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Tims® Credit Card Review

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MASTERCARD

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660-724

Up to 10000 Tims Reward Points

Signup Bonus

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Income Requirement:

N/A

5.5/10

Our Rating

Card Type

Points

Annual Fee

$0

Institution

Tims Financial

Interest Rate

20.99% - 25.99%

Earning Rewards

5 points for every dollar in Groceries (Excluding Walmart and Costco), Gas & EV, Transit, Taxi & Ridesharing and Tim Hortons up to 100000 per year

0.5 point for every dollar on everything else

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Redeeming Rewards

What can you do with your rewards?

Tim Rewards

What's a good redemption?

Tim Rewards points can be redeemed for Tim Horton items, so this program is only suitable for people who regularly dine at Tim Hortons; otherwise, there are no other redemption options.


Value of points could be anywhere from 0.3 cents up to 0.63 cents depending on what you redeem for. More breakdowns in the in-depth review at the end of the page.


Learn more on Tim hortons Reward page.

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Insurance & Benefits

Purchase Protection

90 Days, $1K max

Extended Warranty

1 Year, $1K max

• Purchase Protection Insurance up to 90 days up to $1000 per incident
• Extended Warranty up to 1 year up to $1000 per incident
• Get up to $10 back when you use a Tims Credit Card to tap and pay on PRESTO devices for your Monday rides in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Limited time offer till November 6th, 2023
• Get 3 months of Crave for free when you get the Tims Credit card

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easier approval requirement compared to many other cards

Cons

  • No other redemption options other than Tim Hortons

  • Insurance coverage is the most basic, with only Purchase protection and an Extended warranty, and even those cover a very small ($1000) compared to other credit card insurance.

Tim Hortons (Tims) Credit Card Review


The Tims Credit card is the only Non-Secured Credit card offered by Tims Financial. In this comprehensive review we will go into the details of this card and whether it's a good choice for you or not.

The Rewards


How You Earn Rewards


You may earn rewards on your purchases as:

  • 5 points for every dollar in Groceries (Excluding Walmart and Costco), Gas & EV, Transit, Taxi & Ridesharing and Tim Hortons up to 100000 points per year

  • 0.5 point for every dollar on everything else



We will discuss the redemptions in the next section in full detail. Basically, you can redeem your Tims points for anywhere between 0.4 cents per point up to 0.6 cents per point.


Let's assume you are maximizing the value of your points and get 0.6 cents when redeeming and then run the calculations.


For the categories that give you 5 points, the value of the 5 points would equal $0.03 (Equal to 3% cashback) for every dollar of purchase. For a points card, that cashback equalant is on the lower side. That's because there are many points card options that could give you a higher percentage return on your purchases.


There are even cashback cards that could match 3% on the categories, so it does not totally make sense to go for the Tim Hortons Credit card when you can get a cashback card that gives you full control over how you want to redeem your points.


The worst part is everything else purchased outside of those categories. 0.5 points for every dollar spent would be roughly equal to $0.003 (Equal to 0.3% cashback), one of the lowest cashback rates in all credit cards in Canada.


We made all these assumptions with the maximization of the points value, and the numbers for the rewards for this card were still very disappointing. Even at Tim Hortons itself, many other cards would beat Tims credit card on how much you can earn on your purchases. So this card gets a fail from FinlyWealth for its bad reward program.


This would have been a much better card if they either increased the reward rate of their other categories or added some more popular categories like food and restaurant or recurring purchases to the 5-point earning rate categories. Not counting Walmart and Costco, which is one of the reasons people might get a Mastercard in favor of a Visa card, does not help this card's case either.


As always, if your main goal is to maximize your rewards, don't forget to use Finly's calculator to find the best card suited for you.


How You Redeem Rewards


Tims rewards could be redeemed for items at Tim Hortons for different food items.



Redeeming for different items could give you different values. In general, the redemption value of each point is anywhere from around 0.4 cents up to 0.6 cents.


Looking at a few examples at reward levels for finding the best redemption:


Item

Price

Points

Point redemption value

Donut

$1.75

300

0.58 cents

Coffee

$2.48

400

0.62 cents

Iced Coffee

$3.18

600

0.53 cents

Vanilla Cream Cold Brew

$4.39

800

0.54 cents

Bacon Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

$5.17

1100

0.47 cents

Farmer’s Breakfast Wrap

$5.29

1300

0.4 cent

Chicken Cilantro Lime Loaded Wrap

$7.79

1800

0.43 cents

It looks like the Coffee and the second redemption Tier will give you the best value when redeeming your points at Tim Hortons!


Welcome Bonus


You can earn up to $ 10,000 points easily if you spend over $200 monthly on your card.


4000 points are awarded when you get the card, and 2000 points are awarded in months 2,3 and 4 when you spend over $200.



1 benefit of Tims Card


1. Easy approval


One good thing about the Tims card is that it doesn't have high application requirements. No income requirements and a good credit score are all that is needed to get this card.


3 downsides of Tims Card


1. Low cashback rate


In general, the cashback rate on groceries, transportation, and Tim Horton purchases is okay but still not the best. Given that this is a points-based card, in general, it should have a return than a cashback card because the points could be only redeemed in a certain way.


That's not the case for Tims, and there are many cards that will have better rewards compared to the Tims card. Use Finly's calculator to find those cards.


The reward rates in categories other than the ones mentioned are very bad. Almost 0.3%, which is one of the worst among all credit cards in Canada.


Because of the items mentioned, Tims card is not the best card to gather rewards with for most people.


2. Very minimal benefits


Almost most credit cards in Canada provide Purchase protection and extended warranty. Tim Hortons credit card also provides.


Better cards, even some of the free ones, offer something in addition to these two, like No foreign transaction fee, Roadside assistance, etc. Tim offers no extra benefits like these.


In addition, purchase protection and extended warranty for some cards cover up to $50K, but Tims only covers $1K, which is a much lower limit compared to the others. So even the two benefits it offers are not as good as the rest.


Because Tims does not have any additional benefits and the ones that have a very low limit, it gets a low score on benefits from Finlyweath.


Final Verdict


We do not recommend this card to be your main card. There are many better credit cards to use, even at Tim Hortons itself, that will give you more rewards than the Tims Card!


The rewards are not that great, and the benefits are neither. So whether you are getting a free or paid card, we don't recommend the Tims cards as your main card to you.



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