AmEx is really trying hard to keep people from canceling their Bonvoy Brilliant Cards. Fortunately for Active Duty we get our $450 annual fee waived, making it a no brainer to keep this card forever! The first offer I received was for $25 of free money on 24 Aug 2019 from firstname.lastname@example.org. This offer was targeted, and I recieved it on my card and my wife’s card. However for one of my friends he only got it for one out of two of his Bonvoy Brilliants:
I was able to stay at the Boston Commons Ritz this weekend and spent $27.50 at the in room honor bar for two tins of snacks:
The “honor bar” has sensors and when the tin was not returned back to the magic pad in 30 seconds it auto billed the room! Prices were not that bad:
I grabbed the tins on the way out to check out and sure enough, the charge was already there on the computer. Note the 18% service and 7% tax for a whopping 25% upcharge:
The charge has just posted:
Not only did the $27.50 come off my $300 credit, I got paid $25 on top for spending the money on the minibar. I am going to try just using my wife’s card to buy something for $25 directly from the bar or gift shop as another datapoint.
The next email I got was kind of a tease, it came 02 Sept 2019 from AmericanExpress@welcome.aexp.com, and it had a headline of:
You’re close to receiving a Free Night Award
from Marriott BonvoyTM
The text continues:
This email ensures you keep the card open long enough to pay the next year’s annual fee, lucky it does not apply to many of the readers of the blog! I am going to have to wait till late October now to get my next 50k night. The first email contains about how the $300 fee is reset. On the AmEx site there is no counter, but only the terms of the offer:
I find the $300 on Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant to be much more flexible than the $250 resort credit on Hilton Honors Aspire. I would almost say I rather have 4 Bonvoy Brilliants and a single Hilton Honors Aspire. Thoughts out there on that?