RBC British Airways Visa Infinite

RBC® British Airways Visa Infinite

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 people know about. Let me share them with you.

SIGN-UP BONUS

Signing-up for the credit card will get you a whopping 50,000 Avios in the three first months (15,000 sign-up Avios and an additional 25,000 Avios when you reach $5,000 in qualifying transactions and another 10,000 wen you renew 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

In addition to the monthly spend on the credit card, one can easely reach  60,000 Avios at the end of the first year. That's a lot of money on the table that can be used to subsidize your next vacations.

COMPANION TICKET eVOUCHER

I don't know of another airline loyalty program that offers a companion redemption option like the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite does.
Members who reach the $30,000 spend level on their RBC British Airways Visa Infinite threshold will receive One Companion Award eVoucher. This eVoucher allows for the purchase of 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 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.

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

DOUBLE AVIOS ON BRITISH AIRWAYS PURCHASES

Members will get 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.

GET 10% OFF ON BRITISH AIRWAYS ONLY FARES

For me, this is the best perk of the credit card.
Members get an 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


I've written a detailed article on the 10% discount with the RBC British Airways Visa card

ONEWORLD PARTNER AIRLINES REWARDS

British Airways is part of the oneworld alliance. That means you can use your British Airways Avios on rewards flights  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.

BOTTOM LINE

If you don't have a monthly balance on your credit cards and your objective is to maximize points accrual for flight redemptions out of Canada to Europe, the Middle-East and Asia 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

Here is the Terms and conditions for more a more detailed read:

