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No-Fee Reward Credit Cards in Canada - Why Not?

What are you Reviewing?

I set out to review all the credit cards available in Canada. Then I got to thinking - "There are so many credit cards out there that charge annual fees. Why should we pay for something that's available for free?" So it was decided, Credit Cards with fees would be excluded from this review. Then I thought some more. "There are even cards that pay you for using it!" So I decided that cards that didn't have any sort of reward would not be included. So to recap,

I'm including every card that:

A NOTE about interest rates: I'm only reviewing these cards as a form of payment; NOT as a way to borrow money. There are many many far better ways to borrow than on a credit card. As a result, I will not take interest rates into account (but I will show them).

Why use a credit card if you aren't going to carry a balance?

Why not? You aren't paying any extra for the things you're buying, and you're getting something in return! Why use anything else?

Tips

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Which cards have made it into your review?

These are they. If you're narrowing down your list, use the checkboxes to add or remove cards from the review. Please note that removing cards will work fine in Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox, but replacing them will completely mess up. I would just click refresh.
American Express Costco Platinum Cash Rebate Card
American Express AIR MILES Credit Card
American Express Holt Renfrew Card
Bank of Montreal Mosaik MasterCard
Canadian Tire Options MasterCard
CIBC Dividend Card
CIBC Hbc Rewards VISA Card
CIBC Shoppers Optimum VISA Card
Citibank KidsFutures Mastercard
Citibank Platinum Sony Mastercard
Citibank Sony Mastercard
Citibank Driver's Edge Mastercard
Citibank Driver's Edge Gold Mastercard
Citibank Driver's Edge Platinum Mastercard
Citibank Enrich Mastercard
Citibank Petro-Points Mastercard
Citizens Bank Charity VISAs
CUETS No-fee Choice Rewards Mastercard
Desjardins Elegance Gold VISA
MBNA CAA Mastercard
MBNA Ebay Anything Points Mastercard
MBNA Last Minute Club Mastercard
MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest Mastercard
MBNA Stay in School Mastercard
National Bank of Canada Husky/Mohawk Mastercard
President's Choice Financial MasterCard
Royal Bank Esso Visa
Royal Bank Rewards Visa Classic
Scotiabank Moneyback Visa
TD GM Visa Card

Which criteria are you using in your review?

These are they. If specific ones don't matter to you, un-check them. It's highly suggested because this table is huge and hard to read. Please note that removing criteria will work fine in Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox, but replacing them will completely mess up. I would just click refresh.
Name of Card
Sign-up Bonus
Interest Rate
Type of Card
Type of Rewards (amount per dollar spent)
Percent Equivalent
Minimum Personal Income (I don't know if this really matters)
Minimum Credit Limit
Foreign Currency Commission
Types of Insurance
Additional Card Cost
Extended Warranty
Other Info
Conclusions

