I am abroad now, so I will not keep this updated as I will no longer have Canadian Amex cards. If you are interested in any of the cards described below, I suggest you find someone who can refer you those cards as you will get a better welcome bonus than applying straight for the card yourself... unless you are self-referring yourself. ================================================================ With the current refferal offers for the Canadian Amex Gold cards you can get 25K Amex points for the regular Amex Gold or 26K Aeroplan miles for the Amex AeroPlan Gold after spending $500 in the first 3 months that you have the cards. Best of all, there is no annual fee the first year with the Amex gold, but there is now the $120 for the Aeroplan Gold, which is still a very good deal considering the number of miles you get for that price! A positive change to the Amex cards is the Canadian Amex Business Gold, from which you can get 40K Amex points after spending $5000 in the first 3 months, and with no annual fee the first year. The Amex Platinum card will give you 60K Amex points which can be converted into Aeroplan or Avios miles at 1:1 but that's not all. The Amex Platinum card will also give you a Priority Pass card for access to airport lounges, which can be very useful to anyone without status. You'll also get a $200 credit of travel spending every calendar year, so you could use one in 2014 and then another in 2015 within the first year you have your Platinum card. You get also gold status with several hotel chains (Club Carlson, Starwood Preferred Guest, ...). There is also the Amex AeroplanPlus Platinum card, which comes with 41K Aeroplan miles and opens you the doors of Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges & Arrivals Lounges. Also, once a year you get a 2-for-1 for a short haul reward flight. For instance, let's say you redeem 15K Aeroplan miles for a short haul flight to go to New York from Toronto or Montreal, then you get to bring someone along for free!