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Best Credit Cards in Canada 2017

Best Credit Cards Canada 2017If you’re looking to bathe yourself in points, miles, cash or simply bask in the glory of 0% interest rates, our latest picks for Canada’s Best Credit Cards for 2017 should get you lathered-up into a frenzy!

You can stick with the card you have in your wallet, but do so at your own risk. Some of the biggest deals out there are only offered to new cardholders. Why pay 19.9% interest when you can pay 0%? Why collect 2 miles per dollar spent when you can get 25,000 miles just for switching cards?

With hundreds of the best credit cards in Canada reviewed, dissected, analyzed, and put to the test, this is a great starting point in your hunt for the best credit card deals and offers in the country.

GreedyRates’ Best Credit Cards in Canada

Best Credit Card Offer For September 2017

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

This card doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. But with it’s limited time offer until October 31, 2017, which waives the first year annual fee, and gives a $300 travel credit, it’s almost too good to pass up, especially when there’s no cost to give it a try.Scotiabank Gold American Express

Here’s what makes the card so special for the long run. You can get a 4% earn rate on gas, grocery, dining and entertainment spend, 1% everywhere else.

What makes this card so flexible is that you can then apply your travel rewards against any travel expenses on your credit card statement. Accumulate $200 worth of points, and simply apply them against your $300 hotel charge on your credit card statement.

There’s no grid, chart, black-outs, travel centre, or availability issues. Book how and where you want, and simply redeem the dollar value of your points against any travel charge.

With no annual fee in the first year, there’s zero risk to getting the card and a free $300 incentive. That’s free money. Why wouldn’t you get it?

Click Here To Apply For The Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

Best Credit Card For People Looking For CashBack

MBNA Rewards World Elite

The MBNA Rewards World Elite is not only the best cashback credit card in Canada, it’s also the best rewards card. It offers 2 points per $1 dollar spent, with each point worth 1 cent. As a result, you earn $2 for every $100 spent on your credit card, or 2% on ALL purchases with no limits, caps or tiers.MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard credit card

But this card sets itself apart with its flexibility and transparency. Spend $10,000, get $200 cash back. At any time, you can then request that the cash back be credited to your account as a statement credit or you can even request MBNA deposit the $200 into any Canadian checking account!

Many cash back credit cards only offer cash back as a statement credit at the end of each year. So if you wanted to use your cash back earlier you’d be out of luck. That’s why MBNA’s redemption policy is so refreshing – it’s user friendly – a novel concept for many credit card issuers.

The MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard comes with a $100 welcome bonus, which off-sets the $89 annual fee in the first year. Essentially, you’re getting to try a premium credit card, with premium rewards, on the house, for a full year.

Click Here To Apply For The MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard

Best Credit Card For People Looking For Free Travel

American Express Gold Rewards Card

This card is phenomenal if you’re looking for a rich sign-up bonus,  redemption flexibility, insurance and a great rewards rate.Best credit card Canada American Express Gold Rewards

The card comes with a great welcome bonus. First, it comes with a 25,000 point welcome bonus. The great thing about the welcome bonus is that you can either use it as a $250 credit against any travel expense on your credit card statement. Or, you can convert it to Aeroplan miles 1:1 at no extra cost, meaning it effectively becomes a 25,000 bonus Aeroplan miles!

The Amex Gold Rewrds card also happens to be a great rewards earner, but more than that, the highest earning Aeroplan credit card in the country. You get 2 points per dollar spent in grocery, gas, pharmacy and all travel purchases and 1 point everywhere else. Remember, if you convert your points to Aeroplan that’s 2 Aeroplan miles in gas, grocery, pharmacy and all travel! The best any other Aeroplan credit card does is offer 1.5 miles per dollar spent!

With 25,000 points that can be converted into a $250 travel credit or 25,000 Aeroplan miles, you can redeem for a return flight to anywhere in North America from any Canadian city!

Click Here To Apply For The American Express Gold Rewards Card

Best Credit Card For People With Credit Card Debt

MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard

If you have credit card debt and you’re paying interest, there’s hope. The truth is, if your credit is fine, you can avoid paying any interest. That’s right, you can pay 0% interest for an entire year. It’s cheaper than a home MBNA Platinum Plus 0%equity line of credit or a personal lone.

The MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard comes with no annual fee and offers a 0% interest rate for 12 months. The only cost is a 1% balance transfer fee.

The potential savings with this card are huge. If you owe $5,500 in credit card debt at an interest rate of 19.9% you’d save over $965 in interest costs in one year alone!!! All your monthly payments will go towards paying down your debt, not interest. It’s also a great way to consolidate all of your credit card and store card debts, so that you end-up with one simple payment per month.

Click Here To Apply For The MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard

Best Credit Card For Insurance Coverage

The BMO® World Elite Mastercard®

The benefits of credit card membership are not limited to merchandise rewards or airfare; another advantage offered by select cards is protection during life’s unexpected and unfortunate incidents. The BMO World Elite Mastercard is ideal for those who value these perks, as the card comes with a broad variety of travelbmo world elite mastercard insurance features that keep cardholders safe while they are away from home.

The BMO World Elite card includes one of the most sought after travel features for Canadians: out-of-province emergency medical insurance. Those who experience a medical emergency during their travels have $2 million-worth of coverage at their disposal designed to defray hospital and other care costs.

But medical emergencies are just one of many complications that may arise during travel, and this Mastercard extends its protective advantages to other areas of necessity. Members will enjoy insurance for rental cars, trip cancellation, trip interruption, flight delay, and baggage. The card also comes with a wealth of additional trip assistance services including emergency cash advance, lost document replacement and more. Coverage is unlimited, meaning that each of these features applies to every trip, no matter how frequent.

For an extra fee, cardholders can access balance protection as well, an insurance feature which guarantees that their balance is paid in the event of disability, job loss, loss of life or limb, and critical or terminal illness. Considering that cardmembers are also exempt from the first year’s annual fee (limited time offer), receive a welcome bonus of 20,000 points, earn rewards at a lucrative 2% rate, and gain VIP access to airport lounges, the BMO World Elite has set the bar very high for travel cards.

Click Here To Apply For The BMO® World EliteMastercard®

Best Credit Card If You’re A Student

BMO SPC MasterCard

Getting you’re first credit card when you’re a student should be a simple task. You want a card that offers easy approval, does not require income or proof of income and offers great rewards!
BMO Student SPC Mastercard

Unfortunately, not all Canadian student credit cards fit the bill. In fact, some require that you hold a part-time job and show proof of income. Not exactly friendly to the full-time student. Others require you pay an annual fee, which makes no sense.

