Last week, I discussed why the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express® Card no longer has a place in my credit card portfolio and I mentioned that rather than canceling the card, I would be downgrading to a card that some readers may not even realise exists. This article covers what you need to know about the less well-known Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card.
American Express has refreshed the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card and the refresh sees the card improving in three separate ways as well as being given a boosted (limited-time) welcome offer that looks very attractive.
I've often said that the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™️ American Express® Card is a great card to hold if you're someone who stays with Marriott more than once or twice a year and up until now that statement could stand up to scrutiny. From later this year, however, one of this card's key benefits will be changing and that change has altered how I view this card. In fact, it has altered my view so much that I think that it's time for me to part company with the Brilliant Card.
There aren't many credit cards that I consider to be "must-have" cards for any serious miles and points fan but the Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express is definitely one of them. This card comes with no annual fee and is one of the more rewarding cards you'll find for spending in non-bonused categories.
American Express has unveiled a refreshed version of the Blue Cash Everyday® Card which sees the card getting a new look, introducing statement credits, increasing the cash back that it earns in one shopping category, adding a new bonus category, and removing a bonus category. Importantly, the card's good earning rate at US supermarkets remains unaffected.
I'm on the record as saying that I think that the Platinum Card from American Express is the only 'must-have' premium card for most frequent travelers so as that comment was made over a year ago, I thought that I'd take a closer look at what the card offers travelers and Membership Rewards fans in 2021.
To get the most out of a miles or points balance takes work and often quite a bit of effort. People with busy lives and families to look after generally don't have the time or energy to deal with all of that and this a big reason why cash back credit cards are so incredibly popular and why the Blue Cash Preferred Card is a card that would work well in most wallets.
With no annual fee, good cash back on key spending categories, and a nice welcome offer that should be easy for most to max out, the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express is a card that looks tempting right now. Cash back may not be the coolest of rewards that you can get from a credit card but it's as reliable a reward as you'll find and when prices on most things appear to be rising, reliable is often preferable to cool.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is a premium Marriott credit card whose annual fee could, up until now, be easily justified thanks to two of the benefits that the card offers. Disappointingly, one of those benefits is soon to be significantly downgraded.
Not long ago, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express Card was just another co-branded business credit card that offered a good earning rate at Marriott properties and a few good benefits too. Then, in late March 2020, came a small but key policy change that made the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express Card an invaluable tool for anyone seeking easy Marriott Bonvoy status.