Scotia Rewards program relaunch highlights – its seeing some great improvements!

At the start of September we let you know about upcoming changes to the Scotia Rewards program that affects all of their credit cards earning Scotia Rewards points:

Some of these changes to the program are now live and we wanted to remind you about them since you may already hold one of their cards or as we recommend you should really jump on the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card right now since the first year free offer has returned with the 20,000 point sign up bonus.  

The big new option is Points for Credit and it can prove to be really big!

The Points for Credit Option is now available and is similar to the American Express Membership Rewards Use Points for Purchases feature in that you now essentially have a cash back option with any of the Scotia Rewards earning cards. The redemption rate is different than the travel redemption where you get $1 for 100 points (or a minimum 0.5% return) as you get the following:

This translates to a minimum return of 0.33% to 0.44%. We say minimum since the basic Scotia Rewards Visa only earns 1 points for every $2 spent while all other Scotia Rewards earning cards offer at least 1 point per dollar spent. However, the Scotiabank American Express Cards (Gold & Platinum) earn 4 points per dollar spent on select categories (Gas, Grocery, Dining/Entertainment) which actually makes these cards VERY STRONG cash back cards as you’ll get 2.64% to 3.2% cash back on those category purchases and you’re only limited by the $50,000 to $100,000 category limits on those cards! Sure you can get 4% for travel but if you don’t want to travel we have a new option for these cards that are strong cash back earners!

Travel Booking via Scotia Rewards

The Booking Travel via Scotia Rewards offers an enhanced travel booking experience through Scotia Rewards Travel
Service providing customers with a Personal travel itinerary after booking
travel through Scotia Rewards Travel Service. The Personal travel itinerary will
include: Destination information, recommended activities, weather
forecasts, and more!

They also want you booking flights via Scotia Rewards as they have adopted a best price guarantee:

Best Price Guarantee on Airfare: If, within 24 hours after completing an airline ticket purchase on the Scotia Rewards Travel Service website or with a Scotia Rewards Travel Service Representative, you find a price for the exact same itinerary that’s at least $10 less, Scotia Rewards Travel Service will offer you a Scotia Rewards points credit equal to the price difference, per passenger. See for complete details and instructions on how to submit your claim.

Non-Travel/Cash Back rewards

Scotia Rewards now offers the Best Buy and Apple catalogues online to provide merchandise redemptions with these two big electronics players! The redemption provides for increased customer flexibility as it allows Scotia Rewards Cardmembers to
pick up select Best Buy items in store within 24 hours of redemption.

The only negative change we can see in the updated program is the addition of the $15+tax booking fee if you call into Scotia Rewards to book travel. They are just following suit of many of the other programs here who also charge fees to call in for booking. We all dislike booking fees but as a business if the others are making money doing it why aren’t we.

These are all the credit cards that are included in the Scotia Rewards portfolio:

Scotiabank®* Gold American Express® Card

Scotiabank®* Platinum American Express® Card 

Scotiabank®* American Express® Card

ScotiaGold Passport Visa* Card

ScotiaGold Passport for business Visa* Card

Scotiabank® Rewards Visa* Card

Overall we are really impressed with the changes from Scotiabank for the Scotia Rewards Program. It is inline with their mandate to become ‘Canada’s Rewards Bank’ not only with their proprietary program but also with their co-brand partnerships with SCENE, GM & More Rewards.

What are your thoughts on the changes to the program? Will it make you consider it if you aren’t a collector of Scotia Rewards yet? Talk to us in the comments section below or on our Social Media!