That’s why we love the BMO SPC Student MasterCard. It comes with no annual fee, no income required, and has 2 amazing rewards programs built into one card. First, you get automatic membership into the SPC Card student program – a savings of $10 on the membership fee each and every year you’re in school. Second, you get 10-15% discounts at hundreds of retailers across Cananda through SPC.

Lastly, you can either get the cash back or Air Miles no fee student credit card. The BMO SPC Cash back card offers a welcome bonus of $60 and 1% cash back on all purchases, and the no fee Air Miles card comes with a 500 Air Miles welcome bonus!

Click Here To Apply For The BMO SPC MasterCard

Best Credit Card For Family Travel

WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard

If you’re looking for a credit card that can help lighten the cost of travelling with your spouse and kids, there’s no better card than the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard.WestJet World Elite MasterCard

To start, the WestJet World Elite MasterCard comes with a $250 WestJet Dollar sign-up bonus travel credit, in addition to an annual companion voucher. Both the bonus and voucher can be used on the same itinerary. For example, you can use the $250 on your ticket, and for the same trip buy your spouses ticket (plus taxes and fees) for $99 to any destination in North America.

But what also makes this card really stand-out, is that it offers first checked bag free for the primary cardholder and up to 8 travelling companions! With checked baggage now costing up to $30 each way, for a family of 4 that could be equal to a savings of $240 return per trip! Not only that, you get your first checked bag free whether it’s a rewards flight or not.

Lastly, the WestJet World Elite MasterCard offers solid protection, with Travel Medical Insurance for you and the entire family while your out of country or out of province. In fact, you don’t even have to fly to get covered, you can drive down to the U.S. and your families still protected.

For more travel categories, visit our Best Travel Credit Card Rankings in Canada page.

81 comments

  1. Hi

    I spend about $4000 a month with $3000 on our Visa Avion (we have about 260K points for travel) and the remaining $1000 on the now cancelled Petro Canada MasterCard (with the majority of that spend being at Costco which only accepts MasterCard). I am looking for a new MasterCard and prefer cash back, but travel rewards are also an option if it complements well.

    As an aside – I do travel extensively throughout the USA and have a lot of Hilton points and United rewards but am not seeing that complementing any current Canadian cards.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hey Jason, thanks for your question. We understand your need for a Mastercard to complement the Visa Avion. If you like the idea of cash back and getting some travel benefits as well, you might be interested in the Rogers Platinum Mastercard. It’s not a traditional travel rewards card, but it offers 4% cash back on foreign transactions, and we think the Avion you hold is enough to get you where you need to go. Once you arrive, you can begin earning on each purchase you make (if it’s in a foreign currency like USD, Euro etc.). When you get back home, you can go to Costco and earn 1.75% cash back as well. It is definitely worthwhile to explore and consider this option.

      Another card we can suggest is the Starwood Preferred Guest card, which might suit your traveling lifestyle in the US. You could use your remaining Hilton points and switch to staying at the Starwood line of hotels, which has many brands and locations in the US. You’ll immediately get 5 free nights and build up more fast, or you can transfer points to any airline rewards program as well. We hope we helped – best of luck!

      GreedyRates Staff

  2. Hi, I currently make $35k . I am looking for a credit card with travel rewards and something to help me save and/or earn for gas purchases and other shopping. Preferably a not-so-expensive annual fee.
    I currently have Amex Simply Cash and RBC rewards but I really just want one card for now to put all my purchases on and also receive benefits of travelling on any airline, insurances, and rewards for purchasing.

    Please advise on any card as I am open. Thanks 🙂

    • Hey Tman, thanks for leaving your comment! If you’re looking for a great travel rewards card that you are eligible for with a $35,000 income, try the TD Aeroplan Visa Platinum card. The requirements aren’t strict, and it suits your need to earn on gas and groceries (at 1 mile per $1 spent). For an $89 annual fee, you’ll also get a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan miles, a $1500 minimum credit limit, and the ability to earn double miles at Aeroplan.

      For the most flexible and powerful travel credit cards, like the RBC Visa Infinite Avion or the CIBC Aerogold Infinite, issuers require at least $60,000 annual income and also impose higher annual fees. Most are over $100, though they satisfy all the requirements of the card you’re looking for. There are many options for you in the Aeroplan and Air Miles lines, and others that may surprise you here: http://www.greedyrates.ca/cards/Travel-Credit-Cards

      Let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks again!

      GreedyRates Staff

  3. Hello, I’m new in Canada, my credit score 742(though I’m not familiar with credit score),my yearly income $20K, in shortly I spent approximately $5000 on groceries (or something) yearly, $2500 on Travel (including Air fare & Hotel &foreign Transaction) yearly, carry $1500 every month. Can you please suggest me one or two best credit card for long time ? Thanks
    (interested- sign up bonus / good travel insurance / no OR low annual income)
    (not interested- air miles at all, Cause I got some free air tickets every year)
    Again Thanks.

    • Hi Max, thanks for coming to Greedyrates with your question. We appreciate that you posted what you’re looking for in a credit card, and also what you don’t want. It sounds like you could use a good cash back card with a sign up bonus, and priority for gas and groceries, which are your biggest expenses. The MBNA Smart Cash Mastercard could be the one you’re looking for. It offers a great bonus of 5% cash back for the first 6 months on groceries, and then 2% afterward without limits. For all other areas of expenses, you are entitled to 1% cash back. MBNA requires just $15,000 annual income, which fits your needs well, and the absence of any annual fees makes this card an easy one to own. The only area where it fails your requirements is in travel insurance. Generally, the cards aimed at travel offer the best insurance, but you said that a travel card would be somewhat redundant. This, and also your annual income, might be barriers to valuable travel insurance, especially with a card that isn’t for travel specifically. We can make other suggestions if you like. Best of luck on your search!

      GreedyRates Staff

  4. I am looking into getting a new credit card for upcoming purchases.

    I have never had a card with reward points, cash back or air miles. I always pay off my balance every month.

    Which credit card would you recommend? I am looking at purchasing equipment from the US and doing trade shows in Canada. I am not interested in air miles, more the cash back option. I am finding restrictions for the cash back option on different credit cards.

    • Hey Debbie, thanks for coming to GreedyRates. Wow, welcome to the world of rewards credit cards! You don’t know what you’ve been missing – but we’re here to help you catch up. We know of a great cash back card that will work wonders for your plan to purchase in the US and travel in Canada. The Rogers Platinum Mastercard will earn you 4% on all purchases you make in the US, as you plan to do, which covers the foreign transaction fees and then adds 1.50% on top. In Canada, you’ll earn cash back at 1.75%. For your purposes, we think this one is suitable, but there are a plethora of other options as well. You mentioned that you kept running into restrictions on other cash back cards. Could you enlighten us as to what these restrictions are? We’d be happy to offer recommendations that fit your exact specifications. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Good luck!

