One of the best cash back earn rates and insurance packages of any credit card in Canada. Plus, includes free roadside assistance, a very rare perk.

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 2 years
Purchase Protection 180 days
Travel Accident $500,000
Emergency Medical Term 8 days
Trip Interruption $2,000
Flight Delay $500
Baggage Delay $200
Lost or Stolen Baggage $750
Personal Effects $750
Hotel Burglary $750
Rental Car Theft & Damage Yes
Rental Car Accident $200,000
Rental Car Personal Effects $1,000

Please review your insurance certificate for details, exclusions and limitations of your coverage.

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BMO CashBack World Elite Mastercard review

The BMO CashBack World Elite Mastercard stands out from its competitors, and other BMO Credit Cards, with a few unique benefits:

  • one of the best credit card insurance packages,
  • complimentary roadside assistance, and…
  • the ability to have your annual fee waived completely.

The problem is that it only offers a flat 1.5% cash back rate – which is a tad low for a premium cash back card.

The question is, is the fee worth it to you?

How BMO CashBack works

The nice thing, however, is BMO allows you to redeem your cash back in one of three ways. You can have it deposited into your BMO bank account, your Investorline account, or you can have it applied as a statement credit.

On top of that, you can redeem your cash back annually, when you accumulate a set amount chosen by you (minimum of $25, or as a one time lump sum (minimum of $1).

BMO Mastercard perks

For starters, it comes with complimentary roadside assistance through Dominion Automobile Association (DAA) – that alone is such a rare perk and with a value of at least $69/year, already the $120 annual fee (which is waived for the first year) becomes more bearable. (Read our detailed blog about credit card roadside assistance.)

Then, for the first 3 months, you can earn 10% cash back (up to $200 in total rewards earned) and after that, you earn a respectable 1.5% on all of your purchases with no tiers or limits. Easy.

This card will also allow you access to exclusive offers and VIP airport lounges through a complimentary membership to Mastercard Airport Experiences provided by LoungeKey.

The BMO Cash Back World Elite MasterCard also gives cardholders the convenient benefit of BMO Concierge Service (you can reach them at 1-800-741-6758 anytime.) This 24/7 assistance service will help you get tickets to upcoming events, score reservations to the hottest restaurants in town, and even help you buy gifts for all the people on your list.

BMO travel insurance

That’s all well and good – but where this card really shines is the complimentary insurance coverage it comes with. 13 out of the types of insurance we track are included – one of the best of any card on the market.

The one coverage we want to highlight above the others is Personal Effects. Many cards come with delayed and lost or stolen baggage coverage – or even hotel and rental car personal effects coverage … but those are different. They only cover you while you're on the plane, in your rental car, or at your hotel.

The BMO personal effects coverage applies for the entire duration of your trip. If any of your personal items are lost, stolen, or damaged, you’re covered up to $750 per person with a $2,000 total maximum. Cell phones and laptops aren’t covered, but most things are including jewelry and camera equipment.

The downsides

It would be unfair not to mention the cons of this card, however – the most glaring one being the $120/year price tag it comes with, even though it is waived for the first year. Add onto that the rather high-income requirement, and it's clear this card isn’t for everyone.

One solution to the high annual fee problem: consider the BMO Premium banking plan. It completely waives the annual fee on any BMO World Elite MasterCard. Sure, it’s pricey at $30 per month, but it comes with plenty of great perks AND you can waive the $30 fee as well by keeping a minimum of $6,000 in your primary chequing account at all times.

To see every last detail of this card, our full blog review covers it from all angles.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for a card with a nice flat cash back rate, great perks like free roadside assistance, and one of the best insurance packages on the market - then you can keep looking but likely won’t find anything better.

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