After learning Aeroplan and my bank were parting ways, I started looking into other credit card options. After all, if I’m going to spend money -I want the most bang for my buck! And I’m not alone, 57% of Canadians rank free or discounted travel as their preferred perk in a rewards program.
I decided to go with American Express because they weren’t bank specific and they have two times the points eligible on drugstore, gas and grocery purchases. Also their points aren’t tied to specific airlines. In fact, have the option to book a trip through any travel provider or transfer points to your favourite frequent flyer program like Aeroplan, Delta, British Airways, Starwood, and others.
My application for the card was pretty seamless. I applied online and was approved within 2 days. It then took 4 days for my card to get to me. Something to note is American Express sends the package priority which requires a signature. As most people are away at work during the time the mail comes, this means Canada Post will leave the package with an authorized depot. Mine was Shoppers Drug Mart.
I picked up my package from Shoppers Drug Mart, authorized my card and started using it. I found most places took the card quite easily so it wasn’t a hard switch from Visa to American Express. So now I’m in the 52% of Canadians who hold 2 or more credit cards!
Overall, I’m happy with the decision to switch my main card to American Express. I’m looking forward to using my points to pay for ANY type of travel including flights on any airline, hotels, car rentals or vacation packages. I’m also looking forward to using American Express Gold Rewards points to pay for my flight taxes!
Right now, when you sign up you get an extra 25,000 points and the $150 annual fee is waived for the first year! Also, if you successfully Refer a Friend to the Card, you get an extra 10,000 points! Signing up is as simple as clicking this link!
American Express is not tied to any bank, offers unlimited travel rewards and flexibility and 2 times the points on drugstore, gas and grocery purchases. If you don’t have a credit card or are considering a switch, I highly recommend the American Express Gold Rewards Card.