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Travel Locally and Earn Points with an HSBC Mastercard


Sep 24, 2020 4 min read

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COVID-19 may have impacted your travel plans for the year. Maybe you had a big adventure planned during the summer, or you may have planned to escape to a warmer climate later this year. Those types of travel plans may be put on hold for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel locally and save up rewards for future big adventures! Here are some ideas for local trips you can take, along with ways you can rack up travel rewards with an HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® or rewards in general with a HSBC +Rewards Mastercard®.

Go camping while the weather’s still warm

If you’re looking to do one more overnight and outdoor adventure before the cooler weather kicks in, now’s a great time to go camping. Parks Canada has implemented COVID-19 camping protocols to ensure that all campers have a safe experience. Campsites tend to get booked fairly quickly, so plan ahead for an October getaway now.

With the summer shopping rush slowing down, now should be a good time to find camping equipment you weren’t able to find in stock before. Use the opportunity now to buy a new tent, sleeping bags, and other equipment that you can test out this year and use a whole lot more next year.

Tackle hiking and biking trails

If you like the autumn breeze more than the blazing summer sun, now’s a great time get outdoors and tackle some trails. There are so many beautiful trails across the country, and they’ll look even more picturesque while the leaves are changing colour. If you’re not sure what trails are near you (or are a day-trip away), The Great Trail is a good place to start looking. 

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walking trail, an inclined hike, or a large stretch to bike on, there are trails of all sizes to explore.

Bikes were a hot commodity this summer, and you may have had trouble finding one in stock. Now might be a good time to buy the bike that’s been on your wishlist and test it out on a few trails this fall.

Take extended trips to visit family and friends

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it’s a perfect opportunity to take an extended trip and catch up with family and friends...socially distanced, of course! If you have family and friends who live out-of-town, consider taking a few days off to visit them over the next few weeks. It will be a great way to socialize in-person at a distance before the weather gets cooler. 

You could plan a small, backyard BBQ with relatives where everyone brings their own pre-made meals, picnic blankets, and foldable beach chairs. This can help ensure you’re keeping social distancing rules in place. You could book time at a provincial park and meet up with friends you haven’t been able to see all summer. You could tackle that hiking trail or bike trail that you’ve been putting off all summer while watching the leaves change colour.

Earn rewards for future trips while traveling locally

Local trips are a great way to take a mental break and de-stress. They’re also a great opportunity to rack up travel rewards and save up for bigger trips in the future. The HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® can help you earn travel rewards today that you can use towards an post-COVID adventure. Quickly earn points to buy new camping gear, get a new bike, or fill up on gas during a road trip to visit family. 

If you apply for a HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® by December 28, 2020, you can earn up to 100,000 Points (a $500 travel value), plus a full annual fee rebate for your first year (a $149 value). You can earn points now to redeem select gift cards or save up for flights and other travel bookings in the future. 

If you’re not planning any trips in the future but still want to rack up points, the HSBC +Rewards Mastercard® is a great solution to help you earn rewards. Take advantage of HSBC’s lowest interest rate of 11.9%. For a limited time, earn up to 20,000 Points (a $100 travel value) plus a full annual fee rebate for your first year (a $25 value).

So whether you’re planning local trips over the next few months or are just preparing for the fall season, save your way and get rewarded on all your purchases with HSBC.

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