July 12 Update: The end of an era – Amex to discontinue the Gold Rewards Card and earn up to 8,000 bonus points at Sonesta Hotels in Toronto

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GREAT NEWS! American Express has reached out to us to let us know the Gold Rewards Card IS NOT being discontinued. We’ll provide more details as soon as we can about this news.

We have received word that the American Express Gold Rewards Card
will be coming to an end. The iconic card that really seemed to get
things restarted for American Express over a decade ago and was crowned
the best card in Canada for many years will no longer be available for
new applicants. It does appear it will be grandfathered for those who
choose to keep it – an Amex customer service rep said my card isn’t
going anywhere so I can only assume that means it will be grandfathered. 

This comes only a few months after I posted It’s time for American Express to tweak the venerable Gold Rewards Card but now that we have the changes to the Cobalt Card – namely being able
to convert directly to Amex’s airline partner it really defeats the
purpose of the Gold Rewards Card as the only difference it has over the
Cobalt Card is 2x points earning on drug store purchases. It’s a sad
time for this card but I get where Amex is coming from, the have a
champion in the Cobalt Card and the Gold Rewards card would need a much
bigger revamp to keep it in the eyes of potential applicants and why do
so when you can simply sell those applicants on the Cobalt Card. We’ll
continue to have the Gold Rewards Card on our site for a couple of more
days and then it will disappear. You’ll still be able to apply for it up
until that time should you wish to grab the card. 

 here’s a new offer from Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass
for stays at their hotels in the U.S. and Canada. You can earn up to
8,000 bonus points per stay until September 30. If you recall the hotel
chain went on buying spree last year adding a bunch of new hotels that
left other major brands. Two were here in Canada, both in the Toronto
region and both are part of this bonus offer. Those hotels are the The
Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel Toronto and the Sonesta ES Suites Toronto
Markham. Learn more about this offer here.

Image via Sonesta

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