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Name Sign-up Bonus Interest Rate Type Rewards (rewards / money spent) Percentage Equivalent Min. Personal Income Min. Credit Limit Insurance Foreign Currency Commission Additional Card Cost Warranty Other Info Conclusions
American Express Costco Platinum Cash Rebate Card None 18.25% - 23.99% AMEX Cash to be used at Costco (depends) 0.25 (up to $2000)
0.50 ($2000 - $5000)
1.50 ($5000+)
Max. 500$ /yr ($37000 spent)
15000 1000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment 1 2.2% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty 2 Must be a member of Costco Impressions:This card has all the usual extra features, but it's return isn't especially high unless you spend lots of money. There are better choices out there.
This credit card is perfect for people who spend a lot and only spend at Costco.
American Express AIR MILES Credit Card 100 Air Miles 18.5% - 23.99% AMEX Air Miles (1 /$20) 0.4 - 1.2 6 15000 1000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment 1 2.2% Free None None Impressions: Definitely not the worst of the bunch, it isn't the best either. The biggest benefit of the card is the healthy 100 Air Mile bonus. Another great benefit is that you can double up at some stores (up to 3%). If you do get the card, some great things to redeem it on are Maclean's subscriptions and train travel.
This credit card is perfect for no one in particular.
American Express Holt Renfrew Card 10% Discount on First Purchase @ HR 18.99% - 23.99% AMEX HR Reward Points, equivalent to $0.01 (1 /$1, 1.4 if spent at HR) Min. Redemption is $50. 1 or 1.4 in store. 15000 1000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment 1 2.2% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty 2 Exclusive HR mailings
complimentary basic hem and cuff alterations at Holt Renfrew
Impressions: If you shop at Holt Renfrew, you probably already have this card. If you don't shop at Holt Renfrew, ignore this card.
This credit card is perfect for people who shop at Holt Renfrew.
Bank of Montreal Mosaik MasterCard None 18.4% MC Cash ($0.005 /$1) or Air Miles (1 / 40$) 0.5 with cash rewards or 0.2 - 0.6 with Air Miles N/A N/A None 2.5% $5 Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty Impressions:
If you're doing it for the cash, go for Citibank Enrich. If you're going for Air Miles, get the AMEX Air Miles card. The only reason why I would ever get this card is because it has a pretty good deal on Travel Medical insurance. This credit card is perfect for people who might need Travel Medical Insurance, for a fee.
Canadian Tire Options MasterCard None 18.9% - 24.9% MC Canadian Tire Money ($0.01 /$1, $0.10 /5.41$ spent at CT) 1 anywhere or 1.85 @ Canadian Tire
14000 300 None 2.5% Free None None Impressions:Everybody loves Canadian Tire money! And 1% cash isn't bad considering some of the other cards around. It's very light on the extras, though.
This credit card is perfect for people who love Canadian Tire!
CIBC Dividend Card None 19.5% Visa Cash (depends) 0.25 up to $1500
0.5 up to $3000
1 over $3000
15000 500 $100,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.5% Free Doubled for up to one year on most purchases 20% Discounts @ Avis Impressions: AVOID Go for Citi's Enrich, *please*. Save yourself the trouble.
This credit card is perfect for those who don't have the income to get Citi's Enrich.
CIBC Hbc Rewards VISA Card 10000 HBC reward Points 19.5% Visa HBC Rewards (15/ $1) 0.14 - 0.2 5 15000 500 $100,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.5% Free None 20% Discounts @ Avis
Automatically become A Gold Member of HBC Rewards
Impressions: AVOID
Terrible return. You're wasting precious seconds.This credit card is perfect for don't like to earn much.
CIBC Shoppers Optimum VISA Card 3000 Shoppers Optimum Points 19.5% Visa Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points (5/ $1) 0.83 - 1.10 4 15000 500 $100,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.5% Free None 20% Discounts @ Avis Impressions:
Not too shabby. CIBC, you may have a winner yet. If you spend a lot of money at SDM, this is definetly for you.This credit card is perfect for people who spend a lot of money at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Citibank Driver's Edge Mastercard None 19.9% MC Cash towards the purchase of ANY car ($0.02 /$1) 2 to a max. of $500 per year ($25000 spent), $2500 per car. Rebates expire in 5 years. N/A 1000 None 2.0% Free Price Protection Photo & signature on card Impressions: PICK 2% return, lots of freedom, a few extra features; this is a great choice if you're in the market for a car, new or used.
This credit card is perfect for those wanting to buy a car within 5 years.
Citibank Driver's Edge Gold Mastercard None 19.9% MC Cash towards the purchase of ANY car ($0.02 /$1) 2 to a max. of $1000 per year ($50000 spent), $2500 per car. Rebates expire in 5 years. N/A 2500 None 2.0% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty, Price Protection 3 Photo & signature on card Impressions: PICK Same as above, just with more benefits.
This credit card is perfect for those wanting to buy a car within 5 years and who have a better credit rating.
Citibank Driver's Edge Platinum Mastercard None 19.9% MC Cash towards the purchase of ANY car ($0.02 /$1) 2 to a max. of $1000 per year ($50000 spent), $5000 per car. Rebates expire in 5 years. N/A 5000 $500,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