      GreedyRates Staff

  5. My wife has a TD Visa infinite Aeroplan card (with me as a second card holder). Next year we have a year off, so will be traveling throughout the year.
    We already have travel/medical insurance through our jobs, which will continue during out year off. So we are looking for a card that has good cashback rather than reward miles. Also one that has good anti fraud & theft cover and maybe one that doesn’t have foreign exchange fees.
    Any ideas?

    • Hi David (and David’s wife)! It’s great to hear that you two are going on an adventure soon, and we’d be happy to provide you some suggestions as to which card companions are most suitable. If you want great cash back and no foreign transaction fees, we recommend the Rogers Platinum Mastercard. For purchases you make in Canada you’ll earn 1.75% cash back, and all purchases in a foreign currency earn an impressive 4.00%. This is designed to offset the 2.50% transaction fee and reward you simultaneously.

      Another card from Rogers that could be of interest to you is the Fido Mastercard. Like the Platinum Mastercard its foreign transaction fees are offset by a 4% cash back rate on purchases made abroad. Carholders don’t need to pay an annual fee, and they can get $50 cash back as a welcome bonus.

      GreedyRates Staff

  6. Anne Marie Barakat

    Good morning!

    I am looking for a credit card that offers:
    – complete car rental insurance and road assistance;
    – a maximum of aeroplan miles;
    – if possible, fee waiver for the first year.

    Can you help me? Would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Anne Marie! Thanks for your question. You should definitely look into TD’s line of Aeroplan cards if you’re a fan of this airline rewards program and need auto rental protection. Their Visa Infinite is one of our most popular cards, and offers a 15,000 mile bonus for new customers and extends auto rental collision and loss insurance to drivers. While you missed the promotion that waives the first year’s annual fee, we still recommend this card highly. Look into it and let us know if you’d like us to make any other suggestions. Thanks!

      GreedyRates Staff

  7. Hi there,

    I love and appreciate your reviews. My husband and I are looking for a card to use for business purchase likely between 15000-25000 per month. It will be used mostly to pay bills for the business. Our gross income combined is approx 150k – could you recommend one for us? I see on a few reviews you say for large amounts of spend – choose differently. We would like rewards with travel and gifts (like air miles)
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Tiffany. Thanks so much for showing your appreciation! We really enjoy hearing from our loyal readers. Thankfully, this is one area where we can prove that we’re the best in the business (get the pun?). For business purposes at your level of spending there are a couple recommendations we can provide. The first is the American Express Business Gold Rewards card. It lets you earn rewards on your purchases and then redeem points on business expenses (or travel), and you’ll earn double the normal rate with the suppliers you select beforehand. You’ll also love the 30,000-point bonus. Additionally, there is no annual fee, a 55-day period of no interest, and easy quarterly and annual reports.

      As for travel-specific business credit cards, you should check out the BMO Gold AIR MILES Mastercard for Business. It allows you and your employees to accrue air miles at a fast rate, and get automatic rebates from certain suppliers. For a more thorough list, you should check out the article here: http://www.greedyrates.ca/blog/best-business-credit-cards-canada/

      Best of luck!

      GreedyRates Staff

  8. Hello,

    Two months ago I got accepted for the American express gold card from Scotia bank. I also have the cash back Mastercard from RBC. I am a full-time student and I also work. I have an income of 23000$. I want to keep the American express for now but it is not accepted everywhere and it only has the 4% in certain categories, so I was wondering what credit card do you recommend me to pair it? I usually like the travel credit cards but considering my spendings I am not sure if a high fee credit card would be the best choice right now so I am looking for something with a lower fee or no fee at all. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Mike, thanks for your questions!

      We can definitely find you a card that works for your situation. You want a low-fee, high-power and travel-centric credit card that is not an American Express.

      There are three suggestions we can provide. The first is the FIDO Mastercard, which has no annual fee and can be used to purchase smarter when traveling. It rewards 4% for all purchases made in a foreign currency, like its cousin the Rogers Mastercard, plus 1.5% cash back for other purchases.

      Our second recommendation is the Tangerine Cash Back credit card, which is a unique and flexible card that is great for students. You’ll get 2% cash back in three different purchase categories of your choice, plus 0.5% everywhere else – and with no annual fee as requested.

      Finally, we think you should also check out the MBNA Rewards Mastercard. This is a more well-rounded contender, with no annual fee and 1% overall cash back. While this might seem low initially, points can be redeemed on travel, cash, or merchandise at any time. Check out all three and tell us what you think! Thanks again for visiting.

      GreedyRates Staff

  9. I’ve recently become a member at FirstOntario Credit Union. They offer ‘Choice Rewards’ Mastercards. I am not familiar with this program. What can you tell me about it? Thanks in advance.

    • Hey Susan,

      Thanks for your question, and congratulations on your recent membership to FirstOntario! The cards series called the ‘Choice Rewards’ are named as such because of the access that cardholders have to the plentiful rewards catalogue, where they can spend their accrued points.

      It also offers a limited-time 3.99% interest rate balance transfer benefit for 10 months, as well as 1,000 rewards points to start off. During daily use, you’ll earn 1 point for every dollar spent. It’s a relatively good deal for the the low annual fee, but only you can determine if it’s suitable or not. So far, we like what we see. Thanks for commenting!

      GreedyRates Staff

  10. Like others I’m searching for the best value in a travel credit card. I currently have an Aeroplan Visa but have been reading about the West Jet Elite MC . I travel often and prefer to fly West Jet when possible . Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hey Marie,

      Thanks for coming to us with your questions, there’s nothing we love to do more than provide recommendations for savvy credit card users 🙂

      You said that the Aeroplan card isn’t for you, and that’s fine. Your other choice, the WestJet World Elite MasterCard, is also great. If you fly often with WestJet, you’ll love the ability to earn points on your daily purchases, the free travel vouchers and checked bags.

      We have another recommendation for you as well: check out the American Express Gold Rewards card. It’s arguably one of the most flexible travel reward cards out there. With it, one earns travel rewards with daily purchases, and can proactively apply them to any travel-related charge on their statement. This removes any restrictions on airline, car rental service, hotels and more from consideration. Let us know which you choose!

      GreedyRates Staff

  11. Hi, Spending approx 20-25k a month not carrying a balance on purchases for my business. Most places do not take Amex that I deal with. Currently only get 1% cash back, which isn’t helpful as it gets credited to the card. I’d prefer points but find aeroplan has been almost unusable over the years. Never has flights, or the redemption sucks. I don’t mind paying for a very high fee card, just really want usable travel benefits, and even privilege no waiting in line feature at airport. Hope you can help!

    • Hey Garuda,

      Thanks for your question. We’re sorry to hear that you aren’t satisfied with the Amex you have, but from the sounds of it, we can offer a much better alternative.

