While older travellers consider themselves budgeters, millennials enjoy
luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, spas and high-end stores: RBC® Travel Rewards Poll
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Remember when travelling in your youth
meant skipping from hostel to hostel, taking pride in every penny
pinched? Not so with today's young travellers. One-in-four millennials
(26 per cent) describe their travel personality as explorer, according
to the 2015 RBC Travel Rewards Poll, yet more than half of them like to
discover the world in luxury.
More than 20 per cent indicate that their top travel indulgence is
staying in a luxury hotel, followed by relaxing in the hotel pool or
spa (15 per cent), dining out in gourmet restaurants (11 per cent) and
shopping in high-end stores (six per cent). In fact, millennials are
significantly more likely than other age groups to shop in high-end
stores when travelling - this didn't even register as a favourite
travel perk for parents of millennials aged 55+.
"We know people are looking for credit cards that offer great benefits
that are relevant to them, like earning loyalty points they can redeem
for rewards that suit their tastes and lifestyle," says Glenn DeSouza,
vice-president, Retail Cards, RBC. "That's why we offer RBC Avion® clients the flexibility and choice to use their rewards on the kind of
travel they love - whether they're luxury travellers, budgeters or
Older travellers are more likely to identify themselves as budgeters.
The survey found that 32 per cent of 35-54 year olds and 36 per cent of
Canadians aged 55 to 64 identify as budgeters, whereas only 22 per cent
of younger adults (aged 18-34) say the same. Millennials identify
themselves as luxury travellers more than any other age group.
Save and splurge
DeSouza suggests the following tips to help travellers, young and old,
indulge while sticking to their budgets:
Look for ways to stretch your budget. If you carry a rewards credit card, consider booking your trip on
points. You can then use money from your travel budget for indulgences
such as a spa day or a purchase at a high-end store.
Check perks available on your credit card. Before you go, find out what travel related services are available on
your credit card, such as hotel upgrades, or a concierge to secure
reservations at a gourmet restaurant or access special event tickets.
Enjoy indulgences while sticking to a budget. Create a budget that covers travel necessities, and research the costs
of special treats such as a staying in a luxury hotel. Save for those
items and build them into your plan.
Ensure you're covered. It's also a good idea to understand what your travel insurance covers
before you leave home to ensure you can enjoy travelling worry-free.
Some rewards credit cards offer extensive insurance coverage, including
trip cancellation/interruption, medical, auto rental and extended
Where in the world do you want to ring in the New Year?
Ringing in the New Year in an exotic location is another travel
indulgence many of us dream of. With New Year's Eve approaching, the
survey also asked Canadians where they would like to ring in 2016. The
most popular destination (16 per cent) was Sydney, Australia, where
revelers can be among the first in the world to welcome the New Year.
Watching the ball drop in Times Square, New York was the second most
popular destination (12 per cent).
"New Year's Eve is traditionally one of the busiest times of year to
travel," says DeSouza. "No matter where you want to go, Avioners® have the flexibility to book travel on any airline, any flight, at any
time. If there's a seat available, you can fly."
Whether you prefer to ring in the New Year partying on Copacabana Beach
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or enjoying the fireworks display in Victoria
Harbour in Hong Kong, China, RBC wants to help you see the world. As
part of the fall Avion campaign, Canadians can participate in the
"Avion See the World ON POINTS" contest*. Three winners will receive
one million RBC Rewards® points - that's enough points to travel around the world. The contest
is open to new and existing Avion cardholders, and will run until
November 30, 2015. Apply now at rbc.com/avion.
About the RBC Travel Rewards Poll
The 2015 RBC Travel Rewards Poll was conducted via the Ipsos I-Say
Online Panel, Ipsos Reid's national online panel. The results are based
on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance
demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the actual Canadian population according to Census data. Quota samples
with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that are
intended to approximate a probability sample. The accuracy of Ipsos
online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case the
results are considered accurate to within ± 2.9 per cent, 19 times out
of 20. Within sub-groups of the sample, the credibility interval will
be higher For 18-34 year olds, the results are considered accurate to
within ± 5.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
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*No purchase necessary. Three prizes are available to be won, each
consisting of 1,000,000 RBC Rewards points. Maximum three entries per
entrant. Contest ends November 30, 2015. Contest draw date is December
11, 2015. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.
Correct answer to skill-testing question required. For full contest
rules visit: https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-cards/camp/_assets-custom/pdf/RBC-Avion-See-The-World-On-Points-Rules-Final-EN.pdf.
For further information:
Heather Colquhoun, RBC Communications, 416-974-3283