This year started out strong with all-time high sign up bonuses from various credit card issuers. Unfortunately, it is starting to look like we are closing out the year on a low note. Earlier today, we published a post regarding the end of the MBNA Alaska Airlines cards. Now we are writing a separate post on one of my personal favourites, MBNA Best Western MasterCard, who is also coming to an end.
MBNA Best Western MasterCard
- No annual fee
- Earn 20,000 sign up bonus points (after the first purchase)
- Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Best Western properties
- Earn 1 point for every $1 on all purchases
- Receive Best Western Gold status (after the first purchase)
- Receive Diamond status (after spending $10,000 in a calendar year)
The card is closed to new applications, but existing cardholders can continue to use their cards for the time being. In other words, there is no firm deadline on when the card will be completely terminated, any grandfathered cardholders can continue as usual.
Since this is a no annual fee card anyway, this is a no-brainer for to me keep the card as long as it is still available.
Thoughts on the Discontinuation
This discontinuation leaves the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Card as the ONLY co-branded hotel credit card left in Canada. I am in disbelief just writing this sentence.
When I see that both Alaska Airlines and Best Western terminated at the same time, I cannot image that both companies decided to end their agreement at the exact same time. Something brewing with TD / MBNA? I hope that they have something up their sleeves to make up for this loss.
Otherwise, I suspect that we will slowly be seeing the full integration of MBNA with TD, and MBNA will stop going by that name. Time will tell.
Either way, writing two discontinuation posts in a row is pretty sad. I really hope that we can still close out the year strong!