Priority Pass Airport Lounges In Canada
Photo Credit: Priority Pass -- SKYTEAM LOUNGE (INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES) Vancouver International (International Terminal)

If you travel often, airport lounge access will be a game changer… and there is no good reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy them, as you can get access for you and one guest for free! And for many of you, this benefit will start in your own home airport.

I don’t blog as often, but if you know me a little you know that I’m far from being a luxury traveler. I live in hostels or Airbnbs most of the year. The only exception is when I’m in a city where there’s a free Marriott hotel, and even then, I usually only go to Category 1 or 2 hotels or else I feel like I’m spending too many points!

That being said, I took 61 flight last year and airport lounges were really something that made all this time spent in transit a lot more enjoyable… and a lot cheaper, considering how expensive food and drinks usually are in airports. 

How do I get into these lounges for free? With my American Express Platinum Card! It comes with a complimentary Priority Pass membership, which gives you access to over 1,200 lounges worldwide.

We’ve already covered all the details of which lounges are included with the Platinum Card, and we must tell you that the most beautiful lounges are in other countries, but this article will show you all the lounges that are available here in Canada specifically for when you are leaving home.

 

Priority Pass Lounges In Canadian Airports

Your Priority Pass membership allows you 1 complimentary guest at all times, including at all the lounges below.

But there is a special feature in Canada for some of these lounges (marked with an asterisk), one that gives you extra guesting privileges for your kids. To use this benefit, you’ll need to present your American Express Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card like everywhere else in the world.

Without further ado, here are all the lounges available for you here in Canada with Priority Pass.

YYZ – Toronto-Pearson International Airport

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If you are departing or transiting in Toronto, you’re in luck! YYZ has Canada’s best selection of free lounges. Flytrippers’ other cofounder Andrew and I have both been to many of these and they are great, with hot food and everything you’d expect from lounges.

Priority Pass gives you access to 8 different lounges at Pearson. So whether you’re flying domestically, internationally or to the United States, you’ll be covered. Remember that your AMEX Platinum Card also gives your access to the express lane if you need to go through security at Pearson.

  • AIR FRANCE – KLM LOUNGE – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 3)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (DOMESTIC DEPARTURES) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 3)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INT’L DEPARTURES) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 3)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INT’L DEPARTURES) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 3)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (USA TRANSBORDER) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 3)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (DOMESTIC DEPARTURES) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 1)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INT’L DEPARTURES) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 1)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (USA TRANSBORDER) – Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl (Terminal 1)

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INT'L DEPARTURES)
Photo Credit: Priority Pass. — PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INT’L DEPARTURES)

YUL – Montreal-Trudeau International Airport

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Montreal has a Priority Pass lounge and it is very nice, having been there many times.

Just note that the only downside is that because of the terminal configuration and US pre-clearance setup, you can only access the lounge when flying domestically and internationally (excluding the US that is). Bad news: since April 3rd, the lounge is no longer be accessible on domestic flights either.

So in Montreal, you only have a lounge if flying internationally (excluding the US). That would be a great opportunity for a first Canadian Priority Pass airport restaurant given how many flights to Canada and the United States YUL has (crossing our fingers) !

  • *NATIONAL BANK LOUNGE – Montreal Pierre E.Trudeau Intl

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

National Bank Lounge (YUL).

YVR – Vancouver International Airport

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Vancouver has a great selection of 5 lounges to choose from. We’ve been to the domestic Plaza Premium one and it is very nice, and lucky for those flying internationally out of YVR, the SkyTeam Lounge is apparently one of the nicest in the world.

Yes, in the world. It’s a very recent lounge and we’ve even heard about it from American bloggers, so it must be quite something.

  • SKYTEAM LOUNGE (INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES) – Vancouver International (International Terminal)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES) – Vancouver International (International Terminal)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (USA DEPARTURES) – Vancouver International (International Terminal)
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (DOMESTIC DEPARTURES) – Vancouver International (Domestic Terminal ) #1
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (DOMESTIC DEPARTURES) – Vancouver International (Domestic Terminal ) #2

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

SKYTEAM LOUNGE (INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES) Vancouver International (International Terminal)
Photo Credit: Priority Pass — SKYTEAM LOUNGE (INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES)

YYC – Calgary International Airport

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Calgary has 3 Priority Pass lounges in its brand new airport! Fun fact: I used to work on this extension back before Flytrippers, when I was working as a structural engineer. I can’t wait to go back see the final product. 

  • CHINOOK LOUNGE – YYC Calgary Intl (Concourse A)
  • *ASPIRE LOUNGE INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES – YYC Calgary Intl (Concourse D)
  • *ASPIRE LOUNGE TRANSBORDER DEPARTURES – YYC Calgary Intl (Concourse E)

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

CHINOOK LOUNGE YYC Calgary Intl (Concourse A)
Photo Credit: Priority Pass — CHINOOK LOUNGE

YEG – Edmonton International Airport

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Edmonton has 2 Priority Pass lounges, so you’re covered no matter where you are flying to.

  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (DOMESTIC & INTL DEPARTURES) – Edmonton International 
  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE (USA DEPARTURES) – Edmonton International

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

YEG Premium Plaza US lounge.

YWG – Winnipeg International Airport

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Winnipeg only has 1 Priority Pass lounge, but it is a very nice one. We were there last June and it’s really a nice space to relax before your flight.

  • *PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE – Winnipeg J.A.Richardson International

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 21 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE
Photo Credit: Priority Pass — PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE

YQB – Quebec Jean Lesage International Airport

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Quebec City only has 1 lounge, but it is one that has one Priority Pass network-wide awards in the past. Having been there quite a few times, I can tell you it is quite beautiful.

The only downside is the lack of hot food. But there’s a Häagen-Dazs freezer during the summer at least! And there’s a nice massage chair (and it’s free of course).

  • *SALON VIP LOUNGE – Quebec Jean Lesage Intl

* this lounge allows 1 guest but also 2 kids under 18 by presenting your Platinum Card instead of your Priority Pass card

SALON VIP LOUNGE Quebec Jean Lesage Intl
Photo Credit: Priority Pass — SALON VIP LOUNGE

Other Canadian Airports (Without Lounges)

We also spot flight deals from other Canadian cities that, unfortunately, do not yet have any Priority Pass lounges.

If you live in one of these cities, there’s a good chance many of your flights go through a hub where there are lounges and that it’s still worth it to get the AMEX Platinum Card. You’ll get to enjoy lounge access on your layovers and abroad before returning home. 

Those cities are:

 

Bottom Line

The Priority Pass benefit that is included with the American Express Platinum Card really is something we could not travel without now that we’ve tried it, and it makes your travels much more enjoyable from the moment you set foot in your home airport!

Again, here are more details about lounge access:

 

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Kevin Gagnon

Kevin is the co-founder of Flytrippers. A former structural engineer, he is now following his true passion, traveling! With the website, he also wants to share this passion with you and allow you to travel more than you would have thought possible. His goal is to visit all the countries in the world. Current count: 42/193!

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