We have finally moved onto the second tier or second round of the travel credit card matches. It was long past due, but here it is, the matches of the best travel credit cards.
The match we have today involves the RBC Visa Infinite Avion against the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite.
As it has been a while, here is a recap of how the matches are done. There are three categories, who provides the better rewards program, who provides better travel benefits and which credit card gives the best bonus.
The RBC Visa Infinite initiates the match by giving 1 RBC Rewards point for every $1 you spend. At the times when you spend on travel purchases, you can earn 25% more RBC Rewards points; making it 1.25 RBC Reward points for every $1 spent.
The CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite counters by providing 1 Aventura Point for every $1 spent and $1.5 Aventura Points for every $1 spent at gas stations, grocery stores and drug stores. You are also able to convert your Aventura Points into Aeroplan Miles in a 1:1 conversion rate (1 Aventura Point = 1 Aeroplan Mile).
This is a tough choice, both credit cards offer something great, however the winner of this category would have to be the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite based on the fact you can earn more miles.
The next category is simple, as the travel benefits offered by both contestants are the same with the exception of one. That is Emergency Purchases Insurance which is offered by the RBC Visa Infinite Avion Card. This reason allows it to come out on top in this category.
The final category is for any reward bonuses offered by each credit card. The RBC Visa Infinite Avion offers 2,500 bonus RBC Reward Points at each yearly renewal, not to mention the 15,000 bonus RBC Rewards points upon enrolment. That makes it 17,500 RBC Rewards points available to you.
We see the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite making an offer of 15,000 bonus Aventura Points when you use your card for the first time.
Sadly it does fall short, the yearly renewal bonus the RBC Visa Infinite Avion offers, seals the deal.
With all of this said, it is clear who our winner is in the first tier 2 match. The winner of course is the RBC Visa Infinite Avion!
Look forward to more tier 2 matches in the upcoming weeks.
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