The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card gets a host of new benefits and a higher annual rate

Marriott’s premium credit card: the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card – is undergoing a thorough review. Today’s update includes the previously announced $ 300 annual card credit shift, but we’re also learning about a number of additional changes. And unfortunately, these new and improved benefits come at a higher annual rate.

That said, existing cardholders still have a few months before the new fee goes into effect. And for new cardholders, a high welcome offer is now available.

Here’s everything you need to know about these Bonvoy Brilliant card changes.

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New elite status and more elite nights

Previously, Bonvoy Brilliant cardholders automatically received Gold Elite status with Marriott Bonvoy and received 15 Elite Night Credits per year on their account, helping them achieve status faster. Moving forward, there are two improvements to these benefits:

  • Cardholders now receive 25 Elite Nights Credits per year.
  • Cardholders now enjoy automatic Platinum Elite status.

Platinum status includes suite upgrade eligibility at check-in and free breakfast at select properties, among other perks.

Note that reports from TPG readers and staff members indicate that the additional 10 nights are starting to post on member accounts, so if you’re an existing cardholder, your elite night balance may have just seen a increase.

Related: 3 reasons why I continue to pursue Marriott Platinum status year after year

New choice advantage with expense

Although the card now comes with automatic Platinum Elite status, this will not make you (per se) eligible for Marriott’s Choice benefits. These only become available after reaching 50 elite qualifying nights and you get another selection when you reach 75 nights and qualify for Titanium status.

in any case, the Bonvoy Brilliant card is getting its own selection of similar benefits next year. Starting in 2023, when you spend at least $ 60,000 on the card in a calendar year, you will become eligible for an “Annual Earned Choice Award”, where you would choose one of the following options:

  • 5 award nights in suite.
  • A free night award of 85,000 points.
  • $ 750 off a mattress or clothespin from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.

Again, this is separate from the choice perks you would unlock by reaching 50 and 75 elite qualifier nights, although, as noted above, it won’t start until 2023.

The JW Marriott Bonnet Creek. SUMMER HULL / THE POINTS GUY

Most precious free night

The latest improvement to the Bonvoy Brilliant card is the annual free night award you receive each year on account renewal. Previously, this was applicable to properties that cost up to 50,000 points per night. In the future, this will be valued for a free night of up to 85,000 points. And as announced earlier this year, you will be able to complete this reward with up to 15,000 points from your Marriott account. This increases the potential value of the certificate by up to 100,000 points.

If you maximize this increase in value by booking a property at exactly 85,000 points, you will be worth $ 714 based on TPG ratings. This is particularly interesting given the final card modification.

Highest annual rate

Of course, these changes come at a cost. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant annual rate is now $ 650 (see Fees and Fees), compared to $ 450. While this change takes effect immediately for new applicants, if you are an existing cardholder, it will take effect on your earliest date for renewal on (or after) January 1, 2023.

New welcome offer

To entice new applicants, the card has launched a new welcome offer: 150,000 bonus points after spending $ 5,000 on qualifying purchases within the first three months of signing up for the card. This welcome offer ends January 11, 2023. TPG values ​​Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.84 cents each, which means this bonus is worth $ 1,260.

Our opinion on the changes

There will likely be mixed reactions to this news. On the one hand, the Bonvoy Brilliant card has become more luxurious in many ways: the status is higher, the annual free night is worth more, and the number of Elite Night Credits you receive is also higher. And because you can accumulate Elite Nights Credits on personal and business cards, that means you can keep the Brilliant Business Card and a Marriott Business Card to automatically get 40 nights a year, which is only 10 nights from Platinum and 35 nights from Titanium.

However, this comes at a cost. The annual rate increases by $ 200, while the easy-to-use Marriott credit (up to $ 300 per year) is now gone, replaced with a monthly lunch credit that requires more effort to use.

Existing cardholders will need to consider whether the annual fee is worth the next anniversary of their account.

Bottom line

View from a suite of the Suite at the Sheraton Grande Rio. KATIE GENTER / THE POINTS BOY

Today we are learning a number of further updates to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card. This includes:

  • Automatic Platinum status (formerly Gold).
  • 25 elite night credits each year (previously 15).
  • A new choice benefit after spending $ 60,000 in a calendar year (new, starting in 2023).
  • An increased annual fee.

Fortunately, existing cardholders won’t see the higher annual fee until their first renewal on (or after) January 1, 2023, so you’ll have some time to enjoy these new benefits before deciding if it’s worth keeping. long run card. And for those interested in applying for the card despite the higher rate, you now have an offer of 150,000 points to sweeten the deal.

Apply here: Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $ 5,000 on qualifying purchases within the first three months of your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® card subscription. Ends January 11, 2023.

Additional reporting by Ryan Smith.

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