Car Rental Collision/Loss Damage Insurance
2.0% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty, Price Protection 3 Photo & signature on card Impressions: PICK
The benefits that only come with Platinum.This credit card is perfect for those wanting to buy a car within 5 years and who have a perfect credit rating.
Citibank KidsFutures Mastercard None 19.9 MC Cash towards your child's RESP (depends) 0.25 up to $3000/yr
1 up to $7000/yr
1.5 up to $15000/yr
2 up to $35000/yr
N/A N/A None 2.0% Free Price Protection 3 Gov't will add 20% to a max of $400 a year
Photo & signature on card
Impressions: Great idea for people with kids. This could really add up after 18 years. Unfortunately, it's tiered, meaning your first 3000$ will not make much at all.
This credit card is perfect for people with kids that spend $5000+ on their credit card every year.
Citibank Sony Mastercard None 19.9% MC Sony Points (1 /$1, 2 when buying sony products from an authorized retailer) 1 May vary. N/A 1000 None 2.0% Free Price Protection 3 Photo & signature on card Impressions: It's fine if you would like rewards on Sony Products.
This credit card is perfect for people who want free Sony stuff.
Citibank Platinum Sony Mastercard None 19.9% MC Sony Points (1 /$1, 2 when buying sony products from an authorized retailer) 1 May vary. N/A 5000 $500,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
Car Rental Collision/Loss Damage Insurance
2.0% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty, Price Protection 3 Photo & signature on card Impressions:Same, but with great platinum benefits
This credit card is perfect for people who want free Sony stuff who have a perfect credit rating.
Citibank Enrich Mastercard None 19.9 MC Cash ($0.01 /$1) to a max of $500 per year 1 35000 5000 $500,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
Car Rental Collision/Loss Damage Insurance
2.0% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty Price Protection 3 Photo & signature on card Impressions: PICK Free cash! Great! No Gimmicks! Platinum Benefits!
This credit card is perfect for anyone with a good credit rating.
Citibank Petro-Points Mastercard 2000 on your first purchase 19.9 MC Petro-Points (10 /$1) 0.5-2 9 plus 0.02$ off every litre of gas bought at Petro Canada. 15000 500 None 2.0% Free Price Protection 3 $0.02 off every litre of gas at Petro Canada. Photo & signature on card Impressions: PICK The points earned on this credit card are equivalent and exchangeable with PC Points, making it almost the same as the PC Financial card. This card has an edge because it offers a 2 cent discount on every litre of gas at Petro-Canada and 2000 bonus points on your first purchase. It's disadvantaged because it doesn't have any warranties or insurance. With a lot of other ways to earn points, this card and PC are great, but be careful what you redeem because you can really get ripped off, or you can get great deals.
This credit card is perfect for those who buy gas at Petro-Canada.
Citizens Bank Amnesty VISA, Oxfam VISA, Shared Interest VISA 20$ to the charity (Shared interest excluded) 17.75 Visa 10 cents per transaction towards Amnesty, Oxfam, or others 10 cents per transaction 15000 500 $200,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 1.8 Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty, Price Protection None Impressions: PICKIf you don't really care about bothering with points or rebates, why not do something charitable instead of getting a run of the mill credit card?
This credit card is perfect for people who would rather give than receive.
CUETS No-fee Choice Rewards Mastercard None 18.90 Mastercard Choice Reward points (1/$2) 0.1-0.5 N/A 1000 $100,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.5 Free None None Impressions: AVOID There really isn't anything this card offers that's makes it worth it. If you do get this card, know that the travel redemption options are the best value. Everything in the catalogue is really not worth it.
This credit card is perfect for. . . ?
Desjardins Elegance Gold VISA None 18.9% Visa Bonusdollars ($0.005 /1$) 0.5 35000 3000 $125,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
Vehicle Rental Collision/Damage Coverage for up to 48 days
Travel Insurance for up to 3 days
1.8% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty None Impressions:There ain't much special about the rewards, giving a meagre 0.5%. The site being under construction, it's hard to tell what you can redeem for. The extras are where this card shines. Low exchange rate, Car Rental insurance, and even travel health insurance for 3 days.
This credit card is perfect for Those who rent cars or who make short trips out of the country.
MBNA CAA Mastercard None 17.99-19.99 MC CAA Dollars (cash towards your membership) 1 everywhere. 2-4 at Sunoco, UPI, or FS 35000 500 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
with gold & platinum: Lost luggage, Car Rental insurance
2.5% Free with gold & platinum: Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty Must be a member of CAA Impressions:It's not exciting, but it helps pay off your CAA membership. It's a great deal if you get gas at Sunoco or UPI.
This credit card is perfect for CAA members that buy gas at Sunoco or UPI.
MBNA Ebay Anything Points Mastercard Wireless Mouse or 2500 points, depending on the offer 19.99% MC Ebay Anything Points (0.70 /1 point, pegged to $0.01USD) 0.91 depending on the exchange rate 35000 500 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