      You want a better earn rate, a card that isn’t an American Express, and some of the best travel perks around. We can easily recommend the BMO World Elite Mastercard, which fulfills all of your requirements. It earns 2% rewards on all your spending, and immediately gives a bonus of 20,000 points.

      You mentioned that you were disappointed with the Aeroplan redemption system, and BMO’s works differently. Instead of booking through BMO, you do so through any travel provider and rebate it with rewards later. In fact, you can do this for any travel expense. Cardholders also get 4 free airport lounge passes per year. If this doesn’t sound good to you, take a look at the other travel cards we’ve reviewed.

    • I’d recommend taking a look at the MBNA World Elite card. You get 2 points/$1 equivalent to 2% cash back on all purchases which you can redeem as a statement credit whenever you’d like or for travel or other rewards.

      The BMO World Elite card locks you in on their points system that you can only use on their own travel website which is a huge downside in my opinion.

      The MBNA World Elite is my primary card – cash is king. I also have the BMO World Elite as my secondary card, but I use it only for travel expenses because its insurance benefits give me some additional peace of mind and it’s nice to get the 4 priority pass lounge passes every year.

  12. Hi, I am a student graduating next year. I am looking to get a new credit card that is for 100% airmiles since I fly to Korea regularly with Air Canada. Currently I am using Credit Conexus Union No Fee Choice Rewards Master card.
    I am working as a summer student for next 3 months and I will have no income from November till the end of next year. Which credit card would you recommend for me?

    • Hi Suji,

      Thanks for asking this question – we’re sure others may be wondering the same. Which credit card is suitable for someone like yourself, who will not have an income in the near future? If you fly Air Canada, our first recommendation is the BMO Air Miles Mastercard, which doesn’t charge any annual fees and grants 500 Aire Miles points on signup (that’s about $75 worth of travel fare!). This is an immediate money-saver, and for the first three months you can earn air miles at 3x the normal rate. This should give you time to accrue enough for your next flight, as you say you will not have an income starting in November. It also earns miles at a 2x rate at certain locations, and doesn’t impose any minimum spending rules.

      Another option, if your student status makes you eligible, is the BMO SPC Student Air Miles Mastercard. In addition to perks like that of the previous card, students can get 10-15% off at a multitude of stores, which is a perk that stays with you no matter your income. In truth, the array of Air Miles cards out there make the choice different for everyone. For more information, you can check out the chart on this Air Miles cards comparison page.

      Good luck with your decision!

      GreedyRates Staff

  13. I don’t hear much about the CIBC Visa Infinite Cash Back card. What are your thoughts about that card? How does it compare to the Scotiabank Momentum Infinite Visa with respect to cash back?

    • Hey Matt, thanks for your request.

      It’s our job to compare cards, so we can definitely help you out! There is no card called the CIBC Visa Infinite Cash Back, but you might have meant the CIBC Dividend Visa Infinite. This card rebates the first year’s $99 fee and offers 4% cash back on gas and grocery purchases, and 1% on everything else. It also has some out-of-province medical coverage.

      Similarly but slightly better, the Scotiabank Momentum Visa also offers 4% on gas and grocery, but also 2% on pharmacy and recurring bills, and 1% everywhere else. Scotia rebates the first year’s annual fee, like CIBC. Also like CIBC, the card has travel medical, as well as trip interruption, travel accident, purchase protection, lost baggage, flight delay insurance and more. We think you can determine which is best. Let us know what you choose!

      GreedyRates Staff

  14. Hello,

    I am in need of A MasterCard mainly for grocery shopping. Costco only accepts MasterCard. I had the Petro MC to save money on gas but CIBC has discontinued it. I am looking at the BMO world elite card. Would this be a good option or would you recommend something else

    • Hi Santino,

      Thanks for your question – and we’re sorry that your favourite card was discontinued. Costco’s requirement that customers use a Mastercard to make purchases on credit makes your request one that we hear often.

      Regarding the BMO CashBack World Elite card, this is a great option that offers a limited time offer of 4% cashback on every purchase (up to $250 cash back) in your first 4 months,
      and 1.5% Cashback on ALL card purchases subsequently.

      Because you’re a Costco shopper, we guess that you might benefit from a card that earns rewards on these purchases. Accordingly, the MBNA Smart Cash Mastercard is another solution. You can get 5% back on gas and groceries for the first 6 months, and 2% thereafter. If a balance transfer offer is relevant to you, it might also be important to note that for a limited time, MBNA is offering just 1.99% interest on new customer transfers. Let us know how your search goes – we’ll be here!

      GreedyRates Staff

  15. Good afternoon,

    Great post!

    I currently have a CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite card but I don’t really find it’s doing much for me. My husband and I are not big travellers so the travel points/miles are not that important to us. As for the points we currently have now, we think we are going to redeem them on merchandise and/or gift cards. We then want to cancel this card.

    At one point we heard there was a home rebate credit card (I think a CITI Visa) where a certain percentage went towards your mortgage principal. Have you ever heard of this? I can’t seem to find such a card online so that may no longer exist.

    I have been doing some research and I think the cash back credit cards are most appealing to us. What cash back card would you recommend? There are so many to choose from.

    Thank you!
    Lisa

    • Thanks Lisa 🙂

      The CIBC Aerogold Visa brings the most benefits when in the hands of a frequent flier, and many who only fly for the rare vacation often find it unnecessary. You can spend your points and cancel it afterward, but beware that this might lower your credit a bit and affect your chances at approval for another card.

      We have not reviewed any cards that allow one to pay their mortgage principal, and there are not many relevant cards that we know. Cash back is a great alternative, and many issuers make receiving the cash you’ve earned a flexible experience. You can use it to pay balances, get it as a cheque, keep it in your account or use it for merchandise.

      We’ve replied to your other post with some suggestions, namely the MBNA World Elite Mastercard, and AmEx’s SimplyCash card. Check these out, and if you need further ideas, you can respond to us here or reference our article here: http://www.greedyrates.ca/cards/cash-back-credit-cards

      Thanks for commenting,

      GreedyRates Staff

  16. We are looking for a no-fee credit card that would pay decent cash rewards – say 2% and not charge the 2.5% foreign exchange fee when using the card outside Canada. Any suggestions

    • Hi Ali, thanks for your question.

      This specific mix of benefits – exemption from foreign fees, cash back, and no annual price tag – is not a common one. There was a similar deal that Tangerine provided, but it was reformed and is no longer available. We do not believe Tangerine took this decision lightly. However, if they were losing money, and we believe they were, the decision was inevitable. Fortunately for cardholders it’s a no annual fee product. That said, its offering can still be very attractive. There are no other no fee cash back credit cards in Canada that give 2% unlimited cashback rewards in 2-3 categories.

