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How does Plaza Premium work to access airport lounges?

To the point Here's how the Plaza Premium program works, offering access to partner airport lounges with your credit card.

How does the Plaza Premium program work?

Plaza Premium is a network of airport lounges worldwide with over 250 accessible lounges.

In Canada, Plaza Premium Lounges are located at the following airports

  • Montreal YUL
  • Toronto YYZ
    • Plaza Premium Lounge (International, Terminal 1)
    • Plaza Premium Lounge (Transborder, Terminal 1)
    • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic, Terminal 1)
    • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic, Terminal 3)
    • Salon Plaza Premium (International, L8 Terminal 3)
    • Salon Plaza Premium (International, L6 Terminal 3)
    • Plaza Premium Lounge (Transborder, Terminal 3)
  • Vancouver YVR
    • Salon Plaza Premium (Domestic)
    • Salon Plaza Premium (International)
    • Salon Plaza Premium (Transborder)
    • Plaza Premium Room (Domestic, Pier C)
  • Winnipeg YWG
    • Plaza Premium Room (Departures)
  • Edmonton YEG
    • Salon Plaza Premium (Transborder)
    • Salon Plaza Premium (Domestic and International)

In the rest of the world, the lounges are located mainly in Asia, but also in the United States, Europe and Oceania.

Plaza Premium Program Access Passes

There are three levels of the Plaza Premium passes, valid in all worldwide lounges:

Level Cost
Go Global 2-visit 79 USD
Go Global 5-visit 189 USD
Go Global 10-visit 349 USD

In addition, other passes are available, but for Plaza Premium lounges in America only:

  • Canada
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • El Salvador
  • and Colombia

The cost is :

Level Cost
Lounge Pass Americas 2-visit 65 USD
Lounge Pass Americas 5-visit 151 USD
Lounge Pass Americas 10-visit 288 USD

All visits must be made within one year of purchase. Otherwise, they are lost and not refunded.

Finally, if you are only visiting Plaza Premium Lounges in Canada, there is a specific version for Canada: Plaza Premium Lounge – Canada Pass.

Level Cost
PPL Canada 5-visit 151 USD
PPL Canada 10-visit 288 USD
Plaza premium access

In addition, it is possible to purchase and reserve access directly on the Plaza Premium website.

Achat accès plaza premium

Access to airport lounges is helpful for travellers, who may not have an Elite status with their airline, but want to relax before their flight in the lounge.

However, we recommend checking out the free offers available with credit cards!

Plaza Premium Credit Card Subscription

Air France Montreal YUL Lounge
Air France Montreal YUL Lounge

Plaza Premium and Visa Credit Cards

Scotiabank and CIBC offer complimentary access to the Plaza Premium Lounges for these cardholders:

All you have to do is show one of these two credit cards at the entrance counter of the salon to enter. The year is counted from the date of joining the program.

Please note that complimentary VISA credit card visits are only for the primary cardholder and one accompanying person.

For the Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card, the ten complimentary visits are for the Cardmember and his/her guests. An additional Cardmember will receive four complimentary visits.

Plaza Premium and Mastercard Credit Cards

While all World Elite credit cards offer DragonPass membership for access to Plaza Premium Lounges, only certain BMO Mastercard credit cards also offer complimentary visits:

All you have to do is show one of these two credit cards at the entrance counter of the salon to enter. The year is counted from the date of joining the program.

Plaza Premium and American Express Credit Cards

Some American Express credit cards also offer access to Plaza Premium Lounges.

Here they are:

  • American Express Platinum Card®: Unlimited Complimentary access for the primary cardholder and one guest (fee for additional guests). Same for an additional Platinum cardholder.
  • Business Platinum Card® from American Express : Unlimited Complimentary access for the primary cardholder and one guest (paid for additional guests). The same applies to an additional Business Platinum cardholder.
  • American Express® Gold Rewards Card: 4 complimentary visits per calendar year for the primary cardholder to Plaza Premium Lounges in Canada only. Paying for additional visits. Not available to Supplementary Gold Cardholders.

Mobile application

The Smart Traveller mobile app is the way to access the benefits of Plaza Premium lounges. It is available in the App Store or in Google Play.

In addition, the LoungeBuddy app is owned by American Express, which is connected to the Plaza Premium airport lounge network. Therefore, it is possible to purchase Plaza Premium lounge access on LoungeBuddy with an American Express card only.

Bottom line

With the knowledge of the lounge network and what each credit card has to offer, we can make the wait at the airport smoother.

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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