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CURRENT PROMOS

Best Western MBNA MasterCard offer: 60,000 points. Spend requirement. Expires August 31, 2017. See post 4066

Join Marriott Rewards. Get 1000 Aeroplan miles. See post 4040

RBC® Visa Business Platinum Avion® $120 annual fee (first year fee waived if you apply before May 31, 2017) - $50 annual fee for a supplementary cardholder - Earn 20,000 sign up bonus Avion points (after the first purchase) - *Application needs to be done over the phone or in person only*

Best Western Rewards® Platinum Plus MasterCard® There is no annual fee. - Earn 40,000 Best Western Rewards® points on your first purchase – qualifying you for two free nights - Will be awarded "Gold Status" upon first use of your credit card and "Diamond Status" when you spend $10,000 in eligible purchases within one year - 1.99% promotional annual interest rate (AIR) on balance transfers for the first 10 full months - ... Note: the link that's prominently on MBNA's website only offers 20,000 points.

Chase Marriott Rewards Visa: FYF ($120 AF), 50,000 points, no ForEx fees, Annual Free Night Stay E-Certificate valid for 12 months at a participating Category 1-5 hotel
[[ Revised Nov 18, 2016 ]]

TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card: FYF ($120 AF) 15K Aeroplan signup + 10K after 90 days, account active and in good standing +5K when you add authorized user ($50!). Apply by May 4, 2017. http://www.tdcanadatrust.com/product...urceCode=Sb6l9


TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege: $399 AF - 65,000 Miles= 25,000 Miles for Opening the Account +25,000 Miles for Keeping the Card active for 90 days + 5,000 Miles for Adding an Authorized User + 10,000 Miles for as an Anniversary Bonus - http://www.tdcanadatrust.com/product...urceCode=gZQM3 Apply by March 5, 2017.
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TD® Aeroplan® Visa* Business Card -$149 Annual Fee- 75,000 Aeroplan Miles= Welcome Bonus of 20,000 Aeroplan Miles + 10,000 Aeroplan Miles when you spend $1,000 in Purchases + 5,000 Aeroplan Miles when you add your first Additional Cardholder + 10,000 Aeroplan Miles when you open a new Business Chequing Account + 10,000 Aeroplan Miles when you get a Business Loan or open a Business Line of Credit + 10,000 Aeroplan Miles when you apply and are approved for a new Merchant Solutions Account + 10,000 Aeroplan Miles when you apply, get approved, and set up Remote Deposit Capture * Offer ends June 14, 2017.

National Bank MasterCard $150 AF, 30,000 points https://www.nbc.ca/en/personal/credi...rld-elite.html

MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard: FYF ($89 AF), 10,000 bonus points

MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard: $75 AF ($60 GCR), 25,000 miles, companion fare discount code (US$99 + Taxes)

Capital One® Aspire Travel™ Platinum MasterCard®
Get 10,000 bonus reward miles when you spend $500 on net purchases in the first 3 months after account opening - a value of $100 in travel - No Annual Fee - Platinum MasterCard benefits, including Travel Accident insurance and Baggage Delay coverage
http://www.capitalone.ca/credit-card...-29-14-49-C230

Canadian American Express Cards: a separate FlyerTalk thread (2017 discussion)
(2016 discussion on Canadian Amex) separate FlyerTalk thread
(2015 discussion on Canadian Amex) separate FlyerTalk thread


FYF = First Year Free • AF = Annual Fee • GRC = Great Canadian Rebates • RFD = Red Flag Deals




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Old Sep 12, 13, 3:00 pm   #151
  
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It is tough to spend 9K in 3 month as have to fulfill 3k for AMEX gold biz, even more difficult as I plan to apply extra RBC BA CC for my wife.

At the end of the day, fact in $165 fee 3% paypal cost to manufacture these 54k (45k+9k) avios points, return is not great: (165+270)/54k=0.8 cpm, cheaper then buy avios, but worse then AMEX plat.
Yeah, I did the paypal thing to make a minimum spend once for SPG Amex, and it was only a slightly better deal that it would've been to purchase the miles. But...I got a big bonus, which was nice.

Some people have suggested buying gift cards for future purchases to make a minimum spend.

It's hard to plan these things, but I figure that It's safer to apply for the cards with the big minimum spends around Xmas time, as that is when I spend the most money. It worked last year with the BA Visa, so I think it should work again this year...
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Old Sep 12, 13, 3:27 pm   #152
  
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One of my biggest AMEX purchases is for my home and auto insurance. If I can plan to apply for a big-spend card right around my renewal date, then I can pay a big chunk off with that one item. Or, if not, I'll switch my insurance payments back to pre-authorized monthly debits from my bank account, and then if a promo comes along requiring a big spend, I'll call into the insurance company to ask for the remaining balance on my annual insurance premiums to be paid off in one big lump sum.

Otherwise, yeah, XMAS time is a good time to plan around for these cards.
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Old Sep 13, 13, 7:18 pm   #153
  
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Question CapitalOne World Mastercard IHG Priority Club

Hi folks, thought this was the best forum to post in. I am a Canadian who has a CapitalOne World Mastercard IHG Priority Club. Need to know if I stay at IHG properties around the world; and I use the card - do I qualify for the various points (5X at IHG properties) bonuses that I would if I stayed at an IHG property in Canada.

Any insight would be helpful thanks.
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Old Sep 13, 13, 11:10 pm   #154
  
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Hi folks, thought this was the best forum to post in. I am a Canadian who has a CapitalOne World Mastercard IHG Priority Club. Need to know if I stay at IHG properties around the world; and I use the card - do I qualify for the various points (5X at IHG properties) bonuses that I would if I stayed at an IHG property in Canada.

