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TD First Class Visa Infinite Card Review

TD First Class Visa Infinite CardSo you want to be able to redeem your points for any travel without any restrictions? Check. You want extraordinary travel benefits, such as best price guarantees and no cancellation fees through partnership with Canada’s leading travel deal site Expedia.ca? You’re covered. 

The TD First Class Visa Infinite card is a new breed of Canadian travel rewards cards offering flexibility, simplicity, transparency and value compared to traditional captive rewards and redemption chart programs like Avion, Aeroplan and Aventura.

Most impressively, it does so while offering a healthy base earn rate of 1.5% and probably the highest earn rate on travel purchases (4.5%) in Canada, without any caps or tiering.

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TD First Class Visa: Earning is Simple & Easy

The TD First Class Visa Infinite card offers one of the highest earn rates in Canada, with no caps on earnings or complicated tiers. It’s probably the highest earning credit card for frequent travelers.

Earning is simple. Earn 3 TD Points for every $1 spent on purchases made using your card and 9 TD Points for every $1 spent on travel purchases made online through ExpediaforTD.com. That’s a 1.5% earn rate on all regular spend and a whopping 4.5% earn rate on all your travel spend purchased on Expedia For TD.

There’s only one catch. The only way to earn 4.5% on your travel expenses, is if you book and redeem your points through Expedia. If you redeem your points outside of Expedia For TD, you’ll earn 3.6% on travel expenses and 1.2% everywhere else – still very good.

If you travel a lot, there is likely no credit card in Canada that will give you as much bang for your buck on your travel spend.

Great value and then some: To give you an idea of how much value there is, you would earn more rewards booking a Westjet flight through Expedia with the TD First Class Visa Infinite card (4.5%), than with WestJet’s own World Elite MasterCard, which only earns 2% on WestJet tickets. Avion and Aeroplan don’t come close for the majority of their flights.

TD First Class Visa: Book Any Travel, Any Way, Any Time

There are two simple and transparent ways to book travel with no restrictions. First, you can charge almost any travel expense to your credit card and then redeem your points for all travel related expenses that appear on your credit card bill within 90 days of purchase. So if you have a $300 travel credit banked, and you have $300 in travel charges on your card, simply apply your travel credit and you’re done. No charts, no caps, no fees.

TD points can be redeemed for any flight, hotel night, green fees, car rentals, theme parks, airport parking and of course taxes and fees! That is the most flexible travel redemption model available in Canada, one we’re seeing more issuers migrate to.

Alternatively, you can book through Expedia for TD, and instantly redeem for any purchase made online – your points go a little further this way, as we discussed above. The site will tell you the dollar value of the TD points you have on hand, and then you simply apply those points to your travel purchase, including taxes and fees, when checking-out. This is the most convenient redemption model available, and flexible as well.

TD First Class Premium Insurance & Perks

The robust insurance and perks alone make this card a travel workhorse. In fact, we value the insurance benefits on the card alone at over $700 per year, if you travel out of country at least one week per year. It has all the travel insurance essentials and then some, like out of province/country travel medical, trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, and car rental insurance. In fact TD just upgraded the trip cancellation from $1,000 to $1,500 of coverage per person and extended the travel medical coverage from 15 to 21 days! Just make sure to review all conditions in detail.

Is It Right For You?
The welcome bonus of 20,000 points is worth $100. There is likely no earn rate greater than the 4.5% rate you can achieve by booking and redeeming your travel through Expedia.ca. However, if most of your spend is not travel related, there are other cards that will earn you a better rate of return.

Eligibility
You will need to either have a minimum personal income of $60,000 or a minimum household income of $100,000 to be eligible for the card. If you don’t, TD will make the First Class Platinum card available to you.

We love the card for its flexibility, earning power, simplicity and transparency. With today’s offer of 20,000 points, it’s a steal of a card if you’re willing to book through Expedia.ca.

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49 comments

  1. Hi GreedyRates,

    If I purchase a flight with Expedia for TD using only points, do I still receive 9x points for that purchase?

