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Canada’s top credit card packs ‘one-two punch’

By Jennifer Kwan | Small Business

With so many credit cards to choose from, Ratesupermarket.ca's inaugural "best of finance" awards aims to lend Canadians a hand when searching for the right one.

The website compares and lists winners for top credit cards and other finance products such as mortgage rates and savings accounts using criteria based on overall value, features, competitive rates and ease of use.

"The goal of the awards was to provide consumers with insight to the best personal finance products on the market, and outlining the features that qualified them," said Kelvin Mangaroo, president of the site.

"Our consumers look to us to provide this market transparency so they can make informed decisions about their personal finance needs."

And the winner is ...

The award for best new credit card in Canada in 2012 went to the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card, which "packs a one-two punch of very high rewards and return and unparalleled travel features," writes Penelope Graham, one of the site's editors.

The card earns four times the travel points on every dollar and extra rewards on purchases at gas stations, restaurants, for dining and entertainment. It also offers discounts on airfare, hotels, as well as cruises. New sign ups also receive 20,000 bonus points, or a $200 value.

But Graham also flags the fine print and highlights the fees associated with the card, suggesting the card is best for "a serious traveler who makes a point of paying down their balance on a regular basis."

Credit card categories ranged from best new credit card, to best travel fee card, cashback offer -- with or without an annual fee -- to best student card.

Mangaroo says the site is an independent source of information and the rankings were based solely on merit.

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