WOW: The Highest Welcome Bonuses Ever Seen In Canada

Today is like Christmas for those who love earning free travel. Incredible new and improved welcome bonuses on 4 great cards—including the one that ALL Canadian travelers should have. Not only are these the best ever on each card… they are the best ever in Canada!!!

This is the BEST time to start if you’ve never been serious about travel rewards… or to earn even more points if you’re not a beginner.

(Good thing travel is starting up again… but none of these points expire anyway!)

A welcome bonus worth $1,666… A $1,316 bonus with unlimited lounge access… A bonus of 15 completely free hotel nights… A bonus of 3 roundtrips to sunny destinations…

We don’t say this lightly: these offers are absolutely INCREDIBLE, these are literally unheard of.

I can’t even believe it myself… and I’ve been into travel rewards for over 10 years.

You can read our follow-up post with a to-the-point summary of these offers.

But here is the detailed version.

 

Basics of travel rewards

Skip this section if you’re one of our many readers who have already accumulated over half a million dollars in welcome bonuses alone with the cards Flytrippers has recommended…

But I have to mention the absolute basics before I start:

  • Who cares if you can’t use one card for 100% of your purchases (it’s the welcome bonuses that count, ALWAYS)
  • Who cares if the card has an annual fee (it’s the net value with the welcome bonus that counts, ALWAYS)
  • Having more cards is factually better for your credit score (as long as you pay in full on time, ALWAYS)
  • NEVER cancel your old cards (download our free checklist for what to do with a new card)

It’s vital to understand these 4 elements.

I give another sentence on each one because it’s so important:

  • No one who earns a lot of points does so with their regular purchases (it’s with welcome bonuses!)
  • A card that costs $120 but gives you $975 is better than a card that costs $0 but gives you $0 (!!!)
  • Everyone thinks that having more cards is bad for the credit score, but that’s just 100% mathematically wrong
  • Speaking of, those who think that getting a new card lowers their score often cancel their only card…

Just understanding this is enough (and it already makes you more of a travel rewards pro than 99% of the population), but I invite you to read 25 travel rewards myths if you happen to want to learn more.

 

Table with overview of new offers

If you (unfortunately) only get one card per year, this year you should absolutely get one of these (and now)!

If you already have these cards, you too can take advantage of this promo (in addition to getting a different card too of course): Amex has sent out some great offers to earn bonuses for existing cardholders. Check your emails or online account, I’ll do a detailed post soon.

Here’s a table with an overview of the incredible value you can get with these new welcome bonuses before I explain everything.

Amex special offers
(july 2021)
WELCOME
BONUS
Best
for
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $3k in 6 mos.
Every single
Canadian
traveler
ends August 3rd
American Express Aeroplan Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $3k in 6 mos.
Fans of Aeroplan
points
or those who have the previous card
ends August 3rd
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
minimum income required: $0
spend $6k in 6 mos.
Highest ever
welcome bonus
in Canada
ends August 3rd
Platinum Card from American Express
minimum income required: $0
spend $6k in 6 mos.
Unlimited access
to airport lounges
around the world for 2
ends August 3rd
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Amex special offers
(july 2021)
Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
ends August 3rd
spend $3k in 6 mos.
Best for: Every single Canadian
traveler
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card American Express Aeroplan Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
ends August 3rd
spend $3k in 6 mos.
Best for: Fans of Aeroplan points
or those who have the previous card
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
ends August 3rd
spend $6k in 6 mos.
Best for: Highest ever welcome bonus
in Canada
Platinum Card® from American Express Platinum Card from American Express
minimum income required: $0
WELCOME BONUS
ends August 3rd
spend $6k in 6 mos.
Best for: Unlimited access to airport lounges
around the world for 2
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.

 

Among the best credit cards, there are often welcome bonuses that can be unlocked with less spending

This time, it may seem like a lot, but you have 6 months to reach the amount instead of the usual 3 months… and with our tips for reaching the minimum spend amounts, it’s very doable (and worth it for over $1,000 in rewards!!!).

