I personally consider the American Express Platinum Card (Canada) to have the best benefits among all Canadian Credit cards. One of the pretty amazing benefits offered include Cathay Pacific Gold Elite status, which gives you oneworld sapphire tier status, which is their mid-tier level.
The benefits are as good as it gets if you’re not willing to mileage run for elite status, which include:
- Priority Business Class check-in
- Preferred boarding
- Preferred seating (where offered)
- Priority standby and waitlisting
- Access to Business Class and frequent flyer lounges (with one guest), regardless of the class of service flown that day
Keep in mind you do need to be a Canadian resident and have a Canadian credit file. As well, this benefits is not listed on the AMEX Platinum Benefits page, but I can assure you that this benefit will be here for the next month. This benefit is getting removed as of March 31st. To get it before then, however, you need to have applied and received your AMEX Platinum Card AND sent in the form to request Cathay Pacific Gold. Your status will then be valid until Jan 2015. This means that if you are considering getting the Platinum card, this is as good of a time as ever to get it.
The current best available offer is 60,000 MR points with $1000 in purchases within the first three months of membership. This is probably the cheapest way to get status and a lot of MR points. Canadian MR points are transferrable to Aeroplan and Avios at a 1:1 ratio (which are the best partners). There is a $699 annual fee, but keep in mind you to get a $200 travel credit to offset any travel booked through the AMEX Travel per calendar, which is as good as cash. Thus, if you claim your credit both this year and next year, that totals to a $400 total credit over the two years.
You can also match this status to other statuses. TK Gold (and Star Gold) used to be a gimme, but they’ve tightened up on their matching requirements. However, you might have luck matching to an intermediate status and then to TK Gold (and AS MVP as well, which doesn’t match CX Gold). This is just one of the benefits of the Platinum Card which make it such a valuable card to have for the benefits.
Application Link: American Express Platinum Card Canada
Note that this is my referral offer. The current public offer only offers 50,000 points with an approval.