Last updated: July 5, 2020
As a result of the global reduction in travel and consumer spending due to the coronavirus pandemic, credit cards and loyalty programs have introduced a wide range of temporary measures in order to continue delivering value to customers.
This page tracks all the COVID-19 relief measures offered by major Canadian credit card issuers and loyalty programs.
Benefit / Relief Measure
American Express (Canada)
All American Express (Canada) cardholders who applied for a card between January 22 and June 30, 2020, with the regular three-month window to meet the minimum spending requirement will now receive a three-month extension, for a total of six months to meet the minimum spending. Read more.
Until July 20, 2020, Platinum cardholders will benefit from the Double Rewards promotion. Instead of earning 3x MR points on dining, 2x MR points on travel, and 1x MR points on all other purchases, cardholders will now earn 6x, 4x, and 2x MR points respectively.
Business Platinum cardholders will receive a $100 renewal credit upon renewing their card (i.e., paying another year's annual fee) during 2020. Cardholders who have already renewed will receive this credit retroactively, while cardholders who renew later in the year will receive the credit soon after renewing.
Until August 31, 2020, Gold Rewards cardholders will earn 5x MR points on Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes purchases, rather than the 1x MR points that these retailers would ordinarily earn.
Until August 31, 2020, Marriott Bonvoy cardholders will earn 5x Bonvoy points on groceries, food delivery services, and takeout purchases from restaurants, rather than the 2x Bonvoy points that these purchases would ordinarily earn.
Until August 31, 2020, Marriott Bonvoy Business cardholders will earn 3x Bonvoy points on eligible office supplies & electronics purchases, rather than the 2x Bonvoy points that these purchases would ordinarily earn.
American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card
Until August 31, 2020, AeroplanPlus Platinum cardholders will earn 1.5x Aeroplan miles on all purchases, rather than the standard earning rate of 1.25x Aeroplan miles.
American Express (US) Credit Cards
All American Express (US) cardholders who applied for a card between December 1 and May 31, 2020, with the regular three-month window to meet the minimum spending requirement will now receive a three-month extension, for a total of six months to meet the minimum spending. Read more.
Targeted: Until July 31, 2020, you can earn 3x bonus Aeroplan miles per dollar spent on all online purchases or Aeroplan eStore purchases.
Until August 4, as part of the CIBC Revival Rewards initiative, cardholders will earn a bonus rate of 2x Aventura points on restaurants and eligible food delivery merchants (including DoorDash, SkipTheDishes, Uber Eats, Grubhub and Ritual).
Until July 31, as part of the RBC Points for Canada initiative, cardholders will earn a bonus rate of 2x Avion points on purchases at restaurants or with major food delivery services, as well as a 30% boost on many types of Avion points redemptions, including gift cards and Pay In-Store with Points.
Until August 31, the regular earning rate on your WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard or base-level WestJet RBC MasterCard will be doubled when you spend up to $10,000 per card on groceries and restaurants. The extra rewards you earn will be provided in whichever way you choose: WestJet dollars, a statement credit, or a direct donation to Food Banks Canada help support your community.
Until August 15, cardholders will earn a bonus rate of 3x Aeroplan miles on purchases with PC Express, Goodfood, Save‑On‑Foods Online, Grocery Gateway, SPUD.ca, metro.ca online grocery, GOcery or Mister Produce, and a bonus rate of 2x Aeroplan miles on purchases with Instacart, HelloFresh, Inabuggy, Chefs Plate, Cornershop, Cook it, The Organic Box, GoJava, Cartly, CultivatR, MissFresh, The Grocery Link, Uber Eats, DoorDash, SkipTheDishes, Just Eat or Chanmao Inc.
Benefit / Relief Measure
Elite status extension: Air Canada has extended members' Altitude elite status through 2021. Moreover, if members organically earn elite status through travel activity in 2020, they may gift the status to a friend or family member. Read more.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Elite status extension: Alaska Mileage Plan has extended all members' 2020 status until the end of 2021. Furthermore, any elite qualifying miles earned in 2020 will also count in 2021, giving members a head start on requalifying for 2022.
British Airways Avios
Voucher extension: The Travel Together voucher, a perk of the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite, has been extended by six months for all members.
Elite status extension: Hilton Honors will extend members' 2020 elite status through to February 2022. In addition, members who held elite status in 2019 but failed to renew will be allowed to keep their status until February 2021. Read more.
Elite status extension: Marriott Bonvoy will extend members' 2020 elite status through to February 2022. Read more.
Redeeming TD points (earned via the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite or other cards in the same family) will cost 25% less for gift cards, merchandise, and Shop the Mall retailers, redeemed at tdrewards.com.
Elite status extension: WestJet's loyalty program has a variable qualification period unique to each member. Status has been proactively extended or upgraded for members who were on track to achieve status in March, April or May, and WestJet will similarly look after those whose tier status may be impacted in the months ahead.