To freeze a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, log in to your online account or the American Express mobile app and navigate to “Freeze Your Card.” You can also call American Express customer service at 1 (800) 528-4800 and ask them to freeze your card, though it is much easier to lock and unlock a credit card on the app.
Freezing your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card will temporarily prevent most purchases from being made with your card number, which can be convenient if you lost your credit card or if you’re trying to control your spending. For lost cards, it’s also important to note that you’ll never be held responsible for unauthorized purchases thanks to a $0 fraud liability guarantee.
How to Freeze a Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card Online
Log in to your American Express online account or mobile app.
Pick the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and select Account Services.
Click Card Management.
Click the “Freeze Card” button.
Locking your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card will stop new purchases. But it will continue to allow recurring transactions, digital wallet purchases, and some online purchases where your card is on file. To start using your credit card at full capacity again, just navigate back to the Freeze Your Card page and unfreeze the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card.
There are a lot of Marriott credit cards benefits, such as a Free Night Award on each account anniversary which gives you a free one-night hotel stay and complimentary membership levels which give you a wide range of benefits at Marriot Bonvoy’s worldwide portfolio of brands. On top of that, you’ll get car rental insurance, extended warranties and more.… read full answer
Visa and American Express are responsible for several extra Marriott consumer and business credit card benefits, respectively. The car rental insurance and extended warranty perks are among those that come through Visa and Amex. On top of that, both of these card networks also provide roadside assistance, lost luggage reimbursement and more.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless does have a $95 annual fee. And the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card features a $450 annual fee. So make sure to use the benefits enough to justify the yearly cost. The annual Free Night Award is worth a maximum 35,000 points for all cards but the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, which sets its redemption level a bit higher, at 50,000 points. These perks alone can cover the annual fee and then some.
Here are the Marriott credit cards benefits:
Free Night Award: Valid for one night stay at Marriott properties (valued up to 35,000 points for both consumer cards and the Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card and 50,000 for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant). An e-certificate will be automatically deposited in to your account within 8 weeks of the anniversary date.
$0 foreign transaction fees: No surcharge on purchases made outside of the United States or from internationally-based merchants.
Automatic Elite Membership Status: Renews each account anniversary year. Perks include a 10% points bonus on stays and priority late checkout. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant will get you Gold Elite Status while the other cards will get you Silver Elite Status.
Free in-room premium Internet access at Marriot Bonvoy properties.
Dedicated 24/7 Cardmember Services: Dedicated round the clock customer service lines through Visa and Amex; ability to sign up for personalized account alerts to track your balance payments and available credit by email, texts, or voicemails and a concierge service provided by Visa Signature for last-minute restaurant reservations and more.
Embedded Chip and Contactless Checkout: All cards come with a chip for an extra layer of security and wider acceptance, especially during your international travels. The contactless feature also makes for fast, easy and secure payments.
Roadside assistance: Visa and Amex 24/7 dispatch will help with towaway services (up to 5 miles for Visa and 10 for Amex cards), tire changes, lockouts, jump starting and fuel delivery (up to 5 gallons for Visa and 2 for Amex cards) if your car breaks down. Service calls are a flat $69.95 for Visa, while the first 4 calls are free for Amex, but both card networks will add on any additional charges based on the service provided.
Lost luggage reimbursement: Visa coverage for up to $3,000 if your or an immediate family member’s checked bags or carry-on luggage are lost or damaged by the carrier when you pay for your reservation with your card. For the two business cards, Amex offers reimbursements up to $1,000 per covered trip, with a $250 limit on jewelry and fur items.
Trip delay reimbursement: All cards are covered by reimbursements up to $500 for essential purchases (food, lodging) if your flight is delayed for more than 12 hours or requires overnight stay. Must purchase airfare with your card.
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services: Visa’s and Amex’s services are designed to help you when running into problems while traveling. You can call your Benefit Administrator at (800) 992-6029 or (804) 673-1675 while outside the U.S. for Visa cards and (800) 345-2639 or (715) 342-7979 while outside the U.S. for Amex.
