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4 reasons to get into travel rewards


Earn thousands of dollars in free travel


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6 simple steps for travel rewards

1. Choose a card


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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: 64/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Helene

    I was thinking of Marriot Bonvoy American Express and Bmo Air Miles World Elite Mastercard

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Very important: the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card should NEVER be closed: it gives you an annual certificate for a free night worth 35,000 points (≈ $315). It’s literally the only card every traveler should always keep, no exceptions. So don’t close it, I can’t emphasize this enough. If you were to close it even if you really shouldn’t, Marriott points are in your Marriott account, it has nothing to do with the card 🙂

      The BMO AIR MILES World Elite MasterCard is rarely worth keeping after the 1st year’s welcome bonus, but again your AIR MILES miles are in your AIR MILES account, nothing to do with the card.

  2. Helene

    if I have rewards on a card that I have not used yet can I still close the card to avoid yearly fees the following years or will I lose my points

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Yes, with almost every card in Canada there’s no need to keep the card to keep the rewards. What you need to do to keep the rewards depends on the specific card you want to close. Usually it’s just to downgrade the card to its no-fee version, but not all cards have one. What card do you want to close?

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