MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard Devalues

Brutal Devaluation Coming to MBNA Rewards WE

A popular MBNA cash back credit card is going through a two-fold massive devaluation. Not only is the annual fee is increasing, but also its point redemption rates are being axed by TD.

Starting September 6, 2018, MBNA Rewards WE’s annual fee will be $120, up from $89. If that’s not bad enough, MBNA is decreasing the rewards rate of return on this card from a flat 2 percent to 1.67 percent starting February 1, 2019.

Currently each 100 points generates $1 cash back, giving the card a 2 percent flat return on all purchases because it earns 2 points per dollar spent. After the devaluation to generate $1 you would require 120 points.

However, for travel redemptions only, the devaluation does not kick in because you will still get 2 percent return or $1 for in that category.

Most MBNA Rewards cardholders use this card for the cash back feature, so after devaluation MBNA will lose a lot of its clients. MBNA is aware of that because it’s lowering its minimum points requirement to redeem points from 5,000 to 1,000 from September 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

Even if you use this card solely for travel redemptions, you should take a hard look after the devaluation because of the annual fee increase and this card has minimal insurances.

There are other cash back credit cards available that can replace MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard and even provides better benefits. I have discussed these cards and the MBNA devaluation in this video: Brutal Devaluation | MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard |

Since TD took over MBNA, they keep slashing rewards and benefits for most of that MBNA cards one by one, even including TD’s own travel rewards cards.

Because there are better options available, always look for something better to get the most out of your credit cards.

 

Rogers Platinum MasterCard and Fido MasterCard Devalue

Higher Returns Are Moving to Rogers World Elite MasterCard

Rogers Bank is devaluing its Rogers Platinum MasterCard and Fido MasterCard starting May 23, 2018. The higher rate of returns these cards were offering will be transferred over to a new Rogers World Elite MasterCard.

Previously, Rogers Platinum MasterCard had a 4% unlimited cash back rewards on foreign currency purchases and a 1.75% return on everything else in Canadian dollars. Fido MasterCard had 4% unlimited cash back rewards on foreign currency purchases and a 1.50% return on everything else. The new cash back rate for both of these two cards will be 3% unlimited cash back rewards on foreign currency purchase, 2% on Rogers products and services, and a 1.25% return on everything else.

The $20 Annual Fee will be eliminated from the Rogers card. Fido card has no Annual Fee.

The new Rogers World Elite MasterCard will have a 4% return on foreign transactions (which offsets 2.5% foreign currency fees), a 2% return on Rogers products, and 1.75% returns on everything else. So it looks like Rogers is shifting these returns from its regular credit cards to the new higher-end World Elite Series card that still will have no annual fee, but a higher income requirement to qualify for ($80K personal and $150K household).

Rogers is throwing in some insurance benefits such trip cancellation, trip interruption, and travel medical as well. The only other free World Elite Card available for Canadians is the PC World Elite MasterCard, but it does not provide trip cancellation and trip interruption insurances.

The Canadian credit card market is heating up with several other premium travel credit cards such as the Scotia Passport Visa Infinite and the Brim World Elite MasterCard. There will definitely be more cards coming on the horizon to compete and that’s good news for consumers.

RateSupermarket Published Canada’s Best Credit Cards

Best Travel Credit Cards

Various websites publish Canada’s best credit card lists every year and today I will look at some of the best credit cards according to Internet rate comparison website RateSupermarket. Keep in mind that your own scenarios can be very different than any best credit card lists and always pick your credit cards based on your lifestyle, needs, and what you value most.

Best Rewards Credit Card With Fee

Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite

Best Rewards Credit Card With No Fee

SimplyCash from American Express

Best Credit Card for Carrying a Balance

MBNA True Line MasterCard

Best Credit Card Balance Transfers

MBNA Platinum Plus MasterCard

Fan Favourite for Best Credit Card

Tangerine Money Back Credit Card

Best Credit Card for Students

BMO SPC Cashback MasterCard

Best Credit Card with Travel Perks

Scotiabank Gold Amex

Best Credit Card for Groceries

PC MasterCard

Best Gas Rewards Credit Card

Shell BMO Air Miles MasterCard

My own suggestion for picking best credit cards is to not choose your credit cards based on any best credit card lists or anything of that nature. Always do your research and make an informed decision. I have a video on the above on my channel, which can be found here:

Canada's Best Credit Cards by RateSupermarket

Also, I have various other videos available on credit cards and rewards points on my YouTube channel that will provide you unbiased and non-affiliated information to help you research credit cards that suit your needs.

