Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shop Like a VIP this Holiday Season with RBC Avion #AvionVIP


You know I'm not big on crowds, and I choose to do my shopping online whenever possible. But sometimes you just have to go out in person. Looking for that perfect dress for the big holiday party? That must be tried on. Not sure what to get for the hard-to-buy-for friend? Browsing in person may be in order.  And then of course there are the last minute gifts, where you don't want to bet on on-time arrival. 

The malls this time of year are busy, the parking lots are full, and your winter coat makes the whole thing terribly hot. It can get frustrating and make people cranky, especially if you are shopping with your kids in tow. Wouldn't it be nice to find a little oasis in all that crazy? RBC Avion thinks so. 

Once again this holiday season, RBC is providing a unique and special shopping experience for their Avion cardholders. At select malls across the country, Avioners can take advantage of pampering services at Avion Holiday Boutiques, including a complimentary cafe and VIP Lounge, coat and parcel check, and gift wrapping. There's even free valet parking! That alone would make my day. Circling a mall parking lot looking for an available space and then trudging through the cold with all my purchases, trying to find my car again at the end of my trip, is a royal pain. Valet service feels so decadent and leaves all the hassle to someone else.

I was so happy to have the chance again this year to visit the Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale and take advantage of their services. Shopping without the hot burden of my winter coat, having a place to drop off parcels as they get too heavy, and being able to sit and relax and rest my weary feet make the shopping experience so much more enjoyable. The Boutique this year is bigger and brighter than last year, and oh so festive. The decorations will keep you in a holiday mood, and if you visit on the weekends you'll even get to enjoy a live piano performance.
So much pretty. The #AvionVIP Boutique is beautifully decorated,
with lots of sparkle and light.
Comfortable seating for a much needed rest during your hectic shopping day.

They didn't forget the kids either! Lots of holiday themed children's books are available for their entertainment, as well as magazines for you.
Or maybe they'd prefer a movie? Check with the Concierge about borrowing an iPad.
While you're taking a break, be sure to take advantage of the coffee bar to grab a complimentary hot or cold beverage. And then of course there's the gift wrapping station where you can have your purchases beautifully prepared for presentation while you rest or go shop some more.

They have many options of wrap from which to choose, and they do a very professional job.

Isn't this a lovely way to shop? RBC has #AvionVIP Boutiques in four locations this year:
Halifax - Halifax Shopping Centre – December 1st to 24th
Toronto - Yorkdale Shopping Centre - November 22nd to December 31st
Mississauga - Square One Shopping Centre – November 22nd to December 31st
Metro Vancouver - Coquitlam Shopping Centre – November 22nd to December 31st

In all locations the Boutiques are open the same hours as the malls.

Not an Avioner? You can sign up right there at the Boutique and start enjoying the perks right away. Or, non-Avioners can use the coat check and gift wrapping services for a nominal fee. All proceeds from the fees are donated to a local charity. The cafe and VIP lounge are only accessible to Avioners though.

There's something new this year as well - the RBC Rewards display. This includes some of the most popular items available in the RBC Rewards Catalogue, and a contest to gift one of them to someone on your list. To enter the "Not-So-Secret Santa" contest, take a photo of an item in the display, or the Boutique, or of you with the display, and tweet it out with the #AvionVIP hashtag as well as the product hashtag, and the name of your nominated recipient. After December 31, those who qualify will be entered into a random draw to win the product for their recipient. Each winner will also receive a $100 RBC Visa gift card or themselves. 

Guessing I can't nominate myself, right? ;)

So, if you are an Avioner, and near one of these locations, be sure to bring your card and show it to the concierge to take advantage of all the Boutiques have to offer. And if you aren't an Avioner, check out the benefits of the program while you're there, and enjoy the coat check and gift wrap services to make your shop a little more pleasant.  Remember, all proceeds support local charities. 

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.

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