Ah, the return of hockey in Canada. The official season kicked off this Tuesday, and fans are dusting off jerseys, selecting their fantasy leagues, and hitting their local sports joints to catch the action. Real diehard hockey fans already eat, sleep and bleed their team colours – and now they can kick it up a notch by supporting their team with every dollar spent.
The ScotiaHockey debit card is a new player in the lender rink. Featuring cards from all NHL teams, cardholders can flash their team colours with every purchase they make, and will earn one ScotiaHockey Rewards point on every dollar. These points can be cashed in for merchandise and game tickets at the online NHL store, and cardholders will be automatically entered to win the Hockey Adventure of a Lifetime.
Can Your Card Send You To The Stanley Cup?
The contest, which runs from September 30 to August 31, will send three lucky fans and thier guests to either the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face Off, or a 2014 Stanley Cup Game (each is approximately a $5,000 value). There are also 80 monthly ticket giveaways up for grabs, 25 NHL GameCentre Live subscriptions, and gift cards for hockey merch.
Chequing Account Face Off
As fee savvy fans know, not all debit and chequing accounts are created equal. Fortunately, this specialty reward program comes with plenty of choice and flexibility – it can be applied to one of four of Scotiabank’s chequing offerings. Here’s a quick rundown of their features.
Scotia MoneyBack Account: This is one of the few cash back earning accounts out there, earning one per cent back on every debit purchase, up to $300. While there is an annual fee of $14.95, the account comes with unlimited self-serve transactions (meaning Interac payments, bill payments, ABM visits, etc.), two free non-Scotia AMB withdrawals, and one free teller transactions per month ($1.50 each). This account is a decent option for those who mainly rely on debit for their purchases, and the two free non-lender ABM withdrawals are a nice touch. However, that monthly fee is a bit steep – a common add on for unlimited transaction accounts.
Scotia One Account: This is Scotia’s well-rounded chequing option that features unlimited debit transactions for a $11.95 monthly fee. However, this cost is waived for account holders who maintain a minimum balance of $3,000. The account also includes Scotia Info Alerts, which makes account info available via text or email.
Basic Banking Plan: This account has a lower monthly fee at $8.95, but limits transactions to 25 per month, charging $1.00 each after that, and includes Scotia Info Alerts. It’s a more cost effective option for those more inclined to pay in cash, and keep tabs on the amount they use their card – but remember, this also limits the ability to earn ScotiaHockey points and contest entries.
Basic Banking Account: This is Scotia’s cheapest option at only $3.95 a month for account use. However, transactions are limited to only 12 a month – and those can be used up quicker than the Leafs being booted from the playoffs, leaving you open to racking up transaction fees.
Those really looking to amp up their ScotiaHockey earning potential can also check out the The ScotiaHockey™ NHL® VISA*card, which will grant new cardholders 3,000 points on signup, 100 contest entries on first purchase, and an additional 10 entries on all other purchases. It’ll also net you 20 per cent off purchases at the online NHL store. Score!