All Sobeys, Safeway, Metro, Food Basics, FreshCo, Super C, and Giant Tiger stores accept Amex cards… and all sell lots of different gift cards for your purchases elsewhere 😉

By the way, none of these are lifetime commitments: We always recommend reevaluating every card after 11 months (but not before) to see if it still provides positive value in your particular situation (everyone is different)! Aeroplan and Marriott points are in your Aeroplan and Marriott accounts anyway, completely separate from your card.

 

The 4 new and improved welcome bonuses

You can read the basics of welcome bonuses and the specifics of these record offers at the end (they have 3 parts instead of just one standard bonus), after the section to help you choose among these 4 cards.

But now. here are the 4 cards with increased bonuses and some details on each.

We’re dividing them into 2 categories:

  • Main cards (for all travelers): 2 cards
  • Premium cards (for travelers who want luxury): 2 cards

 

Main cards

These 2 cards are the most attractive for 90% of travelers, i.e. those who do not necessarily travel that often. The offers are lower than on the premium cards, but have a lower fee due to the lack of access to airport lounges.

 

Marriott BonvoyTM American Express® Card

 

Here’s a summary of the Marriott Bonvoy Card offer:

  • Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus: ≈ $735
  • Amount required for this Valuation: $3,000 in 6 months
  • Effective rate of return: 25% ($735 on $3000)
  • Possible additional value: ≈ $90 with an additional $2,000
  • Apply now: Secure Amex link

Absolutely phenomenal welcome bonus!!! Almost $1,000 in value with just one card, and a card of this level at that! That’s just crazy crazy crazy.

This is the one card that ALL Canadian travelers should absolutely have. There is honestly no good reason not to have it, none. We even recommended it with its regular bonus… now it’s almost twice as many points!!!

If you don’t have it yet, it’s definitely time! Don’t miss out on the record-high offer!

Here’s what you can do with the 95,000 points from the Marriott Bonvoy Card:

No taxes to pay with hotel points by the way, so a free night is really free! Marriott hotels are beautiful and there are over 1,000 that fit into those 2 categories: Marriott is the largest hotel chain in the world, with 29 different brands.

If you plan your trips around these destinations, you can have an epic trip with no lodging costs! And even without using them well, the points will give you several free nights at thousands of hotels.

Here are the details of our Valuation of the Marriott Bonvoy Card:

  • Standard Welcome Bonus ($3,000 in 6 months): 65,000 points (≈ $585)
  • Renewal bonus: 15,000 points (≈ $135)
  • Spending bonus ($500 in food/month for 6 months): 15,000 points (≈ $135)
  • Annual fee: deducted (-$120)
  • Total: ≈ $735 (95,000 Marriott points)

So the big chunk is the $3,000 total in 6 months that gives you 65,000 points. That alone is the record (the highest offer ever was the one in effect until today, which was 60,000 points).

But also, by reaching the $3,000 at grocery stores that accept Amex cards, you’re boosting your Marriott points stash because you get 5X the points for 6 months with the additional spending bonus.

Don’t forget that you can always top up with gift cards from other retailers (purchased at the grocery store and then used elsewhere).

(It’s with this part of the promo that you can go for another 10,000 points, or ≈ $90, with $2,000 more in grocery purchases if you want — that is not included in our Flytrippers Valuation.)

And finally, it’s extremely easy to get another bonus with the Marriott Bonvoy Card: you just have to renew it. But in his case, that’s already what you should do regardless, because every year you’ll get an incredible benefit.

To compensate for the annual fee, starting in Year 2 you will get a certificate for a completely free night in an incredibly luxurious hotel. You’ll have several thousand options, many of them are 5-star hotels.

Our Flytrippers Valuation of the certificate is ≈ 315$ (not included in the calculation) but it at least makes up for the 120$ even if you use it badly; that’s why I didn’t include the Year 2 fee either, but basically you even get $195 more by using your certificate well (but at the very least it’s sure to make up for the $120).

And the certificate can even be worth $1,000 as was the case for Flytrippers’ other co-founder Kevin in an overwater bungalow in Fiji. This is the only card no one should ever close!

