MBNA Rewards World Elite Credit Card Review
Confused over which credit card is right for you – cash back, points, or travel? How about an all-in-one card. Don’t want to trade-off flexibility for value? You don’t have to.
The MBNA Rewards World Elite Mastercard® credit card is like having multiple cards in one. You can redeem your points for cash back, travel, merchandise, gift cards or charity – the choice is yours, and your points never expire.
Earning your points is just as simple, you get 2 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no limits. Spend $15,000, get 30,000 points, equivalent to $300. That’s right up there at the pinnacle of Canada’s top earning premium travel cards, except MBNA gives you the flexiblity to redeem for cash back at full value – no other card offers that feature.
To entice people to try the card, MBNA offers a 10,000 point welcome bonus (worth $100). It comes with a low $89 annual fee. The welcome bonus makes the first year free to try, and gives you access to the richest flat rate cash back credit card in Canada.
MBNA Rewards World Elite Benefits
You earn 2 points per dollar spent on all purchases. When redeeming for cash back or travel, each MBNA point is worth $.01. As a result you earn $.02 per dollar spent. Spend $10,000, get $200 in rewards.
When booking for travel you have two choices. You can redeem through MBNA’s travel centre, or you can book your own travel.
When booking through the travel centre, MBNA will quote you a price (they will price match AirCanada.com and WestJet.com). You can then redeem the required number of points to pay for the ticket. A $350 dollar ticket, would require 35,000 points.
However, you can also book your own flight or travel through discounters like hotels.com, expedia, travelocity and priceline and then have MBNA pay off the travel by applying the required number of points to your statement.
If you want to redeem for cash back, it couldn’t be any easier. You can choose to have MBNA mail you a check, apply your cash back as a statement credit, or deposit the money directly into your bank account!
Here are some of the additional perks that help the MBNA World Elite Mastercard stand-out from the pack:
- Earn 2 MBNA Rewards Points for every $1 in eligible purchases.
- Receive 10,000 Bonus Points after your first eligible purchase. That’s a $100 value when redeemed for cash back or travel.
- No limit to the points that can be earned.
- Points don’t expire.
- Low $89 annual fee.
- Rental Vehicle Collision Damage Waiver Benefits.
- Price protection – If you make a purchase with your card and find the same product advertised in Canada at a lower price within 60 days after purchase, the difference will be refunded, up to $500.
- Purchase Assurance – Covers eligible items purchased with your MBNA credit card for the first 90 days from the date of purchase.
- Extended Warranty Benefits – Doubles eligible warranties for up to one additional year on eligible purchases made with your MBNA credit card.
- Travel Benefits – Lost Document and Ticket Replacement, Lost Luggage Assistance, Legal Assistance.
With a super low $89 annual fee offset by the $100 welcome bonus, 2% rewards per dollar spent and options to redeem for cash, travel or merchandise this card really does stand out from the pack.
Redemptions are a breeze. While many cash back cards only allow you to redeem once a year as a statement credit, you can redeem as often as you want, in whatever form you want – a check, a deposit into your account or a statement credit.
The card does not have the strongest travel insurance program, but for those who don’t need it, MBNA makes up for it in the lower annual fee of $89, and the high rewards rate of 2%, with incredibly flexible redemptions.
You will need to either have a minimum personal income of $80,000 or a minimum household income of $150,000 to be eligible for the card. If you don’t, MBNA can make the Rewards Platinum card available to you.
To our knowledge, there are no other Canadian credit cards that offer cash back higher than 2% on all spend with no limits. The flexibility to book your own travel and apply your points against the dollar value of your ticket is as flexible as it gets. It ensures you get the ticket you want, when you want it at the lowest possible price.
This is the only 2% credit card in Canada we know of that allows you to redeem at 2% for cash or travel. If you’ve seen a better offer than a flat 2% rewards rate, feel free to share. For now, we think this is the best offer in the Canadian marketplace.