THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED
HSBC’s biggest and best offer for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard that is also one of the best ever bonuses ever seen in Canada
(definitely in the Top 5 ever in terms of value) ends tonight! As we already mentioned just under two weeks we know for sure the offer is not being extended. The offer for all of
Canada sans Quebec is up to 100,000 points
which ties the highest ever points offer outside of Quebec. The PC
Optimum World Elite Mastercard and ATB Gold My Rewards Mastercard have
both offered 100,000 in the past but those two offers were only worth
$100. On top of the 100,000 point bonus on the HSBC World Elite
Mastercard this current welcome bonus also provides no annual fee in the
first year for the primary cardholder. Those 100,000 points are worth $500 towards any travel
and as that first year annual fee is waived you get the full value of
that $500! Since Quebec doesn’t allow the first year free waiver the
offer there is a whopping 130,000 points (this is highest ever bonus in
Canada numerically speaking) worth $650 towards travel but
you do have to pay the annual fee so you end up with $501 in travel
The bonus outside of Quebec is awarded as follows:
- 20,000 Point Welcome Bonus on your first purchase
- 80,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 180 days
The 100,000 points once achieved are worth $500 in travel rewards but
this card isn’t just a travel points card, it is actually a Hybrid Card.
This means points can also
be converted to partners outside of HSBC Rewards. In this card’s case,
they can be transferred to British Airways Executive Club, Cathay
Miles or Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and this new welcome bonus is very
attractive for those people looking to boost their accounts in these
frequent flyer programs.
The points convert as follows:
- 2.5 points to 1 British Airways Executive Club Avios
- 3 points to 1.35 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles
- 3 points to 1.2 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
This means the sign up bonus is worth 40,000 Avios in British Airways’
Executive Club which if you have followed us for sometime now know that
is a good amount for a lot of various redemptions.
Here are some options
to check out with British Airways:
- How to get select Canada to U.S. award flights faster by utilizing British Airways’ Executive Club
- How you can easily get a free flight between Toronto and Dublin, Ireland (pre taxes/fees) or 4 flights for $240+fees
The sign up bonus isn’t the only good feature about this card however.
It is one of only nine cards in Canada that have No Foreign Transaction
fees, it also comes with a $100 annual travel enhancement credit (to use
on bag fees, seat selection etc) and like most World Elite Mastercards
in Canada it has airport lounge access membership via LoungeKey, free Boingo WiFi and more.
Recommend Reading: No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards for Canadians & The Ultimate No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Card Portfolio
Now, with travel being curtailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic you may
be more interested in cash back options to help with your financial
situation and this card does have that option. The points can also be redeemed for many other non-travel
items like merchandise, experiences, gift cards, HSBC financial
products and even for any purchases made on the card. HSBC calls this
last option their Cash Back Rebate and is 25,000 points for a $75
statement credit. That works
out to a 0.9% to 1.8% return (based on 3 points for everyday spending
and 6 points for travel) and also makes the welcome bonus of 100,000
points worth $300 for cash back rebates which is pretty decent still!
Learn more about and/or apply for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard here.
I would also recommend
reading our review of the card.