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Best Credit Cards in Canada 2018

The best credit cards in Canada

What Canadian credit cards give the best best bang for our buck?

That’s what these rankings are all about.

These cards rose up to the top because they offer the very best in their respective category. If you’re looking for cash, travel, no fees, insurance, or even the best overall card – we’ve got you covered.

But, how you you decide which is best for you?

Only you can really answer that question. Here are some basic things to consider:

  • Keep your spending habits in mind. How much you spend and where you spend it does matter. The key is to never overspend for the sake of rewards.
  • Travel or cash rewards. Most cards can be broken down into one of these two camps. Travel cards usually give higher value rewards but lack the complete flexibility of cash.
  • Point value matters. If you go with a travel or points card, it’s pretty easy to see which cards earn more points. But, keep in mind that not all points have the same value. That’s why we show you an estimated real dollar value for the rewards you will earn.
  • More than just rewards. Credit cards have a lot of features, perks, and insurance coverage outside of rewards. Our top cards aren’t just there for the rewards. Don’t miss out on all their other great features too.

We tracked 160 credit cards in Canada, reviewed over 50 features of each card, calculated the dollar value of each card reward ‒ and let the numbers speak for itself.

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Best No Fee Cash Back Credit Cards in Canada 2018

Best no annual fee cash back credit cards in Canada

Can anyone who wants to save money resist free?

The billion dollar points and reward industry is built on free. So are billion dollar tech companies offering free premium services (hi Facebook)...

...And credit cards with decent rewards for a $0 annual fee are equally hard to resist.

For me, I tolerate the fees that come with premium cash back credit cards – because I pocket net positive rewards even after I take the fee out of the equation. (Not to mention the other perks I get as well.)

But, there are also times when it might be better to go with a no annual fee credit card, for example:

  • You mostly use debit or cash for purchases.
  • You spend less than $1,500 per month on your card and simple math shows that the cash back you would earn will NOT cover the fees you have to pay.
  • You worry if you would overspend to make up for having a card with an annual fee.
  • You're looking for a no fee Mastercard or Visa to pair with your premium Amex card (so you're covered in acceptance all around).
  • You just can't stand paying hefty fees.

If one of these is you, then the question becomes: which no fee card is best?

Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

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Which Aeroplan Credit Card is REALLY Best?

The best Aeroplan credit cards

The ticking divorce between Air Canada and Aeroplan on June 2020 is two years away and Esso just announced that Aeroplan members can no longer collect miles from their 1,800+ gas stations effective May 31st.

Now the question we all have is:

Are Aeroplan credit cards still worth considering?

The good news is this coming change is sure to create increased competition as Aeroplan works hard to keep the loyalty of its members and Air Canada fights to take them away – competition does breed excellance, afterall.

Aeroplan has also stated a plan to allow redemption “with multiple airlines” past the dreaded date. Which means that you should be able to redeem your miles for flights on Air Canada past the deadline.

(However, it’s still best to try to redeem your miles before 2020 as the points required for flights after that date will likely rise.)

Sure, Aeroplan’s wings may have been clipped, but if their recent announcement of a new partnership with Amazon.ca is any indication ‒ then they’re not going down without a fight.

It’ll be interesting to see what other partners they gain in the next two years.

Aeroplan Credit Cards Compared and Ranked for 2018

Who has the best Aeroplan branded credit card? Is it TD, CIBC, or American Express?

We even include credit cards without the Aeroplan brand as long as you’re able to transfer the points you earn to Aeroplan miles.

15 different Aeroplan credit cards have been compared and ranked in the table below from best to worst.

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Best Cash Back Credit Cards in Canada 2018

Best cash back credit cards in Canada

Not all cash back credit cards are created equal. On the high end, a cash back card could have you enjoying 2% return on all your spending ‒ and on the low end, some cards only offer 0.4% back.

Simple enough, right? But here’s where things get complicated...

If perks and insurance are something you enjoy or if you’re looking for a card that won’t hold your cash hostage for an entire year ‒ then there are more factors to take into account more than just the return on spending.

Not only that, some cards are riddled with hoops and frustrating tiers that take away the ease and simplicity of cash back cards.

The point? It pays to look at the details.

2018 Cash Back Credit Card Rankings

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Best Travel Credit Cards in Canada 2018

Best Travel Credit Cards in Canada 2018

The best travel credit cards in Canada are some of the most attractive credit cards you can get your hands on.

