10 Best No Fee Cash Back Credit Cards in Canada for 2016

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It's pretty much universal - everyone hates fees!

I go out of my way to avoid fees whenever possible. For instance, I haven't paid any bank fees for nearly my entire life. I hopped right from a free student account into a no-fee President's Choice Financial account and haven't looked back.

But, there are actually some times when it makes sense to pay a fee.

As you can see from my all-inclusive cash back credit card rankings, most of the top ranked cards have an annual cost. The light bulb moment happens when you do the math and realize that any money you pay in fees quickly gets refunded to you and more through increased cash back earnings. As long as you funnel all your spending through your credit card and pay it off every month, you can earn at least 50% more than a no fee card will net you.

That said, there are still many people who still want to completely avoid fees. Fees suck and you may even be worried that paying the fee will pressure you to overspend. If so, then the following list of top no fee cash back cards is just the thing for you.

Canadian No Fee Cash Back Credit Card Rankings for 2016

29 no fee cash back credit cards were considered for this comparison - the top 10 are listed in the table below from best to worst. Please note that the table scrolls horizontally by using the slider at the bottom.

  Credit Card
Apply Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card
Apply SimplyCash Card from American Express
Apply HSBC Premier World MasterCard
Apply MBNA Rewards MasterCard
Apply President's Choice Financial World Elite MasterCard
Apply Capital One Platinum MasterCard (Costco)
Apply President's Choice Financial World MasterCard
Apply Capital One Aspire Cash Platinum MasterCard
Apply Canadian Tire Cash Advantage MasterCard
Apply Collabria Cash Back MasterCard
Overall Score Cash On $25,000 Spend1 Cash On $100K Spend2 Sign Up Bonus Value3 Insurance Score Perks Score
5.0 $338 $1,350 $0 0.6 5.0
4.6 $313 $1,250 $250 1.3 4.2
4.5 $294 $1,175 $50 5.0 0.8
4.3 $250 $1,000 $10 3.1 3.8
4.3 $294 $1,175 $0 1.3 3.9
4.2 $306 $1,225 $0 2.2 2.9
3.8 $294 $1,175 $0 0.6 2.9
3.7 $250 $1,000 $0 2.2 2.9
3.7 $260 $1,497 $0 0.0 2.9
3.6 $281 $1,125 $0 0.0 2.5

(+/-) Footnotes:

* Limited time promotion ending soon.
1. $25,000 in annual spending works out to $2,083 in monthly spending which is achievable for a typical Canadian family funneling most of their spending through their credit card. The cash back shown is calculated by splitting spending sensibly across spending categories like groceries, gas, drugstore, travel, bills, and everyday spending. All spending bonuses, tiers, limits, and caps are taken into account in these calculations. Sign up bonuses are NOT included in these numbers, so that will be an extra perk for you.
2. $100,000 in annual spending works out to $8,333 in monthly spending which is too high for most families. I have included these numbers to better evaluate cards and give an advantage to cards who don't have spending caps or limits. It also allows cards that have a good tier system to shine at higher spending levels. The cash back shown is calculated by splitting spending sensibly across spending categories like groceries, gas, drugstore, travel, bills, and everyday spending. All spending bonuses, tiers, limits, and caps are taken into account in these calculations. Sign up bonuses are NOT included in these numbers, so that will be an extra perk for you.
3. The sign up bonus value is the maximum possible dollar value you can get from the bonus if you take full advantage of it. So, with a 5% gas and grocery bonus for 6 months with a $250 cap - $250 would be the value.

The Top 3 In Detail

1) Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card

The card just launched with a bang in March 2016 and has brought a breath of fresh air to cash back credit cards. What's different? It allows YOU to choose which spending categories earn you bonus cash instead of being forced into the standard gas and groceries.

You get up to 3 bonus categories that you choose when you apply for the card and then you can switch them using their online interface roughly once every three months if your spending habits change. This is a fantastic card to combine with another cash back card to maximize your rewards. For example, you could apply for both this card and the SimplyCash to get 2% on your three highest spending categories and 1.25% on all your other purchases.

