Canadian Credit Cards With Free Airport Lounge Access

Getting free access to airport lounges is one of the best ways Canadian travelers can enhance their travel experience. And the best part is that it is actually pretty easy to get by having one of the credit cards in Canada with airport lounge access.

You can read our post about what it’s like in airport lounges, but in short: lounges are pretty awesome.

So here are the credit cards in Canada that give you free access to these airport lounges.

 

Which credit cards in Canada have free airport lounge access

Here are all the cards in Canada that currently allow you to access airport lounges for free, and we’ll soon have a detailed guide about each one.

And keep in mind that some of the amazing new Aeroplan credit cards that will launch in November with the revamped program will also include airport lounge access.

 

American Express Platinum

The Platinum Card

  • Unlimited lounge access for cardholder and 1 guest
  • Free travel: –$79 (normally + $250)
  • Minimum income: N/A
  • More details coming soon

This is by far the #1 card for airport lounge access in Canada, and we both have it. It’s the only one with unlimited passes, including for one guest. It is also the only one that (usually) is free for those who earn under $60,000 as there is no minimum income requirement.

But “usually” is the key word. Due to the pandemic, the welcome bonus has been slashed in half so we definitely do not recommend getting this card now, even though we love it and normally recommend it.

If you are interested in getting it for the unlimited lounge access (and many many other benefits), subscribe to our free travel rewards points newsletter so we can let you know as soon as the welcome bonus of 50,000 points (that makes lounge access free the first year) is back.

 

Scotia Passport Visa Infinite

The Scotia Passport Visa Infinite is the best card for those who don’t want unlimited access, as it has 6 lounge passes and a welcome bonus worth $171 in free travel. It is also one of the very few cards in Canada that does not charge the 2.5% foreign transaction fee.

 

CIBC Aventura Gold Visa

Apart from the AMEX Platinum, the CIBC Aventura Gold is the only credit card in Canada with free airport lounge access for those who earn under $60,000.

While it does give you 4 airport lounge passes and a welcome bonus worth ≈$165 in free travel if you are a new CIBC client, I would be hesitant to apply for this one now as it might preclude you from getting a much better Aeroplan offer in November. I would wait and see.

 

BMO Rewards World Elite

Priority Pass

The BMO Rewards World Elite gives you only 4 airport lounge passes but a nice welcome bonus worth $287 in free travel. So it is a good option if 4 passes are enough for you (instead of 6) and the $116 more you get compensates for the two lounge passes you lose and the 2.5% fee you’ll pay on your amount of foreign transactions.

The income requirement is slightly higher on the Mastercard side though.

 

CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite

The CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite also gives you 4 airport lounge passes and a welcome bonus worth ≈$165 in free travel, but only if you are a new CIBC client. But again, I would be hesitant to apply for this one now as it might preclude you from getting a much better Aeroplan offer in November.

 

BMO AIR MILES World Elite

BMO Air Miles

The BMO AIR MILES World Elite gives you just 2 airport lounge passes but a nice welcome bonus worth ≈$253 in free travel if you use your AIR MILES well, for travel redemptions. Again, the income requirement is slightly higher on the Mastercard side though.

 

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Summary

These are the credit cards in Canada with airport lounge access.

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 61/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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