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For Triangle Hockey Fans, RBC Bank Rewards Exclusives Delivered

 

Hockey in Helsinki, Tickets to the NHL All-Star Game, Lunch with Chad LaRose, and VIP Travel with ‘Canes

 

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Hockey fan Kelsey Selna with Chad LaRose from the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

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Sherry Pearce with her husband in the Toronto Malple Leafs Locker Room

 

Raleigh, N.C. – February 10, 2011 – When Lisa Guertin realized she had missed the deadline to purchase a trip package to see the Carolina Hurricanes’ season opener in Finland, she began looking for airline tickets, hotel rooms and the hockey tickets a la carte to see if there might be a way to make the trip happen. That's when Lisa, who already had used RBC Bank Rewards points for a family trip for four to British Columbia earlier this year, checked out the RBC Rewards site.

"When I saw the amazing Helsinki trip on the website, I thought I was seeing things....How could this be just what we wanted? It turned out we didn't quite have enough points, but we were able to purchase additional points, so our total cost for two, including airfare to Helsinki, four nights in the Radisson Blue Plaza hotel including breakfast daily, an exclusive Hurricanes practice, lunch with the Hurricanes, a four-hour guided tour of Helsinki, and center ice lower level tickets for both games...$175! We are in the process of saving up more points for the next great offering!” said Lisa Guertin, of Cary. “RBC Rewards is the best reward system I have seen yet! It is flexible, if you don't want to use them for travel, you can get gift cards for just about anything. I would recommend RBC Bank to anyone."

Jenny Cobb Adams, of Raleigh, used her RBC Rewards points for a unique experience right here in Raleigh, attending the NHL All-Star game.

“In November I was looking at the RBC Rewards website thinking about cashing in some of my points for Christmas presents. I came across the 2011 NHL All-Star VIP package and was blown away. My husband is a huge hockey fan and wanted to go to the All-Star game. I knew tickets were going to be extremely difficult to find and we were probably only going to get a single ticket in the top of the arena. Thankfully, with my RBC Rewards points he was able to have great lower level seats for the Skills Competition and the All-Star game! From the VIP parking to the unbelievable seats it was a memorable weekend and experience that would not have happened without RBC Rewards,” said Adams.

A Raleigh fifth-grader received an exciting surprise Christmas morning thanks to RBC Rewards – an invitation to have lunch with one of his favorite ‘Canes players, Chad LaRose.

“On February 4th I got to eat lunch with Chad LaRose from the Carolina Hurricanes,” said Kelsey Selna in an article he wrote for his school newsletter The Storm Tracker. (Ironically enough, Kelsey’s school mascot is “The Hurricanes”.) He continues, “I got it because my parents traded in RBC credit card points. While I was eating lunch with Chad I asked him a few questions. I asked what he did with the Stanley Cup when he won it in 2006, his rookie year. He did many fun things with it, but my favorite was when he took it to the local ice rink where he let kids take pictures with the cup. He told me about when he was having trouble in 7th grade, and his teacher asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. He answered, ‘A NHL hockey player’, and his teacher said, ‘No seriously’. When I asked Chad if there is pranking in the locker room, he said there is and he is the one who pulls the pranks. One of his favorites is to tape the hockey sticks together right before game time. He was very encouraging, and he said whatever I want to do I can do. It was the best lunch of my life. Go Canes!”

Sherry Pearce, of Raleigh, redeemed her RBC Rewards points for an all-access, VIP trip with her husband to Toronto with the Carolina Hurricanes to watch them play the Maple Leafs. Pearce says that she and her husband continue to be asked by friends and co-workers, “Who did you have to know to get an experience like that?”

She responds, “We didn’t have to know anyone special; we just used our RBC Rewards card for an RBC Exclusive Reward! We’ve used rewards cards before, but never were we offered such a unique experience. You can get air miles, hotel miles and department store miles with other cards, but I don’t know of another reward program that allows you to redeem your points to travel with a professional athletic team, on their private jet, stay in the same hotel, go behind the scenes in the arena, watch their practices and then have great seats at the game and fly home with the team! We have already told several friends of this program and how happy we are to be involved with such a great banking team.”

Enthusiasm is building fast for RBC Bank's Rewards program, which includes Exclusive rewards that offer clients once-in-a-lifetime experiences. RBC Bank's Rewards Exclusives present a huge mix that no other rewards program offers, and the mix of offerings changes frequently. This year, RBC Bank clients converted points to earn ultra unique experiences and merchandise such as an autographed Carolina Hurricanes hockey stick, a Melissa Etheridge autographed guitar, a private paddle trip for four on the Chattahoochee River, VIP suites for pro and college football games and one-on-one golf games with PGA players. The RBC Rewards program also includes golf experiences, travel rewards, business and consumer merchandise and gift cards that can be redeemed for using rewards points.

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