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MBNA Smart Cash Platinum Plus® Mastercard®

MBNA Smart Cash Platinum Plus® Mastercard®

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About This Card

The MBNA Smart Cash Platinum Plus® Mastercard® is a no-fee credit card that offers cash-back rewards and a tempting introductory offer.

New cardholders will earn 5% cash back on gas and grocery purchases for the first six months of their membership. That’s one of the highest earn rates you can get — lenders usually don’t exceed that percentage level in Canada.

As for how the earn rate breaks down, it’s pretty straightforward: spend $100 on the card, receive $5 back.

There is a $500 spending cap in place, though. Translated, it means that once you spend $500 on your new card you'll stop receiving 5% cash back. Your earn rate drops to 0.5% until the next billing period starts. Not as much, for sure, but not shabby either. 

Here's how rewards work after the introductory period has passed.

On gas and grocery purchases:

  • You earn 2% cash back on gas and grocery purchases, but only up until you spend $500 on the card. Once you cap out, your earn rate goes down to 0.5% cash back.
  • This is a monthly spend cap. When you start your new billing period, you'll be back at earning 2% cash back until you reach the $500 cap.
  • It works a lot like revolving credit, though, the spend cap shouldn't be confused with your monthly credit limit.

On everything else:

  • All other purchases — meaning, not gas and grocery — earn 0.5% all month long. 

Beyond the opportunities to earn extra cash, MBNA offers cardholders a comprehensive suite of insurance benefits, which are underwritten by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company.

The MBNA Smart Cash Platinum Plus® Mastercard® charges 19.99% APR on purchases, 22.99% for balance transfers and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances.

Why get the MBNA Smart Cash Platinum Plus® Mastercard®?

Get cash back - The Smart Cash Platinum Plus® offers one of the best cash-back opportunities in the Canadian credit card market. You’ll earn 5% on gas and grocery purchases for the first six months, capping out at $500 in cash back a month.

Top-tier insurance coverage - Having a platinum-tier MBNA credit card (second from the top in MBNA's hierarchy) entitles you to a number of travel and purchase insurance coverages. Included with your card membership is coverage for: rental vehicles; assistance with lost luggage, travel documents, and tickets; legal advice, should you need it while out of the country; identity theft, and much more.  

24-hour customer service - As an MBNA cardholder, you can request a credit increase and have it applied to your account within one hour. All it takes is a phone call to customer service. In the event of an emergency, MBNA provides a number of options. Agents can supply an emergency cash transfer of up to $5,000, or you can make a wire transfer via Western Union.

Get versatility - The Smart Cash Platinum Plus® is part of the Mastercard network, one of the most widely accepted credit cards in the world. So, take a deep breath — you won’t need to worry about merchants rejecting your card while you’re abroad.

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