Thursday, April 30, 2015

AmEx: Earn up to $30 credits for gas and grocery purchases

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 30, 2015 (first 30,000 AmEx Cards)

You can earn up to $30 statement credit for making gas and grocery purchases through your AmEx cards. This offer is only for the first 30,000 Consumer or Business American Express Cards to be successfully registered online between April 30, 2015 and May 30, 2015. Once registered, each time you shop at any of these participating merchant locations in Canada and make a single purchase of $50 or more in a single transaction (including taxes), to your registered Card, you'll earn a $10 Statement Credit. Up to a maximum of three statement credits per Registered Card.

Note: You must use your registered American Express Card at a participating merchant location (online purchases do not qualify) in Canada to make a qualifying purchase before May 30, 2015. Purchases made during the offer period prior to registration of your eligible Card in this program are not qualifying purchases. Participating merchants include:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BestBuy: $10 savings certificate with any reserve-and-pick-up order over $100

Deal Link:
Expiry: Apr 30, 2015

You can get a $10 savings certificate with any reserve-and-pick-up order over $100. This offer is for online purchase placed between Apr 28 to Apr 30. Savings certificate will be emailed to you within 14 business days, and it is redeemable online at Honestly speaking, this offer is small, only $10 (< 10% discount), but still better than nothing.

Note: this certificate expires on Jun 14, 2015.

CIBC: Earn up to 40,000 TELUS Rewards points

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 15, 2015

You can earn up to 40,000 TELUS Rewards points by getting a CIBC TELUS Rewards Visa card and a new CIBC Chequing account (CIBC Unlimited Chequing account, EverydayPlus Chequing account, or PremierService account).

Follow these 2 simple steps, and you can earn 40,000 TELUS Rewards points:
1. You can earn 10,000 TELUS Rewards points after you pay a bill or send an INTERAC e-Transfer using CIBC Mobile or Online Banking services.
2. And you can receive an additional 30,000 TELUS Rewards points after you set up and complete a direct deposit OR 2 eligible pre-authorized payments from the new account.

TELUS Rewards points can be redeemed for TELUS products, including smartphones, tablets, travel passes, prepaid cards accessories and charity donation. 40,000 TELUS Rewards points = $400. If you are about to purchase a new smartphone from TELUS, you may want to consider this offer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2014 Tax return deadline is May 5, 2015

On April 24, the CRA issued a communication to some Canadians that referred to an incorrect filing deadline for 2014 tax returns of May 5, 2015, rather than April 30, 2015.

The CRA takes full responsibility for the error. As a result, 2014 tax returns filed by midnight on May 5, 2015, will not incur interest or penalties.

You can know more details from this CBC link:

Groupon Deals (Today ONLY)

Groupon is providing extra discounts on their deals:
  • Extra 20% off up to 3 local deals
  • Extra 10% off up to 3 goods deals
  • Extra 10% off up to 3 getaways deals
Offer ends on Apr 28. You need to use promotion code: SALE3. And the maximum discount per deal is $50.

One suggestion is to buy: "$22.99 for One $20 Esso Gift Card and One PRICE PRIVILEGES Fuel Savings Card from Esso (Up to $30) ". With 20% off, you only need to pay $18.39 for this combo ($30 value).

Monday, April 27, 2015

CIBC TELUS Rewards Visa Review

CIBC and TELUS announced a new credit card last week: the CIBC TELUS Rewards Visa card. There is no annual fee for this card, and you can earn TELUS Rewards points that can be redeemed for TELUS products, including smartphones, tablets, travel passes, prepaid cards accessories and charity donation. As you earn more points on your CIBC TELUS Rewards Visa Card, you can start redeeming at 500 points (500 points = $5).

The TELUS Rewards points earned on this card is as follows:
  • Earn 1 point for every dollar spent using the card (1% return)
  • Earn 1.5 points on all rewards card purchases at grocery and gas stations (1.5% return)
  • Earn 1.5 points on TELUS purchases including monthly bill, accessories or mobile devices, etc. (1.5% return)
You can also earn earn additional points through following items:

Rogers has a similar rewards credit card: Rogers First Rewards MasterCard. Honestly speaking, I think Rogers First Rewards MC is better than CIBC TELUS Rewards Visa, because the Rogers one can provide 1.5% - 2% return, and it is a MasterCard (good for Costco).

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GCR: Scotiabank Cash Back Boost

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 31, 2015 is the oldest and probably the best cash back website in Canada. I've earned a few hundred dollar in cash back from GCR alone, and I always check GCR first for all my Canadian online purchases.

