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Travel Advisory: Covid-19

Last Updated: September 30, 2020

Need help with travel plans impacted by COVID-19? Below are some options for you to change or cancel your upcoming travel plans:

I am currently travelling or am planning to travel

For RBC clients who booked travel through RBC Rewards and require changes, please contact our Travel Rewards Call Centre at 1-877-636-28701-877-636-2870.

Book a flight using an airline travel credit

If you have an airline credit due to a flight cancellation and would like to make a new booking, please call the RBC Rewards Travel Call Centre at 1-877-636-2870 Please have the following information on hand:

  • Itinerary number of the original booking
  • Travel credit amount
  • Traveler name(s)
  • Detail of the new flight you would like to book

  • Each airline sets their own policy for how you can redeem your credit
  • Some airlines may require you to use the entire credit value at one time; otherwise you won’t receive the full value. Please contact RBC Rewards Travel Call centre at 1-877-636-28701-877-636-2870 for more information
  • You must use airline credits (including taxes and fees) for air travel with the airline that originally issued the ticket. Airline credits cannot be used for other services such as checked bags, upgrades, etc.
  • Each airline credit is in the original traveler’s name; you can’t combine airline credits or transfer them to another person
  • Airline credits have a travel-by date (sometimes called credit validity)
  • When Planning to travel, please check your airline’s website for possible changes to your flight experience and any new passenger requirements. Many airlines are making temporary changes to prioritize traveler safety

Future Travel Plans

In accordance with the latest travel advisories, we are not recommending that clients book new travel at this time, unless it is to arrange for return travel home. If you are booking new travel, please remember to consider the following:

  • Be aware of the changes providers are making to their travel insurance policies regarding COVID-19.
  • Be aware of the cancellation / change policy specific to the airline or travel provider you are booking with.
For additional details on travel and insurance provider policies, please refer below.

Cancellation, change and insurance policies

  • Go to RBC Rewards Travel
  • Click on “Find out more” in the Travel Advisory section of the page
  • Select the “Cancel trip” option and follow the instruction

For all other travel bookings

Please contact RBC Rewards Travel at  1-877-636-28701-877-636-2870. Please note airlines and other travel providers are updating their COVID19 cancelation policies often. RBC Rewards will process your cancelation according to your travel providers policies.

We understand that many clients are trying to change bookings made through RBC Rewards. If you are trying to change your travel plans, please call 1-877-636-28701-877-636-2870.

If you want to cancel and receive a full refund, please follow the instructions below. Please note cancellation policies vary based upon check in date and you need to cancel your booking within the eligible cancellation window to receive a refund. You can find the booking cancellation policy on the booking itinerary page, and you will only qualify for a refund if you cancel your booking within the cancellation window.

  • Go to RBC Rewards Travel - select Travel and click the Book Travel option
  • Select the "My Trips" option
  • Select the itinerary you would like to cancel and follow the instructions if you want to cancel a hotel reservation and it is less than 48 hr

Please note that due to the large number of cancellations, it may take up to 30 days for you to receive your refund.

If you want to cancel a hotel reservation and it is less than 48 hours before your check-in, please contact our Travel Rewards Call Centre at 1-877-636-28701-877-636-2870.

Clients must contact their travel provider who made the original booking (i.e., RBC Rewards Travel Call Centre if Rewards points were used), in order to facilitate any changes or cancellations. To support you during this time, RBC Rewards will not be charging any RBC change fees. Please note that travel providers do have specific policies where change and cancellation fees may be applied. Please consult with your travel provider for their specific policies:

We encourage clients to:

  • Refer to their travel insurance policy/certificate, and
  • Contact their travel insurance provider
    • If you have travel insurance on your RBC credit card or have purchased RBC travel insurance please visit to submit your trip cancellation or interruption claim online at your earliest convenience.
    • RBC clients with other travel insurance should contact their travel insurance providers directly.

Note: All insurance providers, including RBC Insurance, are experiencing high-call volumes and clients may experience longer wait times due to this global situation.

The health and well-being of our clients and our employees is of the utmost importance to us at RBC. We appreciate your patience as we work to support you through this time.

What places are impacted by the Travel Advisory?

The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for several countries that have been affected by COVID-19. These advisories continue to be updated as the situation evolves. Please refer to the following sites for the most up to date information:

IATA Travel

Supporting Clients Impacted by COVID-19

We remain committed to keeping you informed about actions we’re taking, to support you during this time. Get important information on the support and assistance RBC has made available to help you as we focus on keeping clients and employees safe during this difficult time.