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RBC Rewards to become Avion Rewards

To the point RBC has announced to its clients that the RBC Rewards program will be renamed Avion Rewards by the end of August 2022.

RBC Rewards will be renamed to Avion Rewards, effective August 25, 2022.

It will simplify the RBC credit card suite: some were part of the Avion program, such as the most popular, the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, and some were part of the RBC Rewards program.

From now on, they will all be part of the same Avion Rewards program. But there will be different membership levels within Avion Rewards!

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New Avion Premium and Avion Elite membership level

There will be two levels in the Avion Rewards program to distinguish the different Avion credit cards:

  • Avion Premium
  • Avion Elite

All Avion members, whether they are Avion Premium or Avion Elite, will benefit from cash back offers, RBC online offers, and the ability to pay with points or redeem them for gift cards or products.

Note that you can be an Avion Premium member not only with certain credit cards, but also with another RBC product eligible RBC product: RBC Personal Deposit Accounts, Personal RBC investment products, RBC installment loans, lines of credit and home equity financing.

However, as is the case today, only Avion Elite members – those with an Avion credit card – will be able to access the Air Travel Redemption Schedule and the Avion Collection experiences.

Also, Avion Elite members will get exclusive Avion Elite-level offers for earning or redeeming points.

Avion Rewards online shopping portal

RBC announced the launch of a browser extension called Avion Rewards ShopPlus, providing offers on more than 1,900 brands.

This suggests the launch of an Avion Rewards online shopping portal, similar to those of AIR MILES (airmilesshops), Aeroplan (eStore) or Rakuten.

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Current Avion Rewards Offer

With this great offer for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you can earn up to 55,000 Avion Rewards points:

  • 35,000 points on approval (no minimum spend)
  • 20,000 additional points when you spend $5,000 in your first 6 months

It’s a value of up to $1,100.

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 55,000 British Airways Avios Points or 550 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.

 

Conclusion

RBC states that there will be no further changes:

  • The value of your points will remain the same
  • Points will not expire
  • Point earning ratios will not change

Frequently asked questions about Avion Rewards

If I am already an existing RBC Rewards member, do I need to sign up to be part of Avion Rewards?

No, you will be automatically enrolled. You can simply sign into the Avion Rewards website or the Avion Rewards app on August 25, 2022 or thereafter to discover what Avion Rewards has to offer.

What is the difference between RBC Rewards points and Avion points?

There is no difference. RBC is renaming its point’s currency to reflect its new loyalty program name, Avion Rewards (formerly RBC Rewards).

From now on, your points will be called Avion points (formerly RBC Rewards points).

Will my RBC Rewards points expire under Avion Rewards?

No, your RBC Rewards points will not expire, but as of August 25, 2022, they will be renamed Avion points.

Your points are yours to use as long as your account remains open and in good standing.

Will the way I earn Avion Rewards points change?

No. You will continue to earn points on:

  • Eligible purchases made through your credit card accounts, banking rewards accounts, or eligible personal deposit accounts enrolled in the Value Program
  • IAdditional / bonus points earning opportunities and/or offers available from merchants, retailers or service providers from time to time

What will happen to the value of my RBC Rewards points when the program becomes Avion Rewards?

The value of your existing points will not change.

Who is eligible to participate in the Avion Rewards program?

Customers who own one of the following products are eligible for Avion Premium membership:

RBC Personal Deposit Accounts

  • RBC Advantage Banking, RBC Day to Day Banking, RBC No Limit Banking, RBC No Limit Banking for Students, RBC Signature No Limit Banking, RBC Student Banking, RBC VIP Banking, U.S. Personal and RateLink Essential.

RBC Personal Credit Cards

  • RBC Rewards+ Visa, RBC Rewards Visa Gold, Signature RBC Rewards Visa, RBC Rewards Visa Preferred, RBC Cash Back Mastercard, RBC Visa Cash Back, RBC Cash Back Preferred World Elite Mastercard, RBC Visa Classic Low Rate Option, RBC RateAdvantage Visa, RBC Visa Platinum, RBC U.S Dollar Visa Gold.

RBC Business Credit Cards

  • RBC Visa CreditLine for Small Business

RBC Personal Investment Products

  • Life Income Fund (LIF), Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RSP), Canadian Market-Linked GIC, Income Builder GIC, Non-Redeemable GIC, One-Year Cashable GIC, Prime-Linked Cashable GIC, RateAdvantage GIC, RBC Canadian Banking MarketSmart GIC, RBC Canadian Utilities MarketSmart GIC, RBC ESG Market-Linked GIC, RBC North American MarketSmart GIC, RBC US MarketSmart GIC, Redeemable GIC, US Dollar Term Deposit.

RBC Installment Loans, Lines of Credit and Home Equity Financing

  • Government Sponsored Student Loan, Personal Instalment Loans, RBC Employee Student Loan, RBC Energy Saver Loan, RSP Loan, Royal Credit Line, Royal Credit Line for General Program, Royal Credit line for Professional in Medical & Dental Studies, Royal Credit Line for Professional Studies (i.e. MBA/EMA, Law, Masters of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Science in Business Mgmt), Royal Credit Line for Special Programs, Royal Credit Line for Students – Students Studying Abroad, Adjustable Rate Mortage (ARM), Construction Mortgage, Fixed Rate Mortgage, Investment Properties Mortgage, Low Down Payment Mortgage, Manufactured Home Construction Mortgages, Ratecapper Mortgage, RBC Homeline Plan, Reverse Mortgage, Variable Rate Mortage, where the product is not tied to a business banking profile

Clients with one of the following products are eligible to participate as an Avion Elite Member:

  • RBC Avion Visa Platinum
  • RBC Avion Visa Infinite
  • RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege
  • RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege for Private Banking
  • RBC Avion Visa Business
  • RBC Avion Visa Infinite Business card
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