To receive the 15,000 Avios welcome bonus, your application form must be received and approved by Royal Bank of Canada. Please allow up to 10 weeks after receipt of your card for the 15,000 Avios to be posted to your British Airways Executive Club account. If you are not currently a member of the Executive Club, you will be enrolled automatically once you are approved for the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card. Please note that the address your Executive Club account membership is registered under must match the one for your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite account at all times for the Avios to be posted to your Executive Club account. The additional 25,000 Avios bonus will be awarded to you if a total of $5,000 CAD or more in qualifying purchases and pre-authorized bill payment transactions is posted to your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite account within the first 2 full monthly statement periods (approximately 2 months from the date your account is opened), provided your credit card account is in good standing at the time you reach $5,000 CAD in qualifying transactions. Qualifying transactions exclude cash advances (Balance transfers, cash-like transactions and bill payments that are not pre-authorized charges that you set up with a merchant), interest charges and fees. The 25,000 bonus Avios will be credited to your Executive Club account within 10 to 15 weeks after meeting the spending requirement. The additional 10,000 bonus Avios will be credited to your Executive Club account within 12-15 weeks after the one year anniversary of your account opening provided your credit card account remains active and in good standing. This offer is only available to new RBC British Airways Visa Infinite cardholders. Additional cardholders, as well as existing RBC British Airways Visa Infinite cardholders as of the offer eligibility period, are not eligible for this offer. This offer may not be combined or used in conjunction with any other offer. British Airways, not Royal Bank of Canada, is responsible for this offer and the British Airways Executive Club Programme. For all Executive Club Terms and Conditions, please visit ba.com/theclub.
Earn 2 Avios per $1CAD spent on British Airways and British Airways Holidays and 1 Avios per $1CAD spent on all other qualifying net purchases when you use your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card. Avios are earned on qualifying net purchases only; they are not earned on cash advances (including RBC Royal Bank credit card cheques, balance transfers, cash-like transactions and bill payments that are not pre-authorized charges that you set up with a merchant), interest charges or fees, and credits for returns and adjustments will reduce or cancel the Avios earned by the amounts originally charged. Where applicable, Avios are awarded based on the Canadian dollar equivalent of foreign currency purchase transactions. Avios is not refundable, transferable, and has no cash value. Please allow up to 8 weeks after transactions are processed to your credit card account for the Avios to be posted to your British Airways Executive Club account.
Eligible Members who spend a minimum of $30,000 CAD in qualifying purchases on their Card in a calendar year (“calendar year” refers to the time period starting from 1 January through to 31 December) will receive a maximum of one Companion Award eVoucher for that calendar year they will be able to apply towards the purchase of a flight for a companion travelling with the Eligible Member, on the same Reward flight (“Companion Ticket”). Please note that qualifying purchases exclude cash advances (including RBC Royal Bank® credit card cheques, balance transfers, cash-like transactions and bill payments that are not pre-authorized charges that you set up with a merchant), interest charges or fees, and credits for returns and adjustments will reduce or cancel the spend amount by the amounts originally charged. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for the Companion Award eVoucher to post to the British Airways Executive Club account after meeting the spending requirement. The Companion Award eVoucher entitles the Eligible Member to purchase a Companion Ticket at the time of booking a Reward flight, without having to pay for the price of the companion’s flight. Reservations and bookings for both the Reward flight of the Eligible Member and the Companion Ticket of the companion must be made at the same time, for the same flight, same date, in the same class, same cabin and on the same passenger name record (PNR) for travel on the same itinerary. Eligible Members will be responsible for paying, without limitation, the taxes, fees and carrier charges, related to the Companion Ticket. At time of publication, all Reward Flights and Companion Tickets are subject to taxes, fees, & carrier charges of approximately $660 CAD per person based on travel from Toronto to London in economy class and approximately $1,100 CAD per person based on business class travel. To make a booking, (including the Companion Ticket) Eligible Members must visit ba.com and log in using their membership number and PIN/Password. It is not possible to book a Reward flight or a Companion Ticket by contacting a travel agent, or at the airport. The Companion Award eVoucher may be used for flights operated by British Airways only. Travel on franchise, codeshare or alliance airlines is not permitted. Return flights must be booked at the same time the outward journey is booked. All travel must originate in and return to Canada. A Companion Award eVoucher can only be used if and when the Eligible Member is booking a Reward flight using Avios points (i.e. cannot be booked using a combination of Avios points and cash or a charge to the Card) and cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion, mileage or frequent flyer programme. Full details of fare rules can be found on ba.com. All Reward flights and Companion Tickets are subject to availability and there is no guarantee the Eligible Member will be able to book a flight for a companion to the Eligible Member’s choice of flight and destination. The Companion Award eVoucher is only valid if it has been acquired in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. A Companion Award eVoucher is valid for twenty-four (24) months from the date it is issued and must be exchanged for a Companion Ticket with travel commencing from Canada before the expiry date on the eVoucher. Eligible Members must still have a Card in good standing at the time of travel. British Airways and/or Royal Bank of Canada reserve(s) the right