March 16 Update: Rogers and Fido Mastercards being devalued, bonus Infinity MileageLand Miles out of YYZ/YVR & more

Yesterday morning Rewards Canada reader J Smith commented on our feature for No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards for Canadians letting us know that there once again changes happening to the Rogers Platinum Mastercard and Fido Mastercard.
It hasn’t been too long that these cards underwent changes and now they
are at it once again – and the changes, for the most part, aren’t good.  You can read all about the changes here.

The good news is strictly on the Rogers Platinum Mastercard and that
is the annual fee is being removed as of March 13. The card normally
carried a $29 annual fee but that was waived if you were a Rogers
customer so the card is now a no fee card for everyone.

On to the bad news, the two cards are being devalued on the rewards
side. The big bright spot for both cards was 4% cash back on foreign
transaction purchases, hence it being featured in the No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards
piece. The cards do have a 2.5% foreign exchange fee which meant you
came out 1.5% ahead on all those non CDN$ purchases. Well as of May 23
the earn rate for foreign transactions becomes 3%. So you’ll still come
out ahead but only by 0.5% now.. On all other spending the Rogers card
earns 1.75% cash back and also as of May 23 that is being dialed back to
1.25% on almost all purchases – they will award you with 2% on Rogers
products and services. The Fido card drops from 1.5% on all purchasese
to 1.25% except once again they’ll offer 2% on Rogers products or
services. So really they are taking away quite a bit from current or
future cardholders. Sure you have no annual fee but losing one point on
foreign purchases and half a point on almost all other purchases hurts
more than not having the annual fee.

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