Tuesday, April 19, 2022

OFFER EXTENDED: 35,000 welcome points on the RBC Avion Visa Cards

The 35,000 point welcome bonuses on the RBC Avion Visa Infinite, RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege and the RBC Avion Visa Platinum Card have now been be extended to May 15. What is best about these welcome bonuses is that they 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 ($399 for Infinite Privilege) but it is more than worth it in terms of the value of the bonus (minimum $350 in value) and you get the points at the end of your first billing period. No waiting 3 months, 6 months or longer.

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 and those range from 30% to 50% meaning you could potentially have 52,500 Avios. (We do typically see it around Nov/Dec so fingers crossed it will come any day now!)
  • You can also convert to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at a 1:1 ratio or American AAdvantage Miles at 1:0.7 ratio

The transfer to British Airways is the much heralded option for the Avion cards and is in fact one of the main reasons the card continues to rank higher than many cards. If you recall from summer we updated our How to score flights to Ireland for as little as $120 plus taxes and fees which details how this Avion bonus achieves that. Here's an excerpt from that post:

Only 26,000 Avios for this round-trip - ignore the taxes and fees as you'll pay less when booking over the phone with BA

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card - Get 35,000 Welcome Points upon Approval when you apply by May 15, 2022. Those 35,000 points which are awarded right away can be converted 1:1 to British Airways so you would come out with one round trip flight in Economy Class and have points left over. As the card costs $120 you essentially get that one flight for $120 plus taxes and fees. Out of all the cards in the Canadian market, the RBC Avion card provides the fastest route to getting a reward ticket since the bonus is awarded upon approval.

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. Then if RBC does happen to provide a 50% bonus on transfers you would actually have enough BA Avios for two round trip flights to Dublin.

On top of the all the travel redemption options the RBC also has their current partnership with DoorDash which sees all the Avion cards receive the following:

• Get $0 delivery fees for 12 months from DoorDash17 - Add your eligible RBC credit card to your DoorDash account to:
• Get a 12-month complimentary DashPass subscription18 – a value of almost $120
• Enjoy unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees on orders of $12 or more when you pay with your eligible RBC credit card

Remember you only have until May 15 to apply for one of the Avion cards to get this 35,000 points bonus offer. Note the excerpt from the terms that I have listed below - there are restrictions for those who hold existing RBC products. 

To learn more about or to apply for this offer click on the card below that you are interested in:

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card

RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege Card  

RBC Avion Visa Platinum Card

Click here to learn more about other RBC Card offers

T&C's Excerpt:
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 credit cardholders, applying for or transferring to an RBC Avion Visa Infinite credit card, RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege credit card or RBC Avion Visa Platinum credit card as of the start of the Offer Period, are not eligible for this offer. 

Images via RBC and Avios.com


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