You can read my full Tangerine credit card review here.

Why You Want It:

  • 2% bonus cash on up to 3 spending categories that YOU choose.
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • No limits, tiers, or restrictions on how much cash you can earn.
  • Low 1.5% foreign currency transaction fee - most other cards charge 2.5%.
  • Your cash is redeemed monthly automatically as a statement credit or deposit into a Tangerine savings account.

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2) Simply Cash Card from American Express

They call it Simply Cash for a reason - this card is dead simple. You get 1.25% flat cash back on ALL your purchases with no caps or limits. That's the highest earning rate on all purchases of any no fee card with no limits.

The other big draw to this card is the very nice 5% bonus you get on gas and grocery purchases for the first 6 months you have the card. You can earn a maximum of $250 with this bonus. Getting this card just for the bonus alone is worth it, especially if you've already used up your bonus with the Tangerine card.

You can read my full Simply Cash review here.

Why You Want It:

  • 1.25% cash back on ALL purchases - the highest of any no fee card.
  • 5% bonus cash on gas and groceries for the first 6 months - with a high $250 cap.
  • No limit to how much cash back you can earn at the regular rate.
  • Free access to Front Of The Line that gives you access to advanced event and concert ticket sales exclusive to Amex cardholders.
  • 1.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first 6 months (limited time).

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3) MBNA Rewards MasterCard

The MBNA Rewards MasterCard is a straight 1% cash back credit card with a few important differences: There are no caps, tiers, or limits on the amount of cash back you can earn. It has much more free insurance coverage than no fee credit cards usually have. And, it is extremely flexible in how you can redeem your rewards for cash with none of the usual restrictions.

If you want a really simple and flexible rewards program on a card that can potentially save you much more when you take advantage of the included insurance, then this is the right choice for you.

Why You Want It:

  • 1 point per dollar spent which equals 1% cash back on spending.
  • Redeem your points any time you want online or by phone.
  • Redeem your points any way you want:
    • cheque, bank deposit, statement credit, travel, merchandise, and charity.
  • 90 days purchase protection & 1 year extended warranty.
  • 1 Million in travel accident insurance.
  • Car rental theft and damage coverage.
  • Additional car rental accident and personal effects coverage.

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What Matters To You?

My rankings, although fair and balanced, might not take into account your unique situation or what means the most to you. So, if one of the features listed below is of great importance to you, then consider applying for a card which has that strength.

Getting The Most Money

The best way to get the most money with no fee cash back cards is to split your spending across multiple cards. I recommend using the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card for purchases in the 3 categories you spend the most like groceries, recurring bills, and gas to earn 2% on those purchases. Then, put the rest of your spending on the Simply Cash Card from American Express to earn 1.25% instead of the usual 1%. When Amex isn't accepted, you simply fall back to your MasterCard as a backup.

That way you'll earn 2% cash back on a full five categories while getting an increased 1.25% cash on the rest of your purchases. If that's too much for you, I'd just stick with the Tangerine card because it gives you the most flexibility and up to 3 bonus spending categories instead of 2.

Where You Spend Your Money

Again, the Tangerine Money-Back Credit should be your go-to card if you spend a lot at certain stores or certain things. Even if spending habits change, you can change your increased bonus cash categories every three months to account for that.

Lower Minimum Income Needed

Many no fee cards have low income requirements to qualify. If you avoid World editions and the HSBC cards that require you to have a minimum of $100,000 in assets at HSBC, then you're all set. The best choices are the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card (no set minimum) and the SimplyCash from American Express ($15,000 minimum).

Get Paid When And How You Want

If you want flexibility, then any card from MBNA can't be beat!

They allow you to redeem your cash any way you want. You have the following options: statement credit, direct deposit, cheque, charity donation, travel redemption, gift cards, merchandise, and more. You can also redeem as often as you want for as much as you want. There is a $50 minimum, but you'll get there in no time.

Many of the other cards only allow you to redeem as a statement credit once per year in a specific month. Nothing like holding your cash hostage and then having it disappear amongst your regular purchases, eh?

