I’ve been enjoying the benefits of being an American Express Platinum cardholder in the last few months due to being added as authorized user to Esther’s Ameriprise American Express Platinum card (thanks Esther!) The Centurion Lounges and concierge service have been great! Today I discovered a couple new benefits while flying out of Toronto Pearson (YYZ)
I’m on a lightning trip through New York, Toronto and Boston this week, strategically avoiding all the Super Bowl craziness going on in San Francisco. I’m flying currently to Boston from Toronto Pearson. I gave myself a decent amount of time to get through immigration and security, but thankfully, my American Express Platinum card made that even faster! First, Global Entry got me through immigration and customs extremely quickly, skipping that entire line. Next, I run into a pretty long security line. But what’s this I see? Apparently, through a program called Cloud 10, American Express has partnered with Toronto Pearson to bring benefits to certain American Express cardholders. And tada, there was a completely empty special security line specifically for Platinum and Centurion cardholders. Thus, the entire process of immigration, customs, and security took me a grand total of 7 minutes.
Next, I saw that the Plaza Premier Lounge was included in the Priority Pass network, so I headed over there to relax before my 6:30 AM flight. But as I walked up to the check-in desk, what do I see? Again, signs saying that Amex Platinum and Centurion cards will grant access to the lounge. Unfortunately, due to some silly law, they weren’t allowed to serve alcohol until 11 AM, but the food and snacks were decent for a North American lounge.
So next time you go travel, bring along your Platinum card! You never know what benefits you might get.