Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant AMEX Card Calculator

Card Details & Marriott Points Calculator
6x Marriott
3x Restaurants
3x Airfare (booked directly w/ airline)
$300 Marriott Hotel Statement Credit
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Credit
Annual Free Night (50k)
Priority Pass
$100 Property Credit
15 Elite Night Credits
Marriott Gold Elite Status
Marriott Platinum Elite Status w/ Spend
Complimentary WiFi

Review the elite benefits of the Marriott Brilliant Card, calculate how many points you can earn based on your spend, and compare results against top cards.


The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card is Marriott's premium credit card. The Brilliant Card was originally introduced in August 2018 as the SPG Luxury Card before the program fully switched from Marriott Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy February 2019. The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card offers several travel benefits along with perks for those who often stay at Marriott brand hotels. It's a great match for anyone devoted to the Bonvoy program.

Bonus Categories

The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card features three bonus categories that earn additional Marriott Bonvoy Points. Those bonus categories are Marriott Properties, restaurants, and airfare booked directly with the airline. There is no limit to the amount of bonus points you can earn spending in these categories and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with the card.

  • 6x Marriott
    • Applies to paying for hotel stays directly with Marriott and making on-property/site purchases that are categorized as being Marriott (such as a Marriott owned coffee shop or general store).
  • 3x U.S. Restaurants
  • 3x Airfare Booked Direct
    • You will not earn 3x on 3rd party booking; AMEX Travel site will not earn at the bonus rate.
  • 2x Non-Category

Perks & Benefits

The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card is packed to the brim with benefits. This includes annual credits, free night awards, and much more.

  • Annual $300 Marriott Statement Credit
    • Triggers on Marriott purchases including the room rate.
  • Annual 50,000-Point Free Night Award
    • Received annually around card anniversary date.
    • Free night can be used at any hotel that costs 50,000 points or less at the time of booking.
    • Free nights can be stacked with free nights earned with other Marriott credit cards.
  • 15 Elite Nights
    • Applies towards Marriott Elite Status.
    • Credits can be stacked with elite nights earned from a Business Marriott Credit Card (for a total of 30 elite nights) but cannot be stacked with other Personal Marriott credit cards.
  • Marriott Gold Elite Status
  • Spend To Platinum Elite Status
  • Global Entry/TSA PreCheck
  • $100 Property Credit
      • Applies when booking a 2-night or longer stay at a St. Regis or The Ritz-Carlton property.
      • Must use your Brilliant Card to pay and you must book through the special rate which is only visible when you own this card or the Chase Ritz-Carlton Card.
      • The special rate matches the standard rate.
  • Priority Pass Select Membership
  • Complimentary In-Room, Premium Wi-Fi
  • ShopRunner Membership
  • AMEX Benefits
    • AMEX Offers
    • AMEX Presale Tickets
    • AMEX Seating & Preferred Seating
    • AMEX Experiences
  • Travel & Purchase Coverage

Sign Up Bonus (SUB)

The standard sign up bonus for the Marriott Brilliant Credit Card is 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after you spend $3,000 across the card within the first 3 months of card membership. The cash value of the sign up bonus will depend on how much you value Marriott Bonvoy Points.

In terms of free nights, this can earn you as many as 15 nights at an off-peak Category 1 hotel or at least one night in a category 8 hotel during off-peak season.

Marriott Free Night Award Chart

Marriott Bonvoy Points can also be transferred to airline partners. Marriott Points transfer at a 3:1 ratio for most airline partners meaning 75,000 points will earn you 25,000 airline miles. You'll also receive a bonus 15,000 points for every 60,000 points transferred which will give you an additional 5,000 airline miles for a total of 30,000 miles.

Fees

Annual Fee

The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card has an annual fee of $450 which is around the norm for premium credit cards. With the annual $300 in statement credits and annual free night certificate for a stay at a 50,000-point hotel, the annual fee should easily be covered. Other benefits offered on this card can also help add extra value such as the 15 elite nights if you're working your way towards status or the $100 credits the card offers when staying at The Ritz-Carlton & St Regis brands.

Authorized User Fee

The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card authorized user fee is $0. If you have family or friend that spend in the Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card's bonus categories, I would recommend adding them as authorized users.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The Marriott Brilliant AMEX Card has a foreign transaction fee of 0%. This means you can spend freely overseas and earn Marriott Bonvoy Points without worrying about additional fees.

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You can use this rewards calculator to calculate how many points, miles, or cash back you can earn based on your spend per category. This calculator will also give you the dollar value of the card based on rewards earned and how much each benefit is worth to you minus the fees. You can click the Compare A Card button to compare this card against another card in the same calculator.

All category spend entered in the primary card's column will carry over to all credit card pages on the site so you don't have to re-enter the same information over again.

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