Up to $300 Marriott Statement Credit
One of the biggest benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card is conveniently also one of the easiest to use. With this card, your first up to $300 in eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels is credited back to you as a statement credit.
What counts as an eligible purchase? Marriott has stated that the credit can apply to room rates, as well as incidental charges made at restaurants, spas, and other establishments within the hotel property (incidental charges must be charged to your room and paid for with your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card).
If you know you’re going to spend at least $300 on Marriott stays over the course of a year, then this effectively makes the annual fee of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card $150 in our view.
Anniversary Free Night Certificate
Another excellent perk that helps offset the card’s annual fee is the annual free night certificate that gets you a free night at any Marriott Bonvoy property priced up to 50,000 points.
With Marriott now utilizing dynamic award pricing, this free night certificate could get you a free night in a Category 6 property, assuming that it is not a peak night, or a free night in a Category 7 property during off-peak nights.
You can often find Marriott Category 6 hotels priced anywhere from $300 to $500 per night, with Category 7 properties eclipsing that even further, so the annual free night will certainly bring excellent value to cardholders.
Gold Elite Status
Gold Elite status is the second tier (of 5) in the Marriott Bonvoy program and comes with perks like:
- 25% bonus points on stays
- Enhanced room upgrades, if available (enhanced rooms include desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities, or rooms on Executive Floors, but do not include suites)
- 2 p.m. late checkout, if available
- Welcome gift of points when you check-in
The enhanced room upgrades and 2 p.m. late checkout are certainly welcome benefits when available, but keep in mind the only benefits you are guaranteed are the 25% bonus points and the welcome gift.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card also offers cardholders a path to Platinum Elite status after spending $75,000 or more on the card each account anniversary year. Marriott Platinum Elite status offers increased perks like a 50% point bonus, 4 p.m. late checkout (based on availability), enhanced room upgrades (including suites), lounge access, and free breakfast at participating hotel brands.
15 Elite Night Credits
Need an extra boost towards reaching the next elite status tier? The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card jumpstarts you with 15 elite night credits at the start of each year.
Don’t confuse these elite night credits with free night certificates, as you cannot redeem these credits for award nights — they exclusively count towards your status.
This can still be hugely beneficial, as the next 2 status tiers, Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite, require 50 nights and 75 nights a year, respectively. This means that the 15 elite night credits you earn from the card can drop the actual nights needed to qualify for Platinum Elite status to 35, and 60 nights to earn Titanium Elite status.
$100 Marriott Property Credit
Your card offers you a $100 property credit when you book a 2-night stay at a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis hotel directly through Marriott using the rate titled “$100 Property Credit, Luxury Credit Card Rate.”
Since this is a specific rate, you can receive this $100 credit on every booking you make with these 2 hotel brands. The property credit can be used on qualifying purchases at the hotel, like spa services or dining in the on-site restaurant.
Priority Pass Select Membership
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant cardholders also receive a Priority Pass Select membership that gets you (and 2 traveling companions) into over 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide.