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Travel Advisory: Coronavirus

Updated April 1, 2020

Below are some options for you to change or cancel your upcoming travel plans:

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.

If you booked travel with RBC Rewards and are travelling up until June 30th, 2020, and would like to cancel, please do not call us at this time. Instead, please email RBCRush@service.rbcrewards.com and we’ll process your request.

In order for us to process your request, the following mandatory information must be included in your email:

  1. Your travel date, Airline, and Itinerary # in the subject line for travel prior to June 30th, 2020
  2. Your full name as it is displayed in your RBC Rewards booking, and the names of all in your party
  3. Your email address used to confirm the cancellation with RBC Rewards travel;
  4. Attach a copy of the RBC Rewards Travel Itinerary for travel prior to June 30th, 2020, which can be found in your emailed confirmation from RBC Rewards or in your Online Account under “My Trips”. This is mandatory in order to serve your request.

By doing so, you authorize the RBC Rewards program to work with the travel provider to process your cancellation request in accordance with the travel providers policy. This may include a full refund, a travel voucher with the travel provider including specific rules, or other. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the links below, to review your specific travel providers’ policy. If a travel provider is not listed, please refer to their site.

RBC Rewards will process your request, subject to all requirements above being included in your cancellation required. Due to the large volume of requests, it may take up to 60 days to process your request in partnership with travel providers. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as we can to serve you and process your request.

Please note that these conditions apply only to planned travel up until June 30th, 2020 and Online Cancellation Request Forms must include all information referenced above in order to complete the cancellation. RBC will waive any RBC Rewards fees associated with these changes, however fees may still apply per the travel provider’s policies.

If you booked travel with RBC Rewards and are travelling on or after July 1st, 2020, and would like to cancel, please do not call or email us at this time. In the coming days, we will provide additional guidance for travel booked after July 1st, 2020. This will allow RBC to focus on immediate travellers who need to return home and cancellation requests for the next 30-45 days.

You may still receive communication from your travel provider with check-in information, details on your flight etc. No need to worry - we continue to experience a significant volume of requests; however, we will ensure that your cancellation goes through. There is no need to follow-up with us at this time.

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.

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.

If you want to cancel a hotel reservation and receive a full refund and it is at least 24 hours before your check-in date:

  • Go to RBC Rewards Travel
  • Select the “My Trips” option
  • Select the itinerary you would like to cancel and follow the instructions

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 24 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:

Please note: All requests are subject to specific travel provider rules and fees

We understand that you may have insurance related questions about your travel plans due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

We encourage clients to:

  1. Refer to their travel insurance policy/certificate, and
  2. Contact their travel insurance provider
    • If you have travel insurance on your RBC credit card or have purchased RBC travel insurance please submit your trip cancellation or interruption claim online at your earliest convenience. Please note that you have up to 1 year from the date your trip was interrupted or cancelled to file your claim.
    • 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.

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:
Canadian Travel Health Notices
IATA Travel