Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January 5 Update: Correction to the card that has the best earn rate at gas stations and shop online today with Shoppers to earn 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points

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.

Have to correct something that I have been wrong about for the past year and a couple of months. Late in 2020 when BMO revealed their new BMO Eclipse Visa Infinite and Infinite Privilege cards I stated that these card's 5x points earn rate on gas and transit purchases (which equate to a 3.33% return for travel redemptions) are the best in Canada. That holds true for transit but not gas and that's where I was wrong. As I seem to mention often, there is one card in Canada that tends to be forgotten and that card is the Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card. 

The Scotiabank Platinum Amex is in fact the card that is best in Canada for gas station purchases. It earns 4 points per dollar which equates to a 4% return when redeeming for any travel via any provider. I apologize for missing that so long ago and not catching it sooner. It also further confirms our decision to replace the BMO Visa Infinite Privilege Card with this Scotia Platinum Amex as the 5th best Ultra Premium Card in Canada. As I said back in 2017 the Scotiabank Platinum American Express is the sleeper card in the Canadian premium card market. Read that article for more details

Do note this best earn rate is only looking at the cash back return for travel - if we wanted to get technical some of the best earn rates for gas station purchases would be the Amex Cobalt and Gold Rewards cards as their 2 points per dollar can provide value well above 4% when converting to Aeroplan, British Airways, Marriott etc.

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Today only you can earn 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points when you spend $150 or more online with Shoppers Drug Mart. Click here to learn more

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And going back to Scotia, they had a bunch of updates to their card offers today. The big one we already covered in a separate post and that was the return of the 10% welcome offer on the Scotia Momenutm Visa Infinite Card. The other updates see cards keeping their welcome offers the same but seeing limited time low interest purchase and balance transfer options being added to a few of the cards. You can see all the current up to date offers on our Scotia page.

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Both Air Canada and WestJet are offering big seat sales right now. WestJet you need to book by January 7 and Air Canada's is available until January 11. Book the WestJet sale here and the Air Canada sale here.

Hilton Hotels: Stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Conrad Hotels & Resorts and receive a $150 on-property credit for each night you stay. Click here to book this offer.

LOT Polish Airlines has a New Year seat sale to Poland, Europe and the Middle East with flights starting from 899 CAD. Book by Jan 11 for travel until May 31, 22. Click here to book this offer.

Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Up to 25% off their best rates when you book by Jan 17 for stays until Mar 31, 22. Click here to book this offer.

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


Other Bonus Offers

Finnair Plus
- Double Plus Points & Double Elite Qualifying Tier Points on all Finnair flights worldwide when you book Classic or Flex tickets.  Book by Jan 11 for travel until Aug 31, 22. More...

Iberia Plus
- 50% Avios Discount when you redeem for award flights on select Iberia Regional Air Nostrum routes in Spain. Until Feb 28, 22 More...

Marriott Bonvoy
- 500 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT at the Residence Inn Sedona. Valid for stays until Jan 31, 22 More...

Miles & More
- Earn up to 5,000 bonus Miles & More Miles on your next hotel booking via Hotels & Cars by Points. Book by Jan 31 with no set end date for stays. More... .

- Triple MilleMiglia Miles for stays at participating NH Hotels Worldwide. Until Feb 28, 22. More...

SAS EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus Points when you book hotel stays via Hotels by SAS. Book by Jan 16 for stays until Jun 30, 22 More...



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