Top Five Scotiabank Travel Credit Card Deals

A Scotiabank sign, downtown Vancouver. The Canadian Press Images/Bayne Stanley
The Canadian Press Images/Bayne Stanley

If you are a fan of Scotia Rewards, there are currently a number of cards with Scotia Rewards points sign up bonuses. Scotia Rewards are a fixed-value point program. 100 Scotia Rewards points are worth $1 towards the cost of travel. Points can also be used to cover taxes and fees so you really can pay for an entire trip with points; however, you can’t transfer points to other loyalty programs.

While you can redeem Scotia Rewards for merchandise, gift cards, convert to Scene points, apply as a credit statement or give to charity, the best value is to use the points for travel. For travel, you can redeem the points through Scotiabank’s travel agency. They have a Best Price Guarantee on Airfare for “up to 24 hours after booking”… but you have to wonder what the “up to” means, as in normal English the phrase “up to” clearly includes the number 0, in which case it is not much of a guarantee. Alternatively, you can book your own travel with any travel provider you choose and redeem points for trip expenses charged to your card for up to 12 months after the travel purchase date. Points don’t expire for active members (but do expire 60 days after the account closes).

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Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite Card
Welcome Offer: 25,000 Scotia Rewards bonus points.
Annual Fee: $139.
Earn: 2 Scotia Rewards points per $1 on eligible grocery, dining, entertainment, and daily transit purchases (including buses, subways, taxis and more); 1 Scotia Rewards point per $1 on all other eligible purchases.
Minimum spend: $1,000 in everyday purchases in the first 3 months.
Minimum annual income: $60,000 personal; $100,000 household.
Insurances+: Travel Emergency Medical (up to 10 consecutive days for people 65 and older); Trip Cancellation; Trip Interruption; Flight Delay; Delayed and Lost Luggage; Hotel/Motel Burglary; Travel Accident; Rental Car Collision/Loss Damage; Common Carrier Travel Accident; Purchase Security and Extended Warranty; Price Protection Service.
Additional: No foreign exchange markup; When you spend $40,000 annually you will receive an extra 10,000 bonus points (on top of points earned from spend); following that for every additional $10,000 in purchases in the same year an additional 2000 points (on top of points earned from spend); complimentary airport lounge access: Priority Pass membership, plus 6 visits per year from the date of enrolment (you need to enrol separately to receive); Avid Preferred Plus membership; Visa Infinite Benefits (concierge, luxury hotel collection, dining series, wine country program).
Get $50 off through Great Canadian Rebates

 

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Scotiabank American Express Platinum Card
Welcome Offer: 30,000 Scotia Rewards points.
Annual Fee: $399.
Earn: 4 Scotia Rewards on every $1 at eligible gas stations, grocery stores, on dining and entertainment; 1 point per $1 on everything else.
Minimum spend: first purchase.
Insurances: Travel Emergency Medical (up to 10 consecutive days for people 65 and older); Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption; Flight Delay; Rental Car Collision Loss/Damage; Delayed and Lost Baggage; Travel Accident; Hotel/Motel Burglary; Purchase Security; Extended Warranty Protection; Price Protection Service.
Additional: concierge service; Priority Pass lounge membership plus 10 free visits per year from the date of enrolment (US$27/person/visit after the first 10); Hertz #1 Club Gold membership; American Express Invites; VIP Pass; Special Offers with Scotia Rewards Travel Advantage; Hertz #1 Club Gold Member.
Get $55 off through Great Canadian Rebates

 

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Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Welcome Offer: 15,000 Scotia Rewards bonus points.
Annual Fee: $99.
Earn: 4 Scotia Reward Points on every $1 you spend at eligible gas stations, grocery stores, on dining and entertainment; 1 point for every $1 you spend on everything else.
Minimum spend: first $1000 in everyday purchases in the first 3 months.
Insurances: Travel Emergency Medical (up to 10 consecutive days for people 65 and older); Trip Cancellation; Trip Interruption; Flight Delay; Delayed and Lost Luggage; Travel Accident; Hotel/Motel Burglary; Rental Car Collision/Loss Damage; Common Carrier; Purchase Security and Extended Warranty; Price Protection Service.
Additional: Access to concierge services, annual lounge access membership for $65 USD (35% off the regular price) and access each lounge visit for just $27 USD; American Express Invites; up to 25% off at AVIS locations and at participating Budget locations in Canada and the U.S.
Get $50 off through Great Canadian Rebates

 

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Scotiabank American Express Card
Welcome Offer: 5,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points.
Annual Fee: $0.
Earn: 1 Scotia Rewards point for every $1 you spend on everyday purchases.
Minimum spend: first $500 in everyday purchases in first 3 months.
Insurances: Travel Emergency Medical Insurance (up to 3 consecutive days for people 65 and older); Trip Interruption; Rental Car Collision Loss/Damage; Travel Accident; Purchase Security & Extended Warranty Protection; Price Protection Service.
Additional: Book and redeem for travel anywhere, anytime, with no travel restrictions; American Express Invites; Scotia Rewards Travel Advantage; up to 25% off at AVIS locations and at participating Budget locations in Canada and the U.S.

 

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Scotiagold Passport Visa Card
Welcome Offer: 5000 bonus Scotia Rewards points.
Annual Fee: $110.
Earn: 1 Scotia Reward point per $1; 5% cash back on travel purchased through Scotia Rewards Travel Service.
Minimum spend: first purchase.
Insurances: Travel Emergency Medical (under age 65 only); Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption (under age 65 only); Rental Car Collision Loss Damage; Delayed and Lost Baggage; Travel Accident; Hotel/Motel Burglary; Purchase Security& Extended Warranty Protection
Additional:  up to 25% off at AVIS locations and at participating Budget locations in Canada and the U.S.
Get $55 off through Great Canadian Rebates

 

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