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HSBC: How do I use the $100 HSBC Annual Travel Credit?

To the point Here's our tutorial to help you use the $100 Annual Travel Enhancement Credit offered by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard.

Following the acquisition of HSBC Bank by RBC, the HSBC World EliteMD Mastercard® has now been discontinued since October 2023. For another great card with no conversion fees, consider the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card.

$100 Annual Travel Enhancement Credit

With the HSBC World EliteMD MastercardMD, you benefit from an annual $100 Travel Privilege credit.

You can use this travel credit for any purchase related to an airline ticket upgrade, baggage fees, seat selection or airport lounge admission. Some travel agencies may also qualify (such as Expedia ).

You must use this credit between the Card approval date and the annual renewal date (this credit is based on the anniversary date of your card account, not the calendar year). If you don’t use this credit during that timeframe, you will lose it.

You get this Travel-Privilege credit when subscribing to the HSBC World EliteMD Mastercard®. This is in addition to the card’s other benefits, including the welcome bonus.

Access the HSBC Rewards portal

To use the Travel Privilège credit on your HSBC World EliteMD Mastercard®, you must log in to your HSBC online account.

Then click on the link for your HSBC credit card. Another way is to go directly to the HSBC Rewards portal at this address.

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Then click on ” View more details“.

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When the details drop-down menu opens, click on ” Reward Points“. A page will open and you will be directed to the HSBC Rewards portal. Please make sure that your browser does not block this new window.

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Choose the expense to apply the travel credit

Once in the HSBC Rewards portal, select the“Travel Privilege Credit” option from the“Redeem Points Now” menu. Alternatively, you can click on this link to go to this page.

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Then all you have to do is check off the eligible expense( s) such as this Easyjet ticket upgrade. Then indicate the amount you would like to use.

This can be useful if you have several small fees (such as baggage fees, seat selection or airport lounge admissions).

Then click on “Add to shopping cart.”

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Then, once in your cart, you will have to confirm once by clicking on “Proceed to checkout”.

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Then a second time by entering your email address and clicking on “Redeem”.

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The travel credit will then appear directly on your credit card account within 48 hours.

Note that travel expenses, such as with Expedia can also be accepted. Convenient for 100% cancelable hotel reservations.

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Bottom Line

The HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® has an annual fee of $149. Using this $100 Annual Travel Privilège credit each year, you virtually lower your annual fee to $49. What’s unique about a credit card :

  • Mastercard World Elite (with insurance and accepted everywhere)
  • No foreign currency conversion fees
  • Earning 6 points per dollar on all travel purchases
  • Earning 4 points per dollar for grocery, gas and drugstore purchases
  • Earning 2 points per dollar on all purchases (including Costco)

And with reward points you can use on any travel purchase.

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