Earn up to 80,000 bonus points + receive a first year annual fee rebate with the no foreign transaction fee HSBC World Elite Mastercard

 
The current welcome bonus offer for the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®  provides up to 80,000 bonus HSBC Rewards points for new
cardholders.  On top of the new 80,000 point bonus is also a first year annual fee
rebate for the primary cardholder. Once you have those 80,000 points
they are worth $400 towards any travel! Since Quebec doesn’t allow the
first year free waiver the
offer there is a whopping 110,000 points worth $550 towards travel but
you do have to pay the annual fee so you end up with $401 in travel
value.

The Welcome Bonus and Earn Rates

The bonus outside of Quebec is awarded as follows:

  • Welcome bonus of 20,000 points* ($100 travel value) 
  • Earn 40,000 points* when you spend $6,000 within 6 months of account opening ($200 travel value)
  • Earn 20,000 points* as an anniversary bonus ($100 travel value)

and the card’s purchase earn rates are as follows:

  • 6 points per eligible dollar spent on
    all eligible travel spending – This earn rate is only awarded on the
    first $50,000 spent in this category annually (6 points per dollar equates to a 3% return for travel)
  • 3 points per dollar spent on all other spending (3 points per dollar equates to a 1.5% return for travel)

Point Value & Redemption Options

The 80,000 points bonus once achieved are worth $400 in travel rewards but
in fact you will have at least 98,000 points as you would be earning a
minimum 3 points per dollar on the $6,000 in required spend. For travel
redemptions with HSBC you actually book travel on your own and then
redeem
points against the charge once it posts to your account. This is the
kind of flexibility we love 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
Pacific Asia
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 up to 32,000 Avios (39,200 if you take into account the spending) 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. And with the news of Qatar Airways Privilege Club officially moving to Avios as its loyalty currency and allowing direct 1:1 transfers from British
Airways, the HSBC World Elite Mastercard can play a big part in earning
Avios to redeem on Qatar Airways! It only takes 70,000 Avios to redeem
for a one way Qatar Airways Qsuite business class award flight between
Montreal and Doha so with this bonus and some spending on the card you
can easily get to that number. In fact, chances are you can get there
even sooner as HSBC typically offers a bonus once or twice per year (it just ran in June 2022) when
you convert your HSBC Rewards Points to British Airways Executive Club.

Recommend
reading: HSBC World Elite Mastercard Review 

No Foreign Transaction fees, $100 travel credit & more

The sign up bonus and conversion options aren’t the only good feature about this
card however.  One of its best selling features is that it has No
Foreign Transaction
fees which saves you 2.5% on average on all non-C$ purchases. 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 DragonPass, free
Boingo WiFi and more.

Recommend Reading: No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards for Canadians  & The Ultimate No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Card Portfolio

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 80,000
points worth $240 for cash back rebates. 

Click here to learn more about and/or apply for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard.

 

HSBC also offers a no annual fee travel rewards card, the HSBC Travel Rewards Mastercard®  which may appeal to some who utilize other cards as their primary credit cards but are looking to fill their Mastercard requirement for places like Costco. The no fee HSBC Travel Rewards Mastercard is currently offering a welcome bonus of 25,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 180 days. Click here to learn more about this card.

 

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