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- Friendly Reminder: Make sure to double-dip the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit before September 22, 2022, mentioned below. Use the ideas in this article to spend your $300 Marriott statement credit.
- From September 22, 2022, Amex will replace the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit with a monthly $25 dining statement credit. This also opens up a double-dipping opportunity. Suppose you are approved for the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card before September 22, 2022. In that case, you can max out the current $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit and take advantage of the monthly $25 dining credit for almost a year after September 22, 2022!
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card offers a $300 statement credit each year during card membership for eligible
purchases at worldwide Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts. The Brilliant card is
one of the premium travel cards with a high annual fee of $450, and being
able to use and maximize its $300 statement credit benefit will help justify
that yearly fee.
credit benefit easier to use than the
$250 Hilton resort credit that comes with the Amex Hilton Aspire card.
Marriott Bonvoy statement credit.
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Use the Credit For Dining & Restaurants From September 22, 2022
Use the Credit For Staying at a Marriott Bonvoy Property
This is the most obvious and straightforward way to use the $300 Marriott Bonvoy
statement credit, and that’s exactly what the benefit was designed for.
- You stay at
a Marriott property and use your Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to pay for
room rate, dining, spa, and any incidental charges at participating worldwide
Marriott Bonvoy hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties.
- You just have to ensure all expenses are charged to the room and paid for with your American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card at the time of checkout for the benefit to apply.
- American Express will
automatically issue a $300 statement credit into your credit card’s account.
Use the Credit For Night Out at a Marriott Bonvoy Property
Staying with Marriott Bonvoy property is not required. You can have a night out
in the town where your local Marriott Bonvoy property has a restaurant or a bar. Any
Marriott Bonvoy brands such as Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Sheraton, Westin, etc., will do.
statement credit once or twice by having a date night out to eat and drink
at a local Courtyard property. Amex reimbursed our food and drinks expenses and applied the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit. You just need to pay with your American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card for this benefit to apply.
Use the Credit For Reservation Deposit
Some Marriott Bonvoy properties require a credit card deposit when making a
reservation. One of the properties we know about is the
Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort. We made a points and cash reservation that came with a flexible
cancellation policy. Right after our reservation was made, the property charged our credit card. We contacted the property right away, and they responded
Thank you for your email. I checked with our reservation department
regarding this charge. They confirmed that according to your booking policy,
this amount is for the deposit regarding your booking by cash and points. If
you will not use this deposit during your stay, we would like to confirm
that we will refund this amount to your bank account after your
So what this means is that you can make a refundable reservation with one of these Marriott Bonvoy properties that require a reservation
deposit with your American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, and your credit card will be
charged right away for the deposit. This will trigger the $300 Marriott
statement credit because the charge is processed directly by a participating Marriott
Bonvoy property. After a while, if your trip is interrupted, you can cancel the
reservation during the permitted time and get the deposit refunded to your Amex
Brilliant credit card.
What Happens to Refunded Credit?
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant $300 statement credit terms. So please
proceed carefully with this trick at your own risk, as Amex may be clawing
back canceled/returned credits in the future. You have a full
membership anniversary year to use this $300 credit, so go travel and
enjoy the credits. But if you must use this trick, use it as a last resort. This is what Amex says:
Note that statement credit(s) received during the reward year may be
reversed if the eligible purchase is returned/cancelled, or if
you engage in abuse or misuse in connection with the benefit (for example,
if you do not maintain an eligible Card Account for the duration of the
We put this trick to the test and haven’t had any issues. However, don’t do it too
often to the point that you are abusing this trick. Obviously, suppose you have a legit
upcoming stay. In that case, you will likely spend money at the hotel for
parking, food, drinks, room rate, taxes, etc.; these charges qualify
for the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit benefit. Consider doing this
only if it were your last resort because this benefit is one of those things you use or lose.
Use the Credit For Marriott Gift Card
Data points from the points and miles community indicate that purchasing a Marriott
gift card does trigger the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit
reimbursement. This is, in fact, true when you can find a local Marriott Bonvoy
hotel that can sell a Marriott gift card to you because the payment will be
processed directly by the property. However, the challenging part is
finding a local Marriott property that actually sells Marriott gift cards.
- Via the comment section, a reader pointed out that Amex added a section “Online purchases of Marriott branded gift cards do not qualify as eligible purchases for this benefit.” However, a data point via FlyerTalk shows that online Marriott gift cards purchase still trigger the credit, and the data point was provided in October 2021. Always try something small before committing, just in case.
statement credit can be done online. However, you must buy it
directly from the Marriott website
Marriott e-gift card, and Amex automatically issued us a $300 statement credit. The
transaction even earns 6x points per 1 dollar spent. So apparently, the charge
was coded as if the payment was processed by a Marriott Bonvoy property. See the screenshot below.
Use the Credit For Shop Marriott
- Data points via FlyerTalk show that online purchases through Marriott Bonvoy stores trigger the credit. There’s no need to purchase a Marriott gift card with the credit first, then pay for Shop Marriott as this article was initially written. Always try something small before committing, just in case.
- Use the Marriott $300 statement credit to purchase a Marriott gift card or an e-gift card. See the Use the Credit For Marriott Gift Card section above.
- Go to a Marriott Bonvoy brand’s online store to shop for hotel bedding.
- Shop Marriott
- The Ritz-Carlton Shops
- Curated by JW
- Collect Renaissance
- Gaylord Hotels Store
- Shop Courtyard
- St. Regis Boutique
- W Hotels Store
- Westin Store
- Sheraton Store
- Fairfield Store
- At checkout, follow the screen to pay. On the final page, select Marriott Gift Card for payment. See the screenshot below.
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant $300 Statement Credit Shop Marriott
Maximize the Credit With Amex Offer
With the Amex offer, you can maximize your $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit savings even further. You can stack the methods mentioned above with the Amex
Here’s how it works. Check your Amex Offers from time to time to see if your
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card is targeted for any statement credits at a participating
Marriott Bonvoy brand. For example, my Brilliant card was targeted for spending
at Marriott brand property: Spend $300 or more, get $60 back.
specific about which Marriott Bonvoy brand or property is eligible, so be sure
to check the fine print.
There you have it! I hope you enjoy learning these ways to take full
advantage of your American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card‘s benefit, and subscribe to our blog posts below to learn more tips & tricks
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