To activate a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card, call the number on the activation sticker that’s attached to the card or go to the American Express activation website, which will also be noted on the sticker. Another way to activate a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card is by using the card issuer’s mobile app.
Your new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card will be ready to make purchases in just a few minutes no matter which method you use to activate it. American Express requires you to activate your new card within 45 days, so don’t postpone activation for too long.
How to Activate a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Credit Card
By phone: Call 1 (800) 528-4800 or the number on the sticker attached to the front of the card. Verify your personal information (e.g. Social Security number, card number, or phone number associated with your application) to activate your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card.
On the website: Log in to your American Express account (or create an account if you don’t have one) and find the activation page. Enter any required security information, including your card number and 4-digit card ID. Activate your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card as instructed.
On mobile: Log in to the American Express mobile app using the same credentials that you’d use to log in online. Tap the credit card activation button, then enter any security information that’s requested on the following page.
Your new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card will be available for purchases immediately after activation. If you have any trouble activating your card, American Express customer service can always help you out. You can give them a call at 1 (800) 528-4800.
Yes, you can use a credit card before it arrives in the mail, but only with certain cards. If you want to use a credit card early, you must either have an American Express or Capital One credit card or one of a handful of other offers, including the Apple Card… read full answer, and some store credit cards. Normally, you can’t use a credit card without restriction before it arrives, because you can’t see the full credit card number, expiration date and CVV until you have the card in hand.
Credit cards that you can use before arrival
Cards from certain issuers: If you need to start using a credit card today, you’ll likely want to consider applying for an American Express credit card. Amex is one of the few card issuers that will give out a full card number that can be used anywhere upon approval of an application. Capital One credit cards are also sometimes available for immediate use via the Capital One mobile app. But not everyone is eligible for this feature.
Co-branded cards: Some credit cards that you can use before the actual card arrives - like the Apple Card - only allow you to add the card to a merchant-specific digital wallet. So you’ll only be able to use it with that merchant until the card arrives in the mail.
Some store cards: There are a few credit cards that you can use instantly after approval, like the Fingerhut Credit Card. But you can only use this card for purchases at Fingerhut.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that you can ask a credit card issuer for expedited card delivery – in some cases, this will get the card to you the next day. Finding a card that you can use before it arrives in the mail might seem less important with that in mind.
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