with gold & platinum: Lost luggage, Car Rental insurance
2.5% Free with gold & platinum: Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty None Impressions:I, personally, would love this card. Why don't I? Because you can't use your points on one of the biggest deal-breakers on Ebay: shipping.
This credit card is perfect for those addicted to Ebay.
MBNA Last Minute Club Mastercard None 19.99% MC Last Minute Club Points (1/ $1) 1 35000 500 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
with gold & platinum: Lost luggage, Car Rental insurance
2.5% Free with gold & platinum: Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty 5000 point bonus for every $10,000 you spend yearly, up to a max of 15000 points. Impressions: 1% isn't bad and, depending on your credit rating, the benefits aren't bad either. You can redeem the points on travel bought from the Last Minute Club. Beware, club membership is $40 or $55 for the family, but it's worth it for package deals to the Carribean. Note that the points will all expire in 2008.
This credit card is perfect for people who travel a lot.
MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest Mastercard 5000 points on your first purchase, 5000 points the first time you charge a stay at any Starwood hotel to your card 19.99% MC Starwood Preferred Guest points (1 /2$), plus 2 points per US dollar spent at a Starwood hotel 0.35 - 4.2 10 35000 500 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
with gold & platinum: Lost luggage, Car Rental insurance
2.5% Free with gold & platinum: Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty 5000 point bonus for every $10,000 you spend yearly, up to a max of 15000 points. Impressions: PICK This has BY FAR the best signup bonuses I've ever seen. You could stay for up to five free nights without spending more than 100$ on the card, or have half the points needed for a flight. I'll discuss the card more in the appendix because it's very complicated.
This credit card is perfect for people who travel a lot.
Stay in School Mastercard None 19.99% MC cash towards tuition, textbooks, or debt ($0.01/ $1) 1 35000 500 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance
with gold & platinum: Lost luggage, Car Rental insurance
2.5% Free with gold & platinum: Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty Impressions: For students, this card is hard to beat. 1% on things that you need to pay, like tuition or debt. To be frank, the website looks like it was made by a three year old. But, then again, so does my site.
This credit card is perfect for people who are in university or college.
National Bank of Canada Husky/Mohawk Mastercard None 18.9% MC Cash ($0.005 /$1) 0.5 or 1 on puchases made at Husky or Mohawk N/A 500 None 2.5% Free None Discounts at Avis Impressions:Very boring card.
This credit card is perfect for people who rent cars at Avis or who buy gas at Husky/ Mohawk.
President's Choice Financial MasterCard None 17.97% MC PC Points (10/ $1) 0.5 - 2 9 N/A 1000 $250,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.5% Free Doubled for up to one year (excluding computer hardware), and 90 days on purchases without warranty None Impressions: PICKGreat card. Go for either this one or Petro-Points (very similar) depending on your priorities. Be careful what you redeem because you can really get ripped off, or you can get great deals. Things of note: no extended warranty on computer hardware??? and no service charge on cash advances from CIBC ATMs.
This credit card is perfect for those looking for a great card and an extended warranty
Royal Bank Esso Visa None 18.5% Visa Esso Extra Points (1 /$1, 2 at Esso) 0.5 - 0.9 7 12000 1000 None 2.5% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty None Impressions:
Extended warranty, but not much else. Low return.This credit card is perfect for people who buy gas at Esso.
Royal Bank Rewards Visa Classic None 18.5% Visa RBC Rewards (1 /2$) 0.4 - 0.5 8 N/A 1000 None 2.5% Free Doubled for up to one year, and 90 days on purchases without warranty Discounts at specific stores Impressions: AVOID RBC seems to give everyone an extended warranty. A complete waste of time otherwise.
This credit card is perfect for no one, really.
Scotiabank Moneyback Visa None 18.5 Visa Cash (varies) 0.25 up to $1500/yr
0.5 up to $3000/yr
1 above $3000/yr
N/A 1000 None 1.8% Free None Discount at Avis, Up to 10% rebates at certain retailers through the ScotiaStar program Impressions: AVOIDThis is a card that looks like it was made to compete with CIBC's Dividend card. Unfortunately for both of them, they've been beat by Citibank for a while. It has a nice design on the front though.
This credit card is perfect for people who won't sign up for Citi's Enrich because it's an American bank.
TD GM Visa Card None 18.5% Visa Cash towards a new GM car ($0.03 /$1) 3 to a maximum of around 10% of the price of the car 12000 500 $150,000 Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance 2.0% Free None Discount at Budget Rent a car Impressions: AVOID 3%, you say? How can that be bad? Well, it's because of the insane restrictions. you can only use it on new GM vehicles, and there are limits on how much you can redeem, around 10%.
This credit card is perfect for people buying brand new GM cars on a regular basis.

