What is your favourite way to stretch your holiday budget? I’m always looking for the best ways to save as I’m entirely eager to take a vacation once January rolls around. November and December are epically busy months, simply to shop for gifts, prepare special dinners (9 birthdays, Christmas and NYE parties for this household,) glam up for office parities, deck the halls, write out Christmas cards, and at some point, get the nephews to visit Mall Santa. Whew. It sometimes takes a Master’s degree in shopping to save money, so here’s a little tip for you. Earn as many points as you can to give a little boost to your budget. Luckily, there are exciting ways to do so with RBC Rewards this year.

First tip:  Visit RBCRewards.com and sign in to find amazing opportunities on how to earn more  points while shopping this season.

Once that is all done, check out some of the awesome ways you can supercharge your RBC Rewards points balance, until December 31st, 2016.

Get the Gift They Really Want

RBC Rewards Bonus Apple Store holiday gifting

If this is the year where you’re gifting your favourites with tech and accessories from the online Apple Store, go to RBCRewards.com first and opt-in to earn 3X points whenever you use your RBC Rewards card! Make this present a win-win.

Whether you’re picking up accessories, iTunes gift cards, or the latest iPhone, MacBook Air Pro, or an Apple TV box, consider yourself amazing for earning all the point potential with your RBC Rewards card while you’re at it.

Did you know that the online Apple Store has the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Drone in stock??  Jay is totally going to hear about this stat. Might be time to check out what other unexpected surprises are available at the Apple store; it could make for a good one-stop shopping experience.

parrot bebob 2 drone

Remember, this deal is online-only and don’t forget to opt-in to this exclusive offer.

Shop Lux for Your Favourite People

RBC Rewards Bonus Saks Fifth Avenue

For those fabulous people in your life, and hey that includes you too, stop by Saks Fifth Avenue for some gorgeous items that anyone would love (CF Toronto Eaton Centre or CF Sherway Gardens locations). One of my favourite pairs of earrings came from Saks earlier this year. Love all things Betsey Johnson!

Automatically earn 2X points this season, whenever you shop at Saks, but if you opt-in online beforehand, you boost your earning potential to 3X!

Partying it Up? Leave Your Car at Home

RBC Rewards Bonus Uber

Whenever possible, especially if you live in a major city like Toronto, leave your car at home when you know you’re going to have all kinds of fun at a party. Whether it’s three glasses of delicious fizz that you’ve never tried before at your BFF’s house, or the smashing office party to end all office parities, make sure you get back home safely at the end of the night.

With Uber, you can get home safely (and in style depending on your vehicle choice,) all the while earning 2X points when you pay with your RBC Rewards credit card.

Visiting Long Distance Family?

RBC Rewards Bonus Fairmont Hotels Royal York Toronto Exterior

Stay at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to level up your RBC Rewards earning power by 2X points for every dollar spent on your stay.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and visit family out of town, why not make that stay as comfortable as possible for you, while earning points to boost your budget. Don’t forget that restaurants and spa services are included too, just charge them to your room!

I recently walked through the Fairmont Royal York Hotel here in Toronto while shopping downtown, and this place never fails to steal my breath away. You can feel the history of this landmark, the moment you walk in.

RBC Rewards Bonus Fairmont Hotels Royal York Toronto Interior

Did you know the Royal York has its own curated library? And once included a hospital, complete with an operating room?

If you have a family member that loves all things Royalty, perhaps gift them a stay at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel. It is the hotel of choice for Queen Elizabeth II on her visits to our fair city, and is easily accessible to almost everything Toronto has to offer, especially since it’s attached to Union Stn.

I’ve Collected All the Points! Now What?

The beauty of RBC Rewards, is the rewards. There are a ton of them, and I challenge you to not find something that you wouldn’t want within their catalogue.

If you’re a Geek like me, use your RBC Rewards to shop online at Best Buy. Redeem points for a gift that’s on your wish list, or get that really cool piece of tech that you always wanted. Don’t have enough points, not to worry you can use a combination of points plus credit card.

Or take that vacation finally. When the partying is all wrapped up, once you’ve kissed that special someone at midnight, and it’s time to put the decorations away, book yourself a much needed vacay to unwind. You deserve it.

Check Out RBC Rewards for All the Ways You Can Earn

Before shopping for the holidays, hit up the RBCRewards.com website to make sure you’re opted in to all the best ways to earn bonus points this season! Your budget will love you for it.

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This post is sponsored by RBC Rewards. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.