 

TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Credit Card Review: Should You Keep It?

TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Credit Card Review

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TD Cask Back Visa Infinite card is a cash back rewards credit card that lets you earn cash rewards for everyday purchases, which can be redeemed any time it reaches $25.

The Cost

Annual Fee = $120. Additional cards = $50

Minimum annual income required = $60,000 (or household income = $100,000)

Rewards Points Snapshot

– Earn 3 percent at eligible gas stations, grocery stores, and recurring bill payments Canada.

– Earn 1 percent on everything else.

First Time Bonus

TD is running a promotional 6% return on all purchases for 3 months up to first $3,500 spending. This offer ends on Dec 3, 2017. Also, the annual fee is waived for the first year.

Anniversary Bonus

None.

Features & Benefits

– Visa Infinite benefits, including Concierge Services.

– Emergency Medical Insurance (10 days <65, if 65 or older 4 days, Amount: $2 million).

–– Lost and Delayed Luggage ($1,000 maximum)

– Purchase Security (Not clear)

– Extended Warranty Insurance (Not clear)

What’s Missing

Because this is not a travel rewards credit card, I can’t mention anything here like I do for a travel credit cards review.

The 3 percent return on recurring bill payments makes this card unique when compared to any other cash back credit card in Canada and this is the highest return you will find in this category. The 3 percent return on grocery and gas is not bad, but you will find better cards that I will talk about shortly.

There is a flexibility to redeem cash back any time you want when it reaches a $25 minimum. This is a nice option as well.

As sweeteners, TD is throwing in some benefits such as limited travel insurances and auto club membership. However, the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Cash Back Card offers better travel insurances and the BMO World Elite Cash Back Credit Card offers a complimentary roadside assistance program that includes free battery boosts, flat-tire change, lockout service, and towing.

The $120 annual fee may be standard these days, but the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite is a better option with a $99 annual fee and offering more features and more return on specific categories such as gas and grocery. This Scotia card returns 2 percent on drug store and recurring bill payments.

TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Credit Card, Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite and some other cash back credit cards to consider are SimplyCash Preferred Amex, MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard, BMO World Elite Cash Back Credit Card, Scotiabank Gold American Express Card, etc. I do have reviews on some of these cards on YouTube and I provided links for them.

As cash back credit cards are becoming more popular due to their simplicity, credit card providers are stepping up their games and expect more cards to choose from in the future.

MoneySense Published 2017 Canada’s Best Credit Cards

Canada's Best Credit Cards

After questionably selecting the WestJet World Elite MasterCard as Canada’s best travel credit card for a few years in a row, this year personal finance magazine MoneySense came up with better rankings that are more aligned with reality. We will never know what kind of compensations took place behind the scenes, if any, or what else made MoneySense pick the WestJet World Elite MasterCard year after year as the best travel credit card that has a low return (1.5% on everyday purchases) and does not provide trip cancellation insurance and concierge service.

Another mega website, Rewards Canada, also uses a questionable practise of selecting the American Express Rewards Gold credit card as the best travel credit card in Canada. Worse yet, this site is even pumping up 1 to 2 articles per month talking about all the good things Amex Rewards Gold has to offer, without mentioning what it does not offer. And why should it? The more good things these affiliated sites can say to promote credit cards, the more money they will make; each time someone clicks on these affiliated links to get credit cards, they make money from the credit card provider. So you will definitely not hear anywhere that Amex Gold is not suitable to stand as the best travel credit card because although it charges a hefty $150 annual fee, it’s lacking very important travel insurance trip cancellation and does not provide any concierge service.

This year, MoneySense picked top credit cards for several categories such as rewards, no-fee, travel rewards, and students rewards. Here are the top 3 credit cards for cash back and travel rewards:

2017 Canada's Best Travel Credit Cards by MoneySense

1. BMO World Elite MasterCard

2. Scotiabank Gold American Express

3. American Express Gold Rewards

2017 Canada's Best Cash Back Credit Cards by MoneySense

1. Scotiabank Momentum Visa Infinite Card

2. MBNA Rewards World Elite

3. SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express