Here is the complete official offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Card and its 3 components:

  • Maximum possible bonus: 105,000 Marriott points
  • Standard Welcome Bonus: 65,000 points after $3,000 in 6 months
  • Spending earn: 6,000 points min. just by unlocking the standard bonus
  • Renewal Bonus: 15,000 points
  • Spending bonus: 25,000 points max. (5X points in groceries/dining for 6 months, max. $5,000)
  • Regular rates: 5X at Marriott; 2X everywhere else

 

American Express® Aeroplan®* Card

 

Here’s a summary of the Amex Aeroplan Card offer:

  • Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus: ≈ $855
  • Amount required for this Valuation: $3,000 in 6 months
  • Effective rate of return: 29% ($855 on $3000)
  • Possible additional value: ≈ $150 with an additional $2,000
  • Apply now: Secure Amex link

Once again, this is an absolutely phenomenal welcome bonus!!! Not so long ago, a bonus of 30,000 Aeroplan points was very good for main-level cards… this one is up to 75,000 points. You might need to pinch yourself.

You’ll also get travel perks on Air Canada, like priority boarding and a free checked bag for you and 8 travel companions if you like to bring too much stuff on your trip 😉

(If you travel often on Air Canada, consider the premium version of this card listed below, which gives even more benefits and a bonus almost twice as high).

Here’s what you can do with the 65,000 points from the Amex Aeroplan Card:

  • 3 roundtrips to Florida
  • 2.5 roundtrips to Costa Rica
  • 1 roundtrip to Western Europe
  • 10 one-way short-distance flights within North America or Europe
  • 1 one-way business class flight to Japan/Europe

Concretely, here are 18 good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points. Aeroplan points are variable-value rewards that will give you huge discounts on flights on 40 partner airlines (not just Air Canada, contrary to what many people think).

The newly enhanced Aeroplan points are very attractive and can easily be worth much more than our conservative Flytrippers Valuation: You could exceed $1,000 in net value with just one card, that’s just crazy.

Obviously, there are taxes to pay as with any airline program, but the surcharges from before have been eliminated: So we’re talking ≈ $100-$150 per ticket depending on the destination. That still gives you absolutely incredible value. I explained why taxes *alone* are obviously irrelevant.

The more you’re used to paying for expensive flights (no flexibility, destinations that don’t get discounted, peak periods, business class, etc.) the more money you can save with Aeroplan points.

Here are the details of our Valuation of the Amex Aeroplan Card:

  • Standard Welcome Bonus ($3,000 in 6 months): 44,000 points (≈ $660)
  • Monthly bonus ($3,000 spread out as $500/month): 6,000 points (≈ $90)
  • Spending bonus ($500 in food/month for 6 months): 15,000 points (≈ $225)
  • Annual fee: deducted (-$120)
  • Total: ≈ 855$ (65,000 Aeroplan points)

As with the previous card, the welcome bonus requires $3,000 in 6 months and spending it at the grocery store will give you another 15,000 points.

But if you divide that $3,000 up perfectly to reach $500 per month for each of the first 6 months, it gives you a little more points with the Amex Aeroplan Card‘s additional monthly bonus.

Here is the complete official offer for the Amex Aeroplan Card and its 3 components:

  • Maximum possible bonus: 75,000 Aeroplan points
  • Standard Welcome Bonus: 44,000 points after $3,000 in 6 months
  • Spending earn: 3,000 points min. just by unlocking the standard bonus
  • Monthly bonus: 6,000 points max. (1,000 points/month if you spend $500 for 6 months)
  • Spending bonus: 25,000 points max. (5X points in groceries/dining for 6 months, max. $5,000)
  • Regular rates: 2X on Air Canada; 1.5X on restaurants; 1X everywhere else

 

Premium cards

The 2 best premium cards in Canada now have their best offers ever and they are pretty huge, especially the first one. If you want to relax in airport lounges for free and get a welcome bonus worth $1,000+, these are the cards for you.

 

American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card

 

Here’s a summary of the Aeroplan Reserve Card offer:

  • Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus: ≈ $1,666
  • Amount required for this Valuation: $6,000 in 6 months
  • Effective rate of return: 28% ($1,666 on $6,000)
  • Apply now: Secure Amex link

Usually we recommend the other premium card… but WOW: $1,666.

