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AmEx Bonvoy Brilliant Luxury Card [General Discussion Thread]

AmEx Bonvoy Brilliant Luxury Card [General Discussion Thread]

Old Jun 23, 22, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by YoungBubbie View Post
I definitely prefer the $300 Marriott credit.
One and done.
Me too. This change will tip the scale to cancel this card prior to next AF. I donít have time for the nickel and dime coupon book games. And no longer need EQN as a newly minted lifetime Plat
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:55 am
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Ouch. I just sockdrawered the card too. Thankfully my anniversary date is 8/22 so I have a month to burn the $300 credit I suppose.

Does anyone know if the old SPG/MR card with the 35k cert is available as a downgrade option?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:48 pm
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If we buy a gift card at a property that has them before 9/22, will we get the $300 rebated?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Polytonic View Post
Ouch. I just sockdrawered the card too. Thankfully my anniversary date is 8/22 so I have a month to burn the $300 credit I suppose.

Does anyone know if the old SPG/MR card with the 35k cert is available as a downgrade option?
Yes
Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
If we buy a gift card at a property that has them before 9/22, will we get the $300 rebated?
Yes, or from Marriott.com
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Old Jun 23, 22, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
If we buy a gift card at a property that has them before 9/22, will we get the $300 rebated?
For what it's worth, I did get the $300 credit buying a gift card online (see the GC thread) last year. I'm assuming that still works anyway.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 2:29 pm
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Absolutely terrible path credit cards are moving down. I would say under good authority, most people probably have this card because they stay at Marriott. However, this isn't as profitable for the CCs to get used for 1 hotel purchase and sock drawered. So now, you are either carrying the card more often or not utilizing the full $300.

You can find a positive in this if you want. Until you either forget to use it and/or start to have more and more credits to balance. Awful.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 2:36 pm
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I also am not happy about this but at least my local microbrewery cans their beer and they code as a restaurant. $25 in beer for me per month. I will be too buzzed to care that Marriott devalued their free night certificates!

Come October when my renewal hits I will see what retention offer they have and make my long term decision. I suspect they will be getting quite a few calls or chats via the app
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Old Jun 23, 22, 2:44 pm
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At least the $25 monthly restaurant credit is at any restaurant and isn't tied into GrubHub/DoorDash/UberEats. I get that we would all rather have a $300 Marriott credit but I will be able to use the replacement.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
At least the $25 monthly restaurant credit is at any restaurant and isn't tied into GrubHub/DoorDash/UberEats. I get that we would all rather have a $300 Marriott credit but I will be able to use the replacement.
Depends how you look at it. At the end of the day itís the same $300
1.Using the card to offset a Marriott stay is easier bc itís one lump sum and is being used for the cards intended purpose
2. $25 a month at a restaurant to me is marginally acceptable if your restaurant charge is low. Otherwise you are leaving points on the table bc there are a lot of cards out there with better return. Iíd rather put a $300 dinner on the gold card and get 4x points. $25 off of $300 and 3x Marriott points isnít very compelling

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Old Jun 23, 22, 3:05 pm
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I think I'm abandoning this card near my renewal date. The $25/month is annoying to remember using every month. My Amex SPG and Amex Business already cover my needs.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Jprod View Post
Depends how you look at it. At the end of the day it’s the same $300
1.Using the card to offset a Marriott stay is easier bc it’s one lump sum and is being used for the cards intended purpose
2. $25 a month at a restaurant to me is marginally acceptable if your restaurant charge is low. Otherwise you are leaving points on the table bc there are a lot of cards out there with better return. I’d rather put a $300 dinner on the gold card and get 4x points. $25 off of $300 and 3x Marriott points isn’t very compelling
It's not difficult to put a Marriott Bonvoy card in Apple Pay / Google Wallet and spend $25 on breakfast / lunch on a monthly basis. That is what I did when Amex added all the small dining credits to their cards in 2020. A monthly GrubHub / UberEats order also works. No need to carry the physical card.

That said it is a negative change, and I will likely cancel the cards in 2023 or 2024.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:11 pm
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Well, I was on the fence about downgrading to the SPG legacy card and Amex made the decision easy for me. At least I can use the 300$ before I downgrade in September!
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelingZoomer View Post
Well, I was on the fence about downgrading to the SPG legacy card and Amex made the decision easy for me. At least I can use the 300$ before I downgrade in September!
Check for a retention offer. I got 60K Bonvoy Points for $2,000 in spend, can use a new $300 credit before September, and will get the $25 dining credits from September through July 2023. $550 in Credits, 60K in Bonvoy Points and another 50K cert is good value for $450,
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:41 pm
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The change to $25 in restaurant credits is certainly not as easy and effortless to use as the $300 resort credit. In my opinion it is a downgrade-

changing gears-
Iím Curious how long after signing up for the card does it take for the 15 night credits to appear?

I received the bonus points for signing up immediately after hitting the spend requirement several week ago but I have yet to see the night credits. The terms say up to 60 days and Iím only around the 50 day mark; but in my experience these things tend to happen much quicker.

any data points?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 9:08 pm
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I donít need the Elite night credits since I made lifetime plat. The question for me is which Amex to downgrade to. Does Amex have a constraint like Chase does that you need to downgrade to another Amex with the affiliated brand?
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