The welcome bonus offer for the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® that provides up to 80,000 bonus HSBC Rewards points has been extended. 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 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.
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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)
As of February 1, 2023 the earn rates will be:
- 6 Points for $1 in Net Purchases which are Travel Purchases. This earn rate applies to a maximum of $50,000 in Travel Purchases on the Account in a calendar year. After the maximum is reached, the earn rate of 2 Points for $1 in Travel Purchases applies. (6 points per dollar equates to a 3% return for travel)
- 4 Points for $1 in Net Purchases that are Gas, Grocery and Drugstore Purchases (4 points per dollar equates to a 2% return for travel)
- 2 Points for $1 in Net Purchases, other than Travel, Gas, Grocery and Drugstore Purchases (2 points per dollar equates to a 1% 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. You can redeem with this method once your account has reached 25,000 points and in 10,000 point multiples above that.
We love that flexible option for any travel but this card isn’t just for that since 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.
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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.
The points can also be redeemed for many other non-travelitems 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.
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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