Even without having to pay an annual fee, you can earn 1% cash back on everyday purchases.

Annual Fee
Extra Card Fee
Card Type
Cash Advance
Balance Transfer
Balance Transfer
Transfer Term
6 months
Personal Income
Household Income
Canadian resident who has reached the provincial age of majority.
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Our Review

The Scotiabank Momentum Mastercard is a pretty standard no fee card.

Cash back rewards

This card gives cardholders some pretty decent cash back for a no fee card:

  • 1% cash back on gas, groceries, drugstores and recurring bill payments, and
  • 0.5% on everything else.

Not many no-fee cards will give you increased rewards on 4 different spending categories without frustrating caps or limits.


If you already have a Visa or Amex card, with all the bells and whistles, in your wallet, this is a good no-fee option with higher acceptance.

If you do a lot of shopping at Costco, for instance, this card could be a good addition to your wallet, since Costco only accepts Mastercard credit cards.

The downside

There is a clear downside to this card, however – its complete lack of insurance.

Not many no fee cards come with travel insurance, but purchase insurance is usually pretty standard, so it is unfortunate that this card doesn't even protect your purchases.

A possible alternative

If the Scotiabank Momentum Mastercard isn't quite the card you're looking for, you should consider the .

Not only does this card give you 5% cash back for your first 3 months (up to $2,500 in spend), but you also get up to 3% cash back on everyday purchases.

The BMO card even has some basic insurance coverage, such as the Extended Warranty and Purchase Protection insurance.

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