New 50,000 Avios Bonus For the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Card

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Signature Card

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.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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