Car rental insurance: Covers you up to the cash value of the vehicle against damages from accident or theft. Must purchase entire rental with your card and decline the rental agency’s coverage.
Purchase protection: Covers purchases against theft, damage, or natural disasters up to $50,000 for each card. Item(s) must be purchased with your card and coverage lasts 90 days from the moment of purchase.
Extended warranty: Adds an extra year to U.S. manufacturers’ warranties of up to 3 years for Visa and 5 for Amex on items purchased with your card.
Fraud Protection: Zero liability protection ensures you aren’t responsible for unauthorized charges made with your card or account information.
Cardmember Events: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless membership gets you invitations to high profile events. To get a sense of what these events have in store, you can check out Chase’s Marriot Bonvoy Events web page.
There are a lot of great Marriott credit card benefits that you can take advantage of. But if you don’t want your rewards points restricted to a single hotel chain, consider a general travel rewards card like Chase Sapphire Preferred which has all the Visa Signature benefits of Marriott Bonvoy Boundless and offers 5 points / $1 spent on travel and dining and 80,000 bonus points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. It also benefits from a $0 foreign transaction fee.
In addition, Chase Sapphire Preferred points have a 1:1 transfer ratio to 13 major airline and hotel rewards programs so that gives you some added flexibility whilst providing the same sought-after Visa Signature benefits like travel accident insurance and trip cancellation coverage. Its annual fee is $95, so make sure you make use of its benefits enough to justify this cost.
You can use a Marriott free night certificate to pay for a stay at any category 1-6 Marriott property by logging in to your Marriott Rewards account and checking the "Use Points / certificates" box before conducting your search. Once you select your hotel and desired room, you’ll be given the option to select any available free night award certificate(s). Watch out, though. You only have 12 months to use a Marriott free night certificate before it expires.… read full answer
Fill out your destination, select your travel dates and the number of rooms and guests
Check the “Use Points/Certificates” box if it’s not automatically selected
Click “Find Hotels”
Select your desired hotel by clicking “View Rates” beside it
Select your desired room
Under “Review Reservation Details” you will be given the option to select any available free night certificate(s)
Review your reservation details and click “Book Now” to confirm your reservation
Your rewards certificate will now be applied to your booking and you’ll get to enjoy a free night. The process should go smoothly, as long as you remember to redeem within 12 months of your certificate being issued. There are no blackout dates for Marriott free night certificates, for example. But if a problem occurs during your booking, you can always call Marriott Credit Card customer service for help. The number is (302) 594-8200 for Marriott credit cards issued by Chase and (336) 393-1111 for cards issued by American Express.
The first thing to do when dealing with a lost Visa credit card is freeze the card through the card issuer’s website or mobile app, if possible. Next, report the lost Visa credit card to the bank or credit union that issued the card, and request a replacement. It usually takes 3-7 business days to get a replacement Visa card, but some issuers may offer expedited shipping, even for free.… read full answer
After that, take a breath. All Visa credit cards have $0 liability guarantees for unauthorized transactions, so you won’t have to pay for any fraudulent charges made with your card before you managed to freeze or report it. Once you report your card as lost, the card issuer will cancel that card number to permanently invalidate the Visa. They will then send you a replacement card. If you need the card within a few days, request expedited shipping when you speak with your card issuer. Just be sure to ask about any fees that may be assessed for rush delivery.
You can also report your lost card to Visa, but it’s not necessary. Visa will make sure that your card issuer is informed and will help you get a replacement card, but this can all be done faster by calling your card issuer directly. However, Visa can also arrange for emergency cash to be available at a bank near you within hours of your bank’s approval. This service should only be used a last resort, but it can come in handy if you’re stuck in a foreign country without a credit card.
Finally, activate your new Visa once it arrives. You can begin using your card immediately after activation. Since the former card number will no longer work, make sure to update your billing information for all recurring payments, so that you don’t get charged late fees.
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