Best American Express Canada Welcome Offers Ever

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For a few weeks now, American Express Canada has been teasing some new offers. To be honest, I wasn’t that excited since the recent promos were decent, but not great. That said, the welcome offers for some of their travel cards were already incredible, so what more could possibly come? How wrong I was as American Express has just unveiled the best welcome offers for Canadians EVER. Five of their travel credit cards have insane welcome offers now, but you need to apply by August 3rd, 2021. Keep reading for the full list of the new American Express Canada welcome offers.

American Express Aeroplan Card

  • $120 annual fee
  • Earn up to 75,000 Aeroplan points 
    • Earn 44,000 Aeroplan points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 1,000 Aeroplan points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $500 in purchases on your card for the first six months of cardmembership (6,000 points total)
    • Earn 5 points per $1 spent on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada (including grocery stores) for the first six months of cardmembership, up to a maximum of 25,000 points   
  • Full review here

American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

  • $599 annual fee
  • Earn up to 150,000 Aeroplan points 
    • Earn 70,000 Aeroplan points after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 5,000 Aeroplan points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $1,000 in purchases on your card for the first six months of cardmembership (30,000 points total)
    • Earn 10 points per $1 spent on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada (including grocery stores) for the first six months of cardmembership, up to a maximum of 50,000 points   

American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card 

  • $599 annual fee
  • Earn up to 150,000 Aeroplan points 
    • Earn 70,000 Aeroplan points after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 5,000 Aeroplan points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $1,000 in purchases on your card for the first six months of cardmembership (30,000 points total)
    • Earn 10X the points on eligible gas, eats & drinks purchases (includes groceries) in Canada for the first 6 months of cardmembership, up to a maximum of 50,000 points  
  • Full review here

American Express Platinum Card

  • $699 annual fee
  • Earn up to 150,000 Membership Rewards points
    • Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 30,000 points with any purchases between months 14-17 of cardmembership
    • Earn 10 points per $1 spent on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada (including grocery stores) for the first six months of Cardmembership, up to a maximum of 50,000 points   
  • Full review here 

Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

  • $120 annual fee
  • Earn up to 105,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
    • Earn 65,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 15,000 points with any purchases between months 14-17 of cardmembership
    • Earn 5 points per $1 spent on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada (including grocery stores) for the first six months of Cardmembership, up to a maximum of 25,000 points
  • Full review here

Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card

  • $150 annual fee
  • Earn up to 105,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
    • Earn 65,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 15,000 points with any purchases between months 14-17 of cardmembership
    • Earn 5X the points on eligible gas, dining & travel purchases (includes groceries) in Canada for the first 6 months of Cardmembership up to a maximum of 25,000 points.

American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card

  • $299 annual fee
  • Earn up to 7,500 Air Miles
    • Earn 4,000 Air Miles after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of cardmembership
    • Earn 1,000 Air Miles with any purchases between months 14-17 of cardmembership
    • Earn 5X the miles on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada (including grocery stores) for the first six months of Cardmembership, up to a maximum of 2,500 Air Miles

I personally am signing up for the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card. As long as I spend $1,000 each monthly billing cycle for the first six months, I’ll get the full 150,000 Aeroplan points bonus. I personally conservatively value Aeroplan points at 1.5 cents, which means 150,000 Aeroplan points have a value of $2,250 which is significantly more than the annual fee of $599. To be realistic, it’s not hard to get a value of 1.9 cents to 2.5 cents per point with Aeroplan, so this bonus is actually worth $2,850 to $3,750. 

It’s very interesting to see that some of the new promos give you additional points with any purchase during months 14-17. This is clearly a way to get members to hang onto their cards for more than a year.

Promos for existing cardholders

Don’t worry if you’re an existing cardmember as American Express has a promo for you too. You’ll earn 5 or 10 points per $1 spent on eats & drinks purchases depending on the card you have. Note that these offers need to be activated within your online account or app.

  • American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card: Cardmembers can earn 10 bonus Aeroplan points for every $1 in eats & drinks purchases, up to 50,000 points.
  • American Express Aeroplan Card: Cardmembers can earn 5 bonus Aeroplan points for every $1 in eats & drinks purchases, up to 25,000 points.
  • American Express Platinum Card: Cardmembers can earn 10 bonus Membership Rewards points for every $1 in eats & drinks purchases, up to 50,000 points.
  • Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card: Cardmembers can earn 5 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 in eats & drinks purchases, up to 25,000 points.
  • American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card: Cardmembers can earn 5 Bonus Miles for every $10 in grocery purchases and 5 Bonus Miles for every $15 in dining purchases.

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

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