      However, Tangerine’s 0.5% on all other spend is not very attractive when you compare it to other cards like Amex’s SimplyCash card that offers 1.25% on ALL spend, BMO’s no fee cashback card at 1% on all spend or the Rogers Mastercard offering 1.75% on all purchases and 4% on foreign purchases.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

    • Look into the Rogers mastercard

  17. I would am looking for 2 different alternatives. Either a travel rewards card or a rewards card that allows apple product purchases (non airmiles)

    I put through about $25,000-$35,000 per month on supply charges and never carry a balance month to month. I currently have the BMO MC gold but find I want to get away from Airmiles.

    Thanks For your reply.
    Mike

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for coming to us with your credit card questions! While the BMO Gold MasterCard is not a bad card to have, it can be improved upon, especially given the requirements you have for a different travel card.

      Since you do not want Air Miles, we recommend you take a look at the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express. It is possibly one of the most flexible cards for travel around, given its great 25,000-point introductory reward and the fact that these points can be spent on hotels all over the globe, or transferred to over 150 different airline rewards programs. It also grants rolling status upgrades the more you spend, which is ideal for your situation. You can easily acquire Gold and then Platinum Preferred status, which increases your earning rate and gives all kinds of complimentary perks when you stay at an SPG location.

      Alternatively, for Apple products, we currently know of no cards that benefit these kinds of purchases. Apple products are in many of the online rewards catalogues of major credit cards, such as BMO and RBC, but one must save up for a significant time before being able to buy an iPhone, for example, with their rewards points. Good luck!

      GreedyRates Staff

  18. Hi, I would like to get the new Amex simple cash preferred card. Is it possible to get them to waive the annual fee, even if just for the first year?

    • Hey Eli!

      Thanks for your question. While we’re not confident that Amex will refund your annual fee, it’s worth your time to call and inquire with a representative. Sometimes, issuers will make exceptions for those with excellent credit or other qualifications, and a quick phone call will not take long. Please let us know how it goes so we have case study to share with our readers 🙂 Good luck!

      GreedyRates Staff

  19. I am looking for a VISA card with no annual fee and (world wide) rental car collision damage insurance. I have a TD VISA card for that purpose but TD is not going to continue the rental car insurance after September. What is the best alternative?

    • Hey John!

      So you’re looking for a VISA with no annual fee and thorough rental car collision coverage. Well, you’re in luck. Scotiabank’s GM VISA Infinite card is one that our team has recently researched, though we’ve yet to publish our official review on Greedyrates. Find more details about the card below:

      The GM VISA Infinite is best for those who want auto-centric rewards. It earns a generous 5% in GM Earnings on the first $10,000 spent annually, and then 2% afterwards. Each GM Earnings point represents $1 off the sticker price or lease down payment of a new GM vehicle – Cadillac, GMC, Buick, or Chevrolet. The best part is that earnings do not ever expire, so one can feasibly use this card for years and get an enormous discount on their next new car.

      Additionally, the card has the other automotive perks that you desire, like protection for your rental car, alongside travel medical insurance, trip interruption insurance, and various purchase protections. We highly recommend it as a niche rewards card, and you can look forward to reading about it soon on our site. For now, simply check it out here.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

      • Thanks guys, but I fear you missed one detail. The GM VISA Infinite card has an annual fee of $79, which is only waived for the first year. The only cards that appear to give me what I am looking for (no annual fee but including rental car collision insurance) are No fee ScotiaGold VISA, RBC VISA Platinum, CIBC Platinum Visa, and CIBC Aventura Visa. But what is most advantageous is unclear to me, any idea or are they all pretty much the same?

        • Hey John,

          We appreciate your continuing correspondence. We understand now exactly what you prefer, and the cards you mentioned in your comment helped to enlighten us. These are all very similar, bare-bones credit cards with the benefits you want almost exclusively. No fees, rental car coverage, and not much else. However, the last one on the list (the Aventura Visa) does have an annual fee after the first year, which you mentioned is not preferable.

          In other terms, go for any of the other three you’ve picked. Regardless, let us know which one you end up with. Best of luck!

          GreedyRates Staff

  20. currently just paid off my CIBC Visa Select; my husband has a CIBC Dividend card. We are interested in a travel card as well as another rewards card that would give us the best band for our buck. We would like to pay for mortgage, groceries, gas etc. and then at the end of the month pay of the balance. I am not really interested in the AMEX because I find where I live in Yellowknife NT not a lot of vendors offers the choice. What do you recommend?

    • Hey Kelly!

      It’s great that you and your husband are looking for a new set of cards to earn rewards with. We’d be glad to make some suggestions and will stay away from Amex if that’s what you want.

      You say you’d prefer a card that you can use for groceries, gas, mortgage payments and more, so let’s begin with a travel card that rewards you for these types of purchases. Since you already have a CIBC card, the issuer will be familiar with you and likely offer a better credit limit, so the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite is a great option. By spending on gas and groceries you will earn points that can be redeemed for airfare on any airline, and you’ll also receive a 15,000-point introductory bonus.

      For simple cash back, you’re already a cardholder with one of the best available – the CIBC Dividend card. You and your husband should be getting 4% back on your gas and groceries, so for these expenses you’re covered.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  21. I have Amex Gold from USA. I will be moving to Canada soon where I don’t have any credit history. What is your recommendation? Should I keep the card issued in USA or should I reapply here in Canada or Should I ask them to convert it to use it Canada?
    Please suggest.

    • Hey Prax,

      Interesting questions for sure! Also, great choice in the AmEx Gold card, however, we think that you’ll be better off reapplying in Canada. This is largely because the cardholder is only eligible to earn points at Canadian groceries, drugstores and gas stations – so you will miss out on all those points without the Canadian version. Having said that, do not cancel your American card, because it benefits from no transaction fees, meaning for purchases you’d like to make from that account, using the card works perfectly.

      However, depending on how long you’ll be in Canada, you may want to get a Canadian credit card to establish credit in the country anyway. This is very important, as no credit is as bad, or worse, than poor credit. If your credit is good in the United States, know that some Canadian issuers will use it to determine your creditworthiness if given permission. There are credit bureaus that overlap between the two countries (Equifax), so this is worth a try.

      Good luck and happy moving!

      GreedyRates Staff

  22. I am going to school in Copenhagen for two years. I’d like to get a MasterCard with no foreign transaction fees. Could you recommend?

    • Hi Jennifer!

      Wow, that is very exciting news – congratulations! We’re glad you asked us about your purchasing needs while abroad. Those who are not properly financially equipped are at a disadvantage, but thankfully we know of two great credit cards that suit your needs perfectly. Which you prefer is up to you of course. It is important to know that with both of these cards, you will not have to worry about foreign transaction fees.

