In this blog post, I will be doing a complete CIBC Aventura Gold review to see who is best suited to get this credit card in Canada. One of the reasons I am doing a review of this card right now is because they have an awesome promotion that can earn you 35,000 Aventura points with the annual fee being waived for the first year.

I have no affiliation with CIBC or this credit card.

VIDEO – CIBC Aventura Gold Review

CIBC Aventura Gold Review

When you apply for the CIBC Aventura Gold credit card, you can earn a total of 35,000 Aventura points. 20,000 points you will earn after your first purchase. Then, you can earn an additional 15,000 Aventura points after spending $10,000 within 1 year of having this credit card.

cibc aventura gold review

Other perks for this card include:

  • 2 points for every $1 spent in the CIBC Rewards Centre
  • 1.5 points for every $1 spent in grocery, gas, and drugstores
  • 1 point for $1 spent in all other purchases
  • $50 Nexus application rebate
  • Priority pass card with 4 lounge access per year

Who and why should you get the CIBC Aventura Gold credit card

As mentioned, because this card has no annual fee for the first year, it’s a great card to get. Normally, I would not recommend this card at all but because there’s no annual fee for the first year and they give you a massive amount of points, it’s definitely a solid card to get.

It’s also pretty easy to get approved for this card as you only need $15,000 household income to qualify.

The biggest reason to get this card is to get the ability to redeem for flights that you normally cannot redeem with Aeroplan, British Airways Avios, and Alaska Airlines.

For example, if you want to go to Bora Bora, you need to take a plane from Tahiti to Bora Bora and those three frequent flyer programs above don’t cover this flight segment. Same goes for the Maldives if you want to take a plane to reach the over the water bungalow resorts.

If you’re like me and you like to travel to weird places, then this is also an amazing card for that purpose. It lets you fly to places like between the Pacific Islands, Timor Leste, Comoros, and other obscure travel destinations.


Normally, earning Aventura points is not as easy as Aeroplan, British Airways Avios, or the Alaska Airlines program. However, with promotions like this one, it helps build up your Aventura balance for when you travel to destinations not covered by our typical Canadian frequent flyer programs.

I applied for this card back in February and I’m still chipping away at the minimum spend requirements. Because we have 1 year to achieve this, it’s quite realistic for most people to get this card and get the points associated with hitting the minimum spend requirements.

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