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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 3 Update: RBC introduces Pay Bills with Points redemption option, save 15% on Etihad's flights out of Canada and more!


RBC has introduced a new redemption option for those holding RBC credit cards that earn RBC Rewards Points. You can now redeem your points via the "Pay Bills with Points' options to pay bills
like phone, internet, utility bills and more. This may be helpful to some where the vendor is one that normally doesn't accept credit cards for payment. Think Plastiq, payTM, and a host of other providers who offer a similar service - however RBC's is different in that you are not using your credit card to pay the bill but rather you points. This is the first of its kind in Canada where you can directly pay for bills with points. There are of course indirect options to do the same, you can use a service like Plastiq or payTM where the charge goes on your credit card and then use a Points for Purchases redemption option that almost all providers have now to pay for that charge. RBC doesn't tell us in the press release what the redemption rate is for Pay Bills with Points is so we call on the Rewards Canada community to see if they can let us know (we only have the RBC WestJet cards in our wallets and of course it doesn't work for this redemption option). I also assume there will be some merchants who do accept credit cards in the list that you can pay with points - in all likelihood you are better off paying those retailers directly so that you earn the points first and then redeem against the charge (assuming the Use Points for Purchases redemption rate is the same as the Use Points for Bills) 


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