The National Bank World Elite Mastercard is an excellent card for travel insurance, in a class of its own. With annual credits to offset the annual fee, it’s a great premium keeper card for paying the taxes and fees on award ticket bookings.
This card will especially be of interest to the elderly or anyone who enjoys longer trips, for its generous emergency medical coverage.
Bonuses & Fees
Currently, the card isn’t offering a welcome bonus.
In the past, the card has offered $300 cash back upon spending $4,000 on the card within three months, sometimes with a first year annual fee waiver. If you’re interested in the card, it would be better to wait for a welcome bonus to make an appearance before you apply.
The card has an annual fee of $150. There is a $50 fee for each authorized user added to your account.
The National Bank World Elite Mastercard has a rewards structure that varies based on the amount of money you’ve spent on the card:
- Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent on the first $40,000 spent per year
- Earn 2 points per dollar spent when you spend $40,001 to $80,000 per year
- Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent when you spend over $80,000 per year
The sweet spot is at $80,000 per year. At that rate, the average return on every dollar spent up to that point would be 1.75%.
National Bank’s points, À la carte Rewards, can be redeemed through their online travel booking portal. You can book travel, or redeem points for statement credit against travel expenses booked directly.
Points have a fixed value of 1 cent per point.
À la carte Rewards never expire as long as you remain a cardholder.
Perks & Benefits
The card provides a $250 annual travel credit, split into three parts:
- $100 for airport parking
- $100 for baggage fees
- $50 for seat selection fees
These credits renew every year on January 1. Unused credits do not carry over.
Cardholders also have unlimited access to the National Bank Lounge at Montréal-Trudeau Airport, for themselves plus one complementary guest per visit. The lounge is available for passengers departing from the international terminal.
The National Bank World Elite Mastercard provides outstanding insurance coverage.
In particular, the card can be used for insurance on award tickets. Coverage is valid for trip cancellation, trip interruption, or flight delays, as long as the ticket was paid at least in part on the card.
The card also offers fantastic emergency medical insurance when travelling. Cardholders are covered for up to $5,000,000 in damages, for trips up to 60 days, up to age 75.
- Age 54 and under: trips up to 60 days
- Age 55 to 64: trips up to 31 days
- Age 65 to 75: trips up to 15 days
Likewise, the card’s car rental insurance grants coverage for longer rentals: up to 48 days, which is longer than the industry standard.
Additionally, the card has industry-leading purchase protection. The extended warranty and purchase protection periods are double what many competitors offer, with up to 2 additional years for extended warranty and up to 180 days of protection against stolen or damaged merchandise.