UPDATE: THIS OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2020
The credit card market here in Canada continues to heat up with great acquisition offers. The latest that launched yesterday is RBC’s new offer for their flagship card the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card. The new offer is a flat 35,000 RBC Rewards Points that get this – are awarded on approval – no minimum spend, no spend this much each month over this many months. You simply have to be approved for the card and the bonus is yours. Yes you do have to pay the annual fee of $120 but it is more than worth with the value of the bonus and the fact you get the points in your first billing period. No waiting 3 months, 6 months or longer. You can travel a lot sooner with this bonus.
Here is what the 35,000 points will get you:
- One economy class flight anywhere in Canada or the U.S. (Hawaii and Alaska excluded) or two economy class flights to a neighbouring province or state when redeeming via the RBC Avion Air Travel Redemption schedule. Taxes and fees are not included but you can redeem points towards them at 100 points to $1 rate or just pay for them with your credit card
- $350 credit towards any other travel booked via RBC Rewards (100 points = $1)
- Convert the 35,000 points to WestJet Rewards at a 100 to 1 ratio. This means the offer provides 350 WestJet dollars. Several times per year RBC also offers a bonus when you transfer to WestJet. That bonus tends to be 10% so these 35,000 points could be converted to 385 WestJet dollars or more if the bonus is higher
- Convert the 35,000 points to British Airways Executive Club at a 1:1 ratio. 35,000 Avios will get you an economy class flight between Toronto and Dublin (as little as 26,000 Avios required) or a whole slew of other flight options. RBC also offers transfer bonuses several times per year (which should see the next one around May or so) and those range from 30% to 50% meaning you could potentially have 52,500 Avios.
Recommended reading: Utilizing British Airways’ Executive Club for flights in North America
This is a pretty amazing offer considering there is no spending required at all other than paying your $120 annual fee. I expect a lot of uptake on this offer and if you are considering it you have until March 31 to apply for the card and get this bonus offer. Note the excerpt from the terms that I have listed below – there are restrictions for those who hold existing RBC products.
Additional cardholder(s), as well as existing RBC Avion Visa Infinite or
RBC Avion Visa Platinum, Cathay Pacific‡ Visa Platinum, British
Airways‡ Visa Infinite, RBC Rewards Visa Preferred, RBC Rewards+ Visa,
RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege and RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege
for Private Banking cardholders, applying for or transferring to an RBC
Avion Visa Infinite card or RBC Avion Visa Platinum as of the offer
eligibility period, are not eligible for this offer.