I knew where I was going on my honeymoon before I even met my husband.
As soon as I saw a photo of an overwater bungalow jutting out of the turquoise-hued Indian Ocean, surrounded by nothing but a dazzling white sand beach and swaying palm trees, the Maldives captured a special place in my heart. Luxurious accommodations, a far-flung remote island, spas and butler service? Sign me up!
Fast forward a decade or so, and with a new diamond ring on my finger I knew the easiest part of wedding planning would actually be booking our honeymoon…or so I thought. It turns out there’s a reason the Maldives are so exclusive: it can cost an arm and a leg to get there, especially from Canada. After a few disheartening e-mail exchanges with travel agents outlining outrageously expensive quotes to book the trip of our dreams, I knew there had to be another way. And that’s when our RBC Visa Infinite Avion credit card came to the rescue.
A large chunk of the trip cost was flights all the way to the capital, Male, which is to be expected when you’re flying halfway around the world. Travel agents had been unsuccessful in finding anything reasonable, sending over options with ridiculous routing, overnight stays and more red-eyes than one could count. So, my fiancé and I decided to see what options there were if we used the RBC Rewards points we’d been accumulating on our Avion card to cover the flights. And wouldn’t you know it, up popped the shortest possible flight, and we had enough points to cover both of our tickets! Our honeymoon was saved, and in the end our dream trip ended up costing less than half of what we were quoted by travel agents.
I’ve been a huge fan of RBC Visa Infinite Avion ever since that experience, as it’s one of the only programs in Canada that offers such flexible flight booking options including no blackout dates, no seat restrictions, and the ability to fly with over 130 airlines. Card holders can also use their points to cover taxes and fees, as well as other travel purchases including rental cars, cruises, hotels and even tours. Perhaps most importantly, it also provides premium travel insurance including out-of-country medical coverage, auto and trip cancellation so your vacation is protected.
Another reason I love my RBC Visa Infinite Avion card is because points never expire, which means you can take your sweet time saving up for a bucket list trip like the Maldives or Bora Bora. Earning points is easy, as cardholders get one point for every $1 spent on the card, 1.25 points for booking hotels or car rentals, and two points for Uber rides.
When it comes to flexibility it’s hard to beat Avion, which is why I recommend adding it to your travel credit card arsenal. Before you know it, you might find yourself sipping cocktails poolside in the Maldives too!
This post is sponsored by RBC. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. #HappierWithAvion
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