If you have flown from YYZ any weekday between 7 and 9 am you will know what I mean by priceless.
I, like Pey, have the Canadian version of the Bonvoy Amex.It's a slightly watered-down version of the US card. Mainly lacking the 0FX fees benefit, 5pts/$ (instead of 6, but I guess with the exchange rate, not so bad) and a little more expensive per year.The non-Marriott redemption is a bit meagre and doesn't match up to my everyday MasterCard. However, it sometimes comes with fun local promotions that get you instant cash backs. 5$ in different local shops, just got 50$ back when I bought over 200$ of bed linen at Linen Chest (on top of their Black Friday discounts.)I wouldn't have it as my only credit card, as it is not as widely accepted as MasterCard or Visa. But I get my money's worth out of it at Marriott properties and sporadically elsewhere.
Agree with verysuiteboy about the Brilliant. Just about pays for itself. I got it when they were offering a 100,000 point bonus. I also used the Global Entry renewal reimbursement. The only complaint I have is that Amex cut off the restaurant benefit for their Priority Pass. We used that benefit when traveling with the grandkids. A cheap move on their part.
Although Amex cut the restaurant benefit, it still exists on the Ritz-Carlton card which offers a number of benefits similar to the Amex Brilliant.
Yes, how could I forget Priority Pass? I fly United, and can use my Priority Pass membership (that comes from having the Brilliant Amex) to access lounges in cities where United doesn’t have a United Club, such as Jacksonville or Toronto.
I like the American Express Bonvoy credit card. If you stay at least one night per year in a Marriott hotel, I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to make use of it.
Right out of the gate you get a free night certificate each anniversary that can be used for an award night worth up to 35k points. I used a 35K certificate this past spring to unlock some incredible value at Arizona Resorts - Tucson Resorts | The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. This hotel has since changed category, but there are still plenty of great options available that would otherwise cost more than the $95 you pay for the annual fee.
You also get 15 elite night credits towards achieving status each year with Marriott. This means you'll have the 10 elite night credits necessary to achieve Silver Elite with Marriott. However additional Marriott credit cards will not stack this credit. So this benefit provides no additional value if you have more than one Marriott credit card.
Using the Amex Bonvoy to pay for Marriott hotel stays gets you 6 points per dollar in addition to the 10 points per dollar that you get just for being a member. So that's nice, but again... if you use another Marriott credit card, this is a benefit you already have.
For me, the real value of this one is in the 35K free night certificate. I'm happy to hang onto it for that alone.
One thing not mentioned yet is that the AmEx (maybe not in CA, so maybe I'm wrong) has bonus features that change and every once in a while they are excellent. For example, earlier this year they had a percentage back on your cellular bill up to $50 back. One click of a button and we had a $50 credit on our account after the cellular charges came in.
I have the business account that was SPG and it allows me to control spending limits on individual cards and put temporary spending holds on individual cards which can be handy when managing additional cards. Every once in a while they will have money back for stays over a certain $ amount at certain Marriott brands.
Yes, we have it in Canada too (as I mentioned in my previous post). However, I expect them to be less "lavish" than in the US.
I love my bonvoy brilliant which is my primary card with my wife as a second cardmember so everything possible goes on it. It pays for itself with the 50000 point free night, $300 credit that can be used for a room or on incidentals. I also got 25000 bonus points ($312.50 to buy 25000 points at time of writing) for spending $25000 on it over the year, and then there is the sign up bonus and all the points earned (remember can transfer to airmiles and other programs as needed). The 15 elite nights was a big draw until I got lifetime titanium as now the ambassador spend is out of reach. The only improvement I wish they’d make is have something similar to what Delta have on their Amex where spending counted towards ambassador spend (in addition to required nights) which is typically out of reach for me, but 100 nights is not. There was a thread here the other day too about the Ritz card which sounds advantageous over the bonvoy brilliant if you stay at Ritz’s a lot for the club upgrades or want a chase visa card versus an amex card. I also have the chase bonvoy boundless visa (note you only get the 15 nights with one and the sign up bonus is typically only eligible with one so choose the one that gets you most first). This gives me a Visa option to earn bonvoy on my spending, where Amex is not accepted. Although I am based in US, do doesn’t happen too often - more when I travel overseas.
See comments here for great comparison between brilliant and ritz card: The Ritz-Carlton Card: Yes, It's Still Available *Unboxing Photos*
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