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How does the DragonPass program work to access airport lounge?

To the point Here's how the DragonPass program works, allowing access to airport lounges with your credit card .

How does the DragonPass program work?

DragonPass is one of the largest airport lounge networks in the around the world with over 1,300 accessible lounge.

In Canada, DragonPass lounge are present at the airport of :

  • Montreal YUL
  • Quebec YQB
  • Toronto YYZ
  • Vancouver YVR
  • Winnipeg YWG
  • Edmonton YEG
  • Calgary YYC

For example, at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, two airport lounge are linked to the DragonPass program:

DragonPass membership levels

There are 3 official levels of the DragonPass program:

  • Classic $99 USD: the first visit is free and then you have to pay for each of your visits and those of your guests
  • Standard Plus $219 USD: 8 visits are offered each year of membership, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access as well as for the 9th visit.
  • Prestige $399 USD: you have unlimited access to all lounge, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access.
DragonPass Membership

Access to airport loungeis useful for frequent travelers who may not have status with their airline, but want to be able to relax before their flight in the lounge.

It is therefore possible to subscribe directly to DragonPass.

However, we advise less frequent travelers to check out the free offers available with some credit card !

The membership offered to DragonPass by credit card

DragonPass and Mastercard Credit Cards

Mastercard offers free DragonPass membership to holders of World and World Elite credit cards like the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® or the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®. However, you have to pay for each entry.

The only Mastercard credit card in Canada that offers both a DragonPass membership AND four complimentary visits per membership year is the BMO Ascend World Elite Mastercard.

DragonPass and Visa Credit Cards

Eligible Visa credit cards must be enrolled through the DragonPass / Visa Airport Companion site.

Then, free visits are granted per year of membership.

For example, if you register your card on September 15, 2022, you will have until September 14, 2023 to use your free visits to zero. All additional visits cost $32 USD. Then, from September 15, 2023, you will again find your free visits. Please note that visits do not carry over from year to year, if you have any left.

Visa Infinite Privilege Credit Cards

With Visa Infinite Privilege credit card , such as the TDMD AeroplanMD Visa Infinite Privilege* Card or the BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Privilege* Card, you get a free membership to DragonPass as well as 6 free visits per membership year.

Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card

With the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card you get a free membership to DragonPass and six complimentary airport lounge visits per year.

This is a credit card that we recommend you to have if you travel internationally: with this card, you will not pay any conversion fees for foreign currency transactions.

CIBC Aventura Cards

With the Carte AventuraMD CIBC Visa Infinite* and the CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa* Card, you get a DragonPass membership plus four complimentary annual lounge visits!

Summary

Voici un résumé des cartes de crédit abordées dans cet article pour accéder aux salons DragonPass :

  Nombre de visites annuelles Frais annuels Commentaires
Carte Visa Infinite Passeport Banque Scotia 6 139 $ Les frais annuels peuvent être gratuits la première année, lors de promotion

Carte AventuraMD CIBC Visa Infinite*

Carte AventuraMD Or CIBC Visa*

4

139 $

139 $

Les frais annuels peuvent être gratuits la première année, lors de promotion
Carte Visa Infinite Privilège* TDMD AéroplanMD 6 599 $ Offre aussi un accès illimité à certains salons Feuille d’érable d’Air Canada
Carte BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Privilege* 6 499 $ Ajoutez un utilisateur autorisé (99 $) et celui-ci obtiendra aussi six visites gratuites

Mobile application

Finally, don’t forget to download the DragonPass mobile app for iOS or DragonPass for Android. This will give you access to your DragonPass digital membership card , which is great for travel!

DragonPass App

For DragonPass memberships obtained through Mastercard card , please use the Mastercard Travel Experiences app with iOS or with Google Play.

Then, for DragonPass subscriptions obtained through Visa card , the Visa Airport Companion app is available with iOS or with Google Play.

Access to airport restaurants with DragonPass

In addition, airport lounge access can be redeemed for a restaurant credit associated with DragonPass, as in the Priority Pass program. However, the list of restaurants linked to DragonPass is much less extensive than Priority Pass.

Most of them are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo (Haneda), Boston, San Francisco and New York (JFK).

In the meantime, you can take advantage of discounts of up to 20% or offers at many airport restaurants.

Bottom line

It is always nice to spend time in a lounge rather than in the hectic atmosphere of the airport. We regularly use this advantage during our travels and you can find these experiences in some of our articles:

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