GCR has an awesome promotion on many Scotiabank credit cards right now.  When you sign up for those credit cards through GCR before May 31, you’ll get a $45 - $70 cash back once approved. From my point of view, $45 bonus for a no-fee credit card is pretty good.

If you want to sign up for GCR, please use my referral link as follows: , and GCR will give you extra $2.5 bonus (I will also get some bonus. Thanks).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Best Western: Earn 2000 Aeroplan Miles per stay

Deal Link:
Expiry: Aug. 31, 2015

Best Western Rewards members who register for this promotion and stay any Best Western branded hotel in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean before Aug. 31, 2015 will earn 2,000 Aeroplan Miles per stay. Usually, you can only earn 250 Aeroplan Miles per stay at Best Western hotels.

Note: In your Best Western Rewards account, you need to choose Aeroplan as the earning preference. Online registration is needed for this offer.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BMO World Elite MasterCard: FYF + $300 travel credit

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 31, 2015

BMO World Elite MasterCard is currently no annual fee for the first year. This is one of the best available Canadian credit cards in the market. Annual fee is $150 (FYF). It will be waived if you are a BMO Premium Plan member. Its key features are as follows:
  • 30,000 welcome bonus points = $300 travel credit
  • Points you can use to cover all flight charges & taxes
  • Fly on any airline, with no blackout dates
  • 2% back for travel on all card purchases (including Costco)
  • Redeem anytime via the BMO Rewards Centre - this is the only bad thing about this card
  • Best-in-class travel and medical insurance (up to $2 million and 21 days)
  • VIP airport lounge access (Priority Pass membershi and 4 visits, over $200 US/year value)
  • Free additional cards
I think the the yearly PP lounge membership and 4 passes alone cover the annual fee of this credit card. BTW, this card cannot be churned (you can only get the $300 credit once in your lifetime).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Air Canada: Earn your wings (4th edition)

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 31, 2015

Air Canada "Earn Your Wings" (the 4th edition) is back. It is similar to the 3rd edition, and it is exclusive for Air Canada Altitude members. You can have the opportunity to earn tons of bonus Aeroplan Miles.

You’ll earn Wings for all of your flights with Air Canada (including flights operated by Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge), and completing certain challenges. The more badges and Wings you collect, the more bonus Aeroplan Miles you'll earn.

After registering, book your travel by May 31, 2015 and fly by July 12, 2015. You can learn how to play from the following link:

Budget raises TFSA contribution limit to $10,000

In Budget 2015, the federal government almost doubled the amount that Canadians can contribute to TFSA each year from $5,000 to $10,000 effective immediately. Unlike other savings methods such as RRSPs, contributions to the TFSA accounts are after-tax funds, but can grow tax free indefinitely. Nearly doubling the limit is great news for savers and investors, but it also represents foregone future tax revenue for governments. By the government's own estimates, the extra room in the accounts will cost government coffers $85 million in the current fiscal year, jumping to $360 million annually by 2019. Five years on, that's $1.1 billion in foregone revenue.

AmEx: Link your card to Speedpass and earn up to $20

Deal Link:
Expiry: N/A (while supplies last, first 15000 cards only)

Enjoy faster fuelling with Speedpass and you can earn up to $20 in Statement Credits! You need to register this promotion online first. Once registered, link your registered AmEx Card to your Speedpass key tag (if you don't have a Speedpass key tag, you can enroll for a new Speedpass key tag now). Then use it to make a purchase of $45 or more (including taxes) between April 21 and July 31, 2015 and you can earn a $10 statement credit. Up to a maximum of two Statement Credits per registered Card. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SPG: Save up to 25% on Starpoints

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 31, 2015

Do you need extra SPG points for a free night, free flight or room upgrade? Now, you can buy SPG points for yourself or as a gift through May 31, 2015, and get up to 25% off the regular price:
  • Get 10% off 5,000–9,500 Starpoints
  • Get 15% off 10,000–14,500 Starpoints
  • Get 20% off 15,000–19,500 Starpoints
  • Get 25% off 20,000 Starpoints
If you buy 20,000 points, the price is USD $525.00. SPG usually has this kind of promotion twice a year. 25% off is the best price you can get from SPG. 

