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Status Passes - what are they and how to use them?

Old Sep 15, 21, 4:27 pm
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A STATUS PASS DOES NOT CONFER YOUR STATUS TO THE RECIPIENT!
SO FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE SUPER ELITE, YOUR BENEFICIARY DOES NOT GET OR HAVE SUPER ELITE PRIVILEGES! THEY DO NOT GET ANY KIND OF STAR ALLIANCE GOLD PRIVILEGES!
SEE WIKI BELOW!



What is a status pass?

A status pass (sometimes abbreviated as "STPA") grants passengers many of the benefits of elite status (detailed below). One status pass is applied to a booking and extends benefits to all passengers (up to 9), on all flights, on that booking.

The benefits of the STPA don't exactly correspond to any elite tier.

The status pass must be applied before travel commences. It cannot be applied after any flights have been taken. It is unclear whether there is a deadline to apply the pass. A pass can be removed from a booking up to 6 hours before travel commences.

What does a status pass get you?
  • Priority check-in
  • Free checked bags (3 per passenger), with priority baggage handling
  • Priority security
  • Access to Maple Leaf Lounges ("MLL"), including international lounges, prior to your departing flight
  • Priority boarding (Zone 2)
  • Priority standby

What DOESN'T a status pass get you?
  • Access to non-MLL AC lounges (i.e. Cafe and Signature Suites)
  • Access to lounges not operated by AC
  • Free seat selection
  • MLL guesting privileges
  • E50K status (some of the status pass benefits are similar, but are certainly not comprehensively equivalent to E50K)
  • *G status

How does a status pass get added to a reservation?

The pass must be applied by the person with elite status (E50K, E75K, Super Elite). It can be done through the AC app or via the AC website.

In order to apply the pass, you will need the PNR (booking reference) and last name of any of the passengers on the PNR.

How do I know if the Status Pass actually was added? How can the PAX show to Airport staff that they have one?

The person granting the pass should see the pass applied in their Benefits section under Status Pass. Look at sent passes.

COWTOOL PNR lookup will indicate "A status pass has been applied" for reservations where it has been successfully applied.

The PAX should have "STPA" on their boarding pass.



Are status passes different depending on the status of the person giving the pass?

No. All status passes are the same. Whether the pass was given by an 50K or a Super Elite is irrelevant.

The AC website says "travel must occur within the current benefit year". What does that mean?
The recipient's trip must start before the end of the benefit year, which is also the calendar year, i.e. the first flight must be taken on or before December 31.

However, if there are additional flights on the PNR in the following year, the status pass will also be valid for those flights (not explained on the AC site, but verified in practice by FTers for bookings straddling 2021 and 2022).

Do they work for award and cash bookings?

They can be applied to both


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Status Passes - what are they and how to use them?

Old Nov 8, 21, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Status passes didn't exist in June 2020 and they don't entitle you to SE check-in, so it seems like there was quite a bit of misunderstanding on both sides of the counter.
Sorry June 2021

and yes it might have been an error from her to go to SE counter, still not warranting the rudeness, especially during covid and empty airport.
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Old Nov 16, 21, 12:27 pm
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Well, I found a colleague who can use one this year. So that leaves me with only one left.
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Old Nov 16, 21, 7:54 pm
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I'll get a chance to apply one for someone's trip in a couple weeks...

I have this incessant tick problem where I have an urge to want them to really make the best of the pass.
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Old Nov 16, 21, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
I'll get a chance to apply one for someone's trip in a couple weeks...

I have this incessant tick problem where I have an urge to want them to really make the best of the pass.
LOL. Same here. Gave a pass to my son and partner on their way to LHR, and I've sent a stream of texts along the lines of "oh, and check if the LHR arrival lounge is open. You can get a shower and maybe a bacon buttie".
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Old Nov 16, 21, 9:27 pm
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The LHR arrival lounge is not a MLL.

So don't check if it's open, because you won't have access.
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Old Nov 16, 21, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
The LHR arrival lounge is not a MLL.

