Robin Arnfield is a freelance banking and payments industry journalist whose work has been published by Bank Technology News, CardLine, ATM & Debit News, American Banker, ATM Marketplace, Mobile Payments Today, Cards International, Electronic Payments International, and InfoSecurity, among others. He began his journalism career in the U.K. writing for a daily business news service in 1983 and began covering payments in 1986. He has been based in Canada since 2003 and covers the global payments industry.
Canadian cardholders are holding back from applying for travel rewards-linked credit cards while they wait for the fallout from Air Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Aeroplan coalition loyalty scheme.
The Canadian government is consulting with the country’s banking industry on opening up Canada’s payments infrastructure to nonbank payment service providers and fintechs, in a far-reaching move to spur innovation and competition.