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How To Maximize Scene+ Rewards Points in 2023

Scene+ is one of Canada’s leading loyalty rewards programs, in part because it offers millions of members the opportunity to earn and use points on everything from grocery to travel, shopping, entertainment and more. Pair Scene+ with an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card to earn points on every dollar spent.

Scene+ launched across Canada in 2021 after SCENE and Scotia Rewards merged to create one simplified program. The new program introduced new partners like Expedia Group and Rakuten®^, offering more members more options to earn and use points.

In 2022, the program began expanding further by giving members options to earn and use points on grocery purchases through brands such as Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, and many more.

With consumers having many options when choosing a loyalty program, we take a deep dive into the Scene+ rewards program and tell you how to maximize your points and get the most value from this program. 

How to Earn Scene+ Points

Scene+ is a flexible rewards program offering several options to earn and use points on daily purchases.

Members can use a Scene+ membership card to earn points with many partners, including Sobeys, Scene+ Travel Powered by Expedia, Cineplex, Harvey’s®°, and more.

Points earned can also be accelerated by paying with an eligible Scotiabank debit or credit card that earns Scene+ points, allowing customers to earn points on every dollar spent.

Scotiabank customers can earn points in two ways at once when they pay with their eligible credit or debit card and show their Scene+ membership card to participating Scene+ partners.

Groceries

Present your Scene+ membership card and earn Scene+ points at the following grocery, liquor, and convenience stores across Canada (where available):

  • Sobeys
  • Safeway
  • Foodland & Participating Co-ops
  • FreshCo
  • Chalo! FreshCo
  • Participating IGA locations in Western Canada
  • Voilà by Sobeys and Voilà by Safeway

Members can earn points through everyday product offers in flyers and in-store, personalized digital offers through mygroceryoffers.ca or by downloading a participating grocery app such as Sobeys, Safeway or FreshCo.

Members can get exclusive savings and discounts with member pricing and Scene+ Members Days in BC, AB, SK and MB. Turn 1,000 Scene+ points into $10 off grocery and pharmacy purchases*

*Redemption is not available at Needs Convenience.

Members shopping in Needs convenience locations in Atlantic Canada can earn 1 Scene+ point on every $2 spent on in-store purchases, including the lottery.

Members shopping in Needs convenience locations outside of Atlantic Canada can earn 1 Scene+ point on every $2 spent on in-store purchases, excluding the lottery. Please note you cannot use Scene+ points at Needs Convenience stores.

Additional eligible grocery stores will join the Scene+ program in 2023. For more information, visit https://www.sceneplus.ca/notice-of-change.

Pharmacy

At the following pharmacies, you can earn Scene+ points through weekly product offerings, member-exclusive pricing flyers and in-store events:

  • Lawtons Drugs
  • Sobeys Pharmacy
  • FreshCo Pharmacy
  • Chalo! FreshCo Pharmacy

In Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, you can earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on the full cost of prescriptions, up to a maximum of 5,000 points per day. Learn more about earning at eligible pharmacies.

Travel

Expedia Group and Scene+ have partnered to earn you points on travel bookings.

You’ll earn 3 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on car rentals, hotel bookings, and more through Scene+ Travel Powered by Expedia, even when you use your points.

Cash Back

With Scene+ Rakuten®^, earn Cash Back in Scene+ points when you shop online at hundreds of stores. Get new Cash Back offers from different stores every week and earn up to 20% more Cash Back in points than non-Scene+ members.

Cineplex

You earn 5 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on movie tickets, concessions and entertainment purchases at Cineplex theatres and the Cineplex Store.

Restaurants

At partner restaurants, including Harvey’s®°, Swiss Chalet®°, East Side Mario’s®°, Montana’s®°, Kelseys®°, and Bier Markt®°, earn 1 Scene+ point for every $3 spent on dine-in or take-out.

Entertainment

At The Rec Room and Playdium, earn 1 point for every $1 spent on almost everything.

Credit and Debit Cards that Earn Scene+ Points

Scotiabank offers four different banking packages that allow you to earn 1 Scene+ point for every $5 spent on everyday purchases made with a Scene+ ScotiaCard Debit Card. Plus, you can earn 1 Scene+ point for every $1 spent at Cineplex.

The following 5 Scotiabank credit cards are part of the Scene+ program. Depending on the credit card and features, you earn an accelerated amount of Scene+ points.

1. Scotiabank® Passport® Visa Infinite* Card

One of Canada’s top travel rewards cards, the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite Card earns you up to 3X the Scene+ points, as follows:

  • Earn 3 Scene+ points for every $1 spent at participating grocery stores, including Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, Foodland, and more
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on dining and other eligible grocery stores
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on eligible entertainment purchases
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on daily transit

Earn 1 Scene+ point for every $1 spent on all other eligible purchases.

2. Scotiabank® Scene+TM Visa* Card

The Scotiabank Scene+ Visa Card is a great no-fee first credit card that earns Scene+ points.

