The RBC Avion Visa Infinite is RBC’s flagship product, and currently offering its highest-ever signup bonus.
Bonuses & Fees
This card is currently offering an all-time high promotional welcome bonus of 55,000 RBC Rewards points for new cardholders, a significant improvement from the standard offer of 15,000 points and the highest we’ve ever seen on the card.
The signup bonus is awarded as follows:
- 35,000 RBC Rewards points upon approval
- An additional 20,000 RBC Rewards points upon spending $5,000 in the first six months
This limited-time offer is set to end on October 31, 2022.
The card has an annual fee of $120. If you have an RBC VIP Banking Account, you’ll be able to get a fee waiver on one of RBC’s premium credit cards, including this one.
Refer to RBC page for up-to-date offer terms and conditions.
The RBC Avion Visa Infinite offers the following earning rates:
- 1.25 RBC Rewards points per dollar spent on travel purchases
- 1 RBC Rewards point per dollar spent on all other purchases
What can you do with RBC Rewards points? The most compelling option is to transfer RBC Rewards points to several frequent flyer programs.
The points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to British Airways Avios and Asia Miles, at a 100:1 ratio to WestJet Dollars, and at a 10:7 ratio to American Airlines AAdvantage.
Best of all, RBC often puts on 30% or even 50% promotions for transferring points to their partner programs. For example, in their most recent promotion, you’d get a 50% bonus on any RBC Rewards points you transfer over to British Airways Avios.
These can be some of highest value uses of RBC Rewards points. If you signed up via the current welcome offer of 55,000 RBC Rewards points, for example, and transferred the points over to Avios during a 50% promotion, you’d get 82,500 Avios – good for a Qatar Airways Qsuites business class ticket to the Middle East – that’s an incredible deal!
Perks & Benefits
The RBC Avion Visa Infinite does include a host of interesting benefits, including 12 months of free DashPass from DoorDash as part of the wider partnership between RBC and DoorDash.
It also includes a 3¢/L saving on fuel at Petro-Canada, along with earning 20% more Petro-Points and RBC Rewards points upon using your card to pay.
Furthermore, RBC Avion cardholders can save 20% at Hertz as well as earning 2x the points if using your card.
Finally, you can earn 50 Be Well points for every $1 spent on eligible products at Recall, as well as an improved redeeming ratio of 25,000 Be Well points = $10.
The RBC Visa Infinite Avion comes with pretty strong protection, as would be expected for a premium credit card:
Emergency medical insurance for the first 15 days of any out-of-province trips
Travel accident insurance, covering death or dismemberment, of up to $500,000
Car rental collision/loss damage insurance, which allows you to save on the daily insurance charged by car rental companies
Trip cancellation insurance of up to $5,000 and trip interruption insurance of up to $25,000
Flight delay insurance of up to $500 for reasonable expenses incurred
There’s also a very compelling purchase protection scheme in place that will reimburse you for accidentally lost or damaged personal property within 90 days of purchase, up to a maximum of $50,000 per year, as well as an extended warranty feature that automatically doubles the original manufacturer’s warranty.
Overall, the insurance on this card is on par with other premium cards in the market, making it a solid option for any big purchases.
Hi Ricky! I just discovered your website and feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me! I have the West Jet World Elite M/C (RBC) and I don’t see the benefits of the card really helping me, so not worth the annual fee. The anniversary is in December, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to switch to the RBC Avion rather than cancel and apply for a new card, because I’m reading that’s not always the best option. But since these card are from the same bank, it may work? And then I could qualify for the new welcome bonus for the Avion?
Would I get the full points if I switch from an RBC cashback card to an RBC Avion visa infinite?
** Product switch only earned 15,000 points
Hi Ricky, Is there a card that has a better return than the 2.14 this one has for long haul in Canada? I currently use my rewards every two years to fly across Canada at Xmas. Family is now 4 travellers and only have points for 3 so looking to maximize.
I just got approved for the Avion Visa Infinite. I’m interested to see how beneficial the welcome bonus points of 35000 will be when redeeming them for a flight from Toronto to California. Would you suggest to use the points to upgrade my seats? I’m also interested in the cellphone protection insurance as I haven’t seen that offered in other cards.
Points are almost always better spent on making bookings directly rather than upgrading seats.
Just applied and got approved for Avion Visa Platinum, would you say this card is really good if you only want to carry 2 cards in your wallet? (btw my other card is American Express Cobalt Card)
I’d say it’s a decent choice, but you may be able to do better. For example, pairing the Cobalt with the HSBC World Elite would deliver a lot more benefits for your non-Amex spending for only a $49 net annual fee.
I checked flights using Avios search engine going to South America (Buenos Aires) and other destinations. The economy seats are really expensive. It practically makes your points WORTHLESS to use. What’s the point of following this point system if you cant fly where you want to go. It’s better if you stick with cheapflights.com or any of these third-party websites for really cheap flights.
Correct. Points are better used on higher-value trips like business class and First Class.
Since I hold the rbc rewards+ visa I can’t get the 35000 points welcome bonus l even if I product switch or apply for the avion visa infinite right? So I am basically out of luck?
I have this card and received the bonus points. If I use the bonus points then product switch to a card with no AF, is there any chance that they require the points back or something? How long would you hold the card before doing this? I’ve been told by an RBC agent that they’ll provide a pro-rated refund on the AF if I switch.
Unlikely. The safest timeline for such actions is six months, although some users have “gotten away with” shorter timeframes.
Hi Ricky, I just checked out the link to apply for this RBC card but only the standard offer of 15,000 points and no first annual fee rebate is offered. Has this promotion finished already?
Yep. These “mystery links” that pop up never last too long, so now we’re back to the standard offer of 15,000 points + $120 annual fee. Time to wait for the next one!
I have the Westjet now, if I make a switch product. Would I be entitled to this 20K promotion?
Most of the time a product switch only gives you the public bonus that isn’t found through a special link – in this case it’d be the usual 15k.
And it wouldn’t be FYF right?
It would appear that the additional 10,000 RBC Avion bonus points (for making purchases of $1000) is no longer on offer. Today, Oct 1, I started to sign up through the link above. The lead page now references the 15,000 bonus only.
Looks like you’re right Al. Back down to 15k it is.
Data point for reference: I product switched from the Avios to this and did not receive the bonus points. (But I did receive bonus points when I product switched from the RBC Westjet to the Avios prior to that).
Just applied and approved. Thanks for the link
Any idea if it’s possible to apply and get the bonus if I already have this card currently open?