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Annual Fee
Extra Card Fee
Card Type
Cash Advance
Balance Transfer
Personal Income
Household Income
Canadian resident who has reached the provincial age of majority.
Extended Warranty 1 year
Purchase Protection 90 days
Travel Accident $250,000
Emergency Medical Term 31 days
Trip Cancellation $2,500
Trip Interruption $2,500
Baggage Delay $1,000
Lost or Stolen Baggage $1,250
Hotel Burglary $1,000
Rental Car Theft & Damage Yes

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Our Review

Any card that offers a market leading 5% cash back on travel purchases is a card that is worth a closer look - and the ScotiaGold Passport Visa does just that.

For a $110 annual fee this card will start you off with 5,000 welcome points and gives you access to services making it easier to travel, like:

  • Scotia Rewards Travel Service, a full-service travel agent to help you book your travel,
  • a best price guarantee on airfare and other special offers and discounts, plus...
  • with any purchase you make through this service, you will see that 5% return on your rewards.

You can book and redeem for travel anywhere, anytime - no restrictions.

The rewards you earn are flexible and can be used for a number of things, like:

  • flights,
  • cruises,
  • pre-packaged tours,
  • gift cards,
  • merchandise, and
  • much more.

The best part is you get to choose if you want to book through Scotia Rewards Travel Service, or you can simply use any travel agent or booking service to book your travel and then login to Scotiabank website to instantly pay for those purchases with your points at the same rate.

There's also an extensive insurance package that includes:

  • 31 days of emergency medical,
  • trip interruption,
  • trip cancellation...and more

A total of 10 types of insurance, check out the tab above for a complete list.

Where this card struggles is on regular non-travel spending. You're going to earn roughly a 1% return on your spending on those purchases, which quite low for a premium card with a $110 annual fee.

For big spenders on travel though, there's no better card out there.

What are your thoughts?

The creditcardGenius algorithm calculates an estimated dollar value for all rewards and bonuses by using a typical point value a person can realistically achieve by redeeming their rewards in a reasonably optimized way. The "Welcome Bonus" is the dollar value obtained by combining all one-time bonuses available to new cardholders within the first year. To qualify for the full bonus you may need to make purchases, meet minimum spending requirements, or complete special actions. Terms and conditions apply.

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