to refuse to issue or to honor any Companion Ticket in the event that the Eligible Member is in breach of either these RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Companion Award eVoucher Terms and Conditions, their RBC Royal Bank Credit Card Agreement or Executive Club Terms and Conditions. The Companion Award eVoucher is not extendable, refundable, transferable, and has no cash or mileage value. At no time may the Companion Award eVoucher be purchased, sold, or bartered but if it is, any such eVoucher will become void. Companion Award eVouchers are applicable to new and future bookings only; they cannot be used to amend or pay for existing bookings. The Companion Ticket is subject to the Executive Club Terms and Conditions relating to Companion Award eVouchers. If the Eligible Member cancels the Companion Ticket booking more than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled departure of the outbound flight from Canada, British Airways will redeposit the Companion Award eVoucher which will only be valid for the remainder of its twenty-four (24) month expiry period based on original date of issue. Reward flight bookings and Companion Tickets cancelled within twenty-four (24) hours of departure will result in the Companion Ticket eVoucher and mileage being cancelled without any possibility of being reissued or credited to the Eligible Member. Please visit the full British Airways Executive Club Terms and Conditions found online at ba.com/theclub.
10% off British Airways flights when you book on www.ba.com/RBC10 and pay with your RBC BA Visa Infinite card. In order to take part in the 10% promotion, RBC British Airways Visa Infinite cardholders must log in at www.ba.com/RBC10 using their Executive Club username and PIN and make a roundtrip booking now through December 31, 2016 and enter the promotion code CARDOFFERC in the marked box on the Price Quote page of the booking process. A 10% discount is valid on the total roundtrip price, including taxes, fees and carrier charges on mainline flights operated by British Airways purchased now through December 31, 2015 only. Outbound travel must commence by December 31, 2016. A 10% discount will appear during the final payment page. Fares not purchased at www.ba.com/RBC10 do not qualify for discount. Discount is not valid for flights on code share or franchise carriers. All rules of roundtrip fare purchased apply, including advance purchase, minimum stay, weekend-add-ons, and cancellation/refund rules. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid for new bookings only made by Canadian residents paying in CAD using a valid British Airways Visa card issued by Royal Bank of Canada for travel commencing from Canada to London and beyond. Discount is taken off the total roundtrip price of every ticket including taxes and fees on the same booking. 10% discount applies for up to eight passengers booked on the same British Airways booking for the same flights. Cardholder must travel to qualify for the 10% discount. Refunds from previously purchased fare types not permitted. The 10% discount not combinable with any other offer and is taken off valid, published fares only and is subject to availability. Offer is subject to British Airways fare rules and conditions of contract available on www.ba.com and may be limited or withdrawn at any time without advance notice. Other significant restrictions may apply. Newly enrolled Executive Club members, please allow 24 hours to use the promotion code. British Airways, not Royal Bank of Canada, is responsible for the terms and conditions of this offer and the British Airways Executive Club program.
To qualify for the standard Avios award and all bonus Avios awards, rentals must include the British Airways Executive Club membership number of the first named driver (the “renter”). This Executive Club card number must be given at time of reservation and the card shown at time of rental. Qualifying rentals must either be pre-paid using a participating British Airways co-brand finance card (via ba.com, avisba.com, BA Call Centers or Avis Call Centers) or if a pay-later reservation has been made, the rental must be paid for at the rental location when the car is returned using a participating British Airways co-brand finance card. Only payment for rentals will qualify for the bonus. Separate payment for non-rental items such as ancillaries, damages, fines will not qualify for the Avios bonus. If the rental value is subsequently refunded by the British Airways co-brand finance card, the 250 bonus Avios will be debited from the Executive Club member’s account. The awarding of Avios may take up to 8 weeks from date of rental. All Avios issued are subject to Executive Club terms and conditions. Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. For full terms and conditions please visit ba.com/avis.
Terms and conditions apply, visit www.ba.com for details.
Coverage underwritten by RBC General Insurance Company.
Offered by Visa Infinite. Offers are subject to availability and other restrictions may apply.
Earn 4 Avios per $1CAD spent on booking travel with British Airways and British Airways Holidays and 2 Avios per $1CAD spent on all other qualifying net purchases for transactions posted to your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card between November 1 and November 30, 2016. Offer is valid on qualifying net purchases posted to your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card between November 1 and November 30, 2016 (“qualifying period”) provided your account is in good standing. Once the “qualifying period” is over, your earn rate will return to the standard earn rate of 2 Avios per $1CAD spent on booking travel with British Airways and British Airways Holidays and 1 Avios per $1CAD spent on all other qualifying net purchases when you use your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card.
Avios are earned on qualifying net purchases only; they are not earned on cash advances (including balance transfers, cash-like transactions and bill payments that are not pre-authorized charges that you set up with a merchant), interest charges or fees, and credits for returns and adjustments will reduce or cancel the Avios earned by the amounts originally charged. Where applicable, Avios are awarded based on the Canadian dollar equivalent of foreign currency purchase transactions. Avios are not refundable, transferable, and have no cash value. Please allow up to 8 weeks after transactions are processed to your credit card account for the Avios to be posted to your British Airways Executive Club account.

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