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Scotiabank and American Express – Bringing You Meaningful Travel Faster

11 April 2013

Several months ago I wrote about the new partnership between Scotiabank and American Express, which resulted in Scotiabank launching a suite of three new credit cards.

We worked out a partnership with Scotiabank for us to get a trial run with the Scotiabank American Express Card and I have to say, these new credit cards have been built for the travel enthusiast!

What has made this credit card stand out for me?

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The fact is, the Scotiabank suite of American Express-branded cards was designed to allow Cardmembers to increase their travel rewards through accelerated earning at various retailers. In the case of the Scotia Standard Amex Card that I’m testing, I earn 2x the points on everyday purchases in categories that are highly relevant to me (gas, grocery, dining and entertainment). With the Scotiabank Gold and Platinum American Express Cards, that accelerator increases to 4x the points on purchases in those categories.

Scotiabank’s tagline is “You’re Richer Than You Think” – and with this credit card in your hand and the accelerated rewards system, you really do become richer. In no time you can accumulate a large amount of reward points, especially when you are making purchases at the stores that help accelerate your rewards!

Just to recap, the reward system for the Scotia AmEx cards is as follows:

Reward StandardGoldPlatinum
For every $1 spent at eligible gas stations, grocery stores, on dining and entertainment:2x Scotia Rewards Points4x Scotia Rewards Points4x Scotia Rewards Points
For every $1 spent on all other purchases:1x Scotia Rewards Points1x Scotia Rewards Points1x Scotia Rewards Points
First Purchase Bonus (until March 31, 2013):8,000 Bonus Scotia Rewards Points20,000 Bonus Scotia Rewards Points40,000 Bonus Scotia Rewards Points

How do I plan on using my rewards?

With all of the rewards points I expect to accumulate in the months to come, I plan to use them towards a family vacation. The fact is, my entire family will be celebrating my Grandma’s 80th birthday in the Caribbean. My goal is to make use of all of my reward points to book the flight.

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I cannot wait to relax on a beach, and enjoy a vacation with my family and friends.

You may recall that with the suite of Scotia Amex Cards, there are no blackout datesand your entire ticket can be covered using your reward points – even your taxes! It’s comforting knowing I have nothing to worry about when it comes to using my reward points for my upcoming trip.

I am also comforted by the fact that my card gives me comprehensive travel insurance coverage, so have nothing to worry about other than having a great time on the trip. The fact is, I will be saving money on travel insurance and, with the accelerated earnings of reward points, I will be well on my way to covering the cost of my trip.

If you‘re interested in trying out any of the Scotiabank American Express Cards  for yourself, consider applying. You will fall in love with the perks as you rack up the points!

This series has been sponsored by Scotiabank, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, providing its clients with outstanding service and products. Using Scotiabank American Express credit cards allows you to connect to millions of merchants around the world.


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