BTW, before you make the purchase, I would suggest you to apply for a AmEx SPG credit card. Once approved, you will get 20,000 bonus SPG points (only need to pay CAD $120 for the 1st annual fee). 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Switch to TD and get the latest 8" Samsung Tab

Deal Link:
Expiry: Jul 31, 2015

A new promotion from TD for new customer: Switch to TD and get the latest 8" Samsung Tab A with 6-month subscription of Next Issue (total value of $369.93. From my point of view, around $250). What you need to do is to apply for an eligible unlimited transaction chequing account (All Inclusive or Unlimited Chequing Account) by July 31st and complete two of these transactions by Sep 11, 2015:
  1. a direct deposit; 
  2. a minimum $50 monthly pre-authorized debit
  3. a minimum $50 Canadian or $50 US online bill payment through EasyWeb or the TD app
If you are a TD customer already, you can attend TD's contest to win a Samsung 8" Tab (totally 1163 Tabs for this contest). Please go to the TD website to register:

Rogers: Saving $75 when you get a Rogers First Rewards MasterCard

The Rogers First Rewards MasterCard is from Rogers Bank, which can give you the fastest way to earn Rogers First Rewards points:
  • No annual fee 
  • Get 2 Rogers First Rewards points for every dollar you spend on your card (it is 2% rewards if you redeem the points correctly)
  • Earn up to a total of 4 points per dollar on your Rogers bill when you pay it with the card
  • Voted #1 Retail Rewards Card by MoneySense magazine (FYI, Rogers is the owner of MoneySense...)
For a limited time, you can reward yourself with $75 (10,000 points) on your Rogers bill (the standard offer is 5,000 points). The steps are as follows:
  1. Apply for a Rogers First Rewards MasterCard before May 7, 2015. You can get 5,000 bonus points the first time you use the Rogers First Rewards MasterCard5
  2. Get another 5,000 bonus points when you use your new card to set up pre-authorized payments for your monthly Rogers bill before June 7, 2015
  3. Then, you can redeem your 10,000 points for a $75 credit on your Rogers bill (if you choose to redeem other items, you may be able to redeem the 10,000 points for $100)
Please contact Rogers for this offer. If you want to know more about Rogers First Rewards, please go to:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Priority Pass: United Club lounges are no longer in the Priority Pass Program

A Priority Pass member will lose access to all United Club lounges, effective May 15, 2015. This includes all 49 United Clubs in 34 airports (26 US airports and 8 international airports). For United lounge access beyond May 15, travelers can pay US$50 per visit at the door.

That’s a loss for some Priority Pass members (including those who have the BMO World Elite MasterCard). Priority Pass did advise that alternative lounges are available at 17 of the 34 aiports affected.

Friday, April 17, 2015

WestJet: 2-day sale extended

Deal Link:|wj-deals|deal-hero|ss-wj|april-15-16-seat-sale-20150415
Expiry: Apr 22, 2015

WestJet two-day sale (Apr 16-17) is now extended to Apr 22. You can find some good fares for travel in Canada, to USA and Mexico/Caribbean. Book by April 22, 2015 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until June 24, 2015. Blackout dates from May 14 to 19, 2015.

Note: bookings are non-refundable, and advance purchase is required.

BMO Air Miles (World) MasterCard Review

Currently BMO provides 2 Air Miles credit cards in the market:
  • BMO Air Miles MasterCard: No annual fee. It offers 1 Air Mile for every $20 spent. You can earn 500 bonus Air Miles once you get approved for this card. You can get 1.25X AIR MILES reward miles at all Shell locations in Canada, and 1.5X reward miles with up to 25% off rentals at National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car locations worldwide.
  • BMO Air Miles World MasterCard: $99 annual fee.  you can earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in card purchases and 25% flight Air Miles discount when you book through or by calling 1-888-247-6453. This is the only credit card with this offer. Minimum personal ($60,000) or household ($100,000) incomes needed to qualify

From my point of view, this BMO Air Miles World MasterCard is not very attractive. At 1 Air Miles per $15, you'd need to spend more than $15,000 to get 1000 Air Miles. But with 95 Air Miles = $10 ration, this is worth around $100 (so, just pay off the annual fee of the card). If you want to redeem Air Miles for flight ticket, you need to do a lot of homework to get good values (the Air Miles program is more complicated than Aeroplan or RBC Avion program).

And we get 2 recent updates on the BMO Air Miles World MasterCard:
  1. In May 2015, the 25% flight discount will only be available on lights in North America.
  2. Also in May 2015, only the first $7,000 in monthly purchases will earn Air Miles.
Maybe it is time for people to cancel the BMO Air Miles credit cards.

Cineplex: Use Visa Checkout and your next movie is free

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 3, 2015

Buy a movie ticket at using Visa Checkout and receive one promo code for a Free Move General Admission. The code is on the last page of the PDF ticket. You need to use this code before Aug 3, 2015. An applicable surcharge will apply for IMAX, UltraAVX, UltraAVX-3D, VIP (19+) admission or Digital 3D presentation. Tuesday tickets do not generate a code.

