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Montreal-Trudeau Airport separates domestic and international sections

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As of April 3, 2019, Montreal-Trudeau Airport will separate the domestic and international flight sections. What are the consequences for the access to the exhibitions?

Domestic / international flight separation at Montreal-Trudeau

For the past few years, it has been possible to move freely, without control, between the domestic and international sections of Montreal-Trudeau airport.

But as of April 3, 2019, Montreal-Trudeau Airport will re-establish a checkpoint at the entrance to the Duty Free store, separating the two sections.

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It will therefore no longer be possible to enter the International section of the terminal without a boarding pass for an international flight.

Access to the airport lounges

As of April 3, 2019, Montreal-Trudeau Airport will have 4 distinct sections:

  1. Domestic flights (Canada)
  2. International (all international flights EXCEPT USA)
  3. Cross-border (to the United States)
  4. Public (before security)

and not 3 as before:

  1. Domestic / International
  2. Cross-border
  3. Public

You can see these 4 zones on this diagram. The new separation will be at the border of the green and orange zones.

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Access map to the exhibitions

Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge in the Domestic and Transborder sections of Montreal-Trudeau Airport

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In the domestic section of Montreal-Trudeau Airport, there is only one lounge: the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, located between gates 1 & 3.

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This is also the case in the transborder section for flights to the United States. The Maple Leaf Lounge is located at door 73.

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To access Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges with a credit card, you have several options:

  • American Express cards offering unlimited access to all Maple Leaf Lounges, whether you are traveling on an Aeroplan Reward or have a paid ticket on Air Canada and its Star Alliance partners
  • CIBC/TD Aeroplan Cards offering 1 to 4 annual accesses to all Maple Leaf Lounges only if your airline ticket is an Aeroplan Airline Reward.
Card Condition of access Number of annual annual pass
aeroplanplus platinum card The AeroplanPlus Platinum Card
American Express
Flights
Air Canada
Air Canada Rouge
Air Canada Express
or partners
Unlimited access
for the cardholder
The CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Card
The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Card
Aeroplan Airline Reward
Air Canada
Air Canada Rouge
Air Canada Express
1 access per year
visa infinite privilege td aeroplan card The CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Preferred Card
The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Preferred Card
Aeroplan Airline Reward
Air Canada
Air Canada Rouge
Air Canada Express
4 accesses per year

Access to the lounges of the International Section of the Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Within the international section of Montreal-Trudeau Airport, there are 4 lounges:

  • Air France-KLM
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf
  • National Bank
  • Odyssey Desjardins

The Air France-KLM lounge is not accessible with Canadian credit cards. For the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the International section, the conditions of access with a credit card are identical to those stated above.

Let’s take a look at the other two exhibitions.

Access to the Odyssey Desjardins Lounge at Montréal-Trudeau Airport

The Salon Odyssée Desjardins is located at the end of the international section, at door 63.

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It is available ONLY to holders of certain Desjardins credit cards.

Card Condition of access Number of annual annual pass
b10 512 odyssee infinite f The Odyssey Visa Infinite Privilege card Flights
international
12 accesses
per year
b10 512 odyssee world f 1 The Desjardins Odyssey World Elite Mastercard card Flights
international
8 accesses
per year
b10 512 odyssee or f 1 The Odyssey Gold Visa card Flights
international
50% discount
on the entrance fee ($40)
b10 desjardins prestige platinum e 1 b10 desjardins platinum f 1 The Prestige Platinum Card
The Platinum Visa card
Flights
international
50% discount
on the entrance fee ($40)

You can find some pictures of the Odyssée Desjardins show in this report.

Access to the National Bank Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport

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The National Bank Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport can be accessed in many ways via :

Simply present one of these cards to gain direct access to the National Bank Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport:

Card Condition of access Number of annual annual pass
1844 map hr worldelite en The World Elite Mastercard
of the National Bank
Flights
international
Unlimited access
for the cardholder
& a guest
New Platinum Card The Platinum Card
from American Express
Flights
international
Unlimited access
for the cardholder
& a guest
2 children under the age of 21
Business Platinum Card<sup>®</sup> from American Express The Business Platinum Card
from American Express
Flights
international
Unlimited access
for the cardholder
& a guest
2 children under the age of 21

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The National Bank lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport is a member of the Priority Pass program. Some credit cards in Canada offer Priority Pass membership and annual access.

Here, to access the National Bank Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, you will need to present your Priority Pass card… not your credit card!

Here are the credit cards that offer Priority Pass membership and access:

Card Condition of access Number of annual annual pass
New Platinum Card The Platinum Card
from American Express
Flights
international
Unlimited access
for the Priority Pass cardholder
& a guest
Business Platinum Card<sup>®</sup> from American Express The Business Platinum Card
from American Express
Flights
international
Unlimited access
for the Priority Pass cardholder
& a guest
axppc The American Express Platinum Card
Scotiabank
Flights
international
10 annual accesses
with Priority Pass
The Visa Infinite Passport card
Scotiabank
Flights
international
6 annual accesses
with the Priority Pass
visa infinite privilege grdblue1 1400x607 Visa Infinite Preferred level cards
(CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, TD…)
Flights
international
6 annual accesses
with the Priority Pass

So, you may very well have a card that gives you DIRECT access to the National Bank lounge (e.g., the Platinum Card® from American Express for the cardholder, 1 guest and 2 children under 21) but ALSO a Priority Pass membership (in the case of the Platinum Card® from American Express, the Priority Pass account holder and 1 guest have access).

This is a great way to get a “double” card if you are a large family or a group of friends!

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It is also possible to access the National Bank Lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport via Mastercard LoungeKey. Most World Elite Mastercard level cards offer the LoungeKey subscription. But only a few add annual access (while with the others you have to pay for your access).

That’s the case with these 2 World Elite cards offered by BMO.

Card Condition of access Number of annual annual pass
BMO Mastercard
World Elite
Flights
international
4 annual accesses
BMO AIR MILES Mastercard
World Elite
Flights
international
2 annual accesses

To access the National Bank lounge at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, you will need to present your Mastercard credit card. The cost of access to the salon will be deducted and refunded to your card account a few days later.

Bottom Line

From now on, access to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport lounges is truly segmented according to your destination.

Unfortunately, it will no longer be possible to use the lounges in the International area for domestic flights.

To make sure you can get to a lounge, no matter where you are going, The American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Platinum Card will be your best ally since it offers access to the Maple Leaf Lounges, located in the 3 sections of the Airport (provided you travel with Air Canada or one of its Star Alliance partners).

Cover photo: Abdallahh-Flickr

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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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