Notes

  1. Quoted from American Express' Website: " Automatic coverage of up to $100,000 worth of Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance when you charge your common carrier (plane, train, ship or bus) tickets to your Card. Use the Card to book tickets for your spouse, dependant children (under 23) or any Supplementary Cardmember and they will also be covered. Spouse and dependant children (under 23) of Supplementary Cardmembers are also covered."
  2. Quoted from American Express' Website: " The free repair period and the coverage given under the manufacturer's original warranty is automatically doubled for up to one additional year, on many products purchased (motorized vehicles and their parts are excluded) with the Card in Canada and the U.S., provided the manufacturer's warranty does not exceed five years. Proof of purchase, a copy of the manufacturer's warranty and a description of the product are required to register your purchase. You will need approval from American Express before any repairs will be covered. Repair costs are limited to $25,000 per eligible item.

    Many retail items that are purchased anywhere in the world with the Card are automatically insured for 90 days from the date of purchase against accidental physical damage and most theft. Pays the deductible and any difference between what your other insurance pays and the full purchase price up to $1,000 per insured occurrence (not per purchased item). If no other coverage is applicable, Purchase Protection pays toward the repair or replacement up to the full purchase price (limit $1,000)."

  3. From the Citibank website:
    "Donít you hate it when you find, say, those zebra print car seat covers you bought last week.for twenty bucks less? Well, we do too Ė thatís why we came up with Price Protection, something that youíll only get with Citi MasterCard. If, within 60 days of a purchase with your Citi Driverís Edge MasterCard, you come across the same item anywhere in Canada at a lower advertised price, Citi will credit your Citi Driverís Edge MasterCard account with the difference, up to $100 per item upon approval of your claim."
  4. Shoppers Drug Mart Redemption Chart:
  5. HBC Rewards Redemption Examples
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage
    $25 Gift Card210,000$250.18
    $100 Gift Card825,000$1000.18
    60 min. Phone Card65,000$3 (@ 5c/min)0.14
    Famous Players Admit One Pass89,000$100.16
    Canon Powershot A3101,900,000$2490.2
  6. Air Miles Redemption Examples
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage at 1/$20 (1/$40)
    $20 Gift Certificate125$200.8 (0.4)
    A DVD300$250.4 (0.2)
    1 year Maclean's Subscription245$56.681.2 (0.6)
    VIA Rail, Toronto to Montreal One Way450$861.00 (0.5)
    Olympus C-60 Digital Camera5100$6000.6 (0.3)
  7. Esso Extra Redemption Examples
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage
    Donations to Charitable Orgs.200$10.5
    Gift Cert. to Chapters/ Tim Hortons1000$50.5
    Gift Cert. to Roots3100$250.8
    Lottery Ticket350$20.6
    Mapart Map325$2.950.9
  8. RBC Rewards Redemption Examples
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage
    RRSP/ RESP Contribution12000$1000.4
    Hotel Accomodations/ Car Rentals100$10.5
    Esso Gift Certifcate2500$200.4
    Sony Net MD Walkman19000$149.990.4
  9. PC Points / Petro-Points Redemption Examples
    The name in brackets beside the reward is the program that it must be redeemed in. You can exchange points between all of these programs as follows:
    PC Points <-> Petro Points <-> Sears Club
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage
    Cash at Loblaws, Superstore, Independent, etc. (PC Points)20000$201
    Roots Gift Certificate (PC Points)50000$501