This is a good deal if you're buying cineplex movie tickets online. It took me 3 mins to create a Visa Checkout account during booking (for "Furious Seven"). I bought one ticket online first using Visa Checkout, then used the code for the 2nd ticket.

With Visa Checkout, you don't need to fill out your payment and shipping info every time you make a purchase. All you have to do is register any of your major credit, prepaid or Visa debit cards once. When it’s time to checkout, just enter the username and password you registered with. It is similar to Paypal, and you can register with MasterCard/AmEx as well.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SPG: Save up to 20% or more at Starwood Resorts

Deal Link:
Expiry: Apr 18, 2015

Any travel plan for the summer break? Startwood Resorts just provided some early bird offers. If you book hotels at participating Starwood Resorts in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean by Apr 18, you can save up to 20% at resorts for travel between Jun 15, 2015 through April 30, 2016. Besides, SPG members can save an extra 5%.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recent Aeroplan promotions

Deal Link:
Expiry: Apr 19, 2015

From Apr 15 to Apr 19, all Aeroplan members who shop through Aeroplan’s eStore will get 5X the miles on all their purchases.

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 25, 2015

Until May 25, all Aeroplan members can earn 2X the miles on all eligible purchases at Esso stations across Canada. So, during promotion period, you'll earn:
  •     2 miles for every $3 spent on Regular Grade gasoline
  •     4 miles for every $3 spent on Esso Extra Grade gasoline
  •     6 miles for every $3 spent on Esso Supreme Grade gasoline

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IHG Rewards Club new changes

IHG Rewards Club announced some new changes to the program. IHG introduced a new membership level above Platinum. To achieve this new top tier elite level, you need to earn 75,000 qualified points or 75 qualified nights in one year. This new tier level will get 100% bonus points on qualified stays, which is the first program in the industry. Members of this newest level will be able to choose between receiving 25,000 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum status, as part of the Choice benefit.

 IHG also lowered the thresholds to qualify for Gold and Platinum levels. Members will need to earn just 10,000 qualified points or 10 nights to be eligible for Gold status. Members will need to earn 40,000 qualified points or 40 nights to reach Platinum status. Because IHG made it easier for members to earn Gold and Platinum status, all Fast Track to Elite status offers will be discontinued as of Jun 30, 2015.

In addition, IHG is also changing its point expiration policy so that now all points will expire after 12 months of inactivity. If you are a current elite member of IHG Rewards Club, your points won't expire. Elite members who do not earn enough qualifying nights or points to maintain their status will become a Club level member. Points will expire 12 months after becoming a Club level member for those who neither earn nor redeem at all during this time.

Some bad news: effective May 1, 2015, IHG will be changing the point requirements for Reward Nights at approximately 450 hotels. Less than 300 hotels will be increasing by 5,000-10,000 points and 150 will be decreasing by 5,000 points. If you want to know more details, please go to:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Plastiq: Reduced Fee for CRA Tax Payments

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 31, 2015

As you know, the CRA does not offer the option of paying taxes using a credit card. However, you may be able to use a third-party service provider that offers additional payment methods, including credit cards. The only provider that can do it at this time is Plastiq (T2 corporation, T1 individual, GST/HST, source deductions and excise tax).

Normally, Plastiq charges a fee of $1.99-$2.49 for this service. Currently, there is an offer from Plastiq: reduced fees until May 31 on tax payment (1% for MasterCard and 0% for Visa Debit). I tried it myself and the Plastiq service fee is really 1% for MasterCard. This is good for those who have credit cards with rewards greater than 1%.

Please remember that even if you pay today, the CRA may not receive your payment today. The transfer will typically take place within two to three days. However, you may encounter additional delays. The CRA may charge you penalties or interest or both if your payment is late.

Best Western: Get $50 when you stay 2 separate times

Deal Link:
Expiry: May 25, 2015

Between Apr 6 and May 25, you can earn USD $50 Best Western Travel Card when you complete two separate stays at any Best Western hotels worldwide. Online registration is needed. Best Western Rewards members who have qualified for the promotion and have a valid email address in their account profile will receive a virtual (by email) $50 Travel Card usually within 2-3 weeks after they have completed the second qualified stay. The member must have a valid email address on file for award delivery.

Note: This $50 travel card will be expired on Sep 7, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wyndham Rewards program enhancement

Effective May 11, 2015, there will be some enhancement to the Wyndham Rewards Program. The new Wyndham Rewards program is quite unique compared with other Hotel Programs in the industry.