Great Perks And Insurance

The HSBC Premier World MasterCard has the best insurance package by far. That pesky requirement of having $100,000 of assets under management by HSBC to qualify keeps being a major problem though.

The top alternative is the MBNA Rewards MasterCard which has a total of 7 types of free insurance included.

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Fee or No Fee?

What do you think about paying fees for a credit card? Are you willing to spend money to make money in this area? Why or why not?

Finally, always remember that letting credit cards with rewards entice you into much higher spending and debt is NEVER worth it. Please only apply for these cards if you plan to pay them off in full every month.

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Comments

Robb
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Thanks for this post (and your last one). It's really got me looking at the plastic I carry.

I see you have the chase Amazon card low on the list. I use this one quite a bit for purchases in the USA and abroad as there are no additional currency conversion charges above the exchange rate. I believe this is a savings of 2 to 2.5% above other Canadian cards. So that makes it a 3.5% incentive on foreign purchases.

Are you aware of other cards (fee or no fee) with this perk?

Thx!

November 04, 2015 @ 7:21 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I actually have the Chase Amazon Visa myself and I use it for business purposes because I do a lot of transactions in American dollars. The no foreign transaction fees is definitely a good perk but is of limited usefulness to most people. It's more of a niche card for people who travel a lot or buy stuff regularly from across the border.

The new Tangerine card that will be launching soon is going to have a 1.5% foreign transaction fee, which is still 1% lower than the 2.5% pretty much all the other cards charge. Chase has a few more cards without foreign transaction fees but I think they are the only card issuer to offer it. That includes the Marriott Rewards Visa card and the Sears MasterCard.

November 04, 2015 @ 10:47 pm
Valerie
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Hi Stephen,

Love your reviews. I'm looking to get a new CC with no USD transaction fees. Was wondering if you have a comparison chart somewhere?

January 21, 2016 @ 5:28 pm
Stephen Weyman
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There aren't many to choose from and I will be writing an article on this eventually. The Rogers MasterCard mentioned below is probably your best bet. If not that, then probably the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa. None of them have great perks other than no annual fee and decent cash back - as in no insurance coverage or extra frills.

The Marriott Visa is a decent card that has no transaction fees, but it comes with a $120 annual fee. So you'd have to be serious about hotel points and use it as your primary card if you wanted to go that route.

January 24, 2016 @ 7:38 pm
Kelly
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RBC Bank Visa# Signature Black Credit card (Google it, should be the top hit). A few Credit Unions offer no fee USD cards also. No fee, no frills usually.

No Fee VISA USD Card from RBC(USA) . I called and confirmed it is offered to Canadians in Canada! I did not take them up on it as that was right when the dollar was diving last year. No need for the card anymore. I also asked how it made sense that RBC (Canada) had an annual fee on their USD VISA card. No answer.

Call them, (not the Canadian operation).

Benefit (1) RBC Rewards. Yawn.
Benefit (2) Not paying the exchange OR the "foreign transaction fee".
Benefit (3) You have a USD account in which you deposit USD and can pay the VISA from here.

Risk: If you are waiting to pay from from your CAD account once a month, you are opening up to exchange risk. Load the card before you use it, or when you use it, and treat it like a debit card.

July 11, 2016 @ 1:37 am
Stephen Weyman
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This card is actually issued by the US division of Royal Bank and is not actually a Canadian card. Canadian's can get it, but it does say right on the application page that you should have either full or part time residency in the USA.

http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/usbanking/creditcards.html

July 13, 2016 @ 11:08 am
Damion
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Hi Stephen,

Is there a good number of credit cards to have? I also wanted to know if there was a way to include accessibility of these promotions in your ratings. I applied for a balance transfer at the end of July only to be promised the card in the mail three weeks from today (Nov 5th). The mbna cards take forever to come! Do you still find it worth the wait?

November 05, 2015 @ 6:06 am
Stephen Weyman
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The number of credit cards you should have depends on who you ask. There are a lot of personal finance "experts" who say you should have none (or 1 that you never use unless you absolutely have to). They come at it from the perspective of avoiding debt and making sure you don't get yourself into financial trouble. They also think credit cards cause people to overspend and make bad financial decisions. They aren't wrong but they aren't right either.

