Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2014
Share the 2014 results!
Welcome to Rewards Canada's 6th annual Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards feature. We're proud to once again bring you the most anticipated and highly regarded travel rewards credit card ranking for Canadians. Overall the changes to the rankings from 2013 haven't changed dramatically although the airline card category did see the crowning of a new champion while the travel points with annual fee category did see quite a bit shuffling around.What makes Rewards Canada's rankings different from the rest? At Rewards Canada, we are deeply entrenched in the loyalty industry, not just credit cards, so we take this into account for the rankings where it is applicable. Most other rankings on the Internet only look at the credit card itself and not the associated loyalty program or partners. For example, in the Airline Cards category we take into account what cities the airlines and/or their partners serve in Canada, whether you can redeem for premium class travel, what the redemption availability is like with their frequent flyer program and much more. For Hotel Cards we look at the elite benefits from the programs, how many properties they have, where they have those properties and much more. For Travel Points and Hybrid cards we look at the flexibility of redemption, where you can redeem, partnerships and many other factors of course. This is why the Rewards Canada rankings are some of the most highly regarded in Canada with the media, loyalty programs and the credit card issuers.
The past 9 months have seen lots of change and speculation in Canadian travel rewards credit card industry. Most of the news came from the entire TD-CIBC-Aeroplan (Aimia) agreement, disagreement then agreement show but we also saw a charge from many cards trying to take advantage of the confusion that was abounding from the entire TD-CIBC-Aeroplan drama. Both BMO and Amex increased the offerings on several of their cards in September, we saw CIBC update their Aventura program to appeal to both their previous Aerogold cardholders and potential new customers and at the start of this year TD finally released their suite of Aeroplan credit cards.
What is the best card? Well it is practically impossible to give that question a perfect answer, however we do breakdown the market of Canadian Travel Rewards credit cards into five major categories and pick the best in each one. What category is right for me? Check out Rewards Canada's Guide to choosing a travel rewards credit card to steer you in the right direction.How do we come up with our picks for the best cards? We look at various factors including cost of ownership, rate of return, the associated loyalty program (co-brand), ease of redemption, card acceptance, partnerships, issuing bank and benefits. Couple this with nearly 13 years of research, answers to hundreds of email questions from readers, comments from our readers plus the charts and articles that we have written provides us the insight into the pros and cons of each card. As always this has allowed Rewards Canada to form an opinion as to which ones are the best. That's right, it all boils down to opinion. The top cards listed here, are in our opinion, after looking at all of their details, the best cards for travel rewards in Canada. Will people agree? Some yes, some no. Do we make some credit card issuers mad? Yes. Happy? You bet. However, like we stated above it is nearly impossible to pick a single best card due to the vast majority of factors that can be considered when choosing one.
As we have stressed in the past, choosing a card is a difficult decision based on many factors including but not limited to rewards offered, benefits offered, cost and the issuing bank. We hope that with this fourth annual ranking, we will help guide consumers to finding the right credit card for them .
With all of the latest card additions there are now no less than 80 travel reward credit cards available to Canadians! Some are airline only cards that put miles directly into your airline frequent flyer accounts. Some are hybrid cards where you collect points that can be used to book travel through the credit card or put the points into a frequent flyer/guest account. Some are travel points cards, where the points are redeemed for travel through the credit card company while a small number are hotel only cards that put the points directly into your frequent guest program accounts.
It is from these variations of cards that we have created the five main categories of cards in Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2014.
1. Top Travel Points Credit Card (with annual fee)
2. Top Travel Points Credit Card (with no annual fee)
3. Top Hybrid Travel Credit / Charge Card (with annual fee)
4. Top Airline Credit / Charge Card
5. Top Hotel Points Credit Card
To see some the factors behind the placements or movements of cards please see here.
To see all of the travel rewards credit cards that were considered for this years rankings please see here.
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Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2014