Posted by William Charles on August 22, 2019
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Published on August 22nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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[YMMV] American Express Bonvoy Brilliant Anniversary Bonus: $25 Statement Credit After $25+ Spend At Marriott

Update 8/22/19: Added a direct link to see if you’re eligible. Hat tip to reader Srikrishna P

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • American Express is offering some Bonvoy Brilliant cardholders a $25 statement credit if they spend $25+ or more by November 30th, 2019

 

The Fine Print

  • Must register by October 15th, 2019

Our Verdict

Seems to be targeted towards people with the annual fee coming up, I’d personally still call retention to see if you can get a better offer.

Hat tip to reader FJR



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WR2
WR2

My plan for my upcoming Bonvoy Brilliant card anniversary is to use up $300 annual credit post anniversary, wait for credit to post, and then downgrade for pro-rated AF refund. I hope I get this offer as it’s basically increasing my annual credit by $25.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Are you sure you can downgrade this post-30 days and get pro-rated refund? If so, i would make sense to wait a bit longer until the free night posts, and only then downgrade. You should also then be able to cancel the downgraded card within 30 days of the downgrade, and get the full refund of the new AF paid for that card, as well.

WR2
WR2

Ah yes forgot abut FN, but yeah, I’ll wait until FN posts too. DPs I saw indicated that 30 days is limit to get refund for cancellation, but downgrade is not limited to 30 days. I’ll certainly double check on recent DPs though before the 30 day window closes.

Edit: just logged in and see the offer already on my account. Anniversary is mid September.

bad
bad

worst branding decision ever.

Jon
Jon

My renewal is in April and I still received this offer. I think it just has to do with when you applied for or converted your card to the Brilliant.

J T
J T

Appeared this week in a banner notice in my AmEx desktop login, card anniversary next week & AF due to post in about a month. Would be nice if this stacks with the reset annual $300 Marriott credit, which I plan to do anyway for the $40 off $200 AmEx offer.

Going forward, plan is to skip the retention call and just downgrade to the Bonvoy (SPG) personal card. I’ll still get the 50k FNA two statements after AF posts, then I’ll wait for a targeted upgrade.

TJ
TJ

The 50k FNA is only on the Brilliant, you would get a 35k FNA if you had the personal instead and there have been reports of they only prorating the AF minus any of the used credit so be careful but YMMV

J T
J T

T&C on Brilliant: as long as the account is open when the FNA posts (~2 statements after AF), even if you convert to another card, you will receive the FNA for the card type open on your account anniversary date, not when AF posts.

50k FNA will post if you downgrade.

J T
J T

DP: 2nd $300 Marriott Brilliant hotel credit, $40 off $200 AmEx offer credit, $25 off $25 targeted Brilliant anniversary credit all posted for single purchase at a local Marriott property. Sharing my Marriott Gold status (automatic with Brilliant card) & member number was necessary when I was initially told to try online. Transaction was ~3 days after card anniversary, credits posted 3 days later.

J T
J T

My previous follow-up comment posted & then disappeared without a trace. Short version: all 3 credits stacked with one purchase at a local Marriott where I was not a guest.

Srikrishna P
Srikrishna P
Francisco
Francisco

Hopefully it stacks with the Marriott Amex offer spend $200 get $40 and the $300 annual credit.

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

An interesting data point…I have no idea if this works for everyone or just me. But, I just attempted to click on the link and I got the standard error link. However, when I attempted to open the link after incognito, the offer appeared for me. So if you didn’t receive the offer after attempting it regularly, try incognito and see if it works.

RWHR
RWHR

I wonder if a $25 Marriott gift card purchase will trigger even though against T&C?

KT
KT

I did not get an email but the link worked for me. My AF is coming up in September.

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