That’s just crazy. The highest offer ever, and frankly $6,000 in 6 months is the equivalent of just $1,000 a month, which isn’t that hard and is still pretty standard for the more premium cards (usually $3,000 in 3 months).

I applied for this one myself. I just couldn’t miss out on the highest welcome bonus ever seen in Canada.

My Aeroplan Reserve Card welcome kit

 

In addition to this insanely high bonus, you will get unlimited access to Air Canada lounges. However, this is in North America only, when you travel with Air Canada or a Star Alliance carrier only, and with no guesting privileges.

(While for the card below, it’s for 1,300 lounges worldwide, on any airline, and with a free guest).

If you travel frequently with Air Canada, there are many other benefits related to elite status (in addition to the same priority boarding and free baggage benefits as the main-level card).

Here’s what you can do with the 151,000 points from the Aeroplan Reserve Card:

  • 7 round trips to Florida
  • 6 round trips to Costa Rica
  • 2 round trips to Western Europe
  • 1 business class round-trip to Japan
  • 20 one-way short-haul flights within North America or Europe

Concretely, here are 18 good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points. You can multiply what’s in that post by 2.3 to know what you can get with this premium version.

See above for details on Aeroplan.

Here are the details of our Valuation of the Aeroplan Reserve Card:

  • Standard Welcome Bonus ($6,000 in 6 months): 70,000 points (≈ $1,050)
  • Monthly bonus ($6,000 spread out as $1,000/month): 30,000 points (≈ $450)
  • Spending bonus ($833 in food/month for 6 months): 50,000 points (≈ $750)
  • Earn on rest of min. spend ($167 elsewhere/month for 6 months): 1,000 points (≈ $15)
  • Card fee: deducted (-$599)
  • Total: ≈ $1,666 (151,000 Aeroplan points)

So this is very similar to the last card, but the amount is doubled. With $6,000 in 6 months you’re going to get the welcome bonus and if it’s spread evenly $1,000 in each of the 6 months, that’s going to maximize your monthly bonus for every month.

With the Aeroplan Reserve Card, the additional spending bonus is also doubled: 10X points on food for 6 months. I’ve rounded down the average food expenditure for a Canadian household according to Statistics Canada and it maximizes this bonus.

Yes the fee is high… but a bonus worth $2,265 for a fee of $599… it’s a great deal if you know how to count (and obviously if you have the cashflow to pay the fee and essentially pre-pay future trips).

It’s weird though that no one has a problem pre-paying a pair of $300 tickets upfront for a trip (that doesn’t give you any rewards), but everyone is so conditioned to avoid fees that that same $599 will turn off a lot of people and make them miss out on a welcome bonus that gives $2,265 in rewards!

May I remind you that this is quite literally the highest welcome bonus amount ever seen in Canada!

Here is the complete official offer for the Aeroplan Reserve Card and its 3 components:

  • Maximum possible bonus: 150,000 Aeroplan points
  • Standard Welcome Bonus: 70,000 points after $6,000 in 6 months
  • Spending earn: 6,000 points min. just by unlocking the standard bonus
  • Monthly bonus: 30,000 points max. (5,000 points/month when you spend $1,000 for 6 months)
  • Spending bonus: 50,000 points max. (10X points in groceries/dining for 6 months, max. $5,000)
  • Regular rates: 3X on Air Canada; 2X on restaurants; 1.25X everywhere else

 

The Platinum Card® from American Express

 

Here’s a summary of the Platinum Card offer:

  • Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus: ≈ $1,316
  • Amount required for this Valuation: $6,000 in 6 months
  • Effective rate of return: 22% ($1,316 on $6,000)
  • Apply now: Secure Amex link

The ultimate premium card, with unlimited access to airport lounges everywhere in the world (one guest included). I could never do without my Platinum Card personally.

It’s definitely a great card to get if you’re going to be traveling a lot, because you’ll get ≈ $1,316 AND lounge access for a year. And for a net cost of just ≈ $49 more, thanks to a renewal bonus (not included in our Flytrippers Valuation), you would even have unlimited access for 2 full years

The card also gives you Gold Elite Status with Marriott and Hilton, plus other luxury travel perks like great insurance. In addition to the points from the welcome bonus, an annual $200 travel credit is offered.

