Sep 15, 16 (the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Offer is no longer first year free and the mbna Best Western 60,000 point offer is gone)
Jun 8, 16 (update the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Offer and the mbna Best Western MasterCard)
Apr 7, 16 (CIBC Aerogold Visa Card for business is no longer first year free)
Mar 3, 16 (updated to the latest TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite offer that is now 25,000 miles and first year free)
Jan 12, 16 (update the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite offer, removed the Amex AeroplanPlus Blue card as that card is being discontinued, removed crossed out cards to clean up to post)
Nov 3, 15 (Added the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite as it is back to first year free)
Nov 3, 15 (The CIBC Aerogold Visa Card for Business is now 25,000 miles!)
Sep 25, 15 (Removed the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite as it is no longer first year free)
Jul 16, 15 (25% Membership rewards transfer bonus to British Airways increases the Avios you can earn)
Jul 16, 15 (The American Express AeroplanPlus Basic card has been added since it is first year free)
May 19, 15 (The CIBC Aerogold Visa for Business is first year free until Aug 31, 15)
May 19, 15 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite first year free is extended to Aug 31, 15)
Jan 13, 14 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite first year free offer is back until May 8, 15)
Dec 23, 14 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite first year free offer ended)
Nov 3, 14 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite first year free offer has been extended to Dec 19, 14!) Nov 3, 14 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite first year free offer has been extended to Dec 19, 14!)
Oct 14, 14 (The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite has a welcome bonus of 25,000 miles with the first year free for applications done by October 31st!!)
Oct 14, 14 (The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card first year free offer is back and the sign up bonus has been increased to 40,000 points for refer a friend!!)
Oct 9, 14 (The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card first year free offer is back and the sign up bonus has been increased to 30,000 points!!)
Sep 29, 14 (Removal of the American Express AeroplanPlus Card and mbna Choice Privileges MasterCard)
Mar 7, 14 (Added the new mbna Choice Privileges offer)
Mar 4, 14 (Removal of the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card)
A few years ago RewardsCanada.ca was featured in an article on Travel Hacking. What is travel hacking? Simply put it is what we have been doing here every day on RewardsCanada.ca for nearly
Well folks if you don’t already know these techniques, I am prepared to give you this information for free in this post (I assume veteran RCers won’t need this as you have probably already done it) on how to get that free flight (or flights) excluding taxes and fees. It primarily revolves around credit card sign up bonuses from cards that either have no annual fee or where the first year fee is waived. The only ‘costs’ associated with this method are putting your everyday credit card spend onto these cards to meet the minimum requirements for getting the sign up bonus. Now if you don't think you can hit the minimum spend on the cards you don't have to apply for them all at once, you can take your time and apply for cards once you've hit each spend individually. All this means is that it will take a little longer to earn your fee flights.
* I state free in the title as I assume you would be spending this money anyways on these credit cards so you might as well be rewarded for it with free Aeroplan miles or Avios!
American Express Gold Rewards Card
The number one hybrid credit card in Canada since 2011 this card now comes with a 25,000 Membership Rewards point bonus after hitting a spend of $ 500. The card has a $150 annual fee tied into it but this fee is waived in the first year. You can apply for this card here.
Related: American Express Gold Rewards Card review
American Express Business Gold Rewards Card
Although it is a Business card many people have had success applying for and receiving the card simply by making themselves the ‘business entity’. This card comes with a 40,000 Membership Rewards point bonus after hitting a spend of $ 5,000 in the first three months. You can apply for this card here. The card has a $250 annual fee tied into it but this fee is waived in the first year.
Related: Rewards Canada Business/Corporate Travel Rewards Credit Card Comparison
The first year free offer on the Amex Business Gold Card is back as of October 9, 2014 and the bonus has been increased to
Related: TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Review
This is the easiest card in the process as there is no minimum spend and this no foreign transaction fee card comes with a 30,000 Marriott Rewards point sign up bonus after your first purchase. The first year annual fee is also waived. You can apply for this card here.
These 30,000 Marriott Rewards Points can then be transferred to Aeroplan or Avios at a 3:1 basis (30,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 10,000 Aeroplan Miles or Avios)
Related: Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card Review
mbna Best Western Rewards MasterCard
You earn 20,000 points with the card with no annual fee after your first purchase You can apply for this card here.
These 20,000 Best Western Rewards Points can then be transferred to Aeroplan or Avios at a 5:1 basis (60,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 4,000 Aeroplan Miles or Avios)
There you go just with these offers you will have earned 79,000 Aeroplan Miles or British Airways Avios. That's enough Aeroplan miles for three Aeroplan award tickets within North America. (of course taxes and fees are extra but you could use the extra points earned from your spend on the Amex cards to cover them) or one British Airways Executive Club Reward ticket in Economy Class to Europe although there will be heavy taxes and fuel surcharges on the award, but once again you can use your Membership Rewards points to cover that or if you want to avoid heavy surcharges you can have 5 round trip flights between select cities in Canada and the U.S. if you like (15,000 Avios per round trip) with Avios to spare, see here for details on this 15,000 Avios offer.
Now do you want to keep any of these cards after the first year free is up? Personally I would keep the American Express Gold Rewards Card as it one of the strongest earning cards for both Aeroplan and Avios and frequently offer bonuses for transferring points to them, the Chase Marriott Visa is good if you do lots of travelling outside of Canada or do lots of online shopping and/or importing for your business as the card has no foreign transaction fees. If not I would probably cancel it as well as cancelling the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card.
Related: Which credit card earns the most Aeroplan Miles?
You can also take advantage of other free Aeroplan mile offers that you can use to add even more miles to your account albeit not that many. I would recommend that you visit my Aeroplan and Avios Bonus opportunities pages regularly and look under the ‘other offers’ section for any and all free mileage offers that may come up. At time of updating these were the only 2 'free' Aeroplan Miles offer
- 100 Free Aeroplan Miles when you subscribe to emails from Home Hardware. Full details
- 250 Free Aeroplan Miles when you test drive a Volvo (once every 30 days). Full Details
I do receive a commission or referral bonus for any successful applications for the credit cards above and I would assume the travel hacking site does as well but still charges you for the info!