    For example, if the flight is $1000 and I use points for it, do I earn 9000 points? If I only use $500 worth of points do I only earn 9x $500 so 4500 points?

    Thanks

    • Hi Anonymous,

      You will only accumulate points for the portion of your ticket you paid for in cash. For example, if you paid $1,000 for a ticket via TD For Expedia points, you would not earn any points.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

      • If that’s the case then it seems as though it would never make sense to redeem your points through Expedia for TD because you’ll always miss out on the 9x points. The best you can do appears to be booking everything you can through Expedia for TD and then for travel that you don’t book through Expedia for TD, use the “Book Your Way” method or redemption and get the 3.6% back for the first $1200 and anything above that will be at 4.5%.

        Since most travel expenses don’t really go above $1200 that often or that much, it seems like most people will only be getting 3.6% back, which is good but obviously less than the 4.5% that is advertised so much.

        My point is, that 4.5% is misleading and I want everyone to know the facts.

        For reference from the TD website regarding “Book Any Way”:

        “For travel booked through Expedia For TD:
        200 TD Points = $1 in travel value; and
        TD Points must be redeemed in minimum 200-point increments.

        For travel booked through any other travel provider excluding Expedia For TD (a “Book Any Way travel purchase”), TD Points are redeemed in minimum 250-point or 200-point increments as follows:
        250 TD Points = $1 in travel value for the first $1,200 of any Book Any Way travel purchase; and
        200 TD Points = $1 in travel value for any amount that is over $1,200 for the same Book Any Way travel purchase.”

  2. Do you have to let the credit card company know that your going on vacation

    • Hi N,

      TD states that “Travel notifications are no longer needed.” That is the case with most credit card issuers currently. However, it may vary from issuer to issuer.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  3. I’m not sure how to calculate the return rate to get 1.5%? We gain 3 points for each 1 dollar spent. The redemption is 400 points for 1 dollar. This means each point is worth only 0.0025. We are getting 0.0075 for each dollar spent or 0.75% and not 1.5%.

    • Hi Vu,

      The TD First Class Infinite points are valued at .5% if you redeem your points through Expedia (10,000 points = $50) and .4% if you redeem them as a statement credit (10,000 points = $40).

      When you gain 3 points per dollar spent, you are earning 1.5% if you redeem through Expedia 1.2% if you redeem as a statement credit. However, the best value for the TD First Class Infinite card is in booking travel through Expedia, where you will earn 9 points per dollar spent. That comes out to 4.5% if you also redeem through Expedia, and 3.6% if you redeem your points as a statement credit.

      Where do you see the redemption rate of 400 points per $1?

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  4. Hi GredyRates,
    I have a real scenario that can use your advise. I have this TDInfinity card. I have a trip coming up, but I’ve already agreed to be charged locally at a US hotel and not through ExpediaForTD. (This is due to a good deal and room upgrade offered by the hotel manager.) At the hotel I’ll be swiping the TDInfinity card. TDInfinity will charge FX rate, so I loose certain FX%. But I will earn 3.6% on travel expense regardless. So the net gain is 3.5%-FX%, correct?

    Akira Thanks.

    • Hi Akira,

      Good observation Akira.

      That is correct. There is a 2.5% foreign transaction fee charged by TD, on top of the foreign exchange rate. So you can expect a net rewards rate of approximately 1%. The only other card we know of that beats that rate is the Rogers MasterCard which offer 4% cashback on purchases in a foreign currency, and has a 2.5% FX transaction fee, for a net rewards rate of 1.5%. The no foreign transaction fee Marriott and Amazon cards get you ~1%.

      Hope that helps!

      GreedyRates Staff

  5. Am I receiving points on every purchase made or only travel related purchaces? Also how do I file a complaint about Td travel agent? Thanks

    • Hi Virginia,

      Yes you are receiving points on every purchase you make. However, you receive more points when you book travel through Expedia for TD, and you get more value from your points when you redeem for travel through Expedia for TD, than if you redeem your points as a statement credit.