But for sure, the previous card is very tempting, given the higher bonus value! It depends on what’s more valuable to you: More travel rewards, or more lounges.

Losing $350 in value to get more airport lounges kinda makes each lounge visit pretty expensive…

Here’s what you can do with the 151,000 points and the 2 travel credits from the Platinum Card (if you renew for Year 2):

  • 7 round trips to Florida
  • 6 round trips to Costa Rica
  • 2 round trips to Western Europe
  • 1 business class round-trip to Japan
  • 20 one-way short-haul flights within North America or Europe
  • You’ll also earn 2 travel credits of $200: They can be used for any flight or hotel booked through Amex Travel

These are the same redemptions as the previous card because the best use of Amex points is often to transfer them to Aeroplan. Concretely, here are 18 good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points (or 65,000 Amex points, as the transfer ratio is 1 to 1).

But you can also transfer them to Avios, which have the same Flytrippers Valuation, but offer different options.

We’ll also have a guide on how to use 50,000 Avios very soon, for those who took advantage of the previous best offer ever (the nearly $800 welcome bonus on the HSBC World Elite Mastercard from last fall).

In addition to transfers to Aeroplan and Avios for flights on 50+ airlines, you can also use Amex points as a simple travel credit on any travel expense (easier, but ≈ 33% less value, so a $512 bonus instead of $1,267… not so bad though considering you get lounge access for 2 years—or a $711 bonus for one year if you prefer).

Here are the details of our Valuation of the Platinum Card:

  • Standard Welcome Bonus ($6,000 in 6 months): 70,000 points (≈ $1,050)
  • Spending bonus ($833 in food/month for 6 months): 50,000 points (≈ $750)
  • Earn on rest of min. spend ($167 elsewhere/month for 6 months): 1,000 points (≈ $15)
  • Annual travel credit (year 1): $200
  • Card fee (year 1): deducted (-$699)
  • Total: ≈ $1,316 (121,000 Amex points + 1 travel credit)

Optional for year 2:

  • Renewal Bonus: 30,000 points (≈ $450)
  • Annual travel credit (year 2): $200
  • Card fee (year 2): deducted (-$699)
  • Total: cost of ≈ $49 (30,000 Amex points + 1 travel credit)

Compared to the previous card, everything is the same with the Platinum Card except that the $6,000 in 6 months doesn’t have to be spread evenly over each of the 6 months.

Instead, you get a renewal bonus that almost completely offsets the net card fee of $499 ($699 – $200) so that gives you another full year of free lounge access.

Here is the complete official offer for the Platinum Card and its 3 components:

  • Maximum possible bonus: 150,000 Amex points
  • Standard Welcome Bonus: 70,000 points after $6,000 in 6 months
  • Spending earn: 6,000 points min. just by unlocking the standard bonus
  • Renewal Bonus: 30,000 points
  • Spending bonus: 50,000 points max. (10X points in groceries/dining for 6 months, max. $5,000)
  • Regular rates: 3X on dining; 2X on travel; 1X everywhere else

 

Which of the 4 cards to choose

So first, you need to decide if you want Aeroplan or Marriott points. Look at the list of countries where you can maximize the number of completely free nights with Marriott (15 nights in some countries or 8 nights in 50+ countries).

If you feel like going there, the Marriott Bonvoy Card is a good choice. Especially if you’re good at finding cheap flights usually.

But in many expensive or popular destinations, you won’t get as much value with Marriott. Still a lot of value compared to literally any other card or almost, but just not as much as the current record-high Aeroplan offer.

So if you’re not sure about Marriott, Aeroplan is a really great and rewarding program for heavily discounted flights. The 2 Aeroplan cards also come with a free bag on Air Canada, if you like to bring too much stuff as most people do!

Read the 18 examples of good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points to see if those are trips that look interesting. It can seem a bit complicated, but for most travelers, Aeroplan gives more flexibility than Marriott.

So if you want Aeroplan points, then ask yourself if you’re willing to pre-pay a little more upfront to get a lot more points and luxury travel benefits.

If not, the Amex Aeroplan Card is for you.

If you’re willing to go for a premium card, ask yourself if you want to sacrifice $350 in total value for unlimited lounge access for 2 people.

