Video: The 5 Best Credit Cards for Beginners in 2021

In the first video of 2021, I wanted to think about the best Canadian credit cards for beginners who are new to maximizing their credit card points.

If you’d like to get started on the right foot and plan some awesome trips for the future when the world opens up again, what are the best cards to get started with?

There are many solid choices for a beginner to the credit card game, and in this video I share with you my five top picks – from a solid no-fee Aeroplan card, to the ideal credit card offer for travelling couples, to a heavy-hitting premium travel credit card for beginners who’d like to dive right in.

Without further ado, you can watch the video below:


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  1. JDS

    Another great video Ricky, thanks for all of the practical advice. Two questions: 1) do you anticipate the Aeroplan bonus to increase after Jan 17 for the Amex Reserve as you do for the TD Visa? 2) will new card holders receive bonus Aeroplan points when signing up for multiple of the new co-branded cards (ie Amex Reserve + MasterCard = 85k points)?

    Thanks again!

    1. Ricky YVR

      1) Nope, I think the Aeroplan Reserve can only go down from here, and arguably one should apply sooner rather than later through the 75k link since there’s no telling when it will end.

      2) Yes, but I assume you mean Amex Reserve + TD/CIBC Aeroplan cards there.

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