New American Express Offer For US$40 Cash Back After Spending US$200+ With Marriott

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American Express (U.S.) has uploaded new Amex Offers and it once again includes Marriott Hotels where this time a US$200 at participating hotels will trigger a $40 refund to the card account.

This offer is valid for both charge cards as well as the Marriott co-branded credit cards issued by Amex USA and good for Marriott hotel purchases in the U.S. and U.S. territories, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The purchase of gift cards is excluded under this offer, the refund will be applied for hotel purchases only but they don’t have to be in a single transaction, meaning you can break up the $200 spend requirement for this offer through July 31, 2021 (transaction date).

I had this offer in the respective section of my Platinum Charge Card account:

Get a one-time $40 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $200 USD on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay at participating properties across the Marriott Bonvoy® portfolio’s 30 hotel brands from 5/24/2021 to 7/31/2021. Reserve online at marriott.com. See terms for exclusions.

For some reason I didn’t see it under my Amex Bonvoy card. There are reports of others seeing it under their own account though. My friend has one under her Brilliant Card account.

A total of $40 back is a nice 20% discount but unfortunately this is only valid for in the U.S. and U.S. territories, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. I wish they’d offer this for worldwide purchases.

As far as Amex is concerned they are also running a transfer promotion from Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy at the moment, offering a 40% bonus for points transfers until June 15, 2021.

Conclusion

I really like these Amex offers that can provide substantial savings over the year and somewhat mitigate your annual that way. Key is always to not be blinded by the marketing side of it and not spend more money on unnecessary purchases than originally planned. In the case of hotel stays that shouldn’t be a problem, especially when you already hold the Marriott Card.

Usually I come to a couple hundred dollars or ~ 15-20,000 Membership Rewards points per year which is good to compensate for the high annual fee and the inflexible airline credit of the Platinum Card.

These are the Terms & Conditions for this offer:

Enrollment limited. Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid only at participating Marriott Bonvoy® properties in the U.S. and U.S. territories, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Reservations must be made online at Marriott.com, via the Marriott Bonvoy® App or by calling 1-888-236-2427. Excludes Marriott Vacation Club®, Design Hotels™, Protea Hotels®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Homes & Villas by Marriott International and Vistana Signature Experiences™. Excludes gift card purchases. Not valid for online retail purchases, hotel amenities or purchases of Marriott Bonvoy® points. Offer only valid on room rate and room charges. Offer not valid for lodging stays that are paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date. Qualifying purchase means a purchase at a participating Marriott Bonvoy® property made during the offer period with your enrolled American Express Card and which is in an amount totaling at least $200 USD as posted to your account, following conversion from a foreign currency, if applicable, in accordance with your Card Member Agreement. Offer is non-transferable. Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member. The enrolled Card account must not be cancelled or past due to receive statement credit. Any benefit earned from this offer is in addition to the rewards (i.e. Membership Rewards or cash back) earned as part of your existing Card benefits, but your ability to earn spend-based rewards for the purchase will be based on the amount after any statement credit or other discount is applied. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 7/31/2021, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer.

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