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Canadian Credit Card Master List - Curated for Best Offer
A complete listing of all the major credit cards in Canada along with their sign-up bonus, annual fee, CPM, and other pertinent information. For a full explanation of how to use the sheet, refer to http://www.pointsnerd.ca/best-current-credit-card-offers-2/

Scotiabank Passport™ Visa
Annual fee $139 + 1 free supplementary card
No Foreign Currency Conversion Fee
Complimentary Airport Lounge Access: Enjoy complimentary Priority Pass™ membership, plus 6 free visits per year from the date of enrolment.
25,000 Scotia Rewards points, after first $1,000 in everyday purchases in the first 3 months (worth $250 on self-booked travel)
http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/pers...nite-card.html

RBC Avion Visa
25,000 Points • First year free.
http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-c...rds_aggregator

TD First Class Travel®Visa Infinite* Card
50,000 Points (= $200 to $250 value) • First year free. Offer extended to June 3, 2018.

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. Bonus: Best Western has a fantastic promo until the end of January: only 10,000 points per reward night at most properties; availability is becoming more limited for certain properties as this promo continues.

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 (Sign up through GCR to get $60), 25,000 miles ($1k min. spend), companion fare discount code (US$99 + Taxes). FlyerTalk discussion thread here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alask...astercard.html

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

BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard

First year FREE ($120 annual)
3,000 Air Miles (1K when you first use card + 2K when you spend $3K/90 days)
Companion Flight Rebate
Priority Pass membership + two annual complimentary passes ($150 value)

https://www.bmo.com/main/personal/cr...te-mastercard/

AMEX 2018 discussion https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...es-2018-a.html
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 Mar 22, 19, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by flyme2 View Post
AirMiles reward flights do not earn anything. They are treated as award travel.
Oh? I think I read somewhere that some people got credit with AA and maybe even DL? YMMV?
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Old Mar 22, 19, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by lsquare View Post
Oh? I think I read somewhere that some people got credit with AA and maybe even DL? YMMV?
On my past AirMiles reward flights with AC, nothing was credited to Aeroplan. I do have an upcoming AirMiles Delta redemption, and will post any mileage earnings. As an aside, on said DL flights, I was able to upgrade to Comfort+ and request complimentary First class upgrades on these flights due to my Medallion Platinum status.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by flyme2 View Post
On my past AirMiles reward flights with AC, nothing was credited to Aeroplan. I do have an upcoming AirMiles Delta redemption, and will post any mileage earnings. As an aside, on said DL flights, I was able to upgrade to Comfort+ and request complimentary First class upgrades on these flights due to my Medallion Platinum status.
What sort of flights do you find of good value, because from my (fairly quick) scan and reading on the subject, the taxes were exorbitant (Aeroplan looks like a deal in comparison).

I thought the hotels gave someone the same sort of valuation as cash miles, so unless I see some good bookings, I'm inclined so spend on a couple of nights of a hotel at some point in the near future.

Thx.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by dominick View Post
What sort of flights do you find of good value, because from my (fairly quick) scan and reading on the subject, the taxes were exorbitant (Aeroplan looks like a deal in comparison).

I thought the hotels gave someone the same sort of valuation as cash miles, so unless I see some good bookings, I'm inclined so spend on a couple of nights of a hotel at some point in the near future.

Thx.
In my case, I seem to remember the extreme edge cases being worthwhile - such as the smaller airlines flying to the North. Since I believe Air Miles is still a revenue bucket, it sometimes has slightly better access than Aeroplan - and since tickets are >$2K if bought with cash (despite the short distance) they’re usually a great value. Of course, you need to actually want to go there...
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Old Mar 23, 19, 7:13 pm
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Originally Posted by dominick View Post
What sort of flights do you find of good value, because from my (fairly quick) scan and reading on the subject, the taxes were exorbitant (Aeroplan looks like a deal in comparison).

I thought the hotels gave someone the same sort of valuation as cash miles, so unless I see some good bookings, I'm inclined so spend on a couple of nights of a hotel at some point in the near future.

