Time to branch out to US cards!

When I first got into this “game” over 7 years ago there were multiple CANADIAN credit cards with great hotel sign up bonuses.

SPG x 2, Marriott, Best Western, IHG and Choice Hotels were all offering cards back then.

Most of them without an annual fee.

Now, we still have 2 SPG cards and these both have fees so that hasn’t changed much, but after that we have the Best Western Mastercard with a measly 20,000 points bonus which may get you one free night.

To make matters worse, you can’t even refer to the 2 SPG cards which was a HUGE bonus back then.

Then you have the other Amex cards like the Gold Rewards Card and Business Gold Rewards card which both now have ANNUAL FEES.

I can’t help but think this is killing their sign-ups. But maybe this is what they wanted – less referrals and less people using Amex MR cards?

Even 2 years ago (or less) the Gold card would give you 25,000 MR points and the Business Gold would give you a total of 45,000 MR points after you spent $5000 on it.(both cards waived first year fee)

That is 70,000 MR points for free – then you refer your spouse/sig other and double up plus referral points!

Well, no more.

I’ll be honest for me personally this was enough to get me out of the CDN Amex game…for now.

I read a post a little over 2 years ago…

https://dcta.boardingarea.com/2016/06/canadians-journey-us-credit-cards-year-review/

This post got me into the US credit card game – and if you know that market the bonuses are significantly better.

Here is my experience getting into that market.(from 6 months ago)

https://borderfreetravel.com/2018/03/27/time-to-branch-out-into-us-cards/

It really is that easy. Give it a read. Find a US mailing address you can trust.

Here is my page for being referred to US cards.

https://borderfreetravel.com/paypal-me/

If the CDN credit card bonus market is frustrating you this might be the time to try this out…

 

 

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