New Increased Bonuses On 2 Great Scotiabank Travel Credit Cards

One of the rare upsides of the pandemic is that if you are not traveling, you can be accumulating a huge stash of travel rewards points so your next trip (or trips) can be heavily discounted. If you haven’t started yet, you’ve already lost a full year… so it’s time to take action now. And even if you have been earning already, these 2 great Scotiabank travel credit cards could be the right options for you.

Both cards have seen their welcome bonus increased in March (and of course, welcome bonuses are the key to getting over $1,000 in travel rewards each year as we do).

That doesn’t mean they are the best credit cards in Canada right now, it’s just that we wanted to tell you about these brand-new offers.

For example, in terms of travel rewards value, there are at least 7 cards with higher welcome bonuses right now:

Best credit card offers
(May 2021)
WELCOME
BONUS
Best
for
American Express Cobalt Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $500/mo for 12 mos.
Big
spenders
or beginners
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $3k in 3 mos.
All
travelers
a must-have card
limited time
BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card
minimum income required: $60k
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Easy
credits
simple rewards
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
minimum income required: $0
spend $4k in 4 mos.
Cashback
fans
who spend more
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Frequent Air Canada
travel
for VIP benefits
BMO AIR MILES World Elite MasterCard
minimum income required: $80k
spend $3k in 3 mos.
AIR MILES
Rewards
collectors
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
minimum income required: $12k
spend $1k in 3 mos.
Lower spend
or lower income
5x & insurance
ends August 31st
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Best credit card offers
(May 2021)
American Express Cobalt Card American Express Cobalt Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
spend $500/mo for 12 mos.
Best for: Big spenders
or beginners
Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
limited time
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Best for: All travelers
a must-have card
BMO eclipse Visa Infinite* Card BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card
minimum income required: $60k
WELCOME BONUS
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Best for: Easy credits
simple rewards
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express® SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
spend $4k in 4 mos.
Best for: Cashback fans
who spend more
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Best for: Frequent Air Canada travel
for VIP benefits
BMO AIR MILES®† World Elite®* MasterCard®* BMO AIR MILES World Elite MasterCard
minimum income required: $80k
WELCOME BONUS
spend $3k in 3 mos.
Best for: AIR MILES Rewards
collectors
Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
minimum income required: $12k
WELCOME BONUS
ends August 31st
spend $1k in 3 mos.
Best for: Lower spend or lower income
5x & insurance
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card

The Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card is one of the best credit cards in Canada for many travelers.

Here’s why it’s great (detailed post to come soon; subscribe to our free travel rewards newsletter):

  • Its new welcome bonus offer is worth $230 in travel rewards based on our Flytrippers Valuation
  • The welcome bonus requires a low minimum spend of $1,000 in 3 months (that’s just ≈ $77/week)
  • It earns a whopping 5 points per dollar (5%) on groceries (and 3% on gas, transit, and streaming services)
  • Scotia points are literally the easiest type of travel rewards, as they can be applied to any travel expense
  • It is one of the very few cards in Canada with no foreign transaction fees (2.5% in savings)
  • It has some of the best travel insurance coverage for those with a lower income
  • It has a very low minimum income requirement of $12,000 only

If you can spend a bit more each month, I would strongly consider the American Express Cobalt Card which also earns 5 points per dollar on groceries (even 6 points per dollar actually by transferring to Marriott for even more value) and also has an increased welcome bonus worth ≈ $706 (with a higher spending required but no minimum income).

The American Express Cobalt Card is simply one of the very best cards in Canada, and it now has its best-ever welcome bonus offer. It’s the card I used the most myself when I’m not unlocking the many new welcome bonuses I get each year.

But in case you don’t want to spend as much, the Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card is by far the best alternative. You can also consider the other best credit cards in Canada for groceries in case you don’t want to do as I did (which is to change for one of the grocery stores that accept American Express in Canada).

Here’s how the card deal works (and download our free checklist for when you get a new card to avoid common mistakes):

  • Apply for the Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card
  • Spend $1,000 in 3 months
  • Get 35,000 Scotia points
  • Use for a $350 discount on any travel purchase
  • By deducting the $120 fee, you’ll have gotten $230 in value
  • Re-evaluate the card in one year, as always

Have any questions? Ask us in the comments below.

 

Scotia Passport Visa Infinite* Card

The Scotia Passport Visa Infinite* Card is one of the best credit cards in Canada for those who enjoy airport lounge access.

Here’s why it’s great (detailed post to come soon; subscribe to our free travel rewards newsletter):

  • Its new welcome bonus offer is worth $171 in travel rewards based on our Flytrippers Valuation
  • The welcome bonus requires a low minimum spend of $1,000 in 3 months (that’s just ≈ $77/week)
  • It gives you 6 annual free airport lounge passes around the world
  • It is one of the very few cards in Canada with no foreign transaction fees (2.5% in savings)
  • Scotia points are literally the easiest type of travel rewards, as they can be applied to any travel expense
  • It has some of the best travel insurance coverage in Canada
  • However, it has a minimum income requirement of $60,000

While not many of you are in need of airport lounge passes right now, given how it will almost certainly be easy to travel this fall at the latest (and next winter), you’d likely be able to use the 6 passes within the year pretty easily.

That said, if you earn over $60,000 per year, there are many other higher offers in terms of rewards value among the best credit cards in Canada. For example, if you want even more value, the aforementioned American Express Cobalt Card is by far the best offer in Canada right now (≈ $706).

Of course, there’s always the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card (≈ $357) if you don’t have it yet: it’s the card that every Canadian traveler should have (the welcome bonus gives you 8 free hotel nights in many cool destinations, like Bali). If you prefer sticking to a Visa card, the BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card* ($327) will give you points (and credits) that are almost just as easy to use as Scotia points (or easier).

Here’s how the card deal works (and download our free checklist for when you get a new card to avoid common mistakes):

  • Apply for the Scotia Passport Visa Infinite* Card
  • Spend $1,000 in 3 months
  • Get 31,000 Scotia points
  • Use for a $310 discount on any travel purchase
  • By deducting the $139 fee, you’ll have gotten $171 in value
  • Re-evaluate the card in one year, as always

Have any questions? Ask us in the comments below.

 

Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite* Card

The Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite* Card does not have an increased welcome bonus, but they at least continued the previous (good) one.

It is one of the best offers for cashback (even though cashback is definitely not the way to go if you want to maximize your rewards):

  • Its welcome bonus offer is worth $200 in cashback (min. spend $2,000 in 3 months)
  • The welcome bonus requires a low minimum spend of $2,000 in 3 months (that’s just ≈ $77/week)
  • It earns a good 4% on groceries (and 1-2% elsewhere)
  • It comes with free supplementary cards the first year to earn faster
  • It has some of the best travel insurance coverage in Canada
  • However, it also has a minimum income requirement of $60,000

Other cashback alternatives include the BMO CashBack® World Elite®* MasterCard®* ($200 welcome bonus) that will soon earn 5% back on groceries (but with very low monthly caps) and the American Express® AIR MILES®* Platinum Card ($227 welcome bonus as AIR MILES Cash Rewards) that is still higher as cashback, even if you are way better off using AIR MILES for travel to get more value (like with all rewards programs).

There is also the SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express® which has an even higher welcome bonus ($301) but requires twice the spending to maximize it.

Here’s how the card deal works (and download our free checklist for when you get a new card to avoid common mistakes):

Have any questions? Ask us in the comments below.

 

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Summary

The 2 best Scotiabank credit cards for travelers have just seen their welcome bonuses increased significantly, so it could be a good time to get them if you were considering these as part of your travel rewards strategy.

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 62/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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