When it comes to travel rewards programs, things can get confusing pretty quickly. While many cards have advantages for those seeking “free” flights and other travel perks, we’re proud to offer one that stands out from the crowd. That’s because it’s designed for Canadians with a real passion for travel, an adventurous spirit and for those who prefer a dependable program with less complexity and conditions. With the RBC® Visa Infinite‡ Avion® card, we actually want you to use your points – and that’s why our program actually lets you fly on any airline, any flight, any time.
We believe travel is one of the major joys in life. Whether you’re taking a road trip to see old friends or travelling the world to meet new ones, Avion helps you do it all, on points. That’s part of what makes the Avion card such a phenomenal choice. Here, we’ve picked out the top nine reasons true travellers choose Avion.
1. Pick an Airline, Any Airline
When you fly using your points, you’re not restricted to any one airline or travel route. You can choose from over 130 airlines and won’t have to worry about unnecessary stopovers. That’s freedom.
2. Go Anytime
Really. Head to the beach on March Break. Fly to Vegas for the long weekend. Go to Europe for the summer holidays. There are no blackout periods ever – as long as a seat is available you can fly anytime, even during peak seasons.
3. It’s Easy to Earn Points
It’s a simple calculation. With an RBC Visa Infinite Avion card you earn 1 point for every $1 you spend.1 And because we know Avioners® love to travel, we’ve made it easy to give your points balance a boost – earn 1.25 points on all travel related purchases like car rentals, hotels, flight tickets and more!2
Plus, our RBC Rewards app^ is always full of new and exciting offers to help you earn points faster.
4. It’s Easy to Redeem Points
Go online to book your flights, hotels, rental car – you name it. If you’d prefer to do it over the phone, a lovely customer service representative is ready to help you out (just call us at 1-800-769-2512). The best part? There’s no wishing and hoping that you’ll be able to use your points – they’re yours, you’ve earned them, and we want you to use them. So we make it easy for you to redeem them for the travel you actually want. No compromising or having to book tickets on separate flights – our program is fair and transparent.
5. Built-In Insurance That Makes a Real Difference
Most people glaze over when we start to talk about insurance benefits. But you’ll want to pay attention to this. Your RBC Visa Infinite Avion comes with incredible Premium Travel Insurance coverage, including emergency medical insurance,3 trip interruption4 and trip cancellation insurance,5 auto rental insurance,6 flight delay insurance,7 emergency purchase insurance7and more.
What does that all mean? Well, if you get injured while you’re on a trip you booked with your RBC Visa Infinite Avion card, your reasonable medical expenses are covered for the first 15 days of your trip.3 If you get chicken pox before you go and have to cancel, you’re covered for up to $1,500 of the costs you’ve already incurred.5 If you rent a car, you’re covered with Auto insurance for the first 48 days. If your flight is delayed for more than hour hours with no alternative transportation provided by the air and you need to buy lunch, breakfast, and a fresh t-shirt, you’ve got $250 a day to play with.7 If you want the complete low-down, take a look here. It’s time well spent.
6. You’ve Got Options
The RBC Avion card is more than a travel rewards card. If you’re going to be staying home for a stretch, you can use your points to pay off your credit card balance.8 Or to buy great merchandise, gift cards, or even make a contribution to your RRSP. Life sometimes gets in the way of travel – this card stays relevant no matter what your priorities are.
7. VIP Experiences
When you’re an Avioner, it’s not just about points – your card also gives you access to some pretty cool extras. Our Avion Holiday Program, for example, means you’ll never have to wrap your own gifts again. And golf lovers get exclusive privileges at the RBC Canadian Open®, while movie buffs get one-of-a-kind perks at TIFF.‡
8. Nothing to Hide
The RBC Avion card prides itself on transparency. We’ve got no hidden fees, no secret conditions, and no fine print that tells you this is all a pipedream. You can really travel anytime, anywhere, on any airline.
What’s more, your points never expire9 – they’re yours until you’re ready to use them. But since you’re an eager traveller with an awesome card, chances are you’re not going to wait too long to push off.
9. A Community of Travellers
Avioners aren’t tourists, they’re travellers. Avioners are the ones who start thinking about their next trip on the plane home from the last one. And like true travellers, they like to share their experiences with others, letting the world know of the amazing places they’ve discovered. Check out #Avioning to see what our other Avioners are up to – you might just get inspired for your next adventure.
So there you have it. Our list of the top nine reasons to love your Avion card.
Don't have one yet? Learn more or apply online - it only takes 60 seconds! We always look forward to having another Avioner join our community.
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1 RBC Rewards points are earned on net purchases only; they are not earned on cash advances (including balance transfers, cash-like transactions and bill payments that are not pre-authorized charges that you set up with a merchant), interest charges or fees, and credits for returns and adjustments will reduce or cancel the points earned by the amounts originally charged.
2 You will earn 1.25 RBC Rewards points for every dollar spent when you use your RBC Visa Infinite Avion card to pay for travel-related purchases made at merchants classified by Visa’s “Merchant Category Code” (“MCC”) as “travel”, which may include: airlines, accommodations, tour operators, cruise lines, travel agencies and car rental companies. Even though some merchants may sell travel products/services, purchases made at these locations may not necessarily qualify for the 1.25 RBC Rewards points per dollar if the merchant is not classified with a “travel” MCC. Also, merchants that are not classified by a “travel” MCC may be located on the premises of merchants that are classified with a “travel” MCC, and purchases made at these locations may not qualify for this added benefit.
3 Under 65 years of age, 15 days of coverage. For age 65 and over, 3 days of coverage. Coverage underwritten by RBC Insurance Company of Canada.
4 Coverage underwritten by RBC Insurance Company of Canada.
5 Trip Cancellation insurance is subject to a limit of $1,500 for each Covered Person (to an overall maximum of $5,000 for all Covered Persons) per trip, and it protects eligible cardholders against the cost of non-refundable travel arrangements that were purchased with your RBC Visa Infinite Avion card if the trip is cancelled prior to your departure due to an unexpected or unforeseen covered risk. Coverage underwritten by RBC Insurance Company of Canada. Trip Interruption insurance is subject to a maximum limit of $5,000 for each Covered Person, per trip, for a total maximum of $25,000. This coverage provides reimbursement for the non-refundable unused portion of your prepaid travel arrangements purchased with your RBC Visa Infinite Avion card, due to a covered risk, including the extra costs of economy class transportation to your departure point. Coverage underwritten by RBC Insurance Company of Canada.
6 Coverage underwritten by Aviva General Insurance Company.
7 Coverage underwritten by Aviva General Insurance Company in the Province of Quebec and by RBC Insurance Company of Canada in the rest of Canada.
8 Payback with Points redemptions are made at the rate of 1.0% (100 RBC Rewards points per CAD $1.00) and will be applied as a payment towards the balance of your RBC Avion Visa Infinite account, not towards a particular transaction. It will take two (2) to three (3) business days for your payment to be credited to your credit card account and to adjust your available credit. For more details, visit: Payback with Points
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