Any insight would be helpful thanks.
Welcome to Flyertalk!
Yes, you should be earning 5x on all IHG spend AFAIK.
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Old Sep 14, 13, 6:19 am   #155
  
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Yeah, I did the paypal thing to make a minimum spend once for SPG Amex, and it was only a slightly better deal that it would've been to purchase the miles. But...I got a big bonus, which was nice.

Some people have suggested buying gift cards for future purchases to make a minimum spend.

It's hard to plan these things, but I figure that It's safer to apply for the cards with the big minimum spends around Xmas time, as that is when I spend the most money. It worked last year with the BA Visa, so I think it should work again this year...
What's the paypal thing? You sell something to yourself?
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Old Sep 14, 13, 4:22 pm   #156
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MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard

I don't believe this card has been officially introduced in this thread yet.

Link to MBNA: MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard
(Added: ) Link to Great Canadian Rebates ($60 rebate): http://www.greatcanadianrebates.ca/d...aska-Airlines/

• 25,000 Bonus Miles upon approval‡‡
• An annual coach Companion Fare every year from $118 (USD) ($99 base fare, plus taxes and fees from $19)
• 1 mile per $1 spent on every eligible purchase‡
• 3 miles per $1 spent on Alaska Airlines tickets, cargo purchases, in-flight purchases and vacation packages‡
Redeem miles for flights to over 700 destinations worldwide
• $75 annual fee; net $15 cost through Great Canadian Rebates

Can be used throughout North America. Great connections out of Vancouver and southern California.

Last edited by jerry305; Sep 23, 13 at 10:09 am Reason: Added Great Canadian Rebates link. Thanks, mabramovich!
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Old Sep 14, 13, 6:42 pm   #157
  
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Choice Privileges has now lowered the number of points needed for booking a room in many European cities to 8,000 points.

Choice Privileges current promotion is stay 2 separate nights and receive 8,000 points.Check their website for specifics on how the program works and exceptions.

We booked 9 nights next month in Italy and France using points and saved over $1,700. Total points used = 72,000

A husband & wife can order a Choice credit card with no annual fee and receive 32,000 points each. Check out their website for details.
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Old Sep 14, 13, 9:30 pm   #158
  
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I don't believe this card has been officially introduced in this thread yet.

MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard

• 25,000 Bonus Miles upon approval‡‡
• An annual coach Companion Fare every year from $118 (USD) ($99 base fare, plus taxes and fees from $19)
• 1 mile per $1 spent on every eligible purchase‡
• 3 miles per $1 spent on Alaska Airlines tickets, cargo purchases, in-flight purchases and vacation packages‡
Redeem miles for flights to over 700 destinations worldwide
• $75 annual fee

A particularly good offer for those in Vancouver or another Alaska Airlines city.
And always check GCR before applying directly. I picked this card up at te end of August with a $75 rebate!
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Old Sep 15, 13, 10:13 pm   #159
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SPG: up to 9,000 Aeroplan (stackable)

Earn up to 9,000 Aeroplan bonus miles with SPG properties, through December 15, 2013.
Stackable: you're eligible to receive SPG and Aeroplan points.

Stay five qualifying nights at Starwood hotels and resorts around the world from September 1 – December 15, 2013 and earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles. Stay a seventh night and enjoy 2,000 more Bonus Aeroplan Miles. Stay a ninth night and earn 2,000 more, up to a maximum of 9,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles during the promotion. Nights can accrue across multiple stays.

Register for the promotion here.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 12:08 am   #160
  
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What's the paypal thing? You sell something to yourself?
Two paypal accounts and use account 1 to send money to account 2. Appears as a purchase. You have go pay fees, though.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 12:10 am   #161
  
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And always check GCR before applying directly. I picked this card up at te end of August with a $75 rebate!
Yeah, I've made almost $200 in rebates in the past few months from apps alone!
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Old Sep 16, 13, 4:40 am   #162
  
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Two paypal accounts and use account 1 to send money to account 2. Appears as a purchase. You have go pay fees, though.
Thanks for the information... I'll go take a look at those fees.
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Old Sep 24, 13, 9:13 pm   #163
  
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BMO World Elite MC started waiving the fee for the first year (not sure how long this promo is on for). I applied in August for the 20K promo and called today to get the annual fee reversed/waived based on the new offer.

http://www.bmo.com/home/personal/ban...ite-mastercard
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Old Sep 24, 13, 9:17 pm   #164
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Bank of Montreal World Elite MasterCard: $300, first year free

Well, this is impressive.

Bank of Montreal World Elite MasterCard's $300 offer is now First Year Free.

The BMO Rewards® World EliteTM MasterCard

Get bonus points worth $300 in travel credit, and 2% on spend.
Annual fee: $150 Now FIRST YEAR FREE.

(History: The bonus amount had been $285 worth of credit, and then they bumped it up to $380 worth, and then they changed the point value, so the startup bonus was actually $400 if you clicked on the link for a period of about 2 weeks. After August 31, it remained at $300, which was still pretty good. But all that was with a $150 annual fee. Earnings on spend had been 1.9%; now it's 2.0%.)

(Credit to jerryhung and to 92redragtop for their posts.)

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Old Sep 24, 13, 10:11 pm   #165
  
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There must be something special about Canadians because nearly half the posters here have referral links in their signature..
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