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Airport lounges: Visa joins DragonPass

To the point Visa is teaming up with new partner DragonPass to offer airport loungeaccess to its credit card holders.

New partnership: Visa and DragonPass

It will be recalled that in July 2021, Visa entered into a temporary agreement with DragonPass, valid until June 30, 2022.

Visa has just confirmed that as of July 1, 2022, this partnership agreement will become permanent with DragonPass. The program will be called Visa Airport Companion Program in Canada.

A few weeks ago, Mastercard did the same thing, also choosing the DragonPass network, instead of LoungeKey.

This change for travelers is beneficial, as the Dragon Pass network has more airport lounge(1,300). In addition, the Plaza Premium lounge network is linked to Dragon Pass, which will add another 180 accessible loungeunlike Priority Pass.

How to access the VIP lounge with your Visa credit card

Eligible Visa credit card will receive free access through the Visa Airport Companion program. Additional visits will cost $32 USD.

For example, Visa Infinite Preferred card have 6 free lounge visits through DragonPass!

Then, CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card and CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa* Cardholders have four free visits.

And finally, the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card gives you six annual free visits.

The following credit card are eligible for the Visa Airport Companion Program:

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Beginning July 1, 2022, eligible card will be able to enroll on this page in the Visa Airport Companion Program. They will also be able to do so by downloading the Visa Airport Companion Program application.

You do not need a special physical card to access the lounge benefits of the Visa Airport Companion Program. You simply have to:

  • Register as of July 1, 2022
  • Present your eligible Visa credit card at the entrance of the lounge

Conclusion

En ce moment, s’il vous reste des visites gratuites aux salons Priority Pass avec votre carte Visa, vous devez les utiliser avant le 30 juin 2022.  Après, comme les accès aux salons Priority Pass ne seront plus offerts, ils seront perdus.

Malheureusement, ceci veut aussi dire qu’à partir du 1er juillet 2022 vous n’aurez plus accès aux restaurants d’aéroports avec Priority Pass.

Tout ceci sera remplacé par les accès du programme Compagnon d’aéroport Visa via DragonPass. À noter qu’ils ont très peu de restaurants d’aéroports.  Espérons que ceci changera dans les prochains mois.

Les visites annuelles fonctionnent par rapport à la date d’anniversaire de l’inscription au nouveau programme de Compagnon d’aéroport Visa.  Alors, il vaudrait mieux synchroniser vos voyages par rapport à l’expiration des visites gratuites.

Source: Rewards Canada

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