Do you maintain a Travel Inspiration To Do List? It’s kind of like a bucket list, but without the clock-ticking, end-of-days vibe. As a travel writer, you’d think that my travel to do list is pages and pages long, and okay yes, it is. But my top five destinations may surprise you. In order, it’s Botswana, Japan, Patagonia, New Zealand, and Bhutan.
We’ve been planning to hit one of these top five spots in the next twelve months – and drum roll please! – it’s Japan. The challenge is travel budget and time, the usual things. As Japan is one of the more expensive destinations in the world, the budget part is of obvious concern. Which is why we’re really looking for money-saving travel hacks like using travel points so we can redirect our precious yen to ramen, sake and sushi consumption.
How to Tackle Your Travel Do List Faster with Travel Points with Avion
That’s where travel points with Avion come into play. We want the freedom to redeem our travel reward points and travel where and when we want, without the buzz kill of blackout dates and restrictions. The RBC Visa Infinite Avion card grants us the flexibility and choice to travel on points, whether it’s flights, hotel or a car. I don’t intend on driving on the wrong side of the road any time soon, so flights to Japan? Hai onegaishimasu! (aka: Yes, please!)
So how are we #HappierWithAvion? Well, in addition to no blackout dates or travel restrictions, we (Avioners) can book any seat on more than 130 airlines, at any time. Again, with no blackout dates or seat restrictions. We can travel even during peak travel seasons. It bears repeating, because for family travellers, this is golden – peak travel season IS our travel season.
Plus, Avioners can redeem points toward those pesky (and expensive) ‘extras’, like airline taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. With an RBC Visa Infinite Avion card we also earn bonus points on other travel-related purchases, like hotels, car rentals, cruises and tours.
The RBC Visa Infinite Avion card also gives us premium travel insurance, including out-of-country/province medical coverage, trip cancellation and auto insurance.
In a recent RBC poll of cardholders, 66% of respondents said their points/miles are intended for their next big trip. For us, Japan is the biggest of big trips, and having the cushion of additional medical coverage is an extra bonus, in case our sushi/ramen eating gets out of hand.
We earn 1 point for every $1 spent, and our points never expire. It’s also possible to earn points faster when using the RBC Avion card for rental cars, and hotels, and double the reward points with Uber.
Earning and using travel points to book flights, hotels and cars for your family’s next holiday should be a easy, joyful, and anticipatory experience. It is possible – be #HappierWithAvion.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RBC. As always, the opinions and experiences expressed are my own, as is my love of saving money on travel.