The main changes to the program are as follows:
  • Go Free awards: With just 15,000 points, members can redeem a free night at any Wyndham Rewards hotels with no blackout dates.
  • Go Fast awards: Points + Cash option. Members can book a night at available hotels for just 3,000 points plus cash.
  • Go Get 'em awards: For every qualified stay, members can earn 10 points for every dollar spent or a minimum of 1,000 points per stay, whichever is more. 
Wyndham is also simplifying the earning of Gold Status Point Bonuses.  Under the revised program, Gold Status Members will earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points after their 20th, 40th and 60th Qualifying Nights regardless of the average rate they paid (for a maximum of three Gold Status Point Bonuses in a calendar year).  Gold Status Points will be redeemable for go free awards and in connection with go fast awards at participating hotels.

These changes are mainly good news for Wyndham Rewards members. Go free awards and go fast awards will help members redeem points for stays at hotels more easily, quickly and with greater flexibility than ever before, and go get 'em awards will help members earn points more quickly than ever before.

If you are a frequent member of Wyndham hotels, I suggest you to stay in low tier hotels for at least 20 stays (for example $70/night, total cost $1400). Then you will get 35,000 points (1000*20 + 15,000), which is enough for 2 nights in high tier hotels (for example $360/night, total return $720).

Friday, April 10, 2015

AAdvantage: Earn up to 60,000 bonus miles

Deal Link:,US_BUY
Expiry: Apr 30, 2015

American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles merged on March 28th. To celebrate this event, from Mar 31 to Apr 30, you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles when you buy or gift miles. The cost of this promotion is around $0.02/mile.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get $85 Groupon Credit Upon Approval of a Scotiabank Credit Card

Deal Link:
Expiry: Apr 22, 2015

Apply for a Scotiabank credit card by Apr 22, 2015 and get $85 in Groupon credit when your application is approved.

The qualifying Scotiabank credit cards are:
  • Scotia Momentum No-fee Visa
  • Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite
  • Scotiabank Gold AmEx 
  • Scotiabank SCENE Visa

Limit 1 credit card application per customer. You cannot "Buy for a friend" for this deal. This is a quite good offer, and the offer was $50 Groupon credit just a few days ago.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Convert partner loyalty program points to Aeroplan for bonus

Deal Link:
Expiry: Apr. 27, 2015

Aeroplan announced a promotion for people converting partner loyalty program points (hotel, car rental, and to Aeroplan for bonus. This kind of offer normally happens twice per year. Maximum 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between March 30 and April 27, 2015. Unfortunately, AmEx MR points and CIBC Aventura points are not eligible for this promotion.

If you are a SPG collector you can convert 20,000 SPG into Aeroplan and get 29,000 Aeroplan Miles. If you have Esso Extra Points, you can convert them into Aeroplan through You can convert your points into Aeroplan with many different partners. Aeroplan will combine all the miles you have received so that you can earn the most bonus Aeroplan Miles possible. Hope you enjoy this Aeroplan promotion.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Shoppers Optimum Rewards Program Review (Expired)

The Shoppers Optimum rewards program is one of my favorite rewards programs in Canada. The Shoppers Optimum card is accepted at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores and any other designated locations across the Canada. You can earn 10 Shoppers Optimum points for almost every dollar spent, including prescriptions (points cannot be awarded on prescriptions in all provinces).

You can collect Shoppers Optimum points even faster with valuable Points Events like 10X/15X/20X the points in-store. And you can also get bonus points on specially marked items in Shoppers Drug Mart every day.  Remember to register and receive email offers, exclusive for Shoppers Optimum members.

If you want to earn Shoppers Optimum Points on purchases outside of Shoppers Drug Mart, you can open a RBC Shoppers Optimum Banking Account and a RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard. You can earn up to 70,000 bonus points and 2.5X more points with the purchase inside Shoppers Drug Mart.

What are your Shoppers Optimum points worth? Assuming that you earn 10 points for $1 spent, the rebate ratio is:
  • 8000 points = $10 = 1.25%
  • 22,000 points = $30 = 1.36%
  • 38,000 points = $60 = 1.58%
  • 50,000 points = $85 = 1.70%
  • 95,000 points =  $170 = 1.79%
As you can see, the return is quite good. If considering the 20X points events, the potential return could be up to 35.8% (it is quite amazing).

BTW, Loblaw bought Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4B in 2013. According to the Shopper Optimum Rewards Program "Terms and Conditions": The Shoppers Optimum Program will terminate at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2016. Shoppers Optimum Members will have until March 31, 2017 to redeem Shoppers Optimum Program rewards using Shoppers Optimum Points accumulated up to the Termination Date. Shoppers Optimum Points will expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017 and will not be honoured after such expiration date. We may see PC Points Program in Shoppers Drug Mart after that.