What you actually have to spend to get some of the best credit card welcome bonus offers

Last Updated on May 12, 2022
First posted on November 18, 2019


Back towards the beginning of November 2019 we had a blog post that looked at what sort of money you have lay down to get the best credit card offers out on the market. It was prompted by not one but two requests we received in one day for this very chart (thanks again to Anik D & DC!) Both those requests were in response to our monthly Top 5 welcome bonus offers for credit cards as those monthly posts don't take spend into account. Well, that post from November 2019 covering the actual spend proved to be so popular that I decided to make it mainstay feature here on the Rewards Canada site. The reason why is that it is easier to keep updating this page and it won't get buried pages deep on the blog. By having it here on the site it also allows for better formatting and reading than is found on the blog.

I decided to only take a handful of the best cards and offers on the market to build this chart. As time goes along I may add more cards and also pull some off - it really depends on what the offer is on the speciifc cards at that time. The chart is in order of the least amount of spend required and if cards have the same requirement they are further sorted by listing those with the higher minimum value first. To learn more about a specific card or to apply for that card simply click on the card name under the card art to be taken to that issuer's site for the card.


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The list is sorted in order of least amount of spend required to highest

Card Welcome Bonus Minimum spend required to actually get the full bonus** Timeline to get bonus Minimum Value towards travel* Maximum Value towards travel

RBC Visa Infinite Avion
Get 35,000 Welcome Points Upon Approval $0 1 month maximum $230 No set max - could easily get above $300

CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card
Get 20,000 Aventura Points when you make your first purchase.
NOTE This offer is promoted as a 40,000 point offer but that takes a full year - here we just look at the short term first purchase bonus of 20,000 points
$1 1 month maximum $200 $400

MBNA Best Western Rewards Mastercard
Earn 20,000 Best Western Rewards® points†† on your first purchase $1 Anytime $160 $200+

Alaska Airlines World Elite® Mastercard®
30,000 bonus miles†† and Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 (USD) ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22)◊◊ after you make $1,000 or more in eligible purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening. $1,000 3 months maximum $330 No set max - could easily get above $1,000

BMO AIR MILES Mastercard
Limited time: Get up to 800 AIR MILES Bonus Miles* $1,000 3 months maximum $76 No set max - could easily get above $100

Scotia Passport Visa Infinite
25,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months (that’s up to $250 towards travel*)
NOTE This offer is promoted as a 35,000 point offer but that takes a full year - here we just look at the short term 3 month portion
$1,000 3 months maximum $111 $111

American Express AIR MILES Platinum Card
New American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card Cardmembers, earn a welcome bonus of 2,000 AIR MILES®* Bonus Miles $1,500 3 months maximum $70 No set max - could easily get above $300

Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express®* Card
New Marriott Bonvoy® American Express®* Cardmembers earn Welcome Bonus of 65,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership. $1,500 3 months maximum $650 No set max - could easily get above $1,000

TD® First Class Travel® Visa Infinite* Card
Earn up to 100,000 TD Points† plus first year no Annual Fee for the Primary and Additional Cardholders†. Conditions Apply. Must apply by October 29, 2022. $1,500 3 months maximum $400 $500

mbna Rewards World Elite Mastercard
Receive up to 30,000 bonus points $2,000 3 months maximum $180 $180

BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard
Get up to 2,000 AIR MILES Bonus Miles and they’ll waive the $120 annual fee for the first year $3,000 3 months maximum $190 No set max - could easily get above $400

WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
Get 450 welcome WestJet dollars when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. $5,000 3 months maximum $331 $331

American Express Cobalt Card
In your first year as a new Cobalt Cardmember, you can earn 2,500 Membership Rewards® points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $500 in net purchases on your Card. This could add up to 30,000 points in a year. $6,000 12 months minimum $300 No set max - could easily get above $500

HSBC World Elite Mastercard
60,000 HSBC Rewards Points + First year free (actual bonus is up to 80K with an anniversary bonus) $6,000 6 months minimum $300 No set max - could easily get above $300

The Platinum Card®
New Platinum® Cardmembers, earn 90,000 Welcome Bonus points after you charge $6,000 in net purchases to your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Offer ends September 20, 2022 $6,000 3 months maximum $201 No set max - could easily get above $1,000

Scotia Gold American Express Card
Earn up to 40,000 bonus Scene+ Rewards points and pay no annual fee in your first year $7,500 12 months maximum $400 $400

TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
Earn up to 50,000 Aeroplan points and first year annual fee rebate. Conditions Apply. Must apply by September 5, 2022 $7,500 12 months maximum $750 No set max - could easily get above $1,000

CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card
Earn up to 35,000 Aventura Points + first year free (You can earn an additioanl 5,000 points on the card anniversary) $12,000 12 months minimum $350 $800

BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card
Get up to 60,000 points, the first year annual fee waived for both the primary and first authorized cardholders $24,000 15 months $400 $400

BMO Ascend World Elite Mastercard
Get up to 60,000 points, the first year annual fee waived for both the primary and first authorized cardholders $24,000 15 months $400 $400

Scotia Passport Visa Infinite
35,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months and $40,000 overall on the card in one year (that’s up to $350 towards travel*)
$40,000 12 months maximum $211 $211

* Calculated by taking the value of the full amount of miles earned from the bonus less the annual fee(s)
** Minimum spend is calculated by using the highest possible category multiplier for earning points/miles.

† Terms and Conditions apply. This offer is not available for residents of Quebec.
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