With lucrative rewards to jet-set worry-free across the globe, comprehensive travel insurance and premium rare perks ‒ it almost sounds too good to be true.

Sure, you could just go with any old card or with the first card that comes along…

But if you want to save money and use travel rewards to get you (and that special someone) on your next vacation faster? Then you’ll need to know the true value of these travel rewards in dollars.

The catch? Sifting through more than 100 travel credit cards in Canada ‒ each with 50+ features, complicated tiered rewards programs and lots of fine print ‒ is confusing at best, and impossibly tedious at worst.

Unless, you only need to look at one single number ‒ one simple score to know which card will give you the best overall value.

2018 Travel Credit Card Rankings

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Which AIR MILES Credit Card Is Best For 2018?

The best AIR MILES credit card

What if you want a rewards program that will allow you to redeem for more than just travel?

AIR MILES are still one of those most commonly collected and used rewards programs in Canada, and for good reason.

You have two main options for redemption:

  • As AIR MILES Cash Rewards (or Cash Miles) – which can be used as cash towards everyday shopping purchases at participating partners, or
  • As AIR MILES Dream Rewards (or Dream Miles) – which can be used to go on dreamy vacations, get exciting event tickets, score some great merchandise, or even to enter AIR MILES Dream Sweepstakes.

No matter what way you most like to redeem your rewards, if you are one of the 2 in every 3 Canadians who still choose to collect, you might as well choose a top AIR MILES credit card to help you earn and redeem that much faster.

Compare AIR MILES Credit Cards

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PC Financial Mastercard Review - Big Grocery Rewards, No Annual Fee

PC Financial Mastercard review

This article was sponsored by PC Financial®.

My very first rewards credit card was the brand new (at the time) no fee PC Financial Mastercard. That was all the way back in the early 2000s.

Why did I choose it?

Like many others I was enticed by free groceries with no annual fee.

I saw a banner outside of the newly constructed Superstore in my area advertising grocery rewards with no annual fee and I was already a PC Financial day to day banking customer, so the choice was easy.

I kept the card for a few years and loved it until I got pulled over to the dark side of travel rewards and decided I wanted to see the world. But, I’ve often thought back fondly on my experience with that card over the years and even considered re-applying a time or two.

Since then, PC Financial has continued to improve their line of credit cards and have added two new cards to the fold – the World and World Elite versions of the card – that come with plenty of extra rewards and perks.

How The PC Financial Mastercard Works

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Review: SimplyCash Preferred From American Express

American Express SimplyCash Preferred review

The SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express is like the big brother to the no-fee SimplyCash card in that it has higher cash back and more perks, but comes with an annual fee of $99 to account for them.

You’ll get 2% cash back on ALL purchases, which is a really good rate, and the annual fee is less than many of its main competitors.

However, this card definitely fills a nice niche that you will begin to appreciate as you peruse the pros and cons below. The sign up bonus that is effectively worth $300 is also nothing to sneeze at because none of the other cash back cards come close to this - they typically come in at around $100, if a bonus is offered at all.

Quick Facts

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The Case For – Or Against – A Cashless Society

The case for (or against) a cashless society

What happens if the physical monetary unit goes away?

Does that mean we’re going down a bad rabbit trail to a place where society should not go?

Is a move toward digital currency like Bitcoin an inevitability?

We’ve got questions, but with no clear answer.

To start, how about we have to look at a couple of points:

  1. The unit of cash itself
  2. The payment process, security and anonymity

While this is entirely way too large to discuss all in one article, let’s start the conversation anyway.

Money, money, money…money!

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31 Money Apps, Products, and Tools You Should Be Using

31 money apps, products, and tools you should be using

There are so many tools, products, and apps out there that it’s hard to know which ones to use. There’s so much choice that it’s easy to pass by some great money saving apps and tools without a second look.

It’s even harder to find stuff that works well for Canadians – nearly everything is targeted at Americans because of their larger population.

Even though I’m a tech-savvy guy, I still don’t use as many money tools as I probably should to truly maximize my money.

Some of it is due to privacy concerns – I don’t want to link up directly to my bank, credit card, or investing accounts. But, most of it is that initial barrier to entry of learning something new when what I already do works well enough.

It really helps when someone vets and recommends useful tools first before giving them a try yourself, don’t you think?

So here is a collection of apps, financial tools, and products I either use myself or think are worth using based on the reviews and features they offer.

You can find even more money saving deals and tools that I use everyday on our deals and tools page.

Best Money Saving & Personal Finance Apps

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