RBC Avion Rewards credit cards
There are several RBC Avion credit cards that are linked to the Avion Rewards program. One of the best is the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card.
It has excellent insurance, including one for mobile devices, which is rare. In addition, as a welcome offer, it gives a lot of points without effort.
Other cards that earn Avion Points are:
With this offer for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you can earn up to 35,000 Avion Rewards points upon approval. So there’s no minimum spend.
You can use your Avion Rewards points for travel or redeem them with other loyalty programs such as :
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- British Airways Executive Club (and Qatar Airways Privilege Club)
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- WestJet Rewards
For example, with the current welcome offer, you can get the equivalent of 35,000 British Airways Avios Points or 350 WestJet Dollars.
With the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you earn 1 point per dollar and 1.25 points for travel purchases.
And you’ll benefit from a wide range of insurance coverage: Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, Out-of-Province/Country Emergency Medical Insurance, Rental Vehicle Collision/Loss Damage Insurance, Mobile Device Insurance.
How to use your Avion points for travel rewards
Use the Fixed Fare Chart for Airline Tickets
One way to use your Avion points for travel is with the purchase of an airline ticket. This is the best way to get the most value out of the RBC Avion Rewards program. This has been described in detail in this article.
Depending on the destination, 15,000 to 100,000 Avion points are required per ticket.
RBC Avion Rewards points can be used to travel anywhere in the world with a round-trip ticket. A one-way trip requires half as many Avion points. Here is the airfare table for a round trip flight:
|Avion points||Destinations||Maximum ticket price|
|15 000||Flight within a province or neighbouring state||$350|
|35 000||Flight anywhere in Canada or the United States (except Hawaii and Alaska)||$750|
|45 000||Western Canada or the United States to Mexico, Hawaii or Alaska. Eastern Canada to Bermuda, Central America or the Caribbean||$900|
|55 000||Eastern Canada or the United States to Mexico, Hawaii or Alaska. Western Canada to Bermuda, Central America or the Caribbean||$1,100|
|65 000||Flight from Canada or United States to Europe||$1,300|
|100 000||Fly from Canada or United States to … anywhere in the world!||$2,000|
So, this equates to about 2 cents per Avion point on average.
Use the Flexible Fare Chart for airfare
The Flexible Fare Plan uses 100 Avion points for a $1 discount on your airfare. The transaction must be made directly on the Avion Rewards website, using the flight search tool.
For example, with the flat rate fare, 35,000 points will get you a round-trip ticket anywhere in Canada and the U.S., up to a value of $750.
If you choose to purchase that same $750 ticket with the flexible fare structure, you will need 75,000 points. So using the flexible fee schedule would be more of a disadvantage in this case. It’s up to you to make your calculations, depending on the number of points in the bank.
Redeem Avion points for any trip
For more flexibility, book your own hotel, car rental, cruise or airfare as you wish. Then use Avion points on the Avion Rewards to get an account credit.
For example, Avion credit card holders can redeem 100 Avion points to deduct $1 from your travel expense. For example, for a night at a hotel that cost $200, 20,000 points are required to make that expense zero on the credit card.
For ION and ION+ credit card holders, it’s different. They redeem their points using a conversion rate of 172 points = $1.
Buy gift cards
There are approximately 250 gift cards to purchase with Avion points. For those intended for travel, there are about ten. Like buying a gift card for future stays at Fairmont or Best Western hotels for example. Or for Tim Hortons, for roadtrips!
Generally, the cost is 1 cent per Avion point, so 5,000 points for a $50 gift card.
Uber seems to be different, with 7,000 points for $50.
Transfer to other airline loyalty programs
Did you know that it is possible to transfer your Avion points to other airline loyalty programs? We explain how to do it in our guide on the subject:
How many Avion points are needed for a free airline ticket?
Depending on the destination, 15,000 to 100,000 Avion points are required.
Can I buy a ticket for another person?
Yes Make sure that the person’s personal information is written down perfectly at the time of booking.
What is the definition of a basic Avion Rewards account?
These are the people enrolled in the Value Program, who earn Avion Rewards points.
Where can I redeem my Avion Rewards points for travel?
Go to the site Avion Rewards or click on the Avion Rewards icon in your RBC Direct Banking session. Then go to the Travel section.