One of the options for redeeming Avion Rewards credit cards is to use your points for airfare anywhere in the world. Here’s how this works for a fixed-point exchange.
RBC Avion Rewards points
With this offer for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you can earn 35,000 Avion Points on approval . So there’s no minimum spend required to earn the welcome bonus!
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.
RBC Avion Rewards points can be used to travel anywhere in the world with a round-trip or one-way ticket only. 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.
How to book an airline ticket with RBC Avion Rewards points
Then, on the Trips page, click on Book a Trip.
Avion Rewards acts as a travel agency. The prices are the same as on the sites of the carriers and tour operators, in the vast majority of the time.
Its search tool allows you to use RBC Avion Rewards points to :
- A flight
- A car rental
- Hotel stays
- Or Vacation Packages
After entering your desired dates and destinations, the results will be displayed. On the left, there is a filter for options.
In this example, the non-stop and no change fee options are selected.
35,000 points can save on a flight costing up to $750.
In this example, I have chosen a higher class. This exceeds the $750 so there is an overage charge added to the taxes and fees.
In my case, the same flight cost about $1,000 on the Air Canada website. This equates to 2.14 cents per point, ($750 divided by 35,000 points) which is excellent!
On the checkout page, RBC shows the points required to book this airline ticket. Any remaining point balance can be used to reduce the tax and fee balance.
For example, 90 points were used to lower the balance by 90 cents. The rest is to be paid with a credit card.
Enter the traveler’s information and make the payment.
An email from RBC Avion Rewards will be sent moments later to confirm. A few minutes later (or a few hours for some), the airline will send confirmation in a separate email. All the details will be there, including the reservation number.
How to manage an airline ticket purchased with RBC Avion Rewards points
The booked trip can be found in the My Trips section of the RBC Avion Rewards portal. A link redirects to the airline’s website.
You will be able to link this reservation to your frequent flyer profile. For my part, I have entered my Aeroplan membership number.
Since I had taken the Comfort fare on Air Canada, I was able to choose a Preference seat at no charge. This must be done on the Air Canada website directly.
There is also the option to chat with a virtual agent on the RBC site in the Help section.
In addition, if you have eUpgrades with Air Canada, you have the option to apply them at check-in 24 hours prior to your flight.
When your flight is completed, points and qualifications are deposited into your account based on the fare booked.
As for example, the Comfort rate booked through RBC gave :
- Aeroplan points
This counts towards your Aeroplan status.
You can also book your own airfare, charge the cost to your Avion card and use your Avion points to pay off the balance.
In this case, the redemption schedule is one cent per point or 100 points for a $1 discount. This is less advantageous than booking through the RBC Rewards airline portal.