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Priority Pass and LoungeKey members will no longer have access to Plaza Premium lounges

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As of July 1, 2021, Priority Pass and LoungeKey members will no longer be able to access most Plaza Premium lounges.

Plaza Premium ends its relationship with Priority Pass and LoungeKey

The relationship between the Plaza Premium Lounges management company and the Priority Pass and LoungeKey lounge networks will end on June 30, 2021.

This means that Priority Pass and LoungeKey members will no longer be able to access most Plaza Premium lounges around the world. Some independent lounges will still allow access, but this will be a minority.

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In Canada, the airports of Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg have Plaza Premium lounges.

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Vancouver - Plaza Premium Lounge

Priority Pass has announced the list of 57 Plaza Premium lounges that will be removed from the program worldwide. And as Patrick from Rewards Canada rightly notes, Canada is being hit hard with 15 Plaza Premium lounges no longer available in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton.

This means that there are only 8 airport lounges (and 8 restaurants) available with Priority Pass in Canada:

Airport Type Name
Montreal (YUL) Living room National Bank Lounge
Montreal (YUL) Restaurant Bistrot Montreal-Trudeau
Montreal (YUL) Restaurant Houston Avenue Bar & Grill
Montreal (YUL) Restaurant Pork & Pickle
Quebec (YQB) Living room VIP Lounge
Toronto (YYZ) Living room Air France KLM Lounge Terminal 3
Toronto (YYZ) Restaurant Bar 120
Toronto (YYZ) Restaurant The Caplanskys Deli
Toronto (YYZ) Restaurant Twist by Roger Mooking
Toronto (YYZ) Restaurant LEE Kitchen by Susur Lee
Vancouver (YVR) Living room SkyTeam Lounge International Departures
Vancouver (YVR) Restaurant Stanley Park Taphouse
Ottawa (YOW) Living room Aspire Salon Lounge
Calgary (YYC) Living room WestJet Elevation Lounge
Calgary (YYC) Living room Aspire Lounge International Departures
Calgary (YYC) Living room Aspire Lounge Transborder Departures

Plaza Premium, based in Hong Kong, manages over 120 airport lounges worldwide. Generally, it is possible to access them for an entrance fee of about 50 to 65 US$ per person.

Some credit cards offer Priority Pass or LoungeKey as a benefit: you were able to get complimentary access to the lounge. This will no longer be possible. Except for some Visa credit cardholders until June 30, 2022, through the agreement with DragonPass.

The only cards offering a complimentary access to Plaza Premium lounges

Now, to access the Plaza Premium lounges, there are two options:

American Express is a partner of Plaza Premium through the American Express Global Lounge Collection.

Here are the conditions of access for each type of lounge:

Lounge Details
Priority Pass Free and unlimited access for the Cardmember AND a guest
1200 lounges worldwide
Executive Lounges by Swissport Complimentary access for the Cardmember and his spouse
2 children under the age of 21

by presenting the Platinum Card
Ex: National Bank Lounge in Montreal, Aspire in Amsterdam, Gatwick…
V.I.P. International Airport Lounge
Jean-Lesage from Quebec City
Complimentary access for the Cardmember and a travel companion
2 children under the age of 18

by presenting the Platinum Card
Plaza Premium Lounges Complimentary access for the Cardmember and his spouse
by presenting the Platinum Card
Ex: Plaza Premium lounges in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg
Delta Sky Club Complimentary access for the Cardmember
by showing the Platinum Card
and a Delta Airlines boarding pass
Airspace Lounges Complimentary access for the Cardmember and his spouse
2 children under the age of 21

or 2 travel companions
by presenting the Platinum Card
San Diego and Cleveland Airports
Escape Lounges Complimentary access for the Cardmember
and two travel companions
by presenting the Platinum Card
Oakland Airports, Minneapolis…
The Centurion Lounge Complimentary access for the Cardmember
and two travel companions
by presenting the Platinum Card
Miami, Las Vegas, La Guardia, San Francisco, Hong Kong
International American Express Lounges
American Express
Complimentary access for the Cardmember

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Siem Reap Plaza Premium Lounge

As you can see, in addition to the Plaza Premium Lounges, Platinum Cardmembers or Business Platinum Cardmembers have access to many lounges worldwide.

And through June 30, 2022, select Visa credit cards will offer access to Plaza Premium lounges through an agreement with DragonPass.

Conclusion

This is a blow to Priority Pass and LoungeKey who will lose over 50 airport lounges to their portfolio. So this is something to consider when applying for a credit card to access airport lounges.

If you are travelling internationally from Montreal-Trudeau, the best credit card is the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® which offers unlimited access to the National Bank Lounge for the cardholder, one guest and up to 2 children. Alternatively, the Desjardins Odyssey World Elite Mastercard offers you 8 annual passes to the Desjardins Odyssey Lounge.

If you want 6 annual Priority Pass lounge and restaurant passes, a great card is the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card (also a credit card with no-FX fee). You could also earn 4 annual Priority Pass lounge and restaurant visits with the CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card or the CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa* Card.

On the LoungeKey side, you could get 4 annual LoungeKey passes with the BMO® World Elite®* Mastercard®*.

Finally, if you are a frequent traveller, the best choice is one of the American Express Platinum cards, which are the only ones to offer unlimited access for the Cardmember and one guest to more than 1,300 airport lounges worldwide.

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