Travel for Free: Barry’s Top 6 Tips on How to Game the Credit Card Reward System + MORE Apr 10th

There are more credit card options in Canada than you can shake a stick at! Stay on top of the best rates and plans right here.
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Using the Scotiabank Gold American Express card to redeem for any travel - whale watches included! + MORE Apr 16th

Today we welcome the second post from Rewards Canada contributor Jeff W.! Jeff has been a long time reader of Rewards Canada and we've had lots of discussions with him via email and Twitter as he is always looking to maximize his credit card, travel and other loyalty program rewards! This is his.... More »

Update! Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card Review + MORE Apr 23rd

Update, April 18, 2019: Tangerine has announced that starting April 22nd, new Tangerine Credit Card Account holders can earn 4% Money-Back Rewards on purchases in up to three Money-Back Categories of their choice, for the first three months. Looking to earn cash back on your daily expenditures? Do.... More »

Time to give Avalanche credit for meaningful run over Flames - + MORE Apr 19th

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How To Make The Most Of BMO Rewards Apr 15th

Not only is BMO one of Canada’s leading financial institutions, they’re also known for having a robust customer loyalty program, aptly named, BMO Rewards. With BMO Rewards, customers earn points that can be redeemed for everything from travel, to shopping and select luxury experiences. They can .... More »
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April 24 Update: Resources for gaining Elite Status faster, WestJet 20% off promo code to select destinations and more! + MORE Apr 25th

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Travel for Free: Barry’s Top 6 Tips on How to Game the Credit Card Reward System
To simply say I love credit cards is an understatement. Currently, I have more than 10 active cards, which is much more than the average person will ever need at once, but I use them all for a variety of reasons. When you know how to game the reward system and reap the benefits of different cards, the possibilities are endless, especially with regard to travel rewards.
I’ve flown to Hong Kong on points, and just recently, I stayed at the Marriott Amsterdam hotel for a week solely on credit card points. Now, imagine if I had to pay for that flight and hotel in cash; I would have spent more than $6,000. So you can see why I get so excited over using my credit cards.
Mind you, I’m pretty open about how I use my credit cards, and I likely spend a lot more on them in comparison to the average person. But as long as you’re careful about how and where you spend, here’s how any average Joe can take advantage of the system and reap all the benefits that credit cards have to offer.
Tip #1: Look out for sign-up bonuses
Without a doubt, sign-up bonuses are one of the best ways to travel for free…

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Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for April - These cards provide some of the best value out of their welcome bonuses Here are the Rewards Canada Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for the month of April! 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.This month the list has the same cards as we saw in March although one card has seen a slight decrease in value, the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard. The card no longer offers the companion flight benefit we have seen for the past few months. There were other cards we consider this month such as the HSBC World Elite Mastercard since it is first year free and offers up a higher sign up bonus of up to 60,000 points but it has quite a large amount of spend required to get the full bonus…

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April 9 Update: Alaska Airlines increasing mileage redemption rates for Icelandair economy class, bonus Petro-Points for RBC linked cards and 4x Aeroplan miles at Costco.caAlaska Airlines is raising the mileage requirements for redeeming Mileage Plan miles on Icelandair flights as of April 15. Below are the old and new rates for redeeming between Canada and Europe on Icelandair. As you can see it is only Economy class being affected but that is where the majority of redemptions happen. As always compare cash pricing versus miles when booking – especially on a carrier like Icelandair who are known for lower economy class fares to begin with, in many cases you may be better off using cash and saving the miles for a different redemption that provides bigger cash savings. If you have linked your RBC credit card to your Petro-Points account check your inbox for this email offer of up to 5,000 bonus Petro-Points when buying fuel at Petro-Canada. There is a link in the email for you to load offer so be sure you don’t just read it, click through to register. Coming to you a little late with this Aeroplan offer. You can earn 4x Aeroplan miles for purchases until April 14…

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