Canada’s best Mastercard credit cards 2019 + MORE Jul 17th

The “Big Five” Canadian banks offer credit cards and include Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust), Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Did you know that there are many other options?
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Earn 3,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your first hotel booking made via Rocketmiles + MORE Jul 19th

Here we have another Aeroplan specific bonus for making your first hotel booking via Rocketmiles, the third party hotel booking site that awards miles on stays worldwide. Be sure you check pricing on the stays, sometimes these third party sites can be more expensive and you won't earn hotel loyal.... More »
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August 30 Update: WestJet Rewards Seat Selection Vouchers can be used for travel companions & a targeted Air Canada Aeroplan flight bonus Aug 31st

The seat selection vouchers that come with WestJet Rewards Elite Status can now be used for other people that travel with you!  Effective August 28, 2019, you will be able to share your seat selection vouchers with your travel companions when they are travelling with you. Even more good news:.... More »
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September 3 Update: 10x Aeroplan Miles for Apple purchases starting tomorrow, Amex Cobalt Multipliers update & lots of new credit card offers coming this week + MORE Sep 4th

Needing to buy Apple products? Wait until tomorrow if you can as the Aeroplan eStore will once again be offering 10x the miles on Apple purchases. This works for all eligible online purchases, even those you pick up in store! This is how I have been doing all my Apple purchases now, buy online an.... More »
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September 30 Update: U.S. airlines collected over $1.5 Billion in checked bag fees last quarter - here's how you can avoid some of those dreaded fees! Sep 30th

Airline fees are ones that all travelers hate - doesn't matter if you are once every two years flyer or once every day flyer it seems that there can be a fee for anyone. From checked bags to seat selection and more, airlines now seem to charge for almost everything. The latest report that came o.... More »
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Hilton’s fall promo is here – Earn Double Honors Points on each and every stay from Sep 9 to Jan 5 + MORE Aug 27th

Hilton has released the details of their fall systemwide global points promotion which launches exactly the day after the current offer ends.  Once again it is the venerable double points promotion but it is better than the summer version in the regards that the bonus points are available r.... More »
Canada’s best Mastercard credit cards 2019As one of the top credit card processors in the world, Mastercard is both extremely popular and also nearly universally accepted. For those already banking at BMO Bank of Montreal, a major Canadian bank that associates with Mastercard, these cards may offer all the perks you’re after along with opportunities to “double dip” on rewards or loyalty programs. Whether you’re looking to earn points or cash, travel more, or keep your interest rates down, there’s a Mastercard product for you on this list. (Click here to browse more of the best credit cards in Canada.)
 
The best Mastercard credit cards in Canada

Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card — Best cash-back Mastercard
BMO World Elite — Best Mastercard credit card for travel
MBNA Rewards Platinum Plus — Best flexible rewards Mastercard credit card
BMO Air Miles World Elite — Best Mastercard for Air Miles collectors
BMO Rewards Mastercard — Best no-fee Mastercard credit card
HSBC World Elite Mastercard — Best Mastercard with no foreign transaction fees
RBC Cash-Back Mastercard — Best Mastercard for Costco shoppers
MBNA True Line Gold Mastercard — Best low-interest Mastercard

Best for cash-back
Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card*
With its regular rate of 2% back on all purchases in your choice of up to three spending categories, including grocery, home improvement, gas and travel accommodations (0…

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Transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors and receive 50% bonus pointsAmerican Express revealed a new transfer bonus this week – and if I recall correctly this is the first time we have seen it for this transfer partner! That partner is Hilton Honors and until August 31 when you transfer your Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors you’ll receive a 50% bonus. The regular conversion rate is 1:1 which means with the bonus you’ll receive 1.5 Honors points per Membership Rewards points. It is well known that the conversion to Hilton at 1:1 isn’t the greatest value when you compare it to the other hotel conversion option with Marriott Bonvoy but for some of you this bonus may be just what you need to top off your Hilton account for a free night redemption or maybe Hilton Honors is your main hotel program and you don’t even touch Marriott Bonvoy or other programs and you can use the extra points easily. Either way it is nice to see this new transfer bonus from American Express! For me I received details on this bonus for my American Express Gold Rewards card but the offer should work for any card that earns Membership Rewards pointsOffer details:50% Bonus Honors Points when you convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors…

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Does Ontario’s New Financial Literacy Curriculum Go Far Enough?
The Ontario government has announced that starting in September 2019 it will be mandatory for grade 10 student to learn about financial literacy. This is a step forward to helping young people learn more about money management, but it may be too little too late. Here is what we know about the curriculum and how it will presented to student in the fall.
Embedded in careers curriculum
Financial literacy will be taught to students as part of the career studies curriculum. These financial literacy lesson will include learning about financial management, such as how to plan to fund the first year after high school. It will also teach young people about how to budget, how to compare different forms of debt and how to pay bills on time. There were also instruction on how to use credit responsibly and options to pay for postsecondary education.
Beyond money
The careers curriculum will have a focus on careers in high-growth industries such as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM…

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American Express Shop Small Promotion is back again - Earn a $5 credit for spending $5 at participating merchantsAmex’s awesome Shop Small offer is now in its third iteration! Last seen in spring, the same four Canadian cities are in the mix again and the offer provides a $5 statement credit when you spend $5 or more at participating Shop Small retailers. You can earn the statement credit for purchases from  up to 5 different retailers for a total of $25. Ideally, those looking to maximize the offer will only spend $5 at each location to come out ahead by essentially getting whatever they buy for free thanks to the statement credits. This time, for this third incarnation, I received the offer for my Gold Rewards Card but in the past I did receive it for my Platinum Card from American Express and Cobalt Card. If you didn’t receive the email to register you can do so via the four links below (one for each city) with any American Express card.Toronto: www.americanexpress.ca/shopsmalltorontoVancouver: www.americanexpress.ca/shopsmallvancouverCalgary: www.americanexpress.ca/shopsmallcalgaryMontreal: www…

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