Canadian Tire rebranded their loyalty program last year with the introduction of Triangle Rewards and two main credit cards – the Triangle Mastercard and Triangle World Elite Mastercard. While Canadian Tire Money remains the currency for the new Triangle Rewards program, you can now earn rewards faster and redeem them at more places than before.
Triangle Rewards program
Canadian Tire’s Triangle Rewards program makes it easier to earn and redeem your Canadian Tire Money at several popular retailers including:
- Canadian Tire
You can easily collect the e-Canadian Tire Money (CT Money) using the Canadian Tire (Triangle) mobile app or rewards card and paying with any credit card, debit or cash (except for Gas+ purchases). For even more CT Money, pay with a Triangle credit card (more on this below).
Benefits of the Triangle Rewards program are:
- Exclusive CT Money earning opportunities through personalized offers
- No receipt returns
- Collect 3-4.5 cents per litre in CT Money at Gas+ locations when you pay with debit or cash
Triangle World Elite Mastercard
The Triangle World Elite Mastercard is a no annual fee card with lots of great benefits.
- No annual fee
- 4% cash back (CT Money) when you shop at Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Mark’s/L’Equipeur, and Atmosphere stores
- 3% in CT Money when you spend on groceries (up to $12,000 per year and excluding Costco and Walmart
- 1% CT Money on all other purchases
- Earn up to 7 cents per litre when you purchase fuel at Gas+ and participating Husky stations
- Free roadside assistance (Gold Plan)
- No fee, no interest financing on purchases of $200 or more for up to 24 months
- Car rental collision/loss damage waiver insurance
- Purchase security and extended warranty
The Triangle World Elite saves me more than $100 (including taxes) per year with their free Gold Plan roadside assistance which offers either a vehicle plan (service to one specific vehicle) or a member plan (coverage for any vehicle you are in).
The roadside assistance includes:
- 24-hour service across Canada and the U.S. for towing, fuel and delivery, flat tire changes, battery boost, lock-out service, and extrication/winching.
- 5 service calls of up to 250 km and unlimited tows to any Canadian Tire Auto Service centre within your towing limits
You can simply discontinue your CAA membership with this card. The 4% earn rate on purchases made at participating stores and 3% on grocery purchases is pretty sweet, especially when you consider that this card has no annual fee.
We do most of our grocery shopping at the Superstore using the PC Financial World Elite Mastercard, so the fact that Walmart and Costco grocery purchases do not qualify does not matter much to us.
The bonus 5 cents per litre on regular and mid-grade fuel, or 7 cents per litre on premium gas when you fill up at Gas+ is also worth noting. You will need a minimum personal income of $80,000 per year to be eligible for this card.
The Triangle Mastercard is the entry-level credit card offered by Canadian Tire and has no annual fee. It offers:
- 4% back in CT Money (Triangle Rewards) when you shop at Canadian Tire, SportChek, Mark’s, and Atmosphere
- 5 cents per litre when you buy gas at Gas+ or participating Husky stations
- No fee, no interest financing on purchases of $250 or more for up to 24 months
- 0.8% back in CT Money on all other purchases
Canadian Tire Financial Services also has a Triangle World Mastercard that offers 4% in CT Money on purchases at participating stores, up to 7 cents per litre on gas, and three different types of insurance coverage. This card is available by invitation-only.
Is the Triangle World Elite Mastercard Worth It?
My review of the Triangle World Elite Mastercard is positive. I particularly like that it saves me the cost of a CAA membership ($100 plus tax) every year and I can earn 4% in CT Money when I shop at Canadian Tire and Sport Chek. Returns to participating stores are much easier since a receipt is no longer required. So, if you shop regularly at Canadian Tire and their affiliated stores, this card is a must-have.
Starting in August 2019, electronic Canadian Tire Money will expire if there has been no activity on your account for 18 months or longer. If you have collected or redeemed CT Money within the last 18 months, your CT Money balance is safe.
A few downsides to the card include their exclusion of Walmart and Costco from the list of grocery stores from which you can earn 3% in rewards. Also, you need a high personal income of $80,000 or $150,000 in household income to qualify for the card.
If you do not meet the income eligibility, you can consider going for the Triangle Mastercard or look at excellent no-fee cash back cards like the Tangerine 2% Money Back credit card. Another card that offers roadside assistance and has no annual fees is the Home Trust Preferred Visa.
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The Triangle World Elite Mastercard offers up to 4% in Canadian Tire Money rewards, free roadside assistance, and it has no annual fees. Join Triangle Rewards to start saving and earning when you spend.