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Which bank and air alliance are best for international student in Canada?

Which bank and air alliance are best for international student in Canada?

  1. Mia Nguyen

    I am looking for a travel credit card program for students in Canada. I travel a lot to Asia (I’m an international student) either via Korean Air or ANA. Could you advice me on which travel credit cards I should take a look at?

    thank you!
    Mia

  2. tconway02

    Welcome [USER=2281]@Mia Nguyen[/USER]!

    It depends a lot… The Amex Rewards Gold card is a good option as they are partners with Asia Miles, however, as you are a student you are very limited and may not have the required annual wage.

    I work for HSBC and my advice to you is to just get a normal student bank account eg [URL=’http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/deposits/student-banking.html’]Bank of Canada[/URL] which offer friendly credit and debit cards that are easy to manage. Just claim your miles on a sky team or star alliance airline mile program. Wait till you finish university and have a job then apply for a more sophisticated card.

    Build up your credit score with the bank you choose so when you do go to apply you have a bigger chance of being accepted. But everything with your credit card and pay it off.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Mia Nguyen

    I
    [QUOTE=”tconway02, post: 20548, member: 1837″]Welcome [USER=2281]@Mia Nguyen[/USER]!

    It depends a lot… The Amex Rewards Gold card is a good option as they are partners with Asia Miles, however, as you are a student you are very limited and may not have the required annual wage.

    I work for HSBC and my advice to you is to just get a normal student bank account eg [URL=’http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/deposits/student-banking.html’]Bank of Canada[/URL] which offer friendly credit and debit cards that are easy to manage. Just claim your miles on a sky team or star alliance airline mile program. Wait till you finish university and have a job then apply for a more sophisticated card.

    Build up your credit score with the bank you choose so when you do go to apply you have a bigger chance of being accepted. But everything with your credit card and pay it off.

    Hope this helps![/QUOTE]

  4. Mia Nguyen

    Thank you so much! I’ve been with RBC for a year now but just recently took an interest in travel credit card. BMO SPC airmiles credit card is ranked as the best student travel credit card according to some ratings. Is it worth switching to BMO now? Or should i stick to RBC?

  5. Mia Nguyen

    Thank you so much! I’ve been with RBC for a year now but just recently took an interest in travel credit card. BMO SPC airmiles Mastercard is ranked as the best student travel credit card according to some ratings. Is it worth switching to BMO now? Or should i stick to RBC?

    [QUOTE=”tconway02, post: 20548, member: 1837″]Welcome [USER=2281]@Mia Nguyen[/USER]!

    It depends a lot… The Amex Rewards Gold card is a good option as they are partners with Asia Miles, however, as you are a student you are very limited and may not have the required annual wage.

    I work for HSBC and my advice to you is to just get a normal student bank account eg [URL=’http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/deposits/student-banking.html’]Bank of Canada[/URL] which offer friendly credit and debit cards that are easy to manage. Just claim your miles on a sky team or star alliance airline mile program. Wait till you finish university and have a job then apply for a more sophisticated card.

    Build up your credit score with the bank you choose so when you do go to apply you have a bigger chance of being accepted. But everything with your credit card and pay it off.

    Hope this helps![/QUOTE]

  6. MidSouthSkier

    There are a couple of blogs here on Boarding Area that specialize in Canadian points & miles: Pointshogger and Canadian Kilometers. They might have resources that will give you the answers you need. And their authors will certainly be more familiar with Canadian credit cards than we are.

  7. tconway02

    Hello,

    I would stick with RBC unless you are in you have just started university as it takes time and money to close an account and open a new one.

  8. Mia Nguyen

    [QUOTE=”tconway02, post: 20558, member: 1837″]Hello,

    I would stick with RBC unless you are in you have just started university as it takes time and money to close an account and open a new one.[/QUOTE]
    Thank you for the reply!

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