Review: CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Card Prepaid Visa

2018-05-11T16:44:58+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Credit Cards, Reviews|

Air Canada AC Conversion Card Introduction I don't like bank fees. Actually, I loathe bank fees. As a frequent traveler, I'm quite familiar with all of the extra costs associated with spending money in a foreign currency, with the dreaded foreign exchange fee at the top of my 'most hated' list. The foreign exchange fee (or FX fee), is a percentage added [...]

Review: Scotiabank American Express Gold Credit Card

2018-05-01T10:51:43+00:00 May 1st, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

Scotiabank American Express Gold Card Introduction When it comes to travel reward credit cards in Canada, American Express is my favourite issuer. Not only do I love their Membership Reward cards with generous welcome bonuses and useful transfer partners, but they also have a generous referral program, which can help boost award balances quickly. So what's the deal with the [...]

Why The American Express Platinum Card Is Worth The Fee For Canadians

2018-05-09T14:36:39+00:00 April 27th, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

One of my first posts when the website launched was reviewing all of the benefits of The Platinum Card, which is arguably the premier travel rewards cards in Canada. Despite the list of benefits, I still get asked 'is The American Express Platinum Card worth the fee?', to which I respond 'YES!!' about 90% of the time. What Makes The [...]

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel Executive Lounge Review

2018-04-26T11:26:25+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Hotels, JW Marriott, Reviews, Trip Reports|

JW Marriott Vancouver Executive Lounge for Marriott Rewards Members While staying at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel, we decided to check out the executive lounge. You can read my review of our standard room water view here! Marriott Rewards - Huge Changes Ahead Marriott recently announced some huge changes coming to the program as of August 1st which will [...]

Sneak Peak At Marriott Rewards New Hotel Categories

2018-04-23T11:36:50+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

A Glimpse Into Marriott Rewards New Hotel Categories Marriott recently released a list of select properties across five distinct region as a sample of what to expect with Marriott Rewards new hotel categories. Overall, I'm not really shocked by any of the new rates, though I do suspect these properties were 'cherry-picked' a bit to highlight some of the better [...]

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement

2018-04-20T12:27:02+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement We've had a lot of news this week about upcoming changes to the Marriott Rewards program, with both Marriott and Starwood becoming one program as of August 1, 2018. We also saw a change to the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card in Canada, where the welcome bonus (and referral program) where greatly [...]

Changes To Marriott Rewards – Much Better Than Expected!

2018-04-16T15:30:01+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

Changes To The Marriott Rewards Introduction The wait is finally over. Today Marriott announced all of the changes to Marriott Rewards and SPG, and I must say I'm relieved. Generally when we see programs merge, there's some give and take on both sides to keep all loyalists (or as many as possible) happy. I was really nervous for this announcement, [...]

How To Apply For An American Express Business Card

2018-04-04T13:58:26+00:00 April 4th, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, News, Reviews|

Introduction American Express is my favourite overall credit card provider in Canada. Not only do they offer a large selection of personal cards with good earning potential on everyday spend and industry-leading welcome bonuses, they also have a range of small business cards that can be instrumental in accumulating points quickly and easily. Many people are unaware they qualify for [...]

Prediction: Changes To The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

2018-03-28T19:24:28+00:00 March 28th, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, News|

Changes To The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card It looks like we can expect some changes to The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card in the near future. While the changes are unknown at this time, I'd hazard a guess that they won't be good. Right now American Express is offering 20,000 SPG points on the personal [...]