RWRDS Daily Update – November 29

Here’s your Rewards Canada update! Your near daily dose of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more.

RBC to acquire HSBC Canada

Big news today as RBC has announced they will be acquiring HSBC Canada for $13.5 billion. There are not a lot of details about the acquisition yet as it will need to go through various levels of government for approval etc. RBC expects the deal to close late in 2023 once those regulatory approvals are received. That means, for now HSBC will continue operating as is and it’s popular HSBC World Elite Mastercard will continue chugging along as one of the best card options in Canada for at least another year.

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SimplyCash® Preferred Card from American Express Review

We’ve updated our review of the SimplyCash® Preferred Card from American Express . This was the very first cash back card we reviewed on Rewards Canada way back in 2014! With it’s recent enhancements this fall the review was due for an update. See what we think of the card now! Read the review here.

Cobalt Card Multiplier Updates for UK, Portugal and Toronto

Cobalt Multipliers

Our American Express Cobalt Card Confirmed multipliers page had another decent sized update! This time more spots in the UK, Portugal and Toronto were added courtesy of Mittens Cooper Griffin:

The following are all 5x points:

Pizza Hut (Vila Nova de Gaia)

4550 Miles From Delhi (Nottingham)
Bar Iberico (Nottingham)
Gerrard’s Corner Restaurant (London)
Krispy Kreme
Marks & Spencer (Gatwick Airport)
Nicolas Culpeper Bar & Dining (Gatwick Airport, London)
Pikolino Cafe (London)

Ikkousha Ramen Toronto
Ikkousha Ramen Chicken
Magic Oven
The Krys Milktea Bar

This one triggered the 2x Travel and Transit:

Trainline app

Check out the confirmed multipliers page here.

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Other Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
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Ethiopian ShebaMiles
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Marriott Bonvoy
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WorldHotels Rewards
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