RBC and HSBC Canada: the transaction
A few months ago, HSBC announced that it was looking for a buyer for its Canadian branch, HSBC Canada. And RBC Bank won the bid for $13.5 billion.
With HSBC Canada, RBC will further position itself with certain clients with wealth management needs such as :
- International customers
HSBC has 130 branches in Canada and 4,200 employees (including 450 in Quebec).
In comparison, RBC has 65,000 full-time employees in Canada.
HSBC and RBC: Credit Cards
HSBC offers several Mastercard credit cards:
On the RBC Bank side, it’s more about Visa credit cards. However, RBC also issues some Mastercard credit cards, such as :
Two cards that can be compared between the two institutions are the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card and the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®.
These are the flagship products of both banks. They are both part of a transferable points reward program:
In fact, these programs have common partners such as British Airways Executive Club and Asia Miles. This may already suggest synergies between RBC and HSBC.
However, the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® card takes the lead over the RBC credit card in three ways:
- Point accumulation (6 points per dollar for travel purchases and 3 points everywhere else)
- No conversion fees for foreign currency transactions
- It is a Mastercard (accepted at Costco)
At this time, it is too early to tell whether RBC will maintain all of the features of the current HSBC credit cards, or whether current cardholders will be gradually transitioned to current (or future) RBC Bank products.
However, HSBC reassures us that there will be no immediate changes. Regulatory approval must be obtained and there will be a transition period of several months.
This transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of 2023, so we can expect changes in 2024 at the earliest.
So there’s still time to take advantage of the various current HSBC credit card welcome offers! Including one offering up to 110,000 points for the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® !