If not, get the Aeroplan Reserve Card.

If you do, get the Platinum Card.

And one last note, the Platinum Card‘s Amex points can also be transferred to Marriott, but you lose value because of the transfer rate. But this gives you the ability to get lounge access even if you’re not interested in Aeroplan points.

The Platinum Card‘s Amex points can also be used as easy travel credit for any travel expense (33% less value than Aeroplan points). But if you want lounge access but you’re not interested in Marriott and Aeroplan points, this is still a profitable option even if it’s less valuable this way.

Finally, when you are more experienced, the pro trick is to apply for 2 cards on the same day: It counts as just one application and gives you 2 welcome bonuses. For those who are not beginners, this is very lucrative. For beginners though, unless your current cards are really old, it’s best to wait to go a little slower at first so that your card gets older!

Travel rewards are a marathon, not a sprint!

By the way, there are plenty of other offers besides these cards, we publish the best ones every month in our ranking of the best cards. It’s just that the others are infinitely lower, they’re at the more normal level.

So we strongly recommend just sticking to the 4 in this article…

But if you really want something simpler instead of something more valuable, for example, if you want simple fixed-value rewards because you don’t want anything complicated, and/or if you want a card that requires less spending. The Scotiabank Gold Card gives you $350 completely free. You can apply that $350 to literally any travel expense, nothing could be easier.

But hey… $350 is not even half of the ≈ $735 that is the lowest of the 4 Amex special offers.

Like everything in life, it’s always like this with travel rewards: You can have more simple or more valuable. It’s up to you 😉

 

Basics of the new welcome bonuses

American Express already often has the best travel rewards offers, even under normal circumstances.

And now their new welcome rewards on these 4 cards are just crazy. They all expire August 3rd, in just over a week.

The offers are structured a little differently though, instead of just having a total minimum spend requirement in the first few months as usual.

So we make it easy for you by giving you the Flytrippers Valuation of the offer according to our estimate of what is reasonable to reach depending on the card. And we tell you how with the detail of the calculation too.

(Our Flytrippers Valuation is always your net “profit” with the welcome bonus, so the annual fee is already deducted of course).

But if you want the details, here’s how it works.

The thing is that these welcome bonuses all have 3 separate components.

Usually, welcome bonuses for all credit cards work like this:

  • Spend X amount in the first 3 or 6 months
  • Get a welcome bonus of several hundred dollars

Simple.

Let’s call this the standard welcome bonus. For this promotion, American Express is keeping that standard welcome bonus (at the highest level ever)

But they also add 2 more items:

  • Another bonus if you keep the card for more than a year (renewal bonus) OR another bonus if your spending amount is evenly spread out each month (monthly bonus)
  • An incredible bonus earn rate for the first 6 months for another bonus (additional spending bonus)

This means that with this last portion of the bonus… the more you spend, the bigger the welcome bonus you can get.

But as mentioned, even the standard welcome bonuses are upgraded (and the best ever for each card), so it’s still very high even for those who don’t want to spend more.

And the renewal bonuses are also very lucrative (all you have to do is make a single purchase between month 14 and month 17).

 

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Summary

These are some simply amazing offers from American Express on the Marriott Bonvoy Card, the Aeroplan Card, the Aeroplan Reserve Card, and the Platinum Card.

What do you want to know about these offers? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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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).

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Laura

    Hello. I sent a message in a couple days ago but I don’t see it here. I was asking a question about the Marriott card. Just wondering if I apply for that right away how soon I could actually use hotel points? I live in Nova Scotia and doing a road trip the end of August to Ontario and Quebec. Hoping to maybe stay at a hotel using these points. Is this a feasible amount of time if I spend a minimum spend as soon as I get the card? Thanks!

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, even if you were to reach the required minimum spend to unlock the welcome bonus really quickly, August is just too soon unfortunately. That said, there aren’t that many great uses of Marriott points in QC/ON, at least not to maximize the number of free nights you get. But yeah, it’s good to start now still, because if not you can end up in the same situation for the next trip and not have the rewards ready. This whole hobby definitely requires advance planning, but luckily now these are the very best offers ever seen at least 😉

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