National Bank is currently running a promotion for its World MasterCard.
If you sign up for the card before July 12, 2015, you will get 20,000 points upon activation of the card, and you will also get the first year free, which is worth 125 $.
The card gives you access to the National Bank World MasterCard lounge at Montreal Pierre-Eliott-Trudeau airport (YUL). It is to be noted however that this lounge is located in the International Jetty (excluding flights to the US), so you may only access it if you are departing internationally and not to the US. You can bring a guest with you inside the lounge, even if that person doesn’t have the National Bank World MasterCard.
If you are planning an international trip during the next year, signing up for this card is a no brainer since it is free for the first year and you get lounge access.
As far as points go for the World MasterCard, you will earn for your purchases in a 12 month period:
$0 to $20,000: 1.5 points per dollar in purchases
$20,001 to $30,000: 2 points per dollar in purchases
$30,001 and more: 1.5 points per dollar in purchases
And you can redeem:
11,000 points: $100
50,000 points: $500 More than
More than 50,000 points: Every additional 10,000 points segment = $100 travel discount
I’ve used the National Bank World MasterCard lounge at Montreal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport once, and while it was a little crowded, the free beer and snacks totally made up for it! It’s much better to wait for your flight there than at the gate.
If you have an international flight leaving Montreal in the next year, you should absolutely sign up for this card! When the 125 $ annual fee is due to kick in in a year, you can decide whether you want to keep the card or not.