Morning surprise: Here’s why some Marriott members woke up with higher status

Some Marriott Bonvoy members are waking up with an extra 10 elite nights in their account — and higher elite status as a result.

Today, Marriott and American Express announced major changes to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card. One of the biggest changes is that the card now offers 25 bonus elite nights per year, up from 15 nights in years past.

The 10 bonus nights are already posting to cardholder accounts. This requalified TPG executive editor Scott Mayerowitz for Titanium Elite status overnight.

So, check your Marriott account if you have a Bonvoy Brilliant card. You should see the extra 10 nights under the “Bonus Nights” section on the “Nights Detail” page.


You might notice that the screenshot above shows 40 elite nights earned from cobranded credit cards. This is because you can stack the nights earned with a business card from Marriott, getting you over halfway to top-tier status without stepping foot in a Marriott hotel.

This new Bonvoy Brilliant benefit makes earning (and keeping) top-tier Marriott elite status a lot easier for cardholders. Keep an eye on TPG for more details on these cobrand credit card changes, including the full explanation of changes to the Brilliant card.