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Best No Fee Travel Credit Cards in Canada 2017

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Finding a no fee travel credit card is kind of like finding life on Mars - it's hard and definitely takes some time...

The reason for that is annual fees are necessary to supply the increased rewards, insurance coverage, and perks that travel cards typically have.

While life on Mars is still being debated, fortunately Canadian no fee travel cards already have some life - but they may soon be on life support. There is an underserved need for this type of card though, especially if points and miles are brand new to you. Learning the ropes of travel rewards without the risk of high fees is valuable.

Once you've figured it all out though, then you'll want to graduate to a top tier travel credit card that racks up the rewards faster and gives way better perks.

Best Travel Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

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Best Travel Credit Cards in Canada 2017

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Incredible reward value, comprehensive travel insurance coverage, one-of-a-kind perks, and jet-setting worry free across the globe. Those are the promises of top travel rewards credit cards.

It all sounds very dreamy - until you start trying to compare their complicated rewards programs and features side by side to decide which one is right for you.

I've removed all the hassle from finding the best card by comparing every travel card available on the Canadian market for you.

My comprehensive scoring system developed over the past 6 years uses more than 50 factors to rank cards from best to worst. You need only look at one simple score to know which card will give you the best overall value.

And, you'll be flying off to your next vacation hotspot much sooner than you think!

With the #1 ranked card, you can pocket $1,781 worth of Aeroplan reward flights in the first year if you spend $2,083 per month on the card on stuff you would be buying anyway. That number factors in points earned both from spending and the 25,000 point sign up bonus you automatically qualify for.

The best part?

It's all at no cost to you because the $150 annual fee is waived for the first year.

2017 Travel Credit Card Rankings

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Free Gift Card Offers (Up To $100 To Popular Stores)

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I've been touting free gift card offers on this site for a long time now: see here, here, and here. Most of them have been a free $100 gift card to Amazon.ca or another popular Canadian store in return for applying for an awesome credit card that earns you even more free money in cash back or travel rewards.

These credit cards usually also come with no annual fee (at least for the first year) and sometimes a hefty points sign up bonus to boot. Then, after the first year, there is no obligation to continue with the card if you decide it isn't for you. It's really a fantastic deal and one I've taken advantage of several times myself.

Since this has become a pretty regular thing, I thought I should make a permanent page that lists legitimate free gift card offers that I am aware of and will continue to update at the beginning of every month.

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Best No Fee Cash Back Credit Cards in Canada 2017

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Canadian banks love to gouge us with fees - even raising them while raking in record profits for themselves...

It's no wonder pretty much everyone hates fees!

I'm right there with you, I normally go out of my way to avoid fees too. I've been taking advantage of no-fee virtual banking basically since it began in Canada. I hopped right from a free student account into a no-fee President's Choice Financial account and have stuck with it ever since.

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

When dealing with cash back credit cards, simple math can show you if higher cash back rewards will cover the cost of a premium card's annual fee. If so, then it's absolutely worth it to pay the fee. Not only will you end up with more money in your jeans, but you'll also benefit from better insurance coverage and perks.

Even still, there are  many people who want to completely avoid fees out of principal. Fees suck and you may even be worried that paying the fee will pressure you to overspend. If that's you, then this no fee cash back card analysis is just what you need.

Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

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Best Cash Back Credit Cards in Canada 2017

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You could be earning up to 3x the cash back by choosing the best cash back credit card compared to just walking into your bank and taking whatever one they offer you.

For example, if your family spends a reasonable $25,000 annually on credit, you would net $125 in cash after fees with the worst cards. The top ranked card on my list would earn you $411 every year - big difference, eh?

But, there's more than just max cash to consider...

You also need to think about annual fees, sign up bonuses, increased cash on purchases like gas and groceries, insurance coverage, and other perks. Not to mention subtle details like how the cash back is paid to you (statement credit, cheque, direct deposit), caps and tiers on your earnings, and how often the cash is paid out.

I've taken all these things into account - and more - with my unbiased ranking system. You won't find that anywhere else.