It's all about discipline, willpower, and  how you choose to spend your money. If you are constantly making choices about your money and trying to save money on everything you buy, then you are unlikely to get yourself into financial difficulty as long as you have a decent income. That is the angle I approach things from. However, those who are bad at managing their money or can't handle the psychological temptations of credit cards should avoid them.

If you are good with credit and don't abuse it, then I think it is useful to have one MasterCard, one Visa, and one Amex. That way you are unlikely to get denied at any store you shop at and if you travel, you will have backups in case one gets shut off for suspicious activity.

However, there is nothing wrong with having more if you are able to keep them all paid on time and organized. Keep the no annual fees ones for a long time to help your credit score and just do 1 small transaction a year on them to keep them active and make sure they don't get cancelled. The key is to get a number that you are comfortable with that won't mess you up financially while still earning a lot of free rewards! That's my opinion.

November 05, 2015 @ 2:43 pm
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The new Rogers MC offers no foreign transaction fee and the rewards return is equivalent to 1.75%, it may be worth checking out if you are already a Rogers, Fido or Chatr subscriber - there's an annual fee of $29, but waived waived if you add your Rogers affiliated bill to the card as a pre authorized transaction.

https://www.rogersbank.com/en/card_details/rogers_platinum_mastercard

November 05, 2015 @ 11:22 am
Stephen Weyman
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Yes, I considered the Rogers MC in my best cash back credit cards rankings, but not the no-fee rankings because it has a fee. The 1.75% looks good at first, but when you consider that it isn't really cash back but very restrictive rewards that you can only use for Rogers products and services, then I had to penalize it very heavily in the flexibility department because it is completely inflexible.

It also sucks in the insurance and perks department, there basically is nothing there at all which is pathetic for a card with an annual fee. The no foreign transaction fees is nice, but that is meaningless to most people. It might actually be a good card for my business though because I do have Fido cell phones that I use for work and do a lot of transactions in USD.

November 05, 2015 @ 2:49 pm
Maudie
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I live in US 6 months of the year and use this card for it's cash back and no US exchange fees. I like that I can monitor it daily on line - it even shows pending payments. What you may not know is that if you call them in December, they will dump all your saved cash back ( that you have saved all year) back onto your credit card in January. I do have Rogers cable and have an auto pay set up on that so no annual fee. For airline tickets, I use a travel card for insurance purposes.

December 20, 2016 @ 9:10 am
Jenn
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Does the MBNA 2% cash back/rewards also take the annual fee into account or is it separate? (I.e do you earn 2% on the annual fee)

February 15, 2016 @ 4:12 pm
Stephen Weyman
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If you're asking if you earn 2% of the $89 annual fee = $1.78 in cash back, then I think the answer is no. I believe that is one charge that is excluded from earning cash back (there aren't many) but I'm not 100% sure on that.

However, I think you are talking about the MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard as all the cards listed on this page have no annual fee.

February 16, 2016 @ 3:34 pm
Jenny
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Fortunately I have a grandfathered Capital One Aspire Cash Platinum MasterCard which pays me 1.5% on all purchases with no annual fee and no limit. So on spending $25K, I would get $375 annually. The Amazon Visa gives me back 2.0% on all Amazon purchases. If you are careful on your spending and keep away from shipping costs, Amazon can be a great deal. We have used this card in Europe and the US without the foreign exchange fees.

April 12, 2016 @ 6:38 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Yes, the Amazon card is nice for Amazon and foreign currency transactions. I have one as well that I use for my business because I have a lot of foreign currency transactions on it. It was considered in these rankings but it wasn't strong enough to make the top 10. It is missing a lot of other features and perks that the top 10 listed here have.

April 13, 2016 @ 4:49 pm
Ann
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Thanks for this information; it's very helpful. Can you comment on how any of these cards stack up against loyalty cards that offer travel? I'm thinking of switching my CIBC Visa Aeroplan to one of the companies that allows you to book your own travel, charge it to their card, and then when the bill comes in apply your points to the travel portion. I think these kinds of cards have a fee. Can you advise on this please?

