On July 1st RBC launched their big initiative that closely follows what many of the other major card issuers have done and that is to provide incentives to use credit cards for dining and shopping purchases. The campaign is called Points for Canada and runs for the entire month of July and comprises of six incentives from earning bonus points to being able to redeem less points.
Those six incentives are as follows:
- Earn 2x points at restaurants – eligible cards will earn double the points on restaurant purchases (dine in, take out) and also on most third party food delivery services. This first incentive is the only that requires cardholders to register to be able to take part in the promotion. You can register your RBC card here.
- Save 30% on dining cards – When you redeem RBC Rewards points for select gift cards for restaurants across Canada they will cost you 30% less in points
- Dine with points for 30% more value – You’ll get 30% more value when you choose to Pay In-Store with Points at restaurants across Canada
- Shop Canada with 30% off gift cards – When you redeem RBC Rewards points for gift cards for select Canadian retailers or a RBC Visa Prepaid card they will cost you 30% less in points
- Save more with Petro-Canada – Save 30% when you redeem for a Petro-Canada gift card and get 30% more value when you Pay In-Store with RBC Rewards points through your RBC Wallet app at a Petro-Canada location
- Shop with points for 30% more value – You’ll get 30% more value when you choose to Pay In-Store with Points at retailers across Canada where tap payment is accepted.
With this campaign and their WestJet campaign launched on June 30th RBC has now joined the ranks of American Express, TD and CIBC who are or have provided incentives to pull out your credit card and use it more. This offer is especially appealing to RBC Avion cardholders (all versions) as they are the best RBC Rewards earning cards and will earn 2 to 2.5 points per dollar spent at restaurants with this promotion. My only gripe with the promotion would be the month long window for taking part. Most of RBC’s competitors have their incentives running with a longer duration which make them that much more appealing. No matter what though if you hold an eligible RBC Rewards points earning card* and it is a primary card for you where you aren’t interested in the incentives from other issuers then do your best to make the most of the promotion for this month!
Learn more about Points for Canada here!
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