2017 Cash Back Credit Card Rankings

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Canadian Rewards Programs: Are You Loyal?

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Rewards programs are meant to create loyalty…

Repeat customers and repeat business are the name of the game.

But my experience has been that it doesn’t pay to be loyal. Shopping around for both the best prices AND the best rewards bonuses and perks is 100% the way to go...

IF you’re willing to invest the time.

A quick check shows that I am currently a member of at least 30 rewards programs. I don’t use them all on a regular basis - I have my favourites just like anyone. (Don’t miss my top 5 below.)

Then, there’s other times when rewards programs just aren’t worth it.

But, I do try to keep my eyes open for amazing opportunities in any one of those 30+ programs. If they make me an offer I can’t refuse - then I’ll take it!

That said, it’s hard to know what’s out there and targeted specifically at Canadians. I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list below - please add any I missed in the comments!

Cash Rewards For Shopping Online

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Your Free Money - 14 Ways To Claim It Now

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If someone comes up to you and offers you free money, no strings attached - what would you do?

I know. You’d probably keep walking in the other direction…But here’s the thing:

There is actually a ton of free money available to most Canadians just waiting to be taken advantage of.

But first - let’s answer a couple of questions...

Where does (legit) free money come from?

It could come from the government, your employer, a business looking for new customers - or simply by choosing to give your bank less money (because they have enough of it for goodness sake!).

What do I require from you to get access to all this money?

The willingness to spend a little time and take ACTION. You need to get organized and follow through on making some simple changes to your life. Then, watch the free money and savings start rolling in.

If that sounds good to you - then let’s get started.

A Note About Claiming Your Free Money

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Intro To Points And Miles For Travel Hacker Wannabes

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It portrays a life spent floating in first class suites in the sky, free gourmet food and drinks galore, and unlimited hotel upgrades to fancy hotel rooms complete with turn down service and a chocolate on your pillow every night - all practically free - *sigh*...

The truth is, achieving all of that is a lot of work and requires jumping through all kinds of hoops. Many beginners get put off by the crazy language barrier (hello acronyms!), the insane points strategies, and the attention to detail it takes to pull it all off.

The upside is you CAN start small and work your way up.

This guide will ease you into the points and miles game. You'll learn to earn miles faster and redeem them smarter so you can jet off on your next vacation much sooner than you ever thought possible. Keep reading » about Intro To Points And Miles For Travel Hacker Wannabes

12 Easy Ways To Increase Your Credit Score

12easywaystoincreaseyourcreditscore.jpgCredit scores are important - really important actually - but most people don’t even know what theirs is. Don’t let that be you…

Even if you don’t know your score, there are some basic things you can do to keep it healthy.

But, why should you even care?

Credit scores are increasingly being used for more than just loan applications - that’s why. I’m talking employers, landlords, and service companies.

Can you imagine missing out on a high paying job, the apartment you love, or even utilities and services like your cell phone because you didn’t take care of your score? Keep reading » about 12 Easy Ways To Increase Your Credit Score

How To Get A Credit Card Annual Fee Refund

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Have you ever considered signing up for a credit card but decided against it because of the annual fee?

I use two main cards right now for almost all spending and they both have annual fees - Scotiabank Momentum Visa Infinite ($99) and the Capital One Aspire Travel World Mastercard ($120). When I got these cards I considered the annual fees and still decided having them would pay off.

The Scotiabank card pays 4% cash back on gas and grocery purchases, and you’d need to spend over $200 per month on gas and groceries alone for the card to be worth it. I easily meet this threshold and last year I earned about $500 with this one card.

The Capital One card has an annual fee of $120 but when I applied for it also came with an annual bonus (no longer available) of 10,000 reward miles worth $100 - that means the annual fee is essentially $20. Not bad for a card that pays 2% back on all spending with no category restrictions.

Annual fees need to be taken into account when determining which card is right for you, but there is also the possibility of having your annual fee waived or refunded.

How To Get Your Annual Fee Refunded

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