Friday, December 04, 2015

Shop Like a VIP with RBC Avion #AvionVIP

I make no bones about my preference for online shopping. No crowds, no dragging around packages, no aching feet or back, no parking troubles, and so on. But there are times when only an in-person trip to the mall will cut it, so even I make the trip when needed, especially at this time of year.

With Christmas shopping the struggles are real - finding a parking spot at the mall can be brutal, and then hauling around heavy bags filled with holiday joy is exhausting. And sometimes painful. But not everyone has to suffer like this. There are those special folks, members of the RBC Avion program, who get to shop like VIPs at this time of year. That's right. At select malls in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, RBC has set up RBC Avion VIP Boutiques where members can take advantage of numerous services and a relaxing spot to take a break from the shopping chaos outside.

In Toronto, the Avion Holiday Boutique is located at Yorkdale Mall. Avion members enjoy free valet parking, coat and parcel check, VIP lounge & cafe, and gift wrapping! Basically, they are taking care of all of my concerns other than the crowds. But even there I can briefly escape the crowds and settle in to the beautiful lounge atmosphere, with soft holiday music, twinkling lights and super comfy chairs.
Gorgeous, right? It's like a spa.
At the cafe you can enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold drinks and snacks. These will keep you fueled for your shopping adventures. And there's free wi-fi and available charging stations for your devices.

Show your RBC Avion card and grab a VIP coffee.
Or maybe a hot chocolate you can fancy up with marshmallows and sprinkles.
I actually enjoy gift wrapping, but for those who'd like a hand with theirs, the Holiday Boutique has you covered. Avion members can have their purchases wrapped for free, and non-members can pay a small fee to take advantage of the service. All proceeds are donated to a local charity.

Welcoming faces and great service. That poor guy had so many packages from me.
The experience at the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique is stellar. I have been lucky to be able to take advantage of their complimentary services over the past 3 holiday seasons, and they have truly made a difference in my stress levels. The Boutique is a restful and welcoming spot to take a breather, and I love knowing my packages and coat are being looked after. I am always hot. I simply can't cope with a coat in the mall!
Bookshelves offer magazines and books for both grown-ups and children, to keep everyone entertained.
Is there a location near you? Boutiques are located at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, and at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. BC, through New Years Eve. And RBC Avion Experiences (gift wrap vouchers, snacks & beverages, plus a festive gift for members) will also be open in Halifax at the Halifax Shopping Centre and in Ottawa at the St. Laurent Centre through Christmas Eve. For all the details, please visit

If you are not already an RBC Avion cardholder, you can apply online and get 15,000 welcome points.

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Disclosure: I am part of the RBC® Avion Holiday Boutique Influencer Campaign 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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