American Express Cobalt® Card

Card Features

  • In your first year as a new Cobalt Cardmember, you can earn 2,500 Membership Rewards® points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $500 in net purchases on your Card. This could add up to 30,000 points in a year
  • 30,000 points is enough for:
  • $300 in statement credits redeemed towards purchases charged to your Card or
  • $225 in American Express® Prepaid Cards
  • Earn 5x the points on eligible eats and drinks in Canada, including groceries and food delivery
  • Earn 3x the points on eligible streaming subscriptions in Canada
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible transit & gas purchases in Canada and eligible travel purchases. That's 2X the points on purchases that get you from point A to B
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 in Card purchases everywhere else. We won't tell you where to spend, we'll just reward you on your Card purchases
  • Transfer points 1:1 to several frequent flyer and other loyalty programs
  • Cobalt Cardmembers receive regular Perks such as bonus reward offers and access to great events
  • Access Front Of The Line® Presale & Reserved Tickets to some of your favourite concerts and theatre performances and special offers and events curated for Cardmembers with American Express® Experiences
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Interest Rates

Purchase APR: 20.99%

Balance Transfer APR: N/A

Cash Advance APR: 21.99%

Annual Fee

$12.99 per month of Cardmembership ($155.88 annually)

Additional Cardholders: Additional Cards can be added at no additional cost

Pros

  • Earn 5x points on eats and drinks, including groceries and food delivery
  • Redeem points with the mobile app
  • Generous welcome bonus

Cons

  • The fee is a little steep, but isn't a deal breaker

Bonus Offer

Earn up to 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points

Introductory Rates

None

Reward Earnings Rate

Up to 5%

Additional Details

Fees

Balance Transfer Fee: N/A

Foreign Transaction Fee: 2.5%

Late Fee: N/A

Over Credit Limit Fee: $29

CreditCardsCanada.ca Review

American Express Canada just crushed the competition in a major way. With the launch of the Cobalt Card, American Express is offering a market leading 5x points accelerator for eats and drinks, including groceries and food delivery. Plus, a 2x points accelerator for travel that includes flights, accommodations, taxis, public transit and gas. 1x on everything else.

It’s pretty clear who the target market for this card is – millennials. The on-the-go urban professional eats out, drinks out, and travels. The Colbalt card rewards them for the purchases they’re already making. In a lot of ways it’s a no-brainer.

The savvy spender can earn up to 30,000 bonus points in the first year of Cardmembership. Earn 2,500 bonus points/month with $500 spend monthly.

As we often say, a rewards card is only as good as the redemption options. American Express gets it right here too. There are a number of ways to redeem; pay with points, redeem for trips, use your points at checkout on Amazon.ca, gift cards, and access to merchandise through the Membership Rewards® catalogue.

Points can even be used to pay for virtually any purchase right on the mobile app, whether it’s a trip, a monthly streaming subscription, or new outfit. Score!

The card comes with a $12.99/month fee, equating to a $155.88 annually annual fee. While this is on the higher end of annual fees, we think the rewards will outweigh the fee for most young professionals.