Favorite credit card poll: Many stick with the same card at their own expense + MORE Mar 6th

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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A closer look at the newly refreshed Platinum Card from American Express + MORE Mar 11th

 The Platinum Card from American Express is now three weeks into its refresh and for the most part the changes have been well received.  Back on February 13th we detailed the refresh that saw two changes come to one of the best high end premium cards in Canada. The first change was the poi.... More »
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Meridian Gets Competitive; Posts Lowest Two-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate on the Market Mar 14th

Meridian is making news as of late, as it recently posted the lowest two-year fixed-interest rate in recent Canadian history, compared to the “Big Five” banks and other lenders on the market. As Ontario’s largest credit union, Meridian is offering a two-year fixed mortgage at 1.98 percent. T.... More »
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March 7 Update: HSBC World Elite MC first year free + 30K points offer, a new king of programs for crediting car rentals to & Air France flash sale Canada to Paris from $735 Mar 8th

Last year HSBC introduced their World Elite Mastercard to the Canadian public. Prior to the launch of this card their cards were almost exclusive to their banking customers only but they realized the money they could make by making a more accessible product. When the card did launch it had a pre.... More »
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BMO Report: Why a Quarter of Canadians Didn’t Save Last Year + MORE Mar 12th

When it comes to saving patterns, it seems like Canadians are caught at two opposite ends of the spectrum. According to a recent Bank of Montreal survey, 15 percent of Canadians managed to tuck away over $10,000 last year, yet a quarter of people did not save a dime. Why Canadians are having a hard.... More »
A new CreditCards.com poll finds only 15 percent of Americans have swapped out their go-to credit card in the past year. Meanwhile, 30 percent have never changed the card that sits atop their wallet.

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Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for weekend stays at Marriott Hotels in CanadaHere is the first major airline bonus mile offer from the newly rebranded Marriott Bonvoy program! Sure there have been some one offs – bonus miles for three airlines at the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort but that’s not as extensive as this offer, which still isn’t huge by any means since it is only for stays in Canada, and weekend stays at that. But it is the offer many of us do like for our domestic travel. I do consider it first major airline promotion for Marriott and it comes hot on the heels of Marriott’s own Double Points promotion for Bonvoy members. Unfortunately you can’t double dip with both offers – you’ll have to choose one or the other.Offer detailsEarn 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles per night for stays on Thursday to Sunday nights at Marriott hotels in Canada. Maximum bonus of 4,000 miles per stay. Full details & online booking. Until May 31, 19Be sure to set your Marriott Bonvoy earning preference to Aeroplan miles to earn the bonusFind many more Aeroplan bonus miles offers here!

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Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for March - nearly $2,000 in travel rewards with these cardsHere are the Rewards Canada Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for the month of March! This is not a ‘best’ credit card list like our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings but instead a look at cards that have very good acquisition (sign up) offers. As always when choosing a card you should always take other factors into account other than the just sign up bonus, but when most or all of these cards are first year free, they can and do pay off even when you grab them strictly for the sign up rewards.  This month we’re back to adding one annual fee card into the mix along with four cards that offer first year free waivers.Three new cards are in the mix this month which is also one of the richest ever with all the card offers combined coming in at nearly $2,000 in travel value. TD’s big push for their cards this month see two of their cards added, the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card and the TD First Class Visa Infinite Cards and we also see the addition of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card! We added it even with HSBC’s  first year free offer for their World Elite Mastercard but that is only worth $150 and TD’s Platinum Travel offering 25,000 points with first year free but that has only a $125 value…

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March 5 Update: American AAdvantage & World of Hyatt announce new partnership benefitting elite members, new Aeroplan car rental bonuses & more!American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt announced a new partnership today that will see reciprocal benefits being extended between the two programs. Similar to United & Marriott’s partnership (and Delta, Emirates, China Eastern with SPG back in the day) this partnership awards elite members in both programs with more points when staying at Hyatt Hotels and/or flying on American. No date has been set yet for the launch of the partnership but we should see it later this year (Source Hyatt)Through this relationship, elite members in both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programs will be rewarded with more access to earning both points and miles on qualifying American flights and Hyatt hotel stays. AAdvantageIn addition to World of Hyatt points earned through Hyatt hotel stays, AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members will be able to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt properties…

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WestJet has unofficially opened their first lounge in CalgaryAccording to this FlyerTalk thread WestJet opened up their first lounge on March 1st. Albeit this is only an interim lounge and a step for them opening up no less than nine lounges worldwide over the next few years.  This lounge is in Calgary and many will know it as the Chinook Lounge. Up until March 1st it was owned and operated by Swissport as a third party lounge that was utilized by WestJet, American Express, Priority Pass and numerous other lounge access providers. However you’ll notice that if you go to Swissport’s website it’s no longer listed which seems to confirm this news.The third party providers like Priority Pass do however list them on their sites still and still have access to the lounge.  What we are unsure about is whether it continues to be a lounge accessible under the American Express Canadian Lounge program. Based on the screenshot below it doesn’t seem like it but remember the Platinum Card gives you Priority Pass benefits so that would count – just not your whole family like the Amex Canadian Lounge program provides…

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