Card issuers frequently review their cards’ benefits and decide what perks should be included moving forward. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is being refreshed and there is a big change to the way the $300 annual statement credit is issued.
Credit Through September 21 — Eligible Marriott Purchases
Now through September 21, 2022, at each card renewal year, cardholders get up to $300 in statement credits for purchases on the card at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy.
These statement credits are incredibly easy to use — simply swipe your card at any Marriott Bonvoy-participating hotel and you’ll receive up to $300 of that spend back as a statement credit. This can be in 1 or multiple purchases and can be used for things like room rates, in-house restaurant purchases charged to the room, bar bills, spa services, etc.
Credit Starting September 22 — Eligible Restaurant Purchases
On September 22, 2022, a new statement credit structure will be implemented, and unfortunately, it is a little more complicated than the current system.
The $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit benefit will no longer be available. It will be replaced with a new benefit of up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide.
Why These Changes
There are 2 main reasons why these changes are taking effect:
- First, Marriott Bonvoy is hoping you’ll use the card more often. By spreading out the statement credits to $25 per month, Marriott is hoping you’ll keep the card front and center in your wallet and will use it anytime you visit a restaurant or have another purchase. The more you use a card, the more likely you are to keep spending on that card for day-to-day purchases. There’s no obligation to spend beyond $25 a month, though any purchases beyond this amount will be your responsibility to pay the difference of.
- Second, and probably most importantly, Marriott Bonvoy is hoping that by spreading out the statement credits, you may forget to use 1 or more during the course of a year, and for every time you don’t earn the credit, Marriott gets to keep that portion of the annual fee.
Bottom Line: If you use the card every month for your credit, you’ll get more value out of your annual fee.
Other Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card Benefits
Even with the changes to the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card still has plenty of Marriott Bonvoy-centric benefits for its cardholders, all for an annual if $450:
Cardholders also receive these additional benefits:
Unfortunately, this statement credit change to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card is a major downside for existing cardholders and new applicants.
The $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit benefit was incredibly easy to use and encouraged you to spend money at the namesake of the credit card. The new $25 per month restaurant credit will likely lead to many consumers forgetting about the credit and not being able to get the most out of their annual membership fees.
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