Poll: Rank the Top 3 Travel Rewards Credit Cards in Canada

Rewards Cards Canada readers, I want to know how you’d rank the top travel rewards credit cards in Canada.

For six years, Capital One’s Aspire Travel World MasterCard has (arguably) laid claim to the top spot with a combination of generous bonus points, powerful earning potential, and the flexible ways to redeem points.

But now that this card is no longer available to new applicants, readers want to know which travel card is best. To be honest, it’s a bit of a toss-up right now as the banks and credit card issuers jostle for position. While there isn’t a perfect credit card that fits everyone’s unique circumstances, we can get a sense of which cards MIGHT meet most of our criteria.

Here’s where you come in. Below I’ve listed 12 travel rewards credit cards, all with features that can be considered best-in-class. Select up to three that you consider the best on the market. I purposely chose “up to three” so that a reader will consider other cards besides the one in his or her wallet.

Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards

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I’ll tabulate the results and post the winners here the week of March 2nd. From there, I’ll begin a series of articles that will attempt to rank and compare the top cards on the market, from earning to redemption. Stay tuned for that, and thanks for voting!

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  1. Tony Ratcliffe on February 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Notably absent from the choices is the American Express Platinum Card, and I know there are others. Was there specific criteria for your list? Thanks.

    • Robb Engen on February 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Hi Tony, I’m not sure it would be fair to pit the Platinum card, with its $699 annual fee, against other cards with a $99 – $150 range of fees. I wanted to keep an apples-to-apples comparison.

  2. Lauren on February 25, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Scotiabank Gold Amex card by far!

  3. Tony Ratcliffe on February 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Okay, thanks, Robb, fair enough.

  4. April on February 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    How do you vote??

    1. CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite

    2. CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite

  5. Christine on February 26, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Yes, how do you vote? Leave selections here?

    1. Scotiabank Gold Amex
    2. Capital One Aspire
    3. CIBC Aventura

  6. Stew on February 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

    If you are under 75 years old, AND, Travel emergency medical coverage is important, there is no card that can better the CUETS ( CHOICE REWARDS) World Elite Mastercard. Even compared to cash back cards it is excellent as it collects points at 2/ $ spent AND they can be used to credit directly to your account. The suite of Mastercard benefits is equal to or better than others.

  7. Henry on February 26, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Scotia Gold Amex

  8. Heather on February 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

    1.Scotiabank Gold American Express
    2.RBC Visa Infinite Avion
    3.CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite

  9. Jo on February 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I have benefitted from the Scotiabank gold American express rewards program to the tune of thousands of dollars through the travel features. Absolutely love this card.

  10. Lyla McCarthy on February 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Love Scotiabank Amex Gold …. lots of travel ahead when I want. Had CIBC Aerogold and could never use the aeroplan points

    • Fulvia on February 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      scotiabank AMEX Gold

  11. Tom on March 1, 2015 at 7:55 am

    They don’t offer the capital one anymore to new applicants?
    I thought I saw on their website that you could?

    • Robb Engen on March 1, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Tom, Capital One discontinued its Aspire Travel World MasterCard (the one with the 35,000 mile welcome bonus and 10,000 mile bonus each year), and replaced it with the Aspire Travel World Elite MasterCard that comes with just a 10,000 mile welcome bonus and no ongoing anniversary bonus.

  12. Doug on March 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Just by having a Alaska Airways credit card your companion can fly with you once a year for $121.


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