Thursday, December 05, 2013

Avioners Can Do That! The RBC Holiday Boutique and #AvionVIP Perks at Yorkdale

So, I spent yesterday at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre, finishing up my Christmas list. What was this devoted online shopper doing at a mall, you ask? In December, no less? Well, I was invited to check out the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale, and was assured of an enjoyable shopping trip in Avion VIP style. I did need to visit specific stores I knew I could find there, but the real deal sealer was the opportunity to take advantage of Yorkdale's valet parking service. For free. Yorkdale is a huge mall. With a huge parking lot. So the chance to take advantage of valet parking right at a mall entrance was too good to pass up, especially at this time of year.

From start to finish, my shopping trip was indeed a pleasure, and RBC made me feel like a very special guest. From the ease of dropping my car off for the courteous valet service, to the welcoming smile of Xavier as I walked in the door, I immediately felt at home.
Selfie with Xavier
The Boutique itself provides a coat and package check, complimentary for Avioners, or available for a fee for non-cardholders. Naturally I dropped off my coat first, then was offered a coffee and cookies at the #AvionVIP cafe to fuel me up. Second Cup and Purdy's Chocolates have partnered with RBC at the Yorkdale location - coffee and chocolate pick-me-ups? Yes please!

Swarovski crystals and white furniture decorate the lounge, giving a spa-like feel and it is nicely relaxing. Christmas music plays throughout the week, but they actually have a live pianist, with a white baby grand, to entertain guests on the weekend. So very civilised!
Lovely decorations, friendly staff, awesome services
 I made good use of my time and racked up lots of purchases. By now my feet were killing me!
Time to head back to the #AvionVIP Boutique.

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, come sit and relax.
 Reading material for mom and kiddies is provided.
Or, unload your parcels at the parcel check and head out for round two!

There are so many things on my to-do list this time of year.  With so much to do and so little time, every bit of assistance is so gratefully accepted. Not only will the #AvionVIP boutique take care of my car, coat and parcels, while keeping me caffeinated, they offer complimentary gift wrapping to Avioners as well! I selected wrap from their gorgeous selection, then dropped off my gifts while I went to sit in the cafe and have a chat with the staff.

Even if you aren't an Avioner, you can take advantage of the gift wrapping service for a small fee. Boxes and wrap are available, and all proceeds go to the York-Fairbank Centre for Seniors. So, you not only get your wrapping done while you shop or recharge, you are supporting a charitable cause as well.

Of course, RBC has staff available in the Holiday Boutique to tell you all about the benefits of being an Avioner, and they can sign you up on site. If you do apply for an Avion card at the Boutique, they will provide you with a temporary pass to access the Boutique while waiting for your card to arrive, and you can visit as many times as you wish through the holidays. And take advantage of all of the on-site perks while you're there!

The RBC Holiday Boutique will remain open through December 31. In addition to the services I tried out, they also offer a Porter Service (they'll carry your parcels to your car!) and exclusive food court reservations arranged by the VIP Lounge Concierge.  If you want to feel special and get some much needed help with your holiday shopping, this is definitely the place to go. I shopped, conquered my list, got refreshed, and got a bunch of my wrapping done, with the compliments of RBC Avion. The Boutique was like my little oasis in a see of shopping chaos, and I was grateful for it.

Naturally, Avioners also enjoy a number of benefits throughout the year with their card membership. Here's a little sampling of what you can expect from an Avion card:

RBC Avion Cards Benefits and Rewards
Earning is simple and easy
Earn 1 RBC Rewards point for every dollar spent on purchases with your RBC Avion card.
Plus, earn bonus points when shopping through the RBC Rewards eMall.
Premium and Extensive Insurance package including trip cancellation and protection for your trip, hotel, rental vehicle, and purchases.
Choose air travel rewards from the Air Travel Redemption Schedule starting as low as 15,000 points and fly on any airline, anytime with no blackouts, or seat restrictions.
Book travel rewards instantly. Only the RBC Rewards program has an online booking tool that's powered by Travelocity.
And many more perks! Check out both the RBC Infinite Avion Card and the RBC Platinum Avion Card details here:

RBC Avion Holiday Boutiques are also available in Montreal, at Mail Champlain; Halifax, at the Halifax Shopping Centre, and Vancouver, at the Coquitlam Centre.

Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

1 comment:

  1. That is awesome and also hilarious. I once saw a baby dressed as the Travelocity gnome for Halloween with beard, bushy eyebrows and all. Best baby costume ever.


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