      Not sure how you file a complaint. I imagine you could try working through TD’s ombudsman to start.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  6. The card says 30,000 and then down a little on the page it says what I copied in below. Is it 30,000 or is it 40,000

    We love the card for its flexibility, earning power, simplicity and transparency. With today’s offer of 40,000 points, it’s a steal of a card if you’re willing to book through Expedia.ca.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Apologies for the copy error, it has been corrected. The offer at this time is for 30,000 points, plus a 100% fee rebate, available until Dec 2, 2016.

      GreedyRates Staff

  7. Hello,
    I have 534,800 points on my infinity first class visa. Can you tell me how much (in dollars) that is equal too? I have hotels on my visa to use for redemption.
    Thanks,

    • Hi Merna,

      If you redeem your points through Expedia, they are worth $.005 each. If you redeem your points as a statement credit, they are worth $.004 each. As a result, your 534,800 points are worth $2,674 if you redeem them through Expedia for TD and $2139 if you redeem them as a statement credit.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  8. Hi dear
    I am travelling these days out of Canada and I am renting a car on line using my td bank first class infinite card.Am i covered for the car insurance with any rental company or should I buy one? ( The period of rent is 3 weeks for clarification )
    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Brian,

      Very timely question! We just wrote an article on this very topic http://www.greedyrates.ca/blog/credit-card-car-rental-insurance-needs/. Your TD First Class Infinite card will cover you for collision and damage to your rental car. However, you will need to ensure you’re covered for 3rd party liability (damage to another car or property or injury to another person). If you already own a car, chances are your car insures already covers you for 3rd party liability, even when renting. If you don’t have car insurance, then you should get 3rd party liability coverage from the rental agency or from your insurance broker.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  9. Does it not work out better for me to book my travel on expediafortd and pay for it with my visa card vs accumulated points? That way I am earning td points on the travel purchase which I can then redeem later towards my travel purchases.

    • Hi Marie,

      Just like with any program, at some point, once you’ve accumulated enough rewards, you will want to redeem those rewards for travel. So yes, you always want to use your visa card to book your travel to accumulate points, but then at some point, once you have your desired points, don’t be afraid to redeem them for free travel guilt free, you’ll have earned at that point!

      GreedyRates Staff

  10. Hi Greedyrates,

    I am tempted to apply for this card but I have read that certain credit cards require a minimum spending within 3 months to receive the bonus. I do not see that requirement with this card, can you confirm that for me?

    Thanks!

    • Hi John,

      You read it correctly. There is no minimum spend requirement to get the 40,000 point welcome bonus. You get the first 20,000 points with the first purchase using the card (it can be a pack of gum). Then you get the additional 20,000 points when you keep the account open and in good standing for 90 days. That’s it.

      Hope that answers your question.

      GreedyRates Staff

  11. Hello

    I have basic TD visa card (All inclusive)and now TD offering me to use the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card.

    I dont know whether to accept or not.

    Is there any hiddent cost in this card.

    • Hi Kam,

      There is an annual fee on the TD First Class Infinite card, if that’s what you mean by “hidden costs”. However, if you have the TD All Inclusive banking plan the annual fee is waived. If you are going to get it, we recommend comparing the offer you received from TD with the TD First Class Infinite offer on GreedyRates.ca, which ends June 30th, (not because we’re self-serving) but because our promo of no annual fee in the first year, and a 40,000 point welcome bonus is better than the offer for the card in TD branches.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  12. Thomas Brotherston

    I have the infinite first class visa which covers me for four days out of Country insurance, I am 68 and would like an additional 10 days added. can I do this on line.

  13. Is there a chart I can view that tells me how much my points will be worth down the road for travel….through Expedia and the degraded value if I don’t book through expedia? I would like to know how much I need to save in points for larger trips. For example…..how much is 100,000 points worth if I do not book through expedia? How about 200,000? 300,000? etc

  14. I am looking to book an all inclusive vacation and I would like some things clarified. I have heard that when booking through Expedia with a TD first class infinite visa that transfers between the airport and resort are not included even if it says they are on the package information. Also, I usually book with a travel agent so that if there is a problem I have a number to talk to someone directly without going through any automated garbage. How would I speak to someone to help my if I booked online and didn’t deal directly with a person?

