Despite my love for travelling the globe, discovering the world of travel rewards points with a credit card is pretty new to me. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that travelling on points isn’t always as easy as it should be. With my first travel rewards card, it was so confusing trying to figure out how to actually redeem my points. Some travel rewards programs have a number of restrictions that can cause you to have to make unnecessary stopovers (ugh!) due to limited options— not exactly helpful when trying to book a dream vacation that’s convenient to your life and schedule.
Much to my delight, I recently discovered the RBC Visa Infinite Avion card. The RBC Avion eliminates “pointless points” and provides their clients with flexibility and choice when it comes to travelling “on points”, and yes, that includes the choice to redeem points for flights, hotel or a car rentals.
They also make it easy to collect points: with the RBC Infinite Avion card Avioners earn 1 point for every $1 spent. If you happen to be someone who prefers to pay for purchases by credit card (like I do), you’ll know full well that you won’t need to put much effort into earning those points! Better yet? You can get two times (!!) the reward points with Uber.
Based on my Uber use alone, I’ll likely be able to book a trip to Bali and back using travel points in no time. With these points building and my excitement for using them stirring, I’ve put together a little list of 5 dreamy destinations I plan to head to next and why. See below for my top picks!
Although I’m already a huge fan of the city of Los Angeles, this year I’d love to be able to explore more of California and see what the rest of the state has to offer. I’d love to check out the food scene in San Francisco followed by a road trip to nearby wineries. Who’s in?
It’s a little hard to believe (even to me) but I have never been to Cuba. Almost everyone I know has been at least once, and I’m dying to go visit the beautiful old streets of Havana in person. If you’ve got any advice to share about where to stay or visit, do let me know! Cuba is definitely one of my top destinations for a winter escape this year.
For the past few years I’ve mentioned to friends and family that the only way I’d love to celebrate my birthday is to head to Jamaica. This is another hot and tropical destination I’ve never been to, and I really feel that turning 30 is the time to book an epic birthday trip. Plus, I’ll finally be able to visit the homeland of my favourite style of food and cooking. YUM.
While it may not be my top destination pick during the winter months, a visit to Iceland tops my list for the summer months and early fall. The incredible landscapes and hot springs are what #vacationgoals are made of, and I love that you can often schedule a (desirable) stopover in Iceland on your way to locations in Europe and beyond. Paris via Iceland here I come!
5. New York (More Often)
Saving up enough travel points can take time, especially if you’re collecting for a long-haul flight. Sometimes when I get that travel itch, I can’t bear to wait until I’ve got enough money (and points!) saved for that “big trip”. Instead, I’ll take a mini vacation to some of my favourite cities that are easy (and affordable) to get to, like New York City. While I usually like to visit at least once or twice a year, having the option to redeem with points will help make it possible to book these trips more often without a worry.
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(Article by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)
*please note that this post was sponsored by RBC Avion. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words *