      First, there’s the Rogers Platinum Mastercard. This card doesn’t explicitly cancel the 2.5% foreign transaction fee charged on purchases but rather grants 4% cash back. This means that in Copenhagen, all your purchases made will earn 1.5% for you. It also will earn 1.75% on purchases in Canadian dollars. It’s hard to argue with cash back.

      The other card is the Chase Marriott Rewards Visa. We recommend this one if you find yourself staying often in hotels, especially the network of Marriott Hotels worldwide. This card accumulates points (also eligible to be spent at Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz Carlton hotels) that grant priority status at these luxury establishments and a free night at any location annually.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  23. In need of a new credit card prefer cash back and don`t like AmEx because I have found some places don`t take it. I don`t want to deal with Capital one. I pay for all most every thing with a credit card and pay it off every month. I don`t want to pay a fee. What would you recommend.

    • Hi Eve!

      Thanks for coming to Greedyrates with your questions, we will try our best to answer them to your satisfaction.

      You say that you prefer not to deal with AmEx or Capital One, which is completely fine. There are a wealth of other options available for someone like you, who pays their balance completely and wants a favorable cash back rate.

      We recommend checking out the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Cash Back card. The card enables you to get 4% cash back on groceries and gas, 2% on drug store purchases and recurring payments, and then a solid 1% everywhere else. The annual fee is waived for the first year (beware that it will be rebated a couple months after you’ve activated it), and then afterward the high cash back rate will more than compensate for it.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  24. Hi

    I will be furnishing a house, getting new carpet, flooring, etc. I am thinking I could probably take advantage of all these expenses and put them on credit card and rack up some rewards. I currently have 2 low interest – no frills cards, both currently paid off. Because I pay my card in full each month I was thinking I could change to a higher interest card with some awesome points. We do go on holidays once a year, usually a cruise so I am wondering if a travel rewards card would be good. I don’t currently collect airmiles. Also, can I put these expenses on my card and then pay it right away and still qualify for the rewards or do I have to wait for the statement.

    Thank You so much for your time and this wonderful column

    • Hey Christine, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Congratulations on your home purchase! It is very exciting, and we think that you’re totally correct: With the right card, all these purchases coming your way are an amazing opportunity to earn big rewards. There are many great cards that offer travel rewards, and two of the best for your situation are the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express, or the RBC WestJet World Elite MasterCard, depending on which rewards you like more.

      With the former card, Starwood offers customers the ability to save big on nice hotel stays during their trips. By spending $1,500 during the first three months of membership, which should be easy for you with all the impending expenses, you can get 20,000 Starpoints and 1 Starpoint on every dollar spent elsewhere. With increasing yearly spending on the card, you also unlock free hotel stays (even at 5-star branches) and other rewards. You could surely use it to get a lot of value from your coming purchases.

      The other option is the RBC WestJet World Elite card, which is preferable for those who like to save on flights. You’ll get a bonus voucher of $250 immediately, annual companion voucher, free checked bags, and the ability to earn 1.5% on all your upcoming purchases. It also provides great insurance for trips abroad.

      Additionally, you can pay these expenses right away with the card and be instantly eligible for the rewards in most cases.

      Bon voyage!

      GreedyRates Staff

  25. Hi,

    I currently have the TD Aeroplan Infinite Visa travel card and the American Express Gold Rewards card. For the first year for both those cards I received a good welcome bonus and waived annual fee, but now the year is coming up and I do not want to pay a fee for both these cards ($120 for TD and $150 for AMEX). Another issue I’m having is that many places I shop don’t accept AMEX. I really like the card and would prefer to keep it, but companies not accepting it has really become a hassle. Do you have any suggesting as to what other options I may have to switch the cards, exempt the fees, or ultimately cancel one/both while minimizing the damage on my credit score? (I understand cancelling credit cards and applying for new ones can have a negative impact on my credit score).

    I was thinking maybe I should have 1 visa and 1 mastercard to cover my bases as both have the widest variety of acceptance among merchants. I don’t carry a balance and pay off in full every month. I would prefer to have one card as my primary and another as secondary if a merchant does not accept the primary (for ex. Costco only takes mastercard).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • Hi Paul, thanks for your questions.

      We understand that getting the welcome bonuses and exemption from annual fees when you have just opened an account is great, but these cards specifically are also some of the best for everyday use. The longevity of the Amex and the TD Aeroplan Infinite Visa is one of their best features.
      Over time, both of these cards can bring enormous value for those who like to travel, and we recommend them to customers often. However, we do agree that perhaps one annual fee is enough and that a Visa might be a better choice if you’re having issues finding places that accept American Express.

      Additionally, because your travel rewards scheme is currently a bit redundant, it may be time to look for a different kind of bonus. We like the Scotia Momentum No-Fee Visa, which rewards cash back, is a Visa and has no annual fee.

      Keep in mind that if you don’t have an issue paying your balances but do not like the concept of an annual fee, you may not like how much issuers charge for their best cards, and frequent cancellations and applications may affect your credit negatively.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  26. i have quite a few credit cards including the Gold American Express, RBC Avion and MBNA World Elite, but I’m want to just just one card to accumulate points and not a few or else I will not build up enough points to use on one card. MBNA has horrible customer service but their point system is 2 points for ever $1 and same as American Express Gold but for groceries and gas only. Except for the American Express which I pay when the bill comes, I want to pay off the balance on my MBNA and RBC and close one of them, most likely MBNA. RBC has been kind to me in the sense that they keep raising my limit even though I am no where close to even getting that high.

    My question is are the points on all three cards equal the same? 1 cent per 1 point? Which would you recommend for the best rewards and availability? Thank you in advance.

    • Hey Joey, thanks for your detailed questions.

      You are right that it is easier to use one or two complementing credit cards in order to build rewards faster. Having multiple credit cards is not difficult to handle, and helps a credit score, but also fractures the bonuses you receive unless carefully planned. We’re very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with MBNA’s customer service, and side with you – if you’re going to cancel one card let it be the MBNA.

      The bonuses it earned were somewhat redundant with that of the American Express anyway. By focusing more of your credit usage on the RBC and Amex cards, rewards points will collect faster. We think the travel rewards from the RBC Avion card complement the American Express’ services well. The points system that each issuer uses to quantify their rewards does not differ much, usually 1 cent is the same as 1 point or 1 mile per $1. Generally better cards will bump this up to 2 or even 3 per $1.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  27. Wow – what really great feedback you give to each person asking questions. I’m learning so much just from reading them. Thanks GreedyRates!

