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How does the Priority Pass program work for airport lounge access?

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

How does the Priority Pass program work?

Priority Pass is the largest airport lounge network in the world with over 1,300 accessible lounges.

In Canada, there are lounges in most major cities. At Montreal-Trudeau Airport, you have access to the National Bank Lounge. We have already talked about this advantage.

To access these lounges, you must be a Priority Pass member.

Priority Pass membership levels

There are 3 official levels of the Priority Pass program:

  • Standard: in addition to your annual subscription, you must pay for each of your visits and those of your guests
  • Standard Plus: 10 visits are offered each year, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access
  • Prestige: you have unlimited access to all lounges, but you will have to pay for your guests’ access.
Priority Pass membership

This is a useful service for frequent travelers, who do not necessarily have a status with their airline, but who want to be able to relax before/after their flight in the lounge.

It is therefore possible to subscribe directly to Priority Pass. However, we advise less frequent travelers to check out the offers available with credit cards!

Credit Card Subscription to Priority Pass

Beyond the “official” Priority Pass membership levels, there are “unofficial” levels offered by credit card .

Please note: You must always ask your credit card issuer to register you with Priority Pass in order to receive the Priority Pass card: no card, no access!

Some cards feature Priority Pass in their benefits, but not all offers are equal! Check out these examples.

American Express Platinum Cards

Both American Express Platinum cards offer the highest level of Priority Pass membership. In fact, you will have unlimited access to all the lounges AND you will be able to bring a guest free of charge each time you visit.

That’s better than the official “Prestige” membership offered by Priority Pass at US$399 per year! The latter does not give you the possibility to have a free guest.

To enroll in this benefit, you must call Platinum Card Services at 1-800-263-1616.

Also, American Express Platinum cards give you access to the top-of-the-line American Express Centurion lounges.

If you travel a lot, these cards will be well worth the money.

Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card

With the Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card Card, you get free Priority Pass and 10 annual lounge passes! Registration must be done on the Priority Pass website.

The ten free annual lounge visits are valid from the date of joining the Priority Pass program.

Mobile application

Finally, if you are a Priority Pass member, don ‘t forget to download the mobile app. This will give you access on your iPhone Wallet application to your Priority Pass card. This comes in handy when traveling!

application priority pass


Voici un résumé des cartes de crédit abordées dans cet article :

  Nombre de visites annuelles Frais annuels Commentaires

Carte de Platine d’American Express

Carte de Platine entreprise d’American Express


Titulaire + 1 invité

699 $

499 $

Aussi accès aux  Salons :


Plaza Premium

Delta Sky Club

Executive de Swissport

Salon VIP Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec

Carte American Express Platine de la Banque Scotia 10 399 $

Aucuns frais de conversion pour les opérations en devises étrangères

2 points par dollar pour tous les achats

Excellentes assurances


It is always nice to spend time in a lounge rather than in the hustle and bustle of the airport. We regularly take advantage of this in our travels, and you can learn about our experiences in some of our articles:

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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