    • Hi Al,

      Thanks for the questions.

      First, whether or not your transportation from the airport to your resort is included depends on the package and operator you select, not on Expedia for TD, i.e. SunWing Vacations, Transat, Signature Vacations, etc… For example, if you decided to book a SunWings package to Cancun staying at the Belair Collection, it would be included. All you have to do is call Expedia for TD to verify.

      Second, if you have a problem with anything, you can call the number reserved for Expedia for TD members. You will get a live agent, and they will advocate on your behalf with the hotel, or the resort package operator. Even though you’ve booked online, any questions, cancellations, complaints are handled by a live agent dedicated specifically to the Expedia for TD rewards program.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  15. With the TD First Class all inclusive will I earn point on all retail and monthly bills I do as well. In the event of a flight cansellation do I get a full refund through TD at no hidden costs what so ever. It is so tough for us costumers to be deceived by the cake with the frills and little know what happens after though.

    • Hi Tony,

      Actually we just had a personal experience to test that out. One of our staff members booked a flight between Montreal-Toronto Feb 4th through the Expedia for TD program. Porter cancelled his return flight, and he wasn’t able to fly on the automatically rebooked flight. Expedia, not Porter, refunded his ticket at no cost.

      If you’re talking about you cancelling a flight, then that will depend entirely on the type of ticket you buy from the airline.

      GreedyRates Staff

      • Appreciate your feedback.

        Tell me if I do buy a ticket through a travel agent for an international flight and cancelled due to a illness. Will Td then refund me full fair of the ticket.

        I am aware that travel agents also try to push their insurance too. I do not see any reason to purchase extra insurance when we have a credit card that does it.

        Help me out I got a family trip coming up soon for four tickets.

        Thanks for your help.

        • Hi Tony,

          You should always review the terms, conditions and exclusions of your policy. However, in general the answer is yes. For TD First Class, for trip cancellation (before your trip starts) you’re covered $1,500 per person, including spouse and dependents, up to $5,000 per trip. For trip interruption (during your trip, may need to come home early), $5,000 per person up to $25,000 per trip. Remember, the full cost of your trip has to be booked on your card. Also remember, you will not be covered for any medical conditions arising from a pre-existing medical condition you experienced in the last 180 days.

          TD First Class, covers for the following medical conditions:

          Medical Covered Causes for Cancellation mean:
          • death of an Insured Person
          • sudden and unexpected sickness or accidental injury of an Insured Person if:
          • it did not result from a Pre-Existing Condition;
          • it prevents the Insured Person from starting the Covered Trip;
          • a Physician certifies, in writing:
          • that:
          • he or she has advised the Insured Person to cancel the Covered Trip; or
          • the sickness or injury made it impossible for the Insured Person to start the Covered Trip; and
          • the medical reason for the decision; and
          • The Insured Person provides the Physician’s certification to the Administrator before the scheduled
          departure date;
          • death of an Immediate Family Member of the Insured Person;
          • sudden and unexpected sickness or accidental injury of an Immediate Family Member of the Insured Person; or
          • the sudden and unexpected death or hospitalization of an Insured Person’s host at the destination

          Hope that helps Tony, just remember, if you want to be absolutely safe, check the policy itself.

          GreedyRates Staff

  16. If you have a hotel loyality card., a car rental loyality card or similar it is worthless to you if you book through Expedia. I booked a trip and rentals tr
    Booked a trip through Expedia and lost way more in other benefits than I obtained through the redemption on Expedia for Td. What a loss!,

  17. Hello,

    If i have a points worth $400 and ticket i want is $600? can i use my $400 worth of points then just pay $200 from my pocket?

    Thanks,
    Ed

  18. Other travel cards are better
    As the td rewards and Expedia don’t match prices as they advertise and they are lack ethics
    I had over 200000 pts valued at over $1000 dollars that I earned and they devalued them to $800 because they reduced their rewards even on past rewards earned probably not legal
    Certainly not ethical
    Since I found this out I have spent over $10 000 on other cards which I rarely used in the past
    Td infinite is now my emergency backup card
    I was promised a return phone call to deal with this but I’m guessing service agents are calling to sell insurance and other services
    They even had the gall to ask me if I wanted to increase my limit
    Very disappointed with td rewards cards

  19. TD Expedia will not allow me to book a trip or vacation to Cuba. Therefore I am penalized . Why should I pay $120. per year when I cannot get health insurance because I am 77 and cannot book my favorite resort in Cuba?

