Monday, October 7, 2019

October 7 Update: Maximizing the elite status benefits from The Platinum Card from American Express and YYC's Chinook Lounge will close down when WestJet's lounge opens

Back in 2016 and again in 2018 we wrote some blog posts that highlight how you can use the elite status benefits from The Platinum American Express Card to get yourself even more status memberships. The posts are very popular but tend to get buried in quickly in the flurry of blog posts that we do have on the Rewards Canada blog so today we officially launched it as it's own feature on the mian Rewards Canada website! You'll be able to find it at so be sure to book mark as that will be one we will consistently update. Even if you have read the other two posts I would recommend re-reading the new feature as we have expanded the details of the status matches and made sure everything in the feature is current as of today. You'll even notice that one hotel status, that of Choice Privileges has changed - it is no longer a straight up status match, you now need to have one Cambria Hotel stay to receive it. You can read the entire feature here.

As you know, last week we detailed the news from WestJet on their first Flagship lounge that will be opening in Calgary. We were left with a  question that we now have the answer to. The question was what is going to happen to the Chinook Lounge that WestJet took over earlier this year. I reached out to the Calgary Airport Authority and they told me that lounge will close down for good when the new WestJet lounge opens. They did state that there is always the possibility a third party lounge provider may come in and open a domestic lounge but at the time of writing this that is not the case. It does make sense however since the majority of domestic flights out of YYC are on WestJet and Air Canada and both have their own lounges. Plus you have the transborder and international Aspire lounges. This does mean there is the potential for there being no lounges to access at YYC on the domestic side with programs like Priority Pass. I did reach out to WestJet about the possibility of their lounge be open to these third party programs and for the time being they are not confirming which, if any at all, will have access to the lounge. WestJet will reveal those details in the future as the opening of the lounge approaches. To learn more about Priority Pass and other lounge access providers visit Rewards Canada's Guide to Business Class Lounge Access

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