    Chapters Gift Certificate(PC Points)20000$201
    Petro Points Autoclub (Petro Points)40000$79.952
    Long Distance (Petro Points)6600$101.6
    Discount for package or cruise holidays with Sears (Petro Points)95000$1251.3
    Discount for air travel with Sears (Petro Points)80000$1001.25
    Sears Gift Certificate (Sears Club) 300000$6002
    Sears Gift Certificate (Sears Club) 200000$2501.25
    5$ gas at Petro-Canada (Petro Points)10000$50.5
    20$ gas at Petro-Canada (Petro Points)35000$200.57
    A night's stay at Ramada (Petro Points)55000~$1102
  10. Starwood Redemption Examples
    RewardPointsDollar ValuePercentage (percentage if you spend $10k, 20k, or 30k in a year)
    Flight from Toronto to LA on American Airlines. (purchased well in advance, transferred to the LAN Chile program)20000 (you get an extra 10000 points in the Lan Chile program to do as you wish)341.33 (exchanged from USD at 0.75)0.85 (1.7)
    Flight from Toronto to Vancouver on Air Canada. (purchased well in advance, transferred to the Lufthansa program)25000$2090.418 (0.836)
    One weekend night at Sheraton Four Points in Mississauga2000$842.1 (4.2)
    One night at the Westin Harbour Castle7000$116.82 (1.7)
    Five nights at the Westin Harbour Castle28000$5801.0 (2.1)

    Like I said, I will discuss this card a bit more because it is a huge mosaic of rewards, points, exchanges, and exceptions.
    Earning: At the base, you get pretty much half a point per dollar. Starwood gives you an extra 5000 points if you reach $10,000, 10000 points for $20,000 and 15000 points for $30,000, meaning you're getting one point per dollar. So, to maximize your return, make your goal one of those increments. If you spent $30,000 the first year you have the card, and some of those dollars were spent at a Starwood hotel (Westin, Sheraton, W), you could get 40,000 points! That's two return flights within the continent (excluding fees) or 13 hotel nights. Wow.
    Redeeming: There are an unbelievable array of options. I'll discuss airlines first. You can transfer points pretty much one-for-one with a lot of major airlines' miles programs. Plus, for every 20,000 you transfer, you get 5,000 extra. Aeroplan? It's listed, but there's an exception that says that you can't use points earned on this credit card (my guess is because of a contract between Aeroplan and its several credit cards), so you're out of luck. Don't worry, though, there are tonnes of other options. If you really must fly Air Canada, you can transfer your points to Lufthansa and use them on Air Canada flights, but redemption starts at 30,000 points, as opposed to 15,000. Never fear, there are better deals! If you're willing to brush up on your spanish, you can transfer the points to LanChile's program one-for-two! That means that you can get a flight on American within North America starting at 20,000 Starpoints. You want to spend your points at a hotel? Well, there are six different categories, the first and second being the cheapest. For a category 1 hotel on the weekend, it costs 2000 points, or 3000 during the week. Category 2 is 3000 on the weekend or 4000 during the week. There are only a few Canadian hotels in category one (Mississauga, Kitchener, Gatineau, Canmore) but a lot more in category two. You can also redeem 1000 points for half off the rack rate. Beware. You can end up losing money. For a room that costs $75 on the website, the rack rate is $249, meaning a net loss of $50. Yuck. There are more deals on the
    SPG.com website that I didn't mention. Unfortunately, there are
    Exceptions:

Other Good References:

Surprisingly, the government has a great website on all things credit card and compares them without bias. Check out the FCAC's website for all sorts of juicy info.