Lounges are great, particularly if you have a lot of time to kill between flights. If you don’t have a business or first class ticket, Elite status, or a friend who can get you in, there are still four different lounge pass options available in Canada.
- Purchase a single entry lounge pass on-line or at the airport (e.g., American Admirals Club, Delta SkyClub, United Club, Plaza Premium, ReLAX Lounge, Servisair, Westjet Lounges).
- Purchase a third-party lounge access pass (e.g., Priority Pass, Airport Angel).
- Obtain a credit card which includes lounge access (e.g., Platinum Card from American Express, American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card).
- Join an airline lounge access program (e.g., Admirals Club, Air Canada Maple Leaf Club, Quantas Club, United Club).
Lounge Pass Options Available Within Canada
SINGLE ENTRY OPTIONS: In some airports you can walk right up to many third-party lounges (non airline owned/run) and pay to use that lounge for a single visit (essentially buy a day pass) or buy it online. They include:
LoungePass: ~300 lounges, ~190 airports in 70 countries. In Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg. Prices vary by lounge: adult £22-£40 (GBP).
Plaza Premium: In Canada Plaza Premium has lounges in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Walk up costs for Plaza Premium Lounges in Canada are (USD): $40 for 2 hours, $50 for 3 hours and $70 for 6 hours. Children (ages 2-11) are 30% off. Children under the age of 2 are free.
Servisair: Servisair runs three lounges in Canada: the Rocky Mountain and Chinook lounges in Calgary and the National Bank World MasterCard lounge in Montreal.
WestJet Lounges: Westjet does not have their own lounges but partners with others. Their lounges are in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver. Single entry options start at $18.90 (CAD) per guest.
THIRD PARTY LOUNGE ACCESS PROGRAMS: If you book on more than one airline in a given year, a lounge membership through a third-party might be pragmatic. Keep your eyes peeled for special offers to reduce the price. Options include:
Priority Pass: offers access to about more than 900 lounges, 400 cities, 120 countries. In Canada there are Priority Pass lounges in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. Priority Pass membership levels (USD):
- Standard Membership: $99. Member fee $27 per visit. Guest $27.
- Standard Plus Membership: $249. Includes 10 free visits for the member. Guest $27.
- Prestige Membership: full annual fee $399. Unlimited visits. Guest $27.
Plaza Premium: in Canada Plaza Premium has lounges in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Although they do not have annual passes they offer multiple use passes (USD): 5 visit pass – $219; 10 visit pass – $349.
Airport Angel: Airport Angel offers access to about 600 lounges globally. In Canada there are Airport Angel lounges in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, and Vancouver. Airport Angel membership levels (GBP):
- Airport Angel Standard: ₤60 for a 1-year membership (member only 2 lounge visits).
- Airport Angel Advanced: ₤164 for a 1-year membership (member and a guest receive 8 lounge visits – 4 for you, 4 for guests)
- Excess visits: ₤15 for entry for each member and guest.
Servisair: offers access to about 40 lounges globally. In Canada there are lounges in the Rocky Mountain and Chinook lounges in Calgary, along with the National Bank World MasterCard lounge in Montreal. Servisair has an annual pass for GBP £249.99 that provides you with unlimited free access to all their lounges including bringing in 1 guest for free. It also comes with LoungeMiles, their loyalty program that rewards you with a gift voucher for every 5 lounge visits.
CANADIAN CREDIT CARDS WITH LOUNGE ACCESS (and travel points/miles sign-up bonus): Many Credit Cards offer lounge access to their clients. Most credit card companies do not have their own programs but give free membership into the Priority Pass program as mentioned above.
The cards that do have their own access programs or tie into separate ones are the Platinum Card from American Express, and the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card.
AIRLINE LOUNGE ACCESS PROGRAMS
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Pass: Air Canada’s annual lounge access program is the Maple Leaf Club and offers three different access levels.
- Canada: $375 CDN per year and provides access to 16 lounges in Canada only
- North America Plus: $495 CDN per year and provides access to 66 lounges in Canada and the U.S. only.
- Worldwide: $665 CDN per year and provides access to over 270 lounges Worldwide and also provides complimentary access to one guest.
In addition the following get Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge access:
- Air Canada / Star Alliance Passengers
- Altitude Super Elite 100K, 75K, 50K, 35K members
- Star Alliance Gold Members
- Customers traveling on a Latitude or Flex Fare
- Aeroplan members can use points to obtain lounge access
- Unlimited access to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
- American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum
- Available on any scheduled Air Canada, or Air Canada Express operated flight during normal operations.
- CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Privilege.
- Maple Leaf Lounge access: 4 Maple Leaf Lounge one-time guest access.
- CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite: one-time guest access benefit each year with Aeroplan flight reward boarding pass.
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite: one Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge one-time guest access benefit per calendar year when travelling on an Aeroplan flight reward operated by Air Canada.
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege: annual one-time guest access benefits to an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, when travelling on flights operated by Air Canada. Locations in Canada include: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg.
The following have lounges in select Canadian airports or partnerships with others (note this list is not exhaustive):
- Air France-KLM Lounge
- American Airlines Admiral Club
- British Airways’ Lounge
- Delta Airlines Sky Club
- United Airlines Club