A major airline program in Canada

Canadians have one of the highest loyalty program enrollment rate in the world. With ubiquitous programs like Air Miles, Shoppers Optimum (Pharmaprix), CAA, Aeroplan, Canadian Tire Rewards and others Canadians are all over the place.

Some programs are more generous than others. But other factors will explain your choices such as income,  spending habits and rewards redemption preferences.

If you like to redeem your points or miles towards airline tickets and hotel stays many programs offer that. However, the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite has a few secrets very little Canadians know about. Let me share them with you.

Sign-up bonus

Signing-up for the credit card will eanr you 50,000 Avios in the following order:

✅ 15,000 welcome Avios;

Another 25,000 Avios when you reach $5,000 in qualifying transactions;

✅  Finally 10,000 bonus Avios when you renew after the first year.

That’s more than enough for a London-Lisbon return ticket for family of four (2 adults, 1 infant & 1 baby):

London-Lisbon Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios
London-Lisbon Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios

Companion Ticket eVoucher

Members who reach the $30,000 spend level on their RBC British Airways Visa Infinite will receive One Companion Award eVoucher.

The eVoucher allows to purchase an award flight with a companion. Conditions do apply, the most important ones are that it only applies to British Airways flights (does not apply to AA, IB or FI) and has to originate from Canada.

British Airways flies to and from Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. I wrote a detailed article on the RBC British Airways companion ticket that may be challenging to use out of Canada.

Using the Companion Award eVoucher for a Calgary-Dubai return flight will save a member 58,500 Avios. It’s basically a 2-for-1 deal.  The same redemption without an eVoucher would’ve cost the member 117,000 Avios. However, BA’s fees are high.

Calgary-Dubai Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios
Calgary-Dubai Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios

Double Avios on British Airways Purchases

Members will earn 2 Avios per $1 CAD spent on British Airways and British Airways Holidays when the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite is used.
The miles are awarded on net purchases.

Also, on November of each year British Airways will double points on any purchase with the credit card. That means quadruple points on BA bookings.

10% off British Airways flights

For me, this is the best perk of the credit card. Members get a 10% discount on British Airways bookings. These have to be British Airways flights only.

So members have to make sure that there are no other partner carriers in the outbound and inbound flights. A promo-code must be typed. Every fall and winter, British Airways will send you the promotion offer with the code. See example below:

Montreal-Barcelona Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios
Montreal-Barcelona Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios

Pricing after applying promo code “CARDOFFERC”:

Montreal-Barcelona Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios
Montreal-Barcelona Airfare redemption with British Airways Avios

Oneworld Partner Airlines Rewards

British Airways is part of the oneworld alliance. Therefore,  you can use your British Airways Avios on rewards flights on: American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines.

There are some great redemption opportunities across the airlines network such as Tokyo to Doha in Business Class for $36.89 or fly across Japan for less than $4.

I personally flew Doha to Zurich in Business Class with Qatar Airways. A great reward flights I redeemed for a fraction of the retail price.

Qatar-Airways-Business-Class-seat-B787
My Qatar Airways Business Class seat DOH-ZRH

250 bonus Avios with Avis

Renting a car with Avis through the British Airways dedicated car rental site will earn you 250 Avios. But the best part is the free additional driver for Executive Club Members. Indeed, the second driver on the rental will not be charged.

Solid travel insurance

The travel insurance with the RBC British Airways Infinite card covers your household. The coverage includes 31 days out of province/country.

Conclusion

If you don’t have a monthly balance on your credit cards and your objective is to maximize points accrual for flight redemptions on the oneworld network then the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite is your best bet.

What do you think? Do you have another credit card in mind that matches the perks of this one? Let me know if you have questions, reach out at Amin On Miles Facebook page

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