June 03, 2016 @ 2:25 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Sure Ann. You're going to get a lot more value out of Aeroplan if you like to travel reasonably long distances and fly a lot. The points are just worth more if you follow some simple rules when redeeming them and are a little bit flexible. If you like to stay closer to home, don't fly that much, and want to pay more for hotels and resorts, then a travel points credit card is probably better. Check out the following 3 articles:

June 05, 2016 @ 2:43 pm
Kelly
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Was on this page looking for alternatives. Surprised the RBC Cashback MC did not make it into this showdown. 2% on groceries, 1% on most everything else. No Fee.

Many are still surprised that RBC MC exists, including many retailers who sees "RBC" and figures it must be a VISA.

July 11, 2016 @ 1:42 am
Stephen Weyman
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It was definitely included in the 48 cards that I compared, it just wasn't good enough to make the top 10. It came in ranked #23. It's actually a tiered card. You only earn 1% on purchases over $6,000 annually. The 2% on groceries also has a cap of $6,000 spent annually. After reaching that cap, it drops down to 1% again. In addition to those negatives, it also has almost nothing in the way of insurance and perks.

July 13, 2016 @ 11:09 am
lori n.
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I have been helping my university aged kids look for a great credit card. I think people tend to stick with using one card for a long time, may as well get a good one to start with.

July 16, 2016 @ 11:42 am
Stephen Weyman
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If you're looking for the convenience or rarely switching cards, then doing the research on a top card upfront will really pay off over the long run.

July 16, 2016 @ 9:57 pm
Calvin
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I called to MBNA to change my SMART CASH Platinum plus card to World Smart Cash. However, they DO NOT have World or Platium any more. Only one card they carry now which named Smart Cash Master Card. Which is not smart anymore. I been used this card from 2005 but now I lost all the benefit from this card. It has limit cap for gas and grocery for $400 every statement and total $1250 limit cap for 1% cash back. If I spend $1250 for gas or grocery. I will get 2% for first $400 and rest for 1%. after $1250 NO CASH BACK.
Therefore, I don't think this card deserve the first place for credit card review and because it is no longer platinum or world. I don't get any extra benefits. Thanks to MBNA how they treat over 10 years customer.

July 29, 2016 @ 7:31 pm
Stephen Weyman
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If this is true, it will definitely drop them out of the top spot. I will check with them as well and may have to update the rankings before 2017 if that is the case.

July 30, 2016 @ 3:20 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I have confirmed that the upgrade to the World edition for the MBNA Smart Cash MasterCard has been discontinued for new and existing customers. It looks like existing cardholders are grandfathered in. This will drop the Smart Cash out of the top spot. I will recalculate the rankings over the next several weeks and update them.

Here is the chat log from the chat I had with Julie from MBNA customer service:

Chat InformationYou are now being connected with Julie, an Online Application Specialist.
Julie: Hello, I am here to assist you today. May I have your name please?
you: Hi Julie, my name is Stephen
you: I have several MBNA cards and am very interested in your products.
you: I have read several reports online in the past month that the Smart Cash WORLD is no longer available to new customers.
Julie: Hi Stephen.
you: What I want to know with 100% certainty isif the Smart Cash Platinum Plus can still be upgraded to the World edition.
you: and #2) Can you still receive the World edition when you apply online if your income and credit history are good enough?
Julie: Stephen, there is no option to upgrade the card from Smart cash credit card to smart cash world credit card.
Julie: As of now MBNA Smart cash world master card.
Julie: As of now MBNA do not offer Smart cash world master card.
you: There used to be an option to do that - so are you saying that option has been completely removed? That means the card has been 100% grandfathered and there is no way for new customers to get it and existing Platinum Plus customers to upgrade?
Julie: Yes that is correct.
you: Ok, thanks for confirming that Julie.
July 30, 2016 @ 3:38 pm
David Gordon
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I am surprised that you mentioned the MBNA Rewards, but not the MBNA Smart Cash card. This offers 5% cash back on gas and groceries for the first 6 months, 2% on gas and groceries after that, and 1% on everything else. Combining these 2% discounts with a Tangerine card can give you a total of five 2% cash-back categories.

