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Is downgrading the Bonvoy Brilliant to the $95 AF Bonvoy card still possible?

Is downgrading the Bonvoy Brilliant to the $95 AF Bonvoy card still possible?

Old Apr 19, 20, 2:59 pm
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Is downgrading the Bonvoy Brilliant to the $95 AF Bonvoy card still possible?

I have a 100k upgrade offer on my $95 AF Bonvoy card and I know the latter is no longer available for new applications, but is it still available as a downgrade option for the Brilliant? I wouldn't want to keep paying the $450 AF indefinitely just for the certificate so whether I'd be able to downgrade back to what I currently have after a year is a consideration for me.
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Old Apr 20, 20, 8:12 am
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From my experience, it is.

I recently called to see if I could get a retention offer on my AmEx Bonvoy Brilliant, but they did not have any offers for me.
They did offer a downgrade to the card with the $95 annual fee, but I kept the Bonvoy Brilliant.

Edit: I also upgraded last year (March 2019) from the $95 SPG card to the Bonvoy Brilliant for an upgrade offer similar to yours.

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Old Apr 20, 20, 4:10 pm
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So can you product downgrade to this card if you never had the $95 card, but grab the Brilliant for a year?
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Old Apr 20, 20, 7:18 pm
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Originally Posted by eponymous_coward View Post
So can you product downgrade to this card if you never had the $95 card, but grab the Brilliant for a year?
Not too sure. I believe the agent was referencing the $95 AF Marriott Bonvoy Card from American Express. (My SPG card was going to become that before my upgrade)
However, the card is no longer open for applications and I don't know if it's an downgrade option for only those who have had it.

Here is that card's history:
  1. $95 AF SPG card for 2 years with free first year
  2. $450 AF Marriott Brilliant card upgrade for 1 year
  3. Talked with the agent and decided to keep the Marriott Brilliant card as it offers a stronger free night redemption (50,000 points instead of the 35,000 points with the $95 AF card)
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Old Apr 21, 20, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by TheIronWill View Post
Not too sure. I believe the agent was referencing the $95 AF Marriott Bonvoy Card from American Express. (My SPG card was going to become that before my upgrade)
However, the card is no longer open for applications and I don't know if it's an downgrade option for only those who have had it.
Yeah. Because of reasons (*cough*5/24*cough*) I'd rather be in the AMEX ecosystem long term than in the Chase one. I'm not enough of a Marriott partisan to prefer the Brilliant over Hilton Aspire if I want to dive in for a $450 AF hotel card long term (I'd pick the Aspire, though TBH I'm not even sure I'd keep that year to year)... but a $95 AF card with a 35k free night might be a keeper card for me.
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Old Apr 26, 20, 1:37 pm
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I called an inquired about a retention offer, but nothing in the system for me. They didn't offer to downgrade either, said it wasn't possible. Anyone actually downgraded?
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Old Apr 26, 20, 3:15 pm
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..... didn't offer to downgrade either, said it wasn't possible.
Has your account been open for at least 12 full months?
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Old Apr 26, 20, 3:33 pm
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Has your account been open for at least 12 full months?
Yes, my AF just posted.
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