In a move that comes as no surprise, Chase is pulling out of Canada. As of March 15, 2018, Chase will be closing all Amazon.ca Rewards Visa Card and Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card accounts. The link above refers to just the Amazon.ca card, but we have confirmed with Chase that the Marriott Rewards card is also part of this change.
Chase had already stopped accepting new applications for both cards, so it was only a matter of time before they formally ended their relationship with existing customers. The timeline of the exit is a bit surprising as existing customers were able to continue using their cards, but now all accounts are being closed which leaves a void in the credit card market.
Both the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa Card and Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card had a huge fan base since they had no foreign transaction fees which was a major benefit for travellers. With this announcement, there’s a huge void in the Canadian credit card space
How this affects current cardholders
If you currently have any recurring payments set to one the Chase cards, you should change them to ensure you don’t miss any payments. You would still be responsible for any outstanding balances at the annual interest rate stated in your cardmember agreement even after your account is closed. To keep you on track, statements will still be sent to you until all outstanding balances are paid.
As for your points, any unredeemed Amazon.ca cash-back points will be applied to your statement as a credit in the equivalent cash-back amount. Marriott Rewards Premier Visa cardholders don’t need to worry about any transfer of points since any points earned are automatically applied to your Marriott Rewards account.
What cards should I apply for instead?
Home Trust Preferred Visa – With Chase pulling out of Canada, the Home Trust Preferred Visa becomes the only credit card in Canada that has no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. You’ll also earn 1% cash-back with no limits towards your rewards. The Roadside Assist membership at no extra charge is useful if you drive.
Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express – If you’re loyal to the Marriott brand, the Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express is a good alternative card since SPG is now owned by Marriott. You can transfer your SPG points to Marriott Rewards at a 3:1 ratio so you can still technically earn Marriott Rewards points with this credit card.
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