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RBC Rewards Points Conversion to Shoppers Optimum Points: An Analysis

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is giving an opportunity to convert its RBC rewards Points to Shoppers/Pharmarprix Optimum Points. For the first conversion, you will get 8000 Optimum Points for a minimum 1,500 RBC Rewards Points. Thereafter for every 500 RP, you will receive 2,500 OP. I have an RBC Signature Rewards Visa Card, so I get one point for every dollar spent. Generally, you … [Read more...]

MBNA WorldPoints TravelRewards MasterCard Discontinued

MBNA is replacing its MBNA WorldPoints TravelRewards MasterCard with mbna rewards travel MasterCard as of April 20, 2012. According to a letter sent to customers by MBNA, nothing else changes – the same redemption options and same points system.   Reward Options You can ask for cash-back, at a rate of $100.00 per 10,000 points. You can receive this as an electronic statement, … [Read more...]

Cheques Hold-Time to be Reduced

Canada is changing rules related to financial institutions like banks releasing funds for deposited chques. Under new guidelines, if a cheque has a value of less than $ 1,500.00, the hold on it for personal and small businesses will be reduced to a maximum of four business days, starting from the day after it was deposited, if it was deposited in person at a branch. If the cheque was deposited … [Read more...]

CRA Warns About Email Scam

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is warning about email scams intended to get your personal information. The scam comes in the form of an email, purportedly from the CRA and asking you for your personal information, or to click on a link to get your refund. The CRA says it does not ask for personal information of any kind by email. These emails can contain special coding or downloadable forms … [Read more...]

Savings Tips During Holiday Season

It is the most important holiday time and also the year-end time. As we start buying gifts for others and ourselves, here are some ways to save money.   Look for Specials For example, this week The Superstore is offering tax-free shopping. Shoppers Drug Mart this weekend is offering a special program on its Optimum Points. Usually, it offers 170 dollars value for 95,000 … [Read more...]

MBNA’s New Smart Cash World MasterCard

MBNA is offering a new card, the MBNA Smart Cash World MasterCard, with some great features. It appears at the moment, it is only being offered to those having an MBNA credit card, and is offered for no extra fee. The card offers, like the MBNA Smart Cash card, 5% cash back on qualifying net retail gas and grocery purchases for the first six months, and then three-percent cash back … [Read more...]

PC Financial’s New MasterCard

President’s Choice Financial is offering a special MasterCard for some of its clients, but there is some controversy about it. The new card offers 20 PC Points, instead of 10 PC Points, for every dollar spent at the various chains belonging to the Loblaws. The cards are being offered without the negative option billing, which is controversial. The Toronto Star’s Columnist Ellen Roseman has … [Read more...]

CAA’s New MasterCards

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) South Central Ontario division  is offering three types of MasterCards.   CAA Premium MasterCard. Benefits: It gives you 1.5% CAA dollars for every purchase. Car rental, collision/damage waiver, flight delay and trip interruption protection. Purchase Assurance & Extended Warranty. This covers you against theft, loss or damage of your … [Read more...]

Aeroplan Miles Transferable If Family Member Dies

Aeroplan,  the Canada-based frequent flyer program, is reportedly making a major change to benefit close family members of a deceased person from its Frequent Flyer Points System. Accoridng to the Toronto Star, under new guidelines, close family members can transfer the deceased relative’s Aeroplan Miles by paying a processing fee of $ 30.00 plus taxes. Until now, the relatives who wanted to … [Read more...]

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