Tuesday, February 9, 2021

February 9 Update: HBC chooses Neo Financial to issue their new Mastercard, Guide to Credit Card Cash Back Liquidity & Air Canada announces more lay offs and route cuts

 Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC +Rewards Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 30,000 bonus points, no annual fee in the first year and a low 11.9% interest rate! 

 
HBC
(The Bay) has decided on who their credit card partner will be after news that their partnership with Capital One is ending. This one comes as a bit of a surprise and is a huge score for this newcomer. HBC will be partnering with Neo Financial to issue their new Mastercard! We detailed neo late last year (and have another update coming as they have released more card options) as they are a newcomer to the Canadian market but they have a lot of backing thanks to be founded by some of the same people who launched and sold SkipTheDishers and they are looking to disrupt the current financial model in Canada (banking, credit cards, mortgages etc.). For them to score a co-brand deal this early on is huge for neo and we pass along a big congratulations to them! Thanks to Rewards Canada contributor Jeff W. for passing along this news! (Source Business Wire)

The Hudson’s Bay Mastercard powered by Neo has the following features and more:

  • Earn an average 2% cash back at thousands of local and national Neo Financial partners and businesses, including most major gas and grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, coffee shops and more.
  • Earn double the Hudson’s Bay Rewards points on every dollar spent at Hudson’s Bay, or 2 points on almost every $1 you spend outside of Hudson’s Bay.
  • No annual or over-limit fees.
  • Earn even more through member-only exclusive offers, events and specials throughout the year.
  • Receive proactive alerts and notifications in real-time so you can live life with less worry.
  • Security in a click. Freeze or replace your card, turn off online transactions, and more, right from the app.
  • Manage on-the-go. With Neo’s leading-edge digital app, everything is accessible from your phone.
  • Feel Protected. The Hudson’s Bay Mastercard includes Mastercard’s Zero Liability Protection against unauthorized or fraudulent charges.

 Recommended reading: Capital One ending its relationship with Costco and Hudson's Bay

Image via Neo Financial 

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We've updated our Guide to Credit Card Cash Back Liquidity. This feature shows how quickly you can access your credit card cash back rewards. From anytime to once per year and in-between, from $1 to to $100 minimums or no minimum they are all listed here: rwrds.ca/Liquidity

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Air Canada announced further lay offs of 1,500 people today and the cutting of 17 more routes which includes the closure of some stations. (Source Canadian Travel News)

Here are some of the routes affected:

Montreal to: Boston (Feb. 17), LaGuardia (Feb. 17)

Vancouver to: Seattle (Feb 16)

International routes suspended (last operating date from Canada)

Toronto to: Bogotá (Feb. 16), Dublin (Feb. 12), Dubai (start-up postponed), São Paulo (Feb. 16), Hong Kong (start-up postponed), Tel Aviv (continued suspension).

Montreal to: Bogotá (Feb. 13)

Vancouver to: London (Feb. 14), Narita (Feb. 15)

 Image via Air Canada

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Wayfair Canada has returned to Amex Offers. This time it is a lower spend requirement with a lower statement credit but still a decent deal. I personally received it on my Platinum Card from American Express

Spend at least $75 in qualifying purchases using your registered Card at www.wayfair.ca/amex by 31/03/2021 and earn a one-time $15 statement credit. Registration cap applies.

You can find this offfer and many more on our Guide to American Express Canada 'Amex Offers'

Image via American Express 

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Canadian Bonus Offers

National Bank of Canada
- $300 cashback when you spend $4,000 on the National Bank of Canada World Elite Mastercard in the first three month and no annual fee on the primary card in the 1st year. More... Until Apr 30, 21


Other Bonus Offers

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
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British Airways Executive Club
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Marriott Bonvoy
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