More details on the revamped Scotiabank Gold American Express Card – all changes are confirmed + MORE May 8th

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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May 10 Update: Amex Offers officially launches in Canada, Europcar sale and 14 new bonus offers + MORE May 10th

Amex Offers has officially launched in Canada. If you follow the U.S. credit card market at all you'll have known that for years now American Express cardmembers south of the border get exclusive offers that they can register their cards for - and many of the offers are really good! Great news i.... More »
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Canada’s Best Travel Credit Cards 2019 May 21st

With a good travel credit card, travel suddenly becomes affordable. And it helps if you sign up for the right travel credit card—one that doesn’t just focus on points, but also has perks like companion flights, amazing insurance coverage and flexibility with transferring points between cards. Wh.... More »
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Earn 750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Best Western stays this summer + MORE May 9th

One airline and hotel partnership you can almost always count on for having a bonus offer is from Aeroplan and Best Western. In a few days the current 500 bonus Aeroplan miles offer will come to end but right on its heels we see a stronger offer come out for the summer! The new offer awards 750 bonu.... More »

FanDuel refunding bets on Blues after Game 3 ends in controversy - theScore + MORE May 16th

FanDuel refunding bets on Blues after Game 3 ends in controversy  theScoreNHL needs better way to get calls right after another OT controversy  Sportsnet.caControversial non-call helps Sharks beat Blues in overtime  TSNSan Jose Sharks Aspire to Rebound on the Road in Ga.... More »
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Canada’s best credit cards for travel insurance May 24th

These days, nearly all credit cards include some kind of travel insurance. Like purchase protection, it’s an easy add-on to entice customers, but savvy Canadians know that not all insurance is created equal. Most travellers really only need to consider a few kinds of coverage: emergency medical, t.... More »
More details on the revamped Scotiabank Gold American Express Card - all changes are confirmedTwo weeks ago we gave quick mention to changes coming to the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card. These changes have been confirmed with Scotia and cardholders are now receiving notices of the changes which are for the most part better!Here is a summary of what’s happening to the card:Item Changing Until July 31, 19 From August 1, 2019 Annual Fee for primary cardholder $99 $120 Foreign Transaction Fee 2.5% 0% Grocery Dining Entertainment earn rate per dollar 4 points 5 points Gas 4 points 3 points Daily Transit 1 point 3 Points Select Streaming Services 1 point 3 points All other purchases 1 point 1 points Price Protection Yes No Travel Medical Insurance for those 65 years or older 10 days 3 days Trip Cancellation / Trip Interruption $2,500 per person $1,500 per personI got to catch up with and discuss the card changes with Brett Mooney, Senior Vice President, Credit Cards…

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May 7 Update: 2x Points or Miles at Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport, 30% Bonus Miles on Turkish Airlines Toronto-Istanbul flight & more!Today is all about bonuses!The Best Western Plus near the Winnipeg Airport is offering double points or airline miles on all stays until the end of June! Perhaps you have an early flight to catch and want to stay close to the airport so this option may be right for you and you can earn extra points! Find out more hereMaybe you’re flying to Toronto to connect to Turkish Airlines’s flight to Istanbul and if that’s the case and it’s in June you can earn 30% bonus Miles&Smiles miles on the flight! Of course you don’t have to be coming from Winnipeg – this bonus is for anyone flying between Toronto and Istanbul on a paid ticket in celebration of 30 years of Miles&Smiles. There are eight other routes that have the bonus as well so if you are connecting via Istanbul to anyone of those cities you’ll earn the 30% bonus on that segment as well. Find out more here. Posts since our last update:More details on the revamped Scotiabank Gold American Express Card – all changes are confirmed Two weeks ago we gave quick mention to changes coming to the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card…

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Are US-Style Long-Term Mortgages Coming to Canada?
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says it’s time to rethink how we manage mortgages in Canada. In a speech this week to the Canadian Credit Union Association and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Poloz suggests we should encourage longer term mortgages and create a market for private mortgage based security. All in an effort to ease some of the financial obstacles homebuyers face getting into the real estate market. This is especially true for first time homebuyers.
In his prepared remarks to the conference called “The future of Canada’s mortgage market,” Poloz said, “More choice for borrowers and more ways for lenders to diversify risks are desirable. To be clear, the system is not broken – it has served Canadians and financial institutions well. But we should not stop looking for improvements.”
Poloz also pointed to new measures announced in the Federal Budget as a progressive move for the mortgage system. That move will see the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) share an equity stake with first time homebuyers in their purchase…

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