Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 1 Update: New welcome bonus offers for several BMO Small Business Cards and a couple of Scotia consumer cards, new Amex Offer for Parcel Pal & IHG updates their cancellation policy

The BMO CashBack® Business Mastercard®*sees an increased welcome bonus as of today of 10% cash back on gas, office supplies, and cell phone/internet bills for 3 months.* Previously the offer was 6% in those categories

The welcome bonus for the BMO® AIR MILES®† Business® Mastercard®* became a little harder to achieve in that you no longer get a bonus on first purchase. All 3,000 miles will only now be awarded once you hit the $5,000 spend hurdle in the first three months of having the card. The card does remain first year free however.


A few updates to our Guide to American Express Canada 'Amex Offers' page. Thanks to our readers we have learned that the Dollarama offer is available on a lot more cards including those Amex cards issued by Scotiabank. We have also added a new offer from Parcel Pal where you can get a $5 statement credit when you spend $20 or more. See all the offers here.

 The Scotiabank Gold American Express Card finally sees an slight increase to it's welcome bonus. As of today you can earn 25,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points with your first $1,000 in everyday purchases in first 3 months on the card. That's 5,000 more than what the bonus has been recently. Unlike many of this card's competitors however there is no waiver of the annual fee in the first year.

 However The welcome bonus for the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card has been lowered by 5,000 points today (boo, hiss!). It is now 25,000 points when you spend $1,000 on the card in the first three months. The 10,000 ponit bonus for $40,000 in annual spending remains in place.

IHG has updated their cancellation policy that as of October 1st everything will be back to pre-pandemic rules and regulations:

  1. For bookings made prior to April 6, 2020: Any non-refundable/pre-paid bookings for all future arrivals can be cancelled without penalty (up to 24 hours before arrival) up until September 30, 2020. 
  2. For bookings made from April 6 to September 30: Any non-refundable/pre-paid bookings for arrivals up to and including September 30, can be cancelled without penalty (up to 24 hours before arrival) up until September 30, 2020. 
  3. All reservations made from October 1, 2020 will be subject to the terms and conditions of the rate booked

A few things to note include: 

  • Hotels are subject to local law in the market in which they operate. Therefore, government legislation and regulations may supersede this policy in specific circumstances. (including the type and timing of the refund) 
  • If you cancel a rate which required a deposit or payment in advance, we will do everything we can to process your refund as quickly as possible. Refunds (which may be vouchers where allowed by local law) may take up to 90 days for hotels to process from the date of cancellation. Reservations may be changed without a fee but may result in different pricing.
  • Exclusions may apply for time periods with special event restrictions or peak demand weeks and policies may vary by hotel depending on the status of the special event.
  • Hotels in Greater China continue to be excluded from this policy -- cancellation fees for existing and new domestic bookings there were eligible to be waived for stays up to April 30, 2020. 

Airline Schedule Updates
A summary Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change and right now they are changing frequently!

For most of September and October Air Transat will be combining their Toronto-Glasgow and Toronto-Manchester routes into one routing Toronto-Glasgow-Manchester and vice versa on the route back. (Source RoutesOnline)

China Airlines will be offering 2 flights per week between Vancouver and Taipei during the month of September (Source RoutesOnline)


Posts since our last update:


Air Transat Here Comes the Sun Promotion. Early bird perks and extra flexibility for travel between August 5, 2020, and April 30, 2021 Book by September 11, 2020. Find out more here.
Book a South package and benefit from Option Flex* which allows you to: Change your travel dates Transfer your vacation package Cancel your trip Our Price Drop Guarantee† A reduced deposit of only $100​ Final payment 25 days before departure

If you aren't using the Ampli Cash Back app yet you can get $5 when you download the app and join today with promo code AMPLI5 Find out more here

Fairmont Hotels Stay Close - Buy Night 1 Get 1 Night free at select hotels in Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Find out more here

SkipTheDishes - Sign up with this link to get $5 off your first order over $15. Find out more here

WealthSimple Trade:  Receive $5 when you deposit and trade at least $100 worth of stock with WealthSimple Trade. Find out more here (We will also receive $5 when you receive $5)

Rewards Canada receives a small commission when you use any of the above offers. You don't have to chose to use our links but we thank you in advance if you do.

Canadian Bonus Offers

Scotia Rewards
- Earn up to 35,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points in your first year (that’s up to $350 towards travel ) with the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite Card
- Earn 25,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points with your first $1,000 in everyday purchases in first 3 months with the Scotia Gold American Express Card

Other Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- September Promo Rewards – Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. More... Book by Sep 30 for travel until Mar 30, 21

ALL Accor Live Limitless
- Earn up to 6,000 Bonus ALL Rewards Points for stays of 2 or more nights at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Oct 9 for stays until Dec 15, 20

British Airways Executive Club
- 50% Bonus Avios when you buy or gift Avios. More... Until Sep 30, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- Elite Status Match - For a limited time elite members of Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, ALL Accor Live Limitless and IHG Rewards Club can have their status matched. More... Unknown end date

World of Hyatt
- 25% Discount when you buy 5,000 or more World of Hyatt points. More... Until Sep 30, 20

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