Get up to 55,000 bonus points (a value of up to $1,100), that’s enough to fly anywhere in North America or the Caribbean (taxes and fees extra)! You’ll get 35,000 Welcome Points on approval and 20,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 in your first 6 months. Apply by September 16, 2022. Terms and conditions apply.
I initially had my first experience with the RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card a few years back (2011 to 2012 to be precise). I was a big fan. It was easy to use, there were no black-out dates, I was able to transfer my points easily to the Airlines Awards and there is a great promotion to transfer your points (and get 50% more points at that) to British Airways Avios a few times a year. So, the bonus RBC Rewards points that you’re awarded when you are approved and meet the minimum spend for the RBC Avion Visa Infinite card become 1.5x British Airways Avios points when you convert them. There really wasn’t much to NOT like.
Unfortunately, the RBC Visa Infinite Avion Card is so great that it charges an annual fee. An annual fee of $120 per year. As many of you probably know, I have an illogical aversion to paying an annual fee. Unfortunately, I recall that they were pretty strict about the annual fee after the first year (meaning there’s not much you can do to sweet talk the customer service rep into giving you another year for free).
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The great thing is the Welcome Offer: Get up to 55,000 bonus points (a value of up to $1,100), that’s enough to fly anywhere in North America or the Caribbean (taxes and fees extra)! You’ll get 35,000 Welcome Points on approval and 20,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 in your first 6 months. Apply by September 16, 2022. Terms and conditions apply.
How to Get Your First Year Free With RBC Visa Infinite Avion
This works if you are already an RBC customer. With their banking package, if you have a number of services with them, you are eligible to receive the first year free of your RBC Visa Infinite Avion. This is called the “VIP Banking package”
For example, if you have:
- An RBC mortgage
- An RBC banking account
- An RBC investing account (you can just even open up a TFSA with them and fund it with $100)
You will be eligible to receive an RBC Visa Infinite Avion first year free.
Here is Another Way to Get your First Year Free With RBC Visa Infinite Avion
If you are not an extensive RBC customer (e.g. if you do not have a mortgage with them, if you do not bank with them, and if you do not invest with them), there is another way to get the first year free with the RBC Visa Infinite Avion. You can get the first year free if you have a premium Visa card from another credit card issuer.
I remember finding this information out when I called the cancel the card the first time and was wondering if they would be able to extend the waiver of the annual fee.
For example, if you have the:
- CIBC Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
- TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
- CIBC Aventura® Visa* Card
- TD First Class Travel® Visa Infinite* Card
- ScotiaGold Passport® Visa* Card
- Desjardins Visa
You just need to call the RBC customer service line and tell them you are interested in getting an RBC Visa Infinite Avion credit card and that you have one of the premium Visas. The process is easy and they will just ask you to go to a Royal Bank Branch to verify your information.
However, once the year is up (bittersweet ending usually) then you have the option to pay the annual fee of $120 or to switch to a no-fee credit card.
Of course, when you apply for so many credit cards you will have your credit report checked. So beware!
And as per usual, I am not advocating that you should be applying for credit cards here and there if you cannot handle them and have an issue paying off the balance every month. The deals and points that you would get from your purchases would be nullified with the credit card debt and interest that you would accrue if you did not pay your balance off in full every month.
So far, I have been pretty happy with the RBC Visa Infinite card (as I was a few years ago) and have already used some of the points to book a car rental on my next trip. I liked the ease of use and the lack of inflated prices when you are booking.
Readers, what do you think about the RBC Visa Infinite Avion Card? What was your favourite reward from it?
Refer to RBC Page for up to date offer terms and conditions.