Two New Marriott Credit Cards and a Change to One

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Just in. There are two new Marriott credit cards that have been added to the Marriott Bonvoy lineup. And just like the previous ones, they have interesting names – Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful and Marriott Bonvoy Bevy. Seriously, who thinks of these names? Crazy names or not, it’s great to have more opportunities to earn more Bonvoy Rewards. Let’s check them out! And there is a change to the American Express Bonvoy Brilliant Card too!

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful

The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card earns 125,000 points after a minimum spend of $4000 in 3 months. It has an annual fee of $250 with benefits that include:

  • Gold Elite Status
  • Free night award (50K) after spending $15K on the card
  • 15 Elite Night Credits
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck Benefit
  • 1,000 bonus Bonvoy Points/stay

Honestly, I don’t get it. Marriott raised the annual prices on these new cards and isn’t giving free night certificates? Nothing makes this a card I would want to keep after I got my welcome bonus.

 

Black credit card

 

 

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Bevy

The American Express Marriott Bonvoy Bevy has an offer of 125,000 Bonvoy Points after a spend of $4000 in 3 months. It comes with a $250 annual fee. The benefits of this card include:

  • Gold Elite Status
  • Free night award (50K) after spending $15K on the card
  • 15 Elite Night Credits
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck Benefit
  • 1,000 bonus Bonvoy Points/stay

Frankly, I am shocked this doesn’t automatically come with a free night certificate. Even the $95 annual fee cards automatically come with a free night certificate annually.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Bevy credit card

 

Change to the American Express Bonvoy Brilliant

The offer for the American Express Bonvoy Brilliant is 150,000 Bonvoy Points after a $5000 spend in three months. The annual fee for this card is increasing from $450 to a whopping $650 annual fee. Ouch! The benefits include:

  • $300 ($25/month) dining credit
  • Platinum Elite Status (this is a good one)
  • Free night certificate (85K) on card anniversary
  • 25 Elite Night Credits
  • $100 property credit at Ritz Carlton or St. Regis when you spend 2 nights
  • 1,000 bonus Bonvoy Points/stay

I do like that the free night certificate is really usable for a nice hotel stay like at the Wailea Beach Resort. If you value Platinum Elite Status and plan to stay at Marriott Hotels a lot, this might be worth getting or keeping. I really think they needed to add something bigger to make it worth a $200 increase. Not sure this is worthwhile for me now.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

 

Bottom Line

I have been a loyal Marriott follower for years. Until they got rid of their award chart. And now they add these cards with ridiculous “b” names and benefits that don’t offset a larger annual fee! These two new Marriott Cards and a change to the Brilliant don’t inspire me. Sorry, Marriott, I’m not getting Bonvoyed any longer. Although I believe the signup offers may be worth getting the cards, I don’t think these are worth keeping. (Debbie Downer here today-let me know if you disagree)!

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