    Here is my situation:
    I use my Visa card for everything – except I had to get a MasterCard when my grocery store stopped taking all other card types. I have an American Express Gold Card but don’t use it much at all.
    My bank is discontinuing their MasterCard as of May 1 so I am shopping for a new MasterCard. Which do you recommend? I think I’ve also learned from reading above that perhaps I should be using my Amex Gold instead of my Visa Infinite to earn more travel rewards? We spend about $5000 a month on our Visa and always pay it off, and prefer travel rewards.
    Thanks in advance for your recommendation…

    • Hey Danielle!

      We’re so happy to hear that you enjoy GreedyRates, and we look forward to helping you with your situation.

      As you might know, your American Express Gold Card rewards double points on grocery, gas, pharmacy and travel purchases, and these points transfer to Aeroplan miles at a ratio of 1:1. Because you are able to use these points on flights, and also to pay off all travel-related expenses, it’s really one of the best travel rewards ecosystems out there. We highly recommend using it more to cover purchases that would have otherwise been made with your Visa.

      For groceries however, because your store does not accept anything other than MasterCard, there are a few options to explore.

      Your current cards’ travel rewards revolve around Aeroplan miles, so ideally you would want a MasterCard that can earn the same when buying groceries. While there are no MasterCard cards that directly add Aeroplan miles, the BMO CashBack World Elite MasterCard comes close. The points that accrue with this card can be used on any Canadian airline (including Air Canada’s Aeroplan), and the bonuses match what you’re looking for perfectly. Cardholders get an immediate 20,000 points, VIP airport lounge access and excellent travel insurance. If this interests you, check it out!

      GreedyRates Staff

  28. Hello,

    I am looking to change my current BMO student price card MC to a regular credit card. I am worried about this reflecting negatively on my credit report (changing credit cards). I currently have an excellent credit score and want to keep it that way. Also I usually pay off the card every month and if I don’t I always have less than 1/4 of the limit. I am looking for something I can optimize benefits weather that is cash return or travel return. I typically spend (and usually pay off) anywhere from 500 – 1500 a month. I am leaning towards the Westjet MC however would this be my best option?

    Thank you for your input,
    Katie

    • Hello Katie!

      Great questions. It sounds like you have excellent creditworthiness, and switching to a better credit card will not only have a negligible impact on your score, most banks expect it. If you’re looking for cash back and aren’t worried about carrying a balance, go for the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Cash Back card, which has a plethora of cash back bonuses designed to benefit you no matter what you purchase. 4% on gas and groceries, 2% on recurring bills and drugstore expenses, and 1% on all else (just to be safe) could net you hundreds in cash back every year.

      If travel rewards are more your style, the card you’re considering isn’t a bad choice! The Westjet MasterCard is one of the most comprehensive travel cards out there, granting a unique bonus of one very inexpensive round-trip companion voucher every single year. With free checked bags for you and your friends, 1.5% point accrual rate on all purchases and a $250 welcome bonus, you will soon be travelling in style without breaking the bank.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  29. I’m thinking about applying for a fee new credit cards. I live in Ontario, and intend on paying my mortgage, car payment, groceries and everything else with whatever credit card gives me the most back. My family and I travel a couple times yearly, and I would like travel rewards or even cash back. Which cards would you recommend that I combine. I was leaning towards amex gold and TD infinite aeroplan. My credit is good.

    • Hey Chad!

      Awesome questions. We’re confident we can find you a great pair of cards that work together to provide excellent bonuses.

      You mentioned that cash back and travel rewards were your top choice. It is logical that you were drawn to the TD Aeroplan Infinite Visa first, as this is one of the most powerful travel rewards cards that we have encountered recently. The 30,000 bonus miles are hard to beat, and when you pay for gas and groceries with the card you earn Aeroplan points at a rate of 1.5 per dollar spent. You’ll also enjoy other travel perks that you can pass on to your family, like a free checked bag, priority check-in and far-reaching travel insurance benefits.

      For your second card, you can go one of two ways (as we see it): pick the American Express Gold Rewards, like you mentioned, or go for a cash back card to cover your other bills. The Amex card would complement the TD Infinite card very well, as accrued points are transferable at a 1:1 ratio to Aeroplan points, and the immediate bonus is 25,000 points. When added to the TD Infinite’s bonus of 30,000, you’re looking at a hefty head start. You can also use the Amex card abroad for double the normal accrual rate and then pay for purchases with these points.

      Another option for the second card is the Scotia Momentum Infinite Visa, if you desire cash back. With an annual fee waiver on the first year, and if you’d like to use it for gas and groceries instead of the TD Infinite, which rewards Aeroplan miles, you can get 4%(!) cash back. Recurring bills (mortgage and car payment may be eligible) reward 2% cash back, giving you a bonus on almost any expense you and your family may encounter.

      We hope this helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  30. I have the Capital One Aspire World Travel Mastecard, and I feel that it is the best card I have in my wallet. It accrues 2 points per $1 spent, it is an annual fee of $120, but on my anniversary date of the card, I receive 10,000 bonus points = $100, so the card actually costs me $20 per year. I can scrub any travel expense to the $, (example airfare of $1030 could be scrubbed with 103,000 points). I don’t think new cardholders get the 10,000 bonus points on the anniversary date of the card however.

  31. Hi,

    I’m a small business owner putting about $10k a month on my RBC Avion. I just got an upgrade offer to their Privilege card and it made me realize that with my current spend, there may be a better card for my needs than the Avion. I like the travel benefits I get from RBC. Would love to know any recommendations you have. Thanks for your help.

    J

    • Hi Jesse!

      Thanks for the comments. Glad to hear that you’ve been inspired to upgrade, and you’re completely right – you could be getting much better benefits elsewhere. It’s helpful that you mentioned you like travel benefits, and it happens that there’s a bonus-heavy card that fits your needs well. Based on your monthly travel needs, a card like The Business Platinum Card® from American Express® could hit the mark with a 40,000-point welcome bonus, 25 points per $1 spent, worldwide airport lounge access and other benefits that are tailored for business owners.

      We suggest you go over to our 2017 list of the best business cards in Canada for a detailed review of other cards that could fit your needs.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  32. What is the credit score needed for MBNA card?
    i have 5 years of credit history
    no late payments
    recently cleared my outstanding balances.

    current stats: equifax score 730
    trans union score : 710
    utilisation: 28%

    in total i have 5 cards 15000 limit altogether
    what are my chances
    Thank you

    • Hey John – thanks for your excellent question! You seem to have a great credit history and a score that reflects a responsible outlook on debt.

      The article you reference has two MBNA cards mentioned: the MBNA Platinum Plus and the MBNA Rewards World Elite, and due to the differences between them, MBNA will appraise your creditworthiness differently depending on which you apply for.

      That said, a 5 year history of good credit like yours plus utilization under 30% means that you have a good chance of being accepted. Regardless, it comes as little risk to you or your credit report just to apply, so we say go right ahead.

