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RBC Avion: Earn 35,000 Avion Points with the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card—No Spending Required!

To the point With this welcome offer, earn 35,000 Avion Points with the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card. No minimum purchase is required!

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Welcome Offer

With this offer for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you can earn 35,000 Avion points upon approval. No purchase necessary!

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

The current welcome offer, for example, gives you the equivalent of 35,000 British Airways Avios or 350 WestJet Dollars.

With the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card, you earn 1 point per dollar and 1.25 points for travel purchases.

What’s more, you’ll benefit from a wide range of insurances: trip cancellation and interruption insurance, out-of-province or out-of-country emergency medical care insurance, collision and damage insurance for rental vehicles, and mobile device insurance.

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Earning RBC Avion Rewards points

This card allows you to earn RBC Avion Rewards points based on your spending habits.

1.25 RBC Avion points per dollar for travel purchases

For all your travel purchases:

  • airline tickets
  • Hotels
  • car rentals
  • And more!

You’ll earn 25% more RBC Avion points. This corresponds to an accumulation of 1.25 RBC Avion points per dollar of purchases.

1 RBC Avion point per dollar everywhere else

For all other purchases, you’ll earn 1 RBC Avion point per dollar.

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Redeeming RBC Avion points

With this RBC Avion credit card, you can:

  • transfer points to British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, American AAdvantage, WestJet Rewards or Hudson’s Bay Rewards (between 0.5 and 3 cents per point)
  • use points for airline tickets via RBC’s fixed fare structure (up to 2 cents per point)
  • use points for any travel purchase on RBC Rewards (1 cent per point)
  • purchase gift cards or products (between 0.5 and 1 cent per point)
  • pay with points for any purchase (0.58 cent per point)
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RBC Avion Rewards Fixed Reward Chart

This is where you’ll get the most out of your RBC Avion Rewards points.

RBC offers a fixed reward chart divided into six levels depending on the type of flight :

Type of flight RBC Avion Points required Maximum ticket price excluding taxes
Short getaways
Any flight within a province, territory or U.S. state, or to a contiguous province, territory or U.S. state
15 000 $350
Discover North America
Any flight anywhere in Canada or the United States, except Hawaii or Alaska.
35 000 $750
Holiday Destinations
Western Canada or U.S. to Mexico, Hawaii or Alaska, Eastern Canada to Bermuda, Central America or the Caribbean
45 000 $900
Go on holiday
Eastern Canada or United States to Mexico, Hawaii or Alaska, Western Canada to Bermuda, Central America or the Caribbean
55 000 $1,100
Visit Europe
Any flight from a major point of departure in Canada or the United States to destinations in Europe
65 000 $1,300
The World
Any flight from a major point of departure in Canada or the United States to destinations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, the Middle East, Africa or South America.
100 000 $2,000
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The most interesting use is when the price of the flight you want to book is close to the maximum amount (excluding taxes and surcharge ).

Here’s an example of a plane ticket I booked to use 70,000 RBC points I had accumulated.

It’s a weekend flight from Montreal to Las Vegas. The fare is 35,000 Avion points (“Discover North America” level in the table above) and $164.85 in taxes.

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Flights were direct, operated by Air Canada Rouge (but sold by United).

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When you look at the tariff details on ITA Matrix (to get the ticket price + taxes applied), we see that the ticket price is $370 + $345 = $715 (below the maximum allowed by RBC of $750 for 35,000-point tickets):

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The taxes are within a few cents of those charged by RBC (approximately $165).

Here, 35,000 RBC Avion points saved me $715.40. This values my use at 2 cents per RBC Avion point (you can hardly get more!).

$880.25 (public ticket price) – $164.85 (taxes paid) = $715.40

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RBC Avion Rewards flexible Reward Chart

It is also possible to use RBC Avion points via the flexible fare structure. It’s the famous “100 points = $1”.

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The 35,000 RBC Avion Rewards points earned as a welcome bonus can be used for $350 off your trip.

Just use this when you:

  • Redeem points for travel rewards without using the Air Travel Rewards Redemption Schedule;
  • Redeem points for a hotel stay, car rental, cruise or vacation package;
  • Redeem points for one-way, business or first class flight;
  • Pay more than the maximum dollar value set for a category;
  • Pay all taxes, fees and surcharges.

It’s not the most optimal way to use your RBC Rewards points, but it’s the easiest way to purchase travel.

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Converting RBC Avion Rewards points to other loyalty programs

The best use of RBC Avion points earned with the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card is for transfer to other programs (especially during point conversion promotions such as with British Airways Executive Club or Asia Miles). That’s what we did in Australia (and wanted to do in Japan).

In addition, you can now use your Avios points to travel with Qatar Airways.

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Here are the transfer partners and the normal exchange rate.

Frequent Flyer program Conversion rate
westjet rewards logo 1,000 Avion points = 10 Westjet dollars
british airways club 1 10,000 Avion points = 10,000 Avios
asia miles e1488115205243 10,000 Avion points = 10,000 Asia Miles
pg plogo american adv 5,000 Avion points = 3,500 AAdvantage miles
la baie d hudson 2013 logo 5,000 Avion points = 10,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points

From time to time, RBC Avion Rewards offers point conversion promotions, such as +30% to the British Airways Executive Club. Watch for these promotions to redeem your Avion points at the best possible rate! Subscribe to our free newsletter so you don’t miss out.

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Purchase gift cards with RBC Avion Rewards points

If buying travel with points isn’t for you, there’s another way to use your RBC Avion Rewards points: by purchasing gift cards.

We generally do not recommend this method over travel redemptions. However, the RBC Avion Rewards loyalty program regularly offers promotions to redeem Avion points for gift cards!

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Here’s an example of an interesting hotels.com gift card promotion. With 18,750 Avion Rewards points, you could get a $250 hotels.com gift card:

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RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Cardholder benefits

Savings at Petro-Canada

RBC cardholders can link their card to Petro-Canada’s Petro-Points program to earn :

  • 3¢ off per litre on fuel and 20% more Petro-Points
  • 20% more RBC Rewards points (1.2 RBC points per dollar spent at Petro-Canada)

Earn more Be Well points at Rexall

By linking your RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card to your Be Well:

  • Earn 50 Be Well points for every dollar spent on eligible products at Rexall
  • Redeem Be Well points faster for in-store savings on purchases; 25,000 Be Well points = $10

12 months of free delivery with DoorDash

Add your RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card to your DoorDash account to:

  • Get a free 12-month DashPass subscription – a value of up to $120
  • Enjoy unlimited free delivery on orders of $15 or more when you pay with your RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card.

2 ski tickets for the price of one

During the winter season, RBC Avion Visa Infinite Cardholders receive a free lift ticket with the purchase of a Friday lift ticket at participating ski resorts across Canada.

20% discount at Hertz and 3x points

Your RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card gives you a 20% discount on the base rate at Hertz and 3x Avion points.

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Insurance offered by the card

As this card is designed for travellers, it includes the usual “Visa Infinite” level of insurance:

  • Out-of-province / out-of-country medical emergency coverage
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Auto Rental Collision/Loss Damage Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance
  • Flight delay and essential items insurance
  • Hotel or motel burglary insurance
  • Purchase Security and Extended Warranty Coverage
  • Mobile Device Insurance

The insurance booklet is available here.

Bottom Line

It’s one of the best credit cards in Canada for travelers. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this welcome offer, which requires no purchase!

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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