    • Hi Don,

      Unfortunately, because Expedia is an American company, the embargo between the U.S. and Cuba still applies (hopefully increasingly normalized relations between the two countries will resolve the issue sooner, rather than later).

      Not sure you can get health insurance past 75 years on any Canadian credit card old to our knowledge. Given that, you might want to look at a card with a lower annual fee, like the MBNA World Elite card. The first year annual fee is free ($89 thereafter), comes with a $100 welcome bonus and gives you $2 for every $100 spent (2%), that can be applied against any travel expense or used for cash back. Maybe that’s the best option for you, so you don’t pay for services you’re not eligible for.

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

  20. What else can I do with first class points besides traveling ???

    • Hi Sam,

      The TD First Class Visa card is a travel card. Unfortunately, it is limited to redeeming for travel, whether for any travel expense on your statement, or through any purchase made on TD for Expedia’s website. If you’re looking for a card where you can redeem for travel, rewards or cashback, you may want to take a look at the MBNA World Elite MasterCard, which gives you a very healthy 2% earn rate (even on cash back).

      GreedyRates Staff

      • Treval insurance with first class visa it’s passible to expend over the 4day free to any longer trip as long you answer for you Helth condition?

        • Hi Manny,

          If you’re under 65 TD First Class Infinite now offers 21 consecutive days of out of country travel medical insurance. Over 65, it offer 4 days. In either case, if you want to extend the coverage, you have the option to top-up your insurance to make up the missing days, but you’ll have to pay for it. You can call TD’s insurance department at 866-374-1129 to get a quote.

          Hope that helps,

          GreedyRates Staff

  21. I am confused… how do these points work? Like if I have 40,000 points, how much travel I could book?

    • Hi Alex, 40,000 points will give you $200 of travel, when you book through Expedia.

      GreedyRates Staff

      • So 80,000 points will give you $400 of travel?

        • Hi Mick,
          That’s correct. You’ll get $400 worth of travel on Expedia for 80,000 points. TD actually makes it really simple. When you log in to TD for Expedia, Expedia tells you how many points and dollars you have to spend at the top of the screen. So both your rewards and the travel you’re booking is always quoted in dollars. It’s exceptionally transparent and easy to understand and use. You can then choose to redeem your reward dollars for any flight, hotel, package or car rental available on Expedia.

          Best,

          GreedyRates

  22. TD just reduced travel value to 1.2% of purchases. Looking to switch to BMO World Elite. Thoughts?

    • Hi Paul,

      To be fair, TD has not reduced the value of their points on the First Class Infinite card to 1.2% on all redemptions. For cardholders who redeem their points through Expedia, points will still each be worth .5%, for an earn rate of 1.5% (base rate of 3 points per $1 spent). If you redeem for travel purchases on your statement from providers other than Expedia, your points will be worth .4% on the first $1,200 of redemptions, and .5% above, for a blended earn rate of somewhere between 1.2% and 1.5% depending on the size of your travel purchase.

      If you spend a lot on travel, and are willing to book through Expedia, this card still gives the highest value (3X points – 9 points per $1 spent) in market, with an earn rate of 4.5% when redeeming through Expedia, and now with the devaluation, somewhere between 3.6% and 4.5%, for non-Expedia redemptions. As a result, if a large part of your spend is on travel, we still like this card.

      However, if a large part of your spend does not come through travel, but you’re looking to redeem for travel, the BMO World Elite MasterCard, offers an earn rate of 2%, which is stellar. It also has a nice sign-up bonus of 30,000 points ($300). It’s insurance package is also robust. The disadvantage is, you have to book your travel through BMO’s travel center, which frankly, is pretty good anyways. Does that make sense?

      Hope that helps,

      GreedyRates Staff

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