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Vote Now: 2021 Prince of Travel Awards (Credit Cards)

Welcome to the 2021 Prince of Travel Awards, our second edition of annual community awards to recognize excellence in travel, rewards, and loyalty programs,

Across 28 different categories over three weeks of voting, we invite you to make your voice heard on which issuers, programs, airlines, hotels, products, and promotions here in Canada have impressed you the most this year as you’ve progressed along your journey with travelling the world on points.

Together, let’s take stock of how things have played out over the past year and which loyalty offerings are looking the most appealing as we head into 2022.

2021 Prince of Travel Awards Categories

The 28 categories for the 2021 Prince of Travel Awards are as follows:

Credit Cards

  • Best Premium Travel Credit Card
  • Best Travel Credit Card
  • Best Small Business Travel Credit Card
  • Best Credit Card Signup Bonus
  • Best Visa Card
  • Best Mastercard
  • Best Credit Card Perk
  • Best Cash Back Credit Card
  • Best No-Fee Credit Card
  • Best No FX Fee Credit Card
  • Best New Financial Product
  • Best Amex Offer

Loyalty Programs

  • Best Transferable Points Currency
  • Best Fixed-Value Points Currency
  • Best Airline Loyalty Program
  • Best Hotel Loyalty Program
  • Best Hotel Elite Status
  • Best International Award Sweet Spot
  • Best Domestic Award Sweet Spot
  • Best Promotion
  • Best Positive Change

Airlines & Hotels

  • Best Domestic Business Class
  • Best Domestic Economy Class
  • Best International Business Class
  • Best International First Class
  • Best Airport Lounge in Canada
  • Best Hotel in Canada 
  • Best Resort in Canada 

Week 1: Credit Cards

In Week 1 of voting, it’s time to cast your vote on the 12 Credit Cards categories, with a shortlist of nominees among each category for you to choose from.

Best Premium Travel Credit Card

Among travel rewards credit cards that command a $399+ annual fee in exchange for stronger travel benefits, which product is the best?

Best Travel Credit Card

Among travel rewards credit cards that command an annual fee in the range of $119–150, which product is the best?

Best Small Business Travel Credit Card

Among travel rewards credit cards geared towards small business owners, which product is the best?

Best Credit Card Signup Bonus

What was the best credit card signup bonus this year? Which welcome incentive did you capitalize on the most? 

Best Visa Card

Of the major Visa products in Canada issued by the Big 5 banks, which one is the best?

Best Mastercard

Of the major Mastercard products in the Canadian market, which one is the best?

Best Credit Card Perk

Travel rewards credit cards are coming up with all sorts of creative perks these days to entice people to sign up. Which credit card perk have you gotten the most value from?

Best Cash Back Credit Card

Of the major cash back credit cards in the Canadian market, which one is the best?

Best No-Fee Credit Card

Of the major Canadian credit cards with no annual fees, which one is the best?

Best No FX Fee Credit Card

Of the major Canadian credit cards with no foreign transaction fees, which one is the best?

Best New Financial Product

Several new financial products have been launched or relaunched in Canada over the course of 2021. Which new or refreshed entrant to the market has impressed you the most?

Best Amex Offer

American Express has regaled us with a series of generous Amex Offers this year. Which set of offers have you capitalized on the most? 

Week 1: Vote Now

As part of the voting process, you are invited to select your top choice among the candidates in each category.

It’s up to you how you vote: feel free to vote based on either your personal experience with any of the candidates or your impressions of each candidate as a savvy points collector.

The order of the candidates is randomized as part of the survey to avoid introducing bias into your vote. After you’ve completed your vote and picked the winner in all 12, hit the Submit button and your vote will be counted! 

Without further ado, you can submit your vote for Week 1 of the 2021 Prince of Travel Awards below:

Week 1 of voting will close at the end of Sunday, November 14.

Weeks 2 and 3 will take place the following weeks, and the winners will be announced on Monday, November 29. Happy voting!

3 Comments
  1. Kyrie English

    Perhaps you can narrow the scoop and define criteria for “best” in each category. AMEX’s Reserve and plat’s 150k is certainly the highest value, but in terms of AF and point/dollar spend, it is inferior to the Amex AP core which requires half the spend and 1/10 the AF (need to hold plat/reserve for 2 years to get the full WB). I thought CIBC AP VI and TD FCT should be on the list given that TD AP VI is. HSBC Premier WE should be an option too.

    1. Ricky YVR

      The idea is that each voter picks what they view as “best” based on which criterion matters the most to them, so that in the end we have a picture of the best performers in each category as chosen by the community as a whole.

  2. Annie

    I have a feeling that AmEx will be dominating the rewards this year 🙂

Ricky Zhang

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