Scotia Adds Grocery Rewards To Its Credit Card Lineup

I’ve said before that Scotiabank offers the best overall suite of credit cards on the market. This week Scotia teamed up with the Overwaitea Food Group to launch its first grocery rewards card with the introduction of the new Scotiabank More Rewards Visa card.

More Rewards is Overwaitea’s loyalty program which boasts over 3 million active members in B.C. and Alberta. The Scotiabank More Rewards Visa card will give customers the ability to earn up to 6x the More Rewards points on their everyday shopping purchases.

Scotiabank More Rewards Visa

Benefits of using the Scotiabank More Reward Visa card include; the ability to double-dip by showing your More Rewards loyalty card at partners to earn an additional 1 point per dollar spent – giving you a total of 7 points per dollar; quickly boosting your points through frequent in-store bonus points offered from the Overwaitea Food Group; no annual fee, no earning or redemptions caps, plus the ability to redeem points for travel, groceries, and merchandise.

How to earn points

Get 6 points per $1 on purchases at any participating More Rewards partner locations including:

  • Save-On-Foods
  • More Rewards Travel
  • Speedy Glass
  • Panago
  • Visit for a full list of partners

Get 4 points per $1 on all other everyday purchases.

Here’s how your More Rewards points can add up with this card:

Based on an average spend of $2,500 per month:
6x at More Rewards partner locations 4x on everyday purchases
$950 on groceries $400 on recurring bills
$200 on gas $790 on other expenses
$115 on travel
$45 on pizza
$1,310 = 7,860 points $1,190 = 4,760 points

Your monthly points total would come to 12,620 and your annual points total would reach 151,440, and that doesn’t even include frequent in-store bonus offers that can make your points grow exponentially.

How to redeem points

Points can be redeemed for groceries, flights, hotels, vacation packages, passes for tourist attractions, gift cards, plus hundreds of other products in housewares, electronics, fitness, camping equipment, kids toys, tools, and gift cards.

Using the above example of earning 151,440 points in one year you can redeem those points for over $600 in More Rewards travel gift cards (a 2% return on spending), a KitchenAid 5 qt stand mixer, or free groceries. Redeem for groceries using the “Free is always Free” offers (examples listed below):

Bread (750g): 1100 points
Potatoes (10lb bag): 1800 points
Eggs (Large Dozen): 1800 points
Butter (454g): 2800 points
Milk (4 Litres): 3100 points
Ground beef (500g): 3300 points

Customers can apply at:

All grocery stores accepting More Rewards; including:

  • Save-On-Foods
  • PriceSmart Foods
  • Overwaitea Foods
  • Cooper’s Foods
  • Urban Fare stores
  • Scotia branch locations, and online

Final thoughts

Grocery rewards remain popular among credit cards holders and so members of the More Rewards loyalty program should rejoice with the launch of the Scotiabank More Rewards Visa card, which will allow cardholders to boost their earnings with 6 points for every $1 spent at More Rewards locations. It’s unclear what the best value is for redeeming your points – but travel gift cards at a 2 percent return on spending looks very attractive. Plus, members who shop frequently at More Rewards locations will invariably find in-store bonus offers to add even more value to the program.

All-in-all, the no-fee Scotiabank More Rewards Visa card is worth a look for More Rewards members in western Canada who regularly shop at Overwaitea stores like Save-On-Foods and who like the ability to redeem their reward points for a variety of items, including free groceries. You can read more about this card and apply for it here.

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