As part of the Scene+ program, this card earns you 2X the Scene+ points on every $1 spent at participating grocery stores, Cineplex theatres, and Cineplex online. You also get 1 Scene+ point for every dollar spent on all other eligible everyday purchases.

3. Scotiabank® Gold American Express® Card

With the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card, you can earn up to 6X the Scene+ points for every dollar spent in Canada as per the following:

  • Earn 6 Scene+ points for every $1 CAD spent at participating grocery stores in Canada, including Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, Foodland, and more
  • Earn 5 Scene+ points for every $1 CAD spent on dining, food delivery, and other grocery stores in Canada
  • Earn 5 Scene+ points for every $1 CAD spent on entertainment purchases in Canada
  • Earn 3 Scene+ points for every $1 CAD spent on gas and daily transit in Canada
  • Earn 3 Scene+ points for every $1 CAD spent on select streaming services in Canada

Earn 1 Scene+ point for every $ 1 spent on other eligible purchases.

4. Scotiabank® American Express® Card

Earn up to 3X the Scene+ points on everyday purchases with the Scotiabank American Express Card:

  • Earn 3 Scene+ points for every $1 spent at participating grocery stores, including Sobeys, Safeway FreshCo, Foodland and more
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on dining, food delivery, and other grocery stores
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on entertainment purchases
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on gas and daily transit
  • Earn 2 Scene+ points for every $1 spent on select streaming subscriptions

Earn 1 Scene+ point for every $1 spent on all other eligible purchases.

5. Scotiabank® Platinum American Express® Card

With the Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card, you’ll earn 2X the Scene+ points for every $1 spent on all your eligible purchases.

How to Use Scene+ Points

As a Scene+ member, you can use points through the Scene+ app or at sceneplus.ca

If you have a Scotiabank account, you can also sign into your online banking account or the mobile banking app and navigate to the Scene+ tab. You can use your points for a statement credit, merchandise, gift cards, and more, as outlined below.

Groceries

Use 1000 Scene+ points for $10 off at participating grocery stores, including:

  • Sobeys
  • Safeway
  • Foodland & Participating Co-ops
  • FreshCo
  • Chalo! FreshCo
  • Participating IGA locations
  • Voilà by Sobeys andVoilà by Safeway
  • Sobeys Liquor
  • Safeway Liquor

*Needs Convenience locations are excluded.

Pharmacy

At the following participating pharmacies, use 1000 Scene+ points for $10 off eligible products:

  • Lawtons Drugs
  • Sobeys Pharmacy
  • Foodland Pharmacy
  • FreshCo Pharmacy
  • Chalo! FreshCo Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy at Safeway

*Pharmacy prescription redemptions are available only in Provinces allowed by law: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

Travel

When you book through Scene+ Travel Powered by Expedia, you can use 100 points for $1 off your travel purchase.

If you don’t have enough points to cover the full cost, you can pay with a mix of points and charge the rest to an eligible Scotiabank debit or credit card that earns Scene+ points and collect more points.

If you are a Scotiabank customer, you can use your eligible Scotiabank debit or credit card to book travel anywhere and apply your Scene+ points to the cost of the trip (*within 12 months from the date the travel was charged to your Scotiabank card) with the Apply Points to Travel option.

Gift Cards

You can use Scene+ points for gift cards at over 60 national retailers for apparel, grocery stores, electronics, movies, specialty retail, and more. A few popular gift cards include:

  • Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, and more
  • Ultimate Dining
  • Home Hardware
  • Cineplex
  • American Eagle Outfitters®
  • Bath and Body Works®
  • Old Navy
  • Mastermind Toys

Cineplex

Use 100 points for $1 off your movie tickets in theatres or $1 off movie purchases or rentals at the Cineplex online store. You can pay in full with points or spend points to cover part of your purchase.

You can also use 100 points for $1 off food and drinks at Cineplex.

Entertainment

At The Rec Room, use 500 points for $5 off food, drinks, games, music, and tickets.

At Playdium, use 500 points for $5 off snacks, game tokens, and fun.

Restaurants

At Harvey’s®°, Montana’s®°, Kelseys®°, Swiss Chalet®°, East Side Mario’s®°, and Bier Markt®°, use 500 points for $5 off take-out, dine-in, or drive-thru.

Statement Credit

If you have a Scotiabank credit card or debit card that earns Scene+ points, you can redeem your points for a statement credit.

Redemption amounts look like this:

  • 3,000 points = $20
  • 4,500 points = $30
  • 7,500 points = $50
  • 11,000 points = $75
  • 14,500 points = $100
  • 21,500 points = $150
  • 43,000 points = $300
  • 71,500 points = $500

Customers in Quebec have different redemption rates.

How to Maximize Scene+ Points

If you’re thinking about applying for a new credit card or opening a new banking package, consider applying for an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card, which allows you to earn Scene+ points on every dollar you spend.

For example, use an eligible Scotiabank credit card at participating grocery stores, as you can earn up to 6 Scene+ points per $1 spent, which is the highest earning rate for the entire program. If you shop at a partner grocery store often, you can rack up the points quite fast.

