American Express offers the best credit cards in Canada for free travel, and the first card everybody should get is the American Express Gold card. The annual fee for this card is waived for the first year (and you’ll cancel before the year is done), and after spending $1500 in three months, you’ll get 25,000 Membership Rewards points. Further, when you apply, if you add an authorized user (doesn’t have to be a “real” person), you’ll get an additional 5,000 Membership Rewards points.
Value of 30,000 Points
Membership Rewards points convert 1:1 into Aeroplan and British Airways Avios. 30,000 points is enough to do one round-trip anywhere in North America on Aeroplan, or up to six round-trips on short haul flights using British Airways Avios. You can even convert the points into $300 cash, though you’ll get a lot more value converting them into points.
It’s Easy to Get!
American Express recently changed their underwriting requirements for the American Express Gold card, making it substantially easier to get this card. There is no minimum income requirement, and it’s by far the easiest mainstream credit card to get. It’s a great card for students, newcomers to Canada, and in general, everyone should get it at least once for the miles. Further, if you hold the card for at least three months, you can use it to get US American Express cards through the Global Transfer program.
Can I Get it More Than Once?
While the application has a “once per lifetime” clause, I haven’t seen many datapoints of this being enforced. I have personally had over five gold cards, one of which I got a couple months ago (and got the bonus, no problem). This might change in the future, but as of right now, I would feel perfectly comfortable getting this card even if I’ve had it before since American Express does not appear to be enforcing their limitation clause.
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