So don't check if it's open, because you won't have access.
News to me. Used to use it in the old days, but just checked and it says "it is NOT a Maple Leaf Lounge". I also used to use it as a non-SE unless my memory is failing me.
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Old Nov 17, 21, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by YVR4Ever View Post
News to me. Used to use it in the old days, but just checked and it says "it is NOT a Maple Leaf Lounge". I also used to use it as a non-SE unless my memory is failing me.
You must be thinking of the old AC MLL Arrivals lounge at LHR T3. AC moved to T2 about 6 years ago.
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Old Nov 17, 21, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by Jasper2009 View Post
You must be thinking of the old AC MLL Arrivals lounge at LHR T3. AC moved to T2 about 6 years ago.
I definitely am. Too bad they changed the rules when they moved it (or I was able to get in another way the times I did).
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Old Nov 17, 21, 9:18 am
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Applied STPA to a few more bookings recently - things seem to have gone much smoother now. No issues with using priority check-in lines, no issues with 3 bags and priority tags, and the lounge access issues they faced before seem to have been ironed out. Access to domestic lounge on the domestic portion of the trip and access to the YYZ / YVR international MLL for the international leg.

This is an amazing benefit now that most of the kinks seem to have been worked out. My friends have definitely been more relaxed and enjoyed their flight more since they get that taste of status on an otherwise basic/standard economy booking.
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Old Nov 17, 21, 9:38 pm
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Anyone else having problems applying status passes? I've been trying to apply one from my wife's (50K) account, and it shows pending, then disappears. Same problem on mobile and desktop.

No problems applying one from my own account to one of the same bookings that has been a problem from my wife's account, so I don't think it's an issue with the booking.

On another note, no problem applying passes with the last name of passengers other than the primary passenger. I'll update the wiki accordingly.
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Old Nov 17, 21, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
Anyone else having problems applying status passes? I've been trying to apply one from my wife's (50K) account, and it shows pending, then disappears. Same problem on mobile and desktop.

No problems applying one from my own account to one of the same bookings that has been a problem from my wife's account, so I don't think it's an issue with the booking.

On another note, no problem applying passes with the last name of passengers other than the primary passenger. I'll update the wiki accordingly.
Does a PNR have a primary passenger?

I mean I guess if you use the definition to mean "first".

But first isn't the first one you booked with. If I book a PNR for the calf and I, with him clearly second on the pax list when making the booking, he is consistently the first pax on the PNR.

Maybe because calf comes before cow?

But yeah, any last name should be sufficient for looking up a PNR in all circumstances.
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Old Nov 18, 21, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
I'll get a chance to apply one for someone's trip in a couple weeks...

I have this incessant tick problem where I have an urge to want them to really make the best of the pass.
You should get that seen to .
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Old Nov 23, 21, 8:58 am
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A new wrinkle...

The original PNR had 2 passengers on it, and one of them was my nominee. Status pass was already applied and one segment on the PNR was flown.

Had the PNR split so I could apply eUpgrades to my nominee. After the PNR split, everything still looked good in the AC app and under Manage My Bookings on aircanada.com - could see that Status Pass was applied.

On check-in for the last segment, only the passenger on the original PNR had the status pass and its privileges. The passenger in the new PNR, while in the app and online it shows status pass applied, didn't get the status pass privileges (no priority boarding or lounge notation on the boarding pass). Apparently, when the agent attempted to apply the status pass again, it comes back as unconfirmed. Couldn't apply another Status Pass either to the booking, system wasn't allowing it.

Moral of the story - don't split PNRs after a Status Pass has been applied.
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Old Nov 24, 21, 7:51 pm
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How does the recipient of the status pass- gets notice (in advance of the flights) that they have received the status pass?
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Old Nov 24, 21, 7:59 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyerGoldII View Post
How does the recipient of the status pass- gets notice (in advance of the flights) that they have received the status pass?
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The recipient receives a cute pop-up on their screen - with confetti when they log in to their bookings. Looks like this.

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