A welcome bonus offer

RBC Avion card members earn a 30% transfer bonus when they convert their RBC Reward points to British Airways Executive Club Avios miles. The offer is valid form 20 May until 30 June 2019.

All RBC Avion cards are eligible: Platinum Avion, Infinite Avion & Infinite Avion Privilege. The RBC Avion card is also known as Visa Infinite Voyages RBC in Québec.

A minimum of 10,000 must be transferred. Members can do as many transfers as they wish during the bonus period. It may take up to 4 weeks for the Avios miles to post into members British Airways Executive Club accounts.

Log into your RBC Rewards account. Go to More with Points, then click on British Airways under Convert Points. Finally follow the steps to finalize your transaction.

Upcoming changes to British Airways Executive Club (BAEC)

British Airways announced, end of April, that it was to bring changes to oneworld partners award flights. That usually means either a hike in mileage requirements or abandoning the distance-based model.

I personally think we will see an inflation of mileage requirements which will be the least damaging factor for BAEC members. The program’s sweet spots on North American routes with AA has seen hike in the past 4 years, I would not be surprised to witness another one.

But would it really hurt if a US-domestic flight went from 7,500 to 12,000 Avios? Did you thing about the fees part?

What really worries me about BAEC changes

oneworld partners have often escaped the high fees British Airways charges on reward flights. But I have noticed hikes in fees with respect to some carriers out of a certain number of hubs.

My biggest fear is a general lift in fees that would make great premium reward flights void. These reward flights could concern Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Japan Airlines. These airlines offer the best Business Class flights experience and they could be hit.

Conclusion

I will take advantage of the RBC Rewards 30% bonus to BAEC Avios. I’m still confident, although critics may be harsh, the program will provide a certain value to its members.

As I mentioned my biggest concern would be the hike in fees. Let’s wait and see the end of the month of May.

Will you transfer RBC points to Avios? Or will you wait to see the new changes?