September 09, 2016 @ 4:08 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I had the MBNA Smart Cash World card listed before they recently discontinued it. The reason the non-world edition didn't make the top 10 is because they cap the amount of cash you can earn even in the 1% category. For low spenders it will still come out on top of the regular MBNA Rewards, but if you spend a decent amount of money every month the MBNA Rewards card is better.

If you want to stack it together with the Tangerine card then it is still a decent option.

September 12, 2016 @ 11:37 am
Sharon
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Hi Stephen - I have 3 credits cards and would like to scale it down to just 2. One of them is the MBNA Rewards which I'm considering if I should renew for another year. The other is the Rogers MC which I do not have to pay a fee. I like this card for the free foreign transaction fee as I use it for travel and purchases across the border which I do several times a year. Now that perk is gone. The 3rd is the RBC Avion which I got a few months ago because I needed a travel card with good insurance and I had a lot of points I wanted to redeem, but now it's not being used as I have been just using the MBNA for the cash back.

Would you recommend continuing with the MBNA or get the Tangerine card instead? Which cards do you think are the best to have? I can accept a card with fee if it's a really good and worthwhile, otherwise no fees preferred.

My biggest spending are bills and groceries, and my average monthly spending on the MBNA MC for the past 3 months have been around $2700 a month.

October 19, 2016 @ 8:35 pm
A tech guy in BC
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Sharon,

Regarding the Rogers MC now charging the 2.5% currency exchange, that card still gives you 4% on foreign transactions, for a net benefit of 1.5%. Likely still the best card for foreign currency transactions.

Tech guy in BC

October 20, 2016 @ 12:33 pm
Stephen Weyman
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I think your current setup sounds fine Sharon. The Rogers card is still basically the same as it was before because you get 4% rewards which is an additional 2.25% above the regular 1.75% it gives. You used to save 2.5% on the currency conversion - so it's almost the same.

EDIT: Just noticed Tech guy in BC basically said the same thing about that already :)

The MBNA Rewards World Elite has half-decent travel insurance coverage, so I would consider canning the RBC Avion because it has a fee and just using the MBNA card if you can get by with it. Otherwise, I would still cancel the Avion and consider either the BMO Cash Back World Elite or the BMO World Elite (travel) because they both have best-in-Canada travel insurance.

If you don't care that much about the extra .25% with MBNA, you could just switch everything over to the BMO card. One drawback though is that secondary cards aren't free anymore with BMO.

Another option for you would be to go all-out on a top travel rewards card like the Amex Gold and then get the Tangerine card as your backup. Applying for 2 new cards and cancelling 3 in a short period would probably play havoc with your credit score though.

October 20, 2016 @ 2:28 pm
Sharon
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Thanks. I have tried to cancel the Avion but because I need an active credit card with RBC in order to get the rebate for my monthly plan, I can probably switch to a no fee card instead. The BMO Cash Back World Elite looks very interesting, but has a higher fee though.

Is it the case that if you have a lot of credit cards or switch cards frequenly (say annual), it negatively reflects on your credit score?

October 20, 2016 @ 6:13 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Travel hackers apply for up to 20+ cards a year (splitting them into 5 in each quarter all at once to minimize credit inquiries) and their credit scores are fine.

Applying for new credit DOES temporarily lower your credit score and cancelling old cards can also effect it. That said, getting a new card a couple of times a year will be completely fine as long as you manage your credit properly and always pay on time.

Read this article I wrote recently about credit scores to understand more:

http://www.howtosavemoney.ca/12-easy-ways-to-increase-your-credit-score

October 24, 2016 @ 1:08 pm
Clauber
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Hi Stephen, I would like to report a mistake in this post.
On the section: The Top 3 In Detail
HSBC Premier World MasterCard should be the one explained in the 3rd position not the MBNA Rewards MasterCard as posted.

January 24, 2017 @ 1:17 am

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