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Old Mar 8, 09, 8:31 pm   #1
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Red Carpet Club Lounge Access When Travelling To/From Canada [Merged]

I'm flying F from SFO-YVR, does this mean I can use the International First Check-in counter and the RCC at SFO?
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intl F counter... No

RCC (or other *A lounge) yes.
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No drink chits though...
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No IFL for domestic, Canadian, Latin American, and Caribbean destinations.
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Old Mar 8, 09, 10:49 pm   #5
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I'm flying F from SFO-YVR, does this mean I can use the International First Check-in counter and the RCC at SFO?
You will use the First/Business/1K check-in line, not the Int'l F/GS check-in line.

You (and one guest departing on a Star-Alliance flight) have access to the Red Carpet Clubs and the SQ SilverKris Lounge at SFO.

You do not get drink coupons in the RCC, nor do you get access to the United Interlational First Lounge.
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No IFL for domestic, Canadian, Latin American, and Caribbean destinations.
Except p.s. flights.
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Actually last time I flew to Canada (SFO-ORD-YYZ) I ended up with three drink chits - two given to me at SFO and one at ORD - all without asking!

Having already had two that I wasn't entitled to, I couldn't bring myself to complain when the woman at the ORD RCC (B concourse) gave me just one!!

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intl F counter... No

RCC (or other *A lounge) yes.
US Air lounges will not admit you if you flying to Canada with just *G status. RCC will.
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Old Mar 9, 09, 12:25 pm   #9
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I fly between Canada and USA many times a year and have never had a problem with either the Maple Leaf Lounge in YVR or any RCC in the US I have *G. As for the question is Canada considered and Intl destination from the USA the answer is according to IATA yes it is. However, the Government of Canada has deemed it a domestic flight so they can charge GST. This is the only destination outside of Canada where flyers get stuck paying the GST. What a rip off.
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Old Mar 9, 09, 12:59 pm   #10
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Dumb question as just a general MP member flying First out of YVR -ORD can I use the Maple Leaf lounge then? I know I can use the RCC in ORD..
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Dumb question as just a general MP member flying First out of YVR -ORD can I use the Maple Leaf lounge then? I know I can use the RCC in ORD..
Yes: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelin...es/access.html. "Customers holding an Executive First or Executive Class ticket are entitled to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge access. Please note: upgrade certificates do not provide access to the Maple Leaf Lounge."
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Old Mar 9, 09, 6:33 pm   #13
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Yes: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelin...es/access.html. "Customers holding an Executive First or Executive Class ticket are entitled to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge access. Please note: upgrade certificates do not provide access to the Maple Leaf Lounge."
I saw that but wasn't sure because I am flying united not air canada.
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If the USA considers Canada "domestic" and if Canada considers the USA "domestic" you have to wonder why we are spending so much money maintaining a border.
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I fly between Canada and USA many times a year and have never had a problem with either the Maple Leaf Lounge in YVR or any RCC in the US I have *G. As for the question is Canada considered and Intl destination from the USA the answer is according to IATA yes it is. However, the Government of Canada has deemed it a domestic flight so they can charge GST. This is the only destination outside of Canada where flyers get stuck paying the GST. What a rip off.
Tax is payable on flights travelling within 500-miles of the Canadian border. If the flight originates in the US more than 500-miles, tax is not payable on the inbound segment, just the return. (We collect taxes to pay for things like universal health care, so thank you for your contribution to our better health standing than found in your own country.) IATA may consider any flight between two countries to be international, but airlines in this part of the world use the term "transborder" when referring to flights between USA and Canada, and USA and Mexico.

At SFO access would not be provided to the SQ lounge since flights to Canada depart from the UA domestic terminal and security will limit access to/from the international terminal.

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If the USA considers Canada "domestic" and if Canada considers the USA "domestic" you have to wonder why we are spending so much money maintaining a border.
Ask your last President. However, as just noted, flights to/from Canada operate from the domestic terminal (US customs/immigraton does pre-clearance at the Canadian airport) and thus check-in is done at the domestic check-in area, not the international one.

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