Thx.
I regard AirMiles as a loyalty program of last resort. Their redemption table is disingenuous as they are actually dynamic, meaning they fluctuate upwards, similar to DL and HH. That being said, I have had success in using them on short haul flights from YUL when other options have been less financially appealing. The flight for which I have used AirMiles was redeemed at the standard redemption rate + $160 CAD in additional fees/taxes. DL redemptions were 32,500 SkyMiles + $84.50 CAD in fees/taxes. Cash fares on DL in the main cabin were $508.65 CAD, or $415.20 CAD in Basic Economy. Bear in mind that my AirMiles booking was for the main cabin, not basic economy. I effectively saved $348.65 CAD using the AirMiles redemption. The value of these AirMiles would effectively be ~.0.19 CAD/AirMile. Comparing the AirMiles redemption to that of the DL is a bit more complicated. I recently redeemed 30,000 SkyMiles for a flight from YUL-PVG in main cabin economy, making a short haul redemption value of 32,500 on a 90 minute flight seem exorbitant. As far as receiving credit for AirMiles redemption flights, I have yet to see that happen. However, this will be my first DL redemption, so I will reserve judgement until they have been flown.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by flyme2 View Post
I regard AirMiles as a loyalty program of last resort.
I only use it for cash miles. "Dream Miles" are really "Nightmare Miles" and I find them practically worthless.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
I only use it for cash miles. "Dream Miles" are really "Nightmare Miles" and I find them practically worthless.
But to my point earlier, it seems as though hotels and car rentals (not flights unless certain circumstances) value the miles very near or at the same levels as cash miles.
Am I missing something?

I have 7k miles and could get a hotel that costs between $600-800 in most cases I look... valuing them at $0.10 per mile.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by dominick;30923411[left
I have 7k miles and could get a hotel that costs between $600-800 in most cases I look... valuing them at $0.10 per mile.[/left]
At 95 Cash Miles for $10, that's almost equivalent. I redeemed 1,800 AirMiles, so my value, given the cash fare, was almost twice that. So yes, a good Dream Miles redemption can be nightmarish to find, but there are some values out there. I don't go out of my way to collect them, but just showing your AirMiles card and paying with your favourite CC, is an easy double dipping situation.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 11:58 pm
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Not so.

Originally Posted by flyme2 View Post
AirMiles reward flights do not earn anything. They are treated as award travel.
I have always got frequent flier miles on airmiles tickets. You need to check the ticket terms prior to booking. I have noticed over the last year that itins that are all Lufthansa operated flights usually state that the ticket will not earn miles, but if the first leg is operated by AC the terms do not state this.

2 years ago we did YVR-YYZ-FRA-AGP/BCN-FRA-YVR first leg on AC rest on LH and got ff miles TK for me and split AC and UA for my wife. We will be flying to Turkey this spring, originally with AC first leg to FRA, and rest on LH, but due to schedule changes are now on all LH plus one TK leg from IST to Izmir due to LH no longer flying to Izmir, so will be interesting to see if we still get our ff Miles.


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Old Mar 26, 19, 12:15 am
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Originally Posted by tobegold View Post
Not so.
From having taken many AC AirMiles redemption flights and never having earned anything on Aeroplan, this has been my anecdotal experience. As I mentioned upthread, I will soon be testing my first DL redemption. On what airline(s) have you received credit?
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Old Mar 26, 19, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by flyme2 View Post
From having taken many AC AirMiles redemption flights and never having earned anything on Aeroplan, this has been my anecdotal experience. As I mentioned upthread, I will soon be testing my first DL redemption. On what airline(s) have you received credit?
AC and LH, always on flights to Europe including connections within Canada and Europe. About 12 years ago was even able to use upgrades to business class on AC from YVR to LHR for wife & son (came through last minute at the gate), I was travelling with them on a separate ticket (RBC Avion redemption) which was upgraded months prior. This was when upgrades were generous compared to now on AC. Always check ticket terms as often they explicitly state the ticket will not earn miles, especially on an all segment operated by LH issued ticket.

In addition to our trip to Turkey, we redeemed for a trip to Australia on Air New Zealand for the fall. The BMO Airmiles World Elite card giving effectively 2 for 1 redemptions on both trips. Unfortunately the fare bucket on Air NZ earns nothing on TK but gets 25% on UA.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 9:47 am
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With Air Miles redemptions you generally won't earn in the operating airlines program (for the most part). So flying AC will not earn you miles on Aeroplan but it might on LH Miles & More. Same with Delta - it might earn with Flying Blue.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 12:38 pm
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Question re: CC's + PP Membership...

Had an AMEX Plat w/ the PP membership. Just cancelled the Platinum.
Does the PP Membership assoc. w/ this card continue for the full year or does PP know when I cancel the Amex card?


Presuming PP does get cancelled simultaneously with the AMEX, I do have a Scotia Passport Visa Infinite w/ 6x PP visits but not sure how I go about linking that or if it's a separate account?
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Old Mar 26, 19, 8:21 pm
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I had AMEX plat last year and PP was cancelled with it.
You should be able to check your PP membership when you login on their website.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 8:25 am
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....have a Scotia Passport Visa Infinite w/ 6x PP visits but not sure how I go about linking that or if it's a separate account?
Each Priority Pass membership requires a separate UserID.
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