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

Old Sep 15, 2021, 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.


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) and Cafs, prior to your departing flight
  • Priority boarding (Zone 2)
  • Priority standby
  • Unpublished benefit: the STPA seems to confer eUp priority similar to 50K status
  • More details in the FAQ here

What DOESN'T a status pass get you?
  • Access to 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 prove 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.

My status pass expires December 31 2023. What does that mean?
The status pass must be applied before the expiry date. The actual travel can take place any time in the future.

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 Dec 30, 2021, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by painintheuk
Edit: He was on a return leg tomorrow. Looks like a status pass can't just be for part of a trip, but has to be for the entire trip.
If only this had been covered somewhere, like in the wiki...
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Old Dec 30, 2021, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith
If only this had been covered somewhere, like in the wiki...
If only someone had thought to look there .
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Old Dec 31, 2021, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MillennialMiles
I used one of my status passes for a co-worker who was flying YYZ-LAX for a wedding. Cousin booked on her on United ticket stock (016) but flight was on AC metal and operated. After numerous phone calls and escalations, it was doable given T&Cs state any ticket stock and has to be operated by AC.

Saved her roughly $400 for her trip in checked baggage fees. Thanks to expert7700 for passing on the savings to the FOTSGs!!
This is great news! Im about to choose my benefits and was going to gift E35 to my brother but I think hed be much better off with a status pass. He flies out of DFW. Im presuming hed just need his AC PNR even if the ticket is booked on UA. Any other data points?
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330
I believe it also says "Travel must occur in the current benefit year". So, no.
I can't find details on this, anyone got a link?

I applied it to a friend's booking, with outbound Dec 23 and return Jan 2. Curious what'll happen.
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
I can't find details on this, anyone got a link?

I applied it to a friend's booking, with outbound Dec 23 and return Jan 2. Curious what'll happen.
I also did something like this for a friend with the return leg on Jan 6th, so let me know what happens so I can warn her.
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 1:11 pm
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I was wrong, they're flying today and it (eventually) worked.

First BOS agent insisted the Status Pass doesn't exist, and "if you had status you would know", I guess eventually a supervisor showed up and corrected it.
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
I was wrong, they're flying today and it (eventually) worked.

First BOS agent insisted the Status Pass doesn't exist, and "if you had status you would know", I guess eventually a supervisor showed up and corrected it.
What even led to that discussion? Were they being denied some benefit?
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 4:40 pm
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I called AC again today to apply a status pass to my niece's ticket to YYC for tomorrow. (I can't select any benefits nor can I find the passes in my account .) Agent first told me that he had applied a status pass and one of the two pax had cleared. I said "Huh? How is that possible? Status pass gives them free checked bags and lounge access, not an upgraded seat. What is there to clear?" He then put me on hold for 20-30 mins and came back and said that status passes would not be available until Jan 15.

Oh AC, you should be ashamed of how you run this company!
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow
What even led to that discussion? Were they being denied some benefit?
Yes, the first agent wanted to charge them for checked bags.
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Old Jan 1, 2022, 7:22 pm
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I have my 2022 status passes.

If you're not SE, they're only available as a select benefit.
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Old Jan 2, 2022, 4:27 pm
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This feels like a silly question, but can you use a status pass on an itinerary that is only AC on the way there, codeshare for the way back? I mean I know the benefits wouldn't apply for the return, but there'd be some advantages for the way over, including a stopover.

Younger sibling booked without conferring with older, wiser sibling first and is now taking family of 4 to Europe on a Basic fare YVR-YUL-NCE//MUC-YVR with the outbound AC, inbound LH. Would like to save fool luggage fees oneway at least.

Edit: In case this answers a question for anyone else, yes you can apply it when only half the itinerary benefits.

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Old Jan 4, 2022, 12:16 am
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Figured this Status Pass thing might still be relatively new. But has anyone ever been succesfully managed to get an agent to move it onto a different booking reference?

My situation:
- Was gifted and applied a Status Pass on my booking
- Flown the outbound
- My February 2022 inbound flight has now been cancelled
- Was not given alternative rebooking routes

If I were to book a new one-way return flight now. I would have lose out on my Status Pass' benefits. Primary - the luggage allowance is what I needed. I understand that normally, Status Pass can only be applied to the PNR once only. But given it's AC that cancelled the flight - do you think I have any chance of getting them to apply the Status Pass over to a new booking?
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Old Jan 4, 2022, 12:40 am
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Originally Posted by JordanWalker
Figured this Status Pass thing might still be relatively new. But has anyone ever been succesfully managed to get an agent to move it onto a different booking reference?

My situation:
- Was gifted and applied a Status Pass on my booking
- Flown the outbound
- My February 2022 inbound flight has now been cancelled
- Was not given alternative rebooking routes

If I were to book a new one-way return flight now. I would have lose out on my Status Pass' benefits. Primary - the luggage allowance is what I needed. I understand that normally, Status Pass can only be applied to the PNR once only. But given it's AC that cancelled the flight - do you think I have any chance of getting them to apply the Status Pass over to a new booking?
You're trying to solve AC's crappy solution, when there's a real underlying problem.

Post the same thing, without mentioning the status pass, in https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/air-...q2-2021-a.html, and let's see if we can actually help your real issue.

I'm confident we can come up with something AC will book you on the same PNR.

But in terms of your actual question in this thread? No. I don't think you'll have any luck. You've used the STPA.
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 8:14 am
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Applied another STPA ex-YYZ and everything worked perfectly, including the priority baggage stuff...
No problems using the *G/J dom/int'l check-in area at YYZ T1.
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Old Jan 7, 2022, 2:16 pm
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Status pass issued 2021.
Segment 1 successfully used 2021, segment 2 in the new year also had STPA.
Worked this way for two that I gifted.

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