How to choose the best credit card for access to Canadian airport lounges

What does it take to get into an airport lounge? These credit cards will give you free or discounted access.

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If you want to relax at an airport lounge, you might not need to buy a day pass to do so. Some credit cards give you complimentary or discounted access to select lounges. There are four main lounges that come with credit card access: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges, Priority Pass lounges, the American Express Global Lounge Collection and the Mastercard Airport Experience by LoungeKey.

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

19.99 % APR

Purchase interest rate

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

Apply today and receive a bonus of 30,000 Scotia Rewards points in the first of card membership.

  • Purchase interest rate: 19.99%
  • Cash advance rate: 22.99%
  • Balance transfer rate: 22.99%
  • Annual fee: $120
  • Credit rating: 650+ recommended credit score
  • Minimum age: Age of majority in province/territory of residence
  • Minimum income: $12,000
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Compare credit cards that offer lounge access

Name Product Reward Purchase Interest Rate Cash Advance Rate Annual Fee Minimum Income Minimum Credit Limit
Earn 5 Scotia Rewards points per $1 spent on groceries, dining and entertainment, 3 points on gas, transportation and streaming services, and 1 point on every other purchase.
19.99%
22.99%
$120
$12,000
$5,000
Get up to 30,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points in your first year of card membership (up to $300 in rewards). Ends 30 December 2019.
Earn 2 Scotia Rewards points per $1 spent on eligible grocery stores, dining, entertainment purchases, and daily transit. Earn 1 Scotia Rewards points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases.
19.99%
22.99%
$139
$60,000
$5,000
Earn up to 25,000 bonus Scotia Rewards points in your first year of card membership. Plus, earn an extra 10,000 points with a min. annual spend of $40,000 on your card.
Earn 1 mile per $10 spend in purchases.
19.99%
22.99%
$120
$80,000
Get up to 3,000 AIR MILES Bonus Miles with minimum spend of $3,000 in the first three months, plus a first year annual fee waiver. Ends January 15, 2020.
Earn 1 Aeroplan Mile for every dollar spent. Double your miles on purchases at over 150 Aeroplan partner brands.
N/A
N/A
$60
N/A
New cardmembers receive 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when spending $500 in the first three months of membership.
Get free annual partner ticket and unlimited access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges as well as Air Canada priority check-in.
N/A
N/A
$499
N/A
Get free annual partner ticket and unlimited access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges as well as Air Canada priority check-in. Receive 40,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. You can also earn an additional $150 Air Canada eGift Card after spending a total of $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of card membership.
Earn 3 BMO Rewards points per $1 spent on dining, travel and entertainment purchases.
19.99%
22.99%
$150
$80,000
Offers 35,000 BMO Rewards bonus points with a minimum spend of $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. Ends January 15, 2020.
Earn 1.5 miles for every $1 spent on eligible grocery, gas, drugstore and aircanada.com purchases and 1 mile for every $1 spent elsewhere. T&C's apply.
19.99%
22.99%
$120
$60,000
$5,000
Apply by December 1, 2019 to get an Annual Fee Rebate for the Primary Cardholder for the first year and earn up to 40,000 Aeroplan Miles (equivalent to 2 premium economy short-haul roundtrip flight rewards).
Earn 9 TD Points per $1 in travel booked online through Expedia for TD, and 3 points/$1 spent elsewhere.
19.99%
22.99%
$120
$60,000
$5,000
Apply by December 1, 2019 to get an Annual Fee Rebate for the Primary Cardholder for the first year and earn up to 90,000 TD Points (a travel value of $450 when you book travel purchases through ExpediaForTD.com).
Earn 5 TD Points per $1 in travel booked online through Expedia for TD, 3/$1 in grocery purchases and regularly recurring bill payments and 2/$1 on all other purchases.
19.99%
22.99%
$89
N/A
$1,000
Apply by December 1, 2019 to get an Annual Fee Rebate for the Primary Cardholder for the first year and earn up to 70,000 TD Rewards Points (a travel value of $350 when you book travel purchases through ExpediaForTD.com).
Get 1.5 miles for every $1 spent on eligible grocery, gas, drugstore and Air Canada purchases and 1.25 miles for every $1 spent elsewhere.
19.99%
22.99%
$399
N/A
$10,000
Get up to 60,000 Aeroplan Miles (equivalent to 2 business class short-haul roundtrip flight rewards) Conditions apply. Ends 1 December 2019.

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Canadian airport lounges with credit card access

In the following list, you’ll find some of the best Canadian airport lounges that you can get into for free or at a discounted rate with the right credit cards.

Get access to airport lounges worldwide with Priority Pass

Airline lounges and the cards that get you in

While we’ve picked some of the most popular lounges in airports across Canada, these credit cards can typically get you into hundreds of airport lounges worldwide.

LoungeCredit cardCostCost to access without cardOpen to those without card?
Air France KLM Lounge (Terminal 3)

Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport

Discounted access only. Get a discounted Priority Pass membership for US$65/year and pay $32 per lounge visitN/AYes, but must meet other criteria such as having elite status or premium airline tickets
SkyTeam Lounge (International Terminal)

Vancouver International Airport

Six free visits per year, US$27 thereafterN/AYes, but must meet other criteria such as having elite status or premium airline tickets, or being a Lounge Club or SkyTeam member
Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic-International Terminal)

Edmonton International Airport

Ten free visits per year, US$32 thereafterUS$40 to $64 for two to six hoursYes
Plaza Premium Lounge

Winnipeg J.A. Richardson International Airport

Four free visits per year, US$27 thereafterUS$40 to $64 for two to six hoursYes
Aspire Lounge

Calgary International Airport

Unlimited accessNot listedYes
Maple Leaf Lounge (Terminal 1)

Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport

Unlimited access$35-$54Yes
Maple Leaf Lounge

Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Unlimited access$35-$54Yes
Salon VIP Lounge

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Unlimited access$35Yes

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