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I said how much I loved Canada and the variety of credit cards Canadians can take advantage of a couple weeks ago, and those choices have gotten even better with a piece of news I got from a contact at British Airways on Tuesday. The airline is partnering with the Royal Bank of Canada to launch the British Airways Visa Infinite Card on March 1.
Here’s the deal for new cardholders approved between March 1-May 31, 2012:
–50,000 Avios bonus. 15,000 upon approval, and 35,000 by spending $5,000 CAD in the first three months.
-British Airways Companion Voucher when they spend $30,000 CAD in a calendar year.
-Annual fee of $165 CAD.
-Earn 2 Avios for every $1 CAD spend on British Airways and BA Holidays, and 1 Avios for all other qualifying purchases.
-31-day Out of Country Medical Emergency Insurance.
-Current RBC Platinum cardholders will have the opportunity to upgrade to the British Airways Visa Infinite Card.
Taking a look at the current RBC British Airways Visa Infinite offer, the only major difference seems to be the total bonus of 50,000 Avios for approval and minimum spend, otherwise the card looks the same. Still, if you were considering this card anyway, might as well get in on the offer since it’s more lucrative than the past offers for this card.
I have the US version of this card (current bonus is 100,000 sign-up avios) and I am working this year towards getting the 2 for 1 companion voucher, which I wrote about here. Even though British Airways has high fees on award tickets, this voucher can make a lot of sense if used appropriately.
Overall, this card is a pretty good deal for those that live in Canada since the credit card deals pale in comparison to our numerous offering in the US. Plus, if you redeem for short-haul flights or those within North/South America, those 50,000 miles can go a long way. While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.