The MBNA Rewards Platinum Plus Mastercard is a good no-fee card. It’s a downgrade option from MBNA’s premium cards if you wish to keep an account open with the bank but don’t want to pay annual fees. As a Platinum Plus card, it also has impressive insurance for a no-fee card.
For new applicants, this card is an interesting choice either for low spenders who would struggle to meet all-or-nothing welcome bonus requirements, or for high spenders who will maximize the category limits.
This card offers a welcome bonus, split into a few different parts:
The elevated earn rate replaces the base earn rate on those categories, and is limited to $5,000 spent per category. If you hit the maximum for each category within 90 days, you’d earn an additional 10,000 MBNA Rewards points per category on top of the normal rate.
In total, with a minimum spend requirement of $15,000 distributed properly between the categories, new applicants can earn a bonus of up to 40,000 MBNA Rewards points in addition to rewards on everyday spending.
Quebec residents are not eligible for the elevated earn rates, and can instead earn up to 10,000 MBNA Rewards points with no minimum spend:
The card has no annual fee for the primary cardholder and up to nine additional cardholders.
This card offers a tiered rewards structure:
The accelerated rate is limited to $5,000 in purchases per year for each merchant category. If you exceed that threshold, you’ll earn the base rate of 1 point per dollar spent on any further purchases. Spending during the welcome bonus period counts towards these limits.
MBNA Rewards can be redeemed through their online travel booking portal. You can book flights, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, and cruises. Points can be used for bookings made through the travel portal at a rate of 100 points = $1, or 1 cent per point.
For other purchases, you can use your points for statement credit at a rate of 120 points = $1, or 0.83 cents per point or 0.83% return on spending on uncategorized purchases. Even if you don’t use your rewards for their optimal travel value, this rate is still superior to similar no-fee cards which only earn 0.5% cash back on uncategorized spending, including MBNA’s own Smart Cash cards.
You can also exchange your points for gift cards. Rates vary depending on the brand and value of the gift card, generally at least 0.87 cents per point and occasionally even exceeding the value of travel redemptions.
MBNA Rewards never expire as long as you remain a cardholder.
Cardholders can get car rental discounts at Avis and Budget: 10% in Canada or the US, and 5% internationally.
This card comes with the same insurance as all of MBNA’s Platinum Plus cards. It has all of the same coverage as their World Elite cards, except for price protection. This makes for a solid suite of insurance coverage rarely seen on a credit card with no annual fee.
Notably, the card can be used for insurance on award tickets. Coverage for a common carrier accident or an unexpected return home is valid as long as the ticket was paid at least in part on the card. However, the card doesn’t offer insurance for trip cancellation, delays of any kind, or lost baggage at all.
For the types of coverage that extend to the cardholder’s spouse and children, they don’t need to be travelling together with the primary cardholder to be insured.
The card offers comprehensive car rental insurance, beyond the typical collision damage insurance. You are protected in the event of personal injury if you are in a rental vehicle accident.
Also, the card provides rental car burglary insurance. This means that your personal effects are insured if the car is stolen or if your belongings are stolen from the car, as opposed to just the value of the car itself being insured in the event of theft or damage.
This credit card has no minimum income requirement. Even if you have a weaker credit score, you're likely to be approved as long as you don't have a recent history of excessive credit-seeking behaviour.
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