WestJet Rewards Member Exclusive Fares being paused as of June 25 + MORE Jun 19th

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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Air Canada Aeroplan members receive free access to streaming video content + MORE Jun 22nd

Starting today and running through to July 22nd Air Canada Aeroplan members will receive free access to video content from various Canadian entertainment providers."The carrier is making over 200 titles, including films, shorts and other video from its Canadian partners, available for streaming at .... More »

Space mystery: Scientists spot 'unexpected class of astronomical objects' - Express.co.uk + MORE Jul 12th

Space mystery: Scientists spot 'unexpected class of astronomical objects'  Express.co.ukScientists Discover Unexplained Glowing Circles of Energy in Space  VICEAstronomers Baffled by Mysterious Ring-Shaped Objects in Deep Space  FuturismAstronomers Spot Odd Space Object.... More »
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The South Pole Wall: 100 Million Billion Stars Are Found Hiding in the Milky Way - Science Times + MORE Jul 11th

The South Pole Wall: 100 Million Billion Stars Are Found Hiding in the Milky Way  Science TimesBeyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall  The New York TimesAstronomers discover South Pole Wall, a gigantic structure stretching 1.4 billion light-years across  Livescience.comA.... More »
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July 7 Update: BMO card changes coming later this week, AIR MILES adds All Purpose Realty as a partner & closure of NEXUS enrollment centers extended + MORE Jul 8th

Have you been contemplating the BMO No Fee Rewards Mastercard with its 20,000 point bonus? Grab it now as that offer will change on Friday! On the other hand if you have been thinking about the card's sibling, the BMO Rewards World Elite Mastercard wait to apply for it. The sign up offer gets b.... More »

GST Payment Dates: What You Need to Know

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Recently, I published an article which included the monthly payment dates for CPP and OAS government pensions. This time around, we’re taking a look at the quarterly Goods and Services Tax (GST) rebates that millions of Canadians receive each year. If you’re wondering if you are eligible to receive a GST rebate, or when you can expect GST cheques to arrive in the mail, it’s all here. But first, let’s take a closer look at what the GST/HST credit is all about.
What Is the GST Credit?
The GST/HST credit is a quarterly non-taxable benefit issued to eligible Canadians by the federal government each year. The payment is targeted to individuals and families reporting a low to modest level of income. To be eligible, one of the following criteria must apply:

You are a resident of Canada (in the month before and at the beginning of the month the credit is made)
You are 19 years of age or older
You have (or had) a spouse or common-law partner
You are (or were) a parent, and live (or lived) with your child

If you are not a resident of Canada for income tax purposes, are currently incarcerated in a prison for a period 90 days or longer, or you do not pay tax in Canada (for a variety of reasons), you are likely not eligible to receive the GST/HST credit, even if your income falls within the guidelines…

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WestJet Rewards Member Exclusive Fares being paused as of June 25Thanks to long time Rewards Canada reader CanadianPilgrim for alerting us to this news from WestJet Rewards. The news is that of June 25 WestJet is pausing their Member Exclusive Fares reward option. This is one of the lesser known yet most valuable redemption options in the WestJet Rewards program. If you are unfamiliar with their Member Exclusive fares you can think of them as WestJet’s fixed price redemption option that is the vein of your classic flight reward charts from programs like Aeroplan, AIR MILES and most other frequent flyer programs. Essentially you would pay a flat rate of WestJet dollars for a flight on WestJet or even WestJet’s partner airlines like Air France, Delta, KLM and Qantas. Flights in Canada or to the U.S. typically ran 99 WestJet dollars for short haul (although we are seeing that as low as 63 right now) or 125 WestJet dollars each way for long haul, to Europe for as little as 349, Asia for 599 and Australia for 629.For example here’s a look at round trip flights between Calgary and Toronto using the Member Exclusive fares this August:Round trip sees you spending 250 WestJet dollars plus $97…

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