      We hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  33. Hi,
    I am looking for the best credit card, whether it be rewards or cash back or travel – it doesn’t matter. I spend approximately $1500 a month and always pay it off at the end of every month. Suggestions on which card would be the best for me?
    Thanks, Allie

    • Hey Allison! Let us help you on your search.

      Considering that you spend around $1500 each month and always pay your balance, we highly recommend the Scotiabank Momentum Visa Infinite credit card. This is one of the most powerful cash back deals available, but you might want to hurry! They are currently running a promotion until April 30th, that gives 5% cash back on ALL purchases made for the first three months. For you, this promo alone would equal $225 cash back from standard monthly use. Also, the card provides an impressive 4% back on gas and groceries, 2% on pharmacies and recurring bills and then 1% on everything else (even on top of gas, groceries, bills etc.). For raw cash back, this card is hard to beat.

      For travel, the American Express Gold Rewards card is great. Amex offers new customers that spend $1500 within the first three months 25,000 reward points, and then points accrue at a rate of 2 points for every $1 spent. This favorable rate is made better by the fact that these points transfer 1:1 with Aeroplan and Avios programs, and can also apply to a range of other programs from Delta, Etihad, Starwood, and others. It’s an extremely flexible travel card and there are few situations where it will not benefit you in some way. Also, there is no annual fee. Which card you go with is up to you, but there are some extremely solid choices that will suit your needs wonderfully.

      We suggest you go through our full list of the best credit cards in Canada in 2017 for more insights.

      Good luck and happy travels!

      GreedyRates Staff

  34. I currently have a MBNA platinum plus card (zero balance), am I eligible to apply for another same card so that I can get 12 month of 0% interest free? In the past, MBNA offers existing card holders for 0.99% interest free for 12-18 months but I haven’t see any offer yet in 2017.

    • Hi Kim,

      Yes you can apply for another MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard. In order to pay down the first MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard you’ll have to use a simple workaround, since no banks allow you to do a balance transfer from one of their own credit cards to another of their own credit cards.

      Simply ask MBNA to do a “deposit Transfer” from your new MBNA Platinum Plus credit card to any Canadian checking account. You’ll get the requested amount deposited in your checking account at the same 0% rate for 12 months. It’s kind of like a cash advance, except it’s deposited into your checking account at 0% for 12 months. Then use the cash from your checking account to pay down the balance on your first MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard – or for any other purpose.

      We do not recommend you take a balance transfer from MBNA on one of your existing accounts, since they typically charge a 3% balance transfer fee on those cards, as opposed to only a 1% balance transfer on new balance transfer credit cards.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

      • No the balance but the credit, so for MBNA and RBC for example if you have two different cards with them and you want to transfer the credit to the other card you can as long as it’s at a zero balance and then close that card you transferred the card from.

      • Last summer I opened and mbna platinum plus card and transferred $7500 cash to my checking account, which I use it to pay down my line of credit and credit cards. I just finished paying the balance last week. I called mbna today and asked if I could open a new card so that I could once again get 0% and 1% transfer fee, and I was advised that as of the end of May they no longer allow this, as too many people were taking advantage of this. So I was told that 0% is only available to new card holders, and that you can’t have had their card and cancel that. do you have any suggestions? I would like to have access to approx. $10,000 to pay down my line of credit, then pay it off in 3 to 4 months.

        • Hi Cathy, thanks for your inquiry.

          It’s a bit of a disappointment that repeat MBNA account holders cannot get the Platinum Plus twice, as it might take more than a year to clear one’s debt.

          However, there is something you could try. We’ve seen other customers find success when asking MBNA for an extension on their original promotion, instead of an entirely new card. With a clean history of repayment, you might be able to get approved for a low rate for another 6 or so months.

          Alternatively, there are other low-rate balance transfer promotions out there from issuers like Mastercard, who offer their Cash Back card with a limited time 1.9% for 10 months. Best of luck! If you need more clarification, you know where to go!

          GreedyRates Staff

  35. Hey guys, I have a couple very large purchases to make shortly (~$20K) and have been comparing cards for this. They will mostly be on accommodations but also thigns that do not fall into typical categories. I think the Amex preferred cash back makes the most sense (5% back on purchases (no restrictions that I can see) up to $8000 then 1.5% thereafter).

    I travel a lot so travel points are fine too but I think this is the best value for large but infrequent purchases? My spend will drop to very little following these purchases. Have I missed anything??

    • Craison,

      Great question! If you were to only get one cash back card for your situation, the Amex Simply Cash Preferred card would be it. Essentially you would get 5% on the first $8K and 1.5% on the next $12K for a total of $580 cash back.

      However, if you’re willing to get two cards, you can get the MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard as well, which gives you 2% on all purchases (comes with an $89 annual fee which is off-set by the $100 welcome bonus). You would then get 5% on the first $8K using the Amex Preferred and the 2% on the next $12K for a total of $640 cash back.

      If you want to think outside cash back, you could consider something like the Amex Gold Rewards card, which gives you 2 Amex points (2%) on travel expenses – which your accommodations may fall under. However, you can then transfer those Amex points to Aeroplan 1:1. With each Aeroplan mile worth 1.27 to 1.4 cents per mile, you’d be getting 2.54% to 2.8% in value – giving you even more than the MBNA Rewards world elite card. Then again, cash is king!

      Hope that helps!

      GreedyRates Staff

  36. I went to the american express gold rewards card site and did not see any mention of the annual fees being waved the first year. Is this perk still valid?

    • Hi Barbara,

      The Amex Gold Rewards card absolutely continues to waive the first year annual fee and says so right at the top of its landing page, third line below the image “Annual Fee:Your first year’s on us! That’s a value of $150”

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  37. Trying to decide what to switch my credit card off to, I’m currently on the TD Emerald Visa, I know this gives me a lower credit rate but I don’t think I’m getting anything out of it other than just less interest.

    I have about 3000$ on it so I don’t know if I should go with something with a 0% transfer rate for balance or a rewards card. Thinking need a MasterCard as one card since my groceries are all done at No Frills really.

    • Hi Langley,

      We would suggest you do 2 things. First, you should definitely transfer your $3,000 balance to the MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard at 0% for 12 months. Because TD owns MBNA, you won’t be able to do a direct balance transfer – you’ll have to do a “deposit “transfer” from your MBNA Plat Plus MasterCard to any Canadian checking account of your choice, then pay-off your TD Emerald Visa card from their. The deposit transfer will also be at MBNA’s 0% for 12 month term with a 1% transfer fee – best offer in Canada right now.

      If you’re not going to keep a balance on future spend, you should get a rewards card and earn something in return for your spend. Use our calculator to determine which is best for you. However, if you’re going to keep a balance from time to time, you’re probably better off sticking with your low rate card.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

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