You can maximize your points even further as a Scotiabank customer since you can earn in two ways at once by showing your Scene+ membership card and paying with an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card at participating Scene+ partners.

When you are ready to redeem your points, Scotiabank offers you the greatest redemption flexibility, as you can purchase anything with an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card and use Scene+ points for a statement credit so that you can offset the cost later.

Scene+ Travel, Powered by Expedia, is another great redemption option. When booking, there are no blackout dates, and the prices are competitive with other travel websites or better.

The best way to ensure you are maximizing your Scene+ points is to download the Scene+ app, where you view your points earned, receive personalized offers from the partners you love, and so much more.

Scene+ Points Value Explained

See the following table for the value of Scene+ points at each partner:

Redemption typeRedemption amount
Participating grocery stores*1000 points for $10 off   *Needs Convenience locations are excluded.
Participating pharmacies**1000 points for $10 off   ** Only eligible on Rx in Provinces legally allowed: NS, MB, and SK.
Cineplex100 points for $1 off movie tickets, 100 points for $1 off food and drinks, 100 points for $1 off movie rentals or purchases on Cineplex.com
Travel100 points for $1 off vacation purchases booked through Scene+ Travel, Powered by Expedia
Participating restaurants500 points for $5 off
Entertainment500 points for $5 off at The Rec Room and Playdium

You can also redeem Scene+ points for a statement credit to offset purchases made using an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card. Here are the redemption amounts:

PointsStatement credit amountValue for points
3,000$20150 points per $1
4,500$30150 points per $1
7,500$50150 points per $1
11,000$75146.7 points per $1
14,500$100145 points per $1
21,500$150143.3 points per $1
43,000$300143.3 points per $1
71,500$500143 points per $1

Credit Cards That Offer Scene+ Points Summary

Here are the 5 Scotiabank credit cards that are part of the Scene+ rewards program:

Credit cardAnnual feeInterest rateEligibility requirementsTop Scene+ rewards
Scotiabank Passport® Visa Infinite Card$15020.99% on purchases, 22.99% on cash advances$60,000 minimum personal or $100,000 household incomeUp to 3 Scene+ points per $1 spent
Scotiabank® Scene+TM Visa* Card$019.99% on purchases, 22.99% on cash advancesN/AUp to 2 Scene+ points per $1 spent
Scotiabank® Gold American Express® Card$12020.99% on purchases, 22.99% on cash advances$12,000 minimum annual incomeUp to 6 Scene+ points per $1 CAD spent
Scotiabank® American Express® Card$019.99% on purchases, 22.99% on cash advances$12,000 minimum annual incomeUp to 3 Scene+ points per $1 spent
Scotiabank® Platinum American Express® Card$3999.99% on purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers$12,000 minimum annual income2 Scene+ points per $1 spent

Pros and Cons of the Scene+ Rewards Program

As with any loyalty or rewards program, there are pros and cons. Here is everything you should consider before signing up for the Scene+ rewards program.

Pros

Scene+ points will not expire so long as they are connected to an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card that remains open, meaning you can rack them up and not worry about losing your points at the end of the year.

If you do not have an eligible Scotiabank Scene+ product or close your eligible Scotiabank credit, you can remain an active Scene+ member and points will only expire after 24 months of inactivity.

Points can be used towards almost anything, from groceries to travel to statement credits.

If you have a Scotiabank credit or debit card that earns Scene+ points, you’ll earn an accelerated number of Scene+ points per dollar spent, up to 6X the points depending on the product/service.

Cons

Scene+ points cannot be transferred to other loyalty or rewards programs.

Should you become a Scene+ Member?

The Scene+ program is free to join and allows you to earn points with a variety of partners. You can earn points with a Scene+ membership card, or you can accelerate your points earned by using an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card that allows you to earn points on every dollar spent.  

FAQs

How many Scene+ points can I use at once?

The number of Scene+ points you can use at once depends on the partner brands. For example, you can only use Scene+ points in increments of 1,000 at participating grocery stores, while you can use as many points as you want to offset the cost of your trip through Scene+ Travel, Powered by Expedia.

Can I earn Scene+ points faster with eligible Scotiabank credit and debit cards?

Eligible Scotiabank credit and debit cards allow you to earn an accelerated amount of Scene+ points. Some Scotiabank credit and debit cards offer an earning potential of 5 or 6X Scene+ points per $1 spent on major spend categories such as groceries.

Do Scene+ points expire?

If you have an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card, your Scene+ points will not expire as long as your eligible account remains open. If you do not have an eligible Scotiabank product and have the Scene+ membership card, your Scene+ member account may be closed if you don’t use the card to earn or redeem points within two (2) years.

Can two people use the same Scene+ membership card?

Scene+ membership cards are not transferable and can only be used by the membership card’s primary owner. However, if you have an eligible Scotiabank credit or debit card with additional cardholders, you can earn points with all authorized cards. All points earned are tied to one Scene+ membership.

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