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Monday, February 19th 2018

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The Amazon Visa is no more - here's what you can replace it with

Replace the Amazon Visa with the Home Trust Preferred Visa

I know for a lot of travelers out there (myself included), the Amazon Visa was your favorite credit card to use while traveling, or making any kind of purchase in a foreign currency.

Why?

The key feature of the Amazon Visa was that it didn't charge you the 2.5% foreign exchange fee that every bank, ATM, foreign exchange kiosk, and virtually every credit card on the planet is charging you, any time you make a purchase or withdrawal in a currency other than Canadian dollars.

Most places hide this 2.5% foreign exchange fee by building it into the exchange rate itself. They charge you an exchange rate that is higher/worse than the 'real' exchange rate (technically known as the spot rate).

Even if you don't *think* you're paying this foreign exchange fee any time you purchase something while traveling, or withdraw money from an ATM, you most likely are.

The Amazon Visa charged you the 'real' exchange rate, without the additional 2.5% exchange fee. On top of that, they offered 1% cashback on all purchases. Paying for items this way while traveling was tough to beat with any credit card, or any other form of payment.

It was the best way to buy anything while traveling, assuming you paid your credit card bill on time.

There were better cards to use at home, because you didn't get the 2.5% advantage when buying things in Canadian dollars. But for traveling, and buying things in a foreign currency, it was always my go to card.

Chase Bank announces they are canceling the Amazon Visa and the Marriott Visa

If you were a holder of the Amazon Visa or Marriott Visa, you've probably recently received the letter announcing the demise of these cards, as of March 15th, 2018.

I've seen a lot of people wondering if there is a similar card out there. A card with no annual fee, and one that spares you from the 2.5% foreign exchange fee.

Cards without an annual fee *and* sparing you from the 2.5% foreign exchange fee are really, really rare in Canada, but there is one out there...

The Home Trust Preferred Visa

It's called the Home Trust Preferred Visa and it has the following features:

  • no annual fee
  • no foreign exchange fees
  • 1% cashback on everything you buy
  • roadside assist membership (included free)
  • auto rental collision / loss damage insurance
  • In other words, it's virtually identical to the Amazon Visa, with a few extra features (roadside assistance and auto insurance).

    How to apply for the Home Trust Preferred Visa

    1. Go to the Home Trust Preferred Visa page

    2. Scroll down to the 'Apply Now' button and click on it.

    NOTE: I have heard from a few people who said that applications for this card can take a while to process (2-3 weeks). I applied about a week ago, and haven't heard back yet. I will update this post when I do.









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    One Response to "The Amazon Visa is no more - here's what you can replace it with"


      Has Edirol been here?
         Edirol on January 29th, 2018

      How is this compared to the Rogers MasterCard?

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