Airports are bustling places, and it must be said that you can’t find the best restaurants or bars at the best prices. The VIP airport lounge can then be seen as a haven of peace, a refuge. When they are not too crowded, they offer a quiet space to work. They often have a “desk” area to use a laptop.
It offers catering, comfortable seats, and bathrooms with showers. Airport lounges are not just for business people or frequent flyers! Here is all the information to finally have access to it too!
Who can access VIP airport lounge
Airline lounges are offered to their business and first class passengers and members with a specific airline status. These benefits are often reciprocal between companies of the same alliance. Sometimes, there are exceptions (access to First Class lounges, tickets purchased in a particular fare class, etc.)
Her five ways to access the lounge:
- Frequent flyer status with an airline/airline alliance (Star Alliance, Skyteam, Oneworld)
- Business or First Class ticket
- Paying admission: prices vary but are around $50 per person
- Subscription to Priority Pass or Dragon Pass
- Credit card
And in all cases, certain restrictions apply.
Your credit card may give you lounge access, but these will often be independent lounge. These are not managed by an airline company but by a specialized company, such as Priority Pass or Dragon Pass.
Priority Pass is the best known and includes nearly 1,300 salons worldwide.
Dragon Pass has over 1,300 lounges as well. Visa and Mastercard have recently joined the network.
Other types of exhibitions
Plaza Premium lounges (connected to DragonPass) total approximately 180 lounges.
Centurion Lounges are operated by American Express.
Maple Leaf Lounges are offered by Air Canada in North America and Europe.
VIP airport lounges in the world
Discover in this article the different ways to access the different lounges of the Montreal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), and the photo reports we made in them:
Discover in this article the different ways to access the different lounges of the main Canadian airports: Toronto (YYZ), Calgary (YYC), Vancouver (YVR) and Quebec City (YQC), and the photo reports we made in these:
Canada's best credit cards for airport lounges
The BMO Ascend World Elite Mastercard Mastercard comes with 4 DragonPass member airport lounges like the National Bank Lounge in Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
In addition, the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® also offers unlimited access to the National Bank lounge.
Then the Carte Visa Infinite Privilège* TDMD AéroplanMD gives six free Priority Pass entries through June 30, 2022 (starting July 1, 2022, entries will be with access via DragonPass). You’ll also enjoy unlimited access to the Maple Leaf Lounges when you travel on a same-day flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada Express, Air Canada codeshare or a Star Alliance carrier. This is valid for both the primary and secondary cardholders. For a limited time, one guest is accepted free of charge.
The American Express Platinum Card provides unlimited access to Priority Pass, Plaza Premium and American Express Centurion lounges for the Cardmember and one guest.
Then, its SME version, The American Express Small Business Platinum Card provides unlimited access to Plaza Premium Lounges, Delta Sky Club Lounges, Priority Pass Lounges and the Club Med VIP lounge at Jean Lesage Airport, Quebec.
Here is our selection of the best cards to access airport lounges:
Applications to get
And if you are the Geek type, here is the compilation of the best apps for travellers!
Our reports on airport lounges around the world
Africa and Indian Ocean
Central and Latin America
Asia – Oceania
American Express Centurion Lounges
Access to a salon may seem superfluous, but you certainly can’t do without it once you’ve tasted it.
Indeed, what is the point of adding to the stress inherent to airports that of the rush? If you also have a credit card that allows you to enjoy such comfort, it would be a shame to miss out.