Rogers World Elite Mastercard Review
Rogers, a company better known for its communication and media business than its financial services, is clearly looking to shake up Canada’s credit card marketplace with the launch of an exciting new ‘free premium’ card.
With lucrative cash back rewards rates on both foreign currency and CAD purchases, as well as solid insurance benefits and no annual fee, Rogers’ new offer may win over many Canadians looking for shelter from foreign transaction fees and the chance to earn on their domestic purchases as well.
Rogers World Elite Mastercard Cash Back Rewards Structure
The Rogers World Elite Mastercard gives cardholders some of the best cash back rewards rates available for a no-fee card—for both foreign and domestic purchases. Cardholders receive:
- 4% unlimited cash back rewards on foreign spending
- 2% unlimited cash back rewards on Rogers products and services
- 1.75% unlimited cash back rewards on all other Canadian dollar purchases
While it does charge a forex fee of 2.5%, the fee is offset (and then some) by the cash back rewards rate of 4% on purchases made in a foreign currency. Certainly, the Rogers World Elite Mastercard will provide competition for popular no foreign transaction fee cards like the Home Trust Preferred Visa, which has no annual fee but only offers a uniform 1% cash back on all purchases. For some, it may also outshine Scotiabank’s recently launched Passport Visa Infinite card, which has no foreign transaction fees and great perks but comes with an annual fee of $139.
For domestic cash back, comparable no-fee cards are the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card and the SimplyCash Card from American Express. The Tangerine card gives 2% unlimited cash back, but only in 2 or 3 categories of the cardholder’s choice. All other purchases earn only 0.50% cash back. The SimplyCash card earns 1.25% unlimited cash back on all purchases, but has a 2.5% accelerated cash back rate for the first 3 months. But the Rogers World Elite Mastercard combines both foreign and domestic cash back rewards in the same card.
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Other Notable Perks
The Rogers World Elite Mastercard comes with some travel insurance benefits which are a welcome addition to a no-fee card. These include:
- Purchase protection and extended warranty
- Out-of-province/out-of-country emergency medical
- Rental car collision/damage
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
You’ll also get a welcome bonus of $25 in cash back rewards for making your first purchase on the card within the first 3 months.
Cash Back Rewards Redemption Policy
Rewards can be redeemed for a statement credit against Rogers, Fido or chatr products or services—but also against other everyday items on your Rogers World Elite Mastercard balance such as gas, groceries, travel, restaurants and more. A once-yearly lump statement credit can also be applied directly to the card balance during the month of January (whenever the statement arrives depending on the dates set by the cardholder for billing). To receive the statement credit, a cardholder has two paths they can pursue:
- Call Rogers before December 1st to notify them that you want your cash back rewards in January
- Send secured correspondence through the Rogers customer support system (also before December 1st). In-person or email activation of this option are unavailable.
Other redemption options include big-ticket items and even costs related to a home improvement project, but finding other expenses that are payable with cash back is not difficult.
Who’s the Card For?
The Rogers World Elite Mastercard is a great option for Canadian travellers looking to make up for the foreign transaction fees they’re charged on overseas purchases, while still retaining the ability to generate significant cash back rewards on their purchases at home in CAD. All in all, if you’re looking for a no annual fee credit card that nullifies FX charges and offers an enticing lineup of other perks, the Rogers World Elite Mastercard is a superlative option.
But before you get too excited about Roger’s offering, there is an important caveat to be aware of: to apply for the World Elite Mastercard you must have a personal income of $80,000 or a household income of $150,000. If you fit those requirements it’s an attractive option for a credit card with premium perks, without the premium price tag. If you don’t meet those requirements, you should consider the Rogers Platinum Mastercard or another of the alternative cards we mentioned.