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VIA Préférence Program

Tiers and Benefits

Tiers and Benefits

VIA Préférence Program

Via Préférence

Love the perks

Our higher tiers come with faster points accumulation and more exclusive benefits that will enhance your travel experience.


Qualifying dollars spent:

$0 – $999

per dollar spent
  • Bonus points based on fare chosen
  • Up to 5 free point transfers per calendar year
  • Unrestricted reward travel


Qualifying dollars spent:

$1,000 – $1,999

per dollar spent

All the benefits of Préférence, plus:

  • 2 exclusive coupons with a selection of bonuses and discounts
  • Access to a priority ticket line in major stations


Qualifying dollars spent:


per dollar spent

All the benefits of Privilège, plus:

  • 2 additional coupons with a selection of bonuses and discounts, for a total of 4 coupons
  • Access to Business lounges when travelling with an Economy Plus ticket1
  • Priority boarding in Montréal, Toronto and Québec City for Business and Economy class
  • Priority meal selection on board when travelling in Business class2

1 Except when travelling with tickets booked with a CN or CP rail pass.

2 Due to demand, your choice of meal may not be available.

Qualification and benefit period

All members begin at the Préférence level and can qualify for a higher tier depending on their qualifying spend with VIA Rail during the qualification period.

The tier qualification period starts on May 1 and runs through April 30 of the following year. The benefit period is a 12-month period that begins on May 1, immediately following the qualification period.

If you qualify for a higher tier during the qualification period, your new tier will come into effect the very next day, giving you access to those tier benefits for the remainder of the current benefit period, as well as the next one.*

About qualifying dollars

  • Total qualifying dollars spent includes the total amount spent on VIA Rail fares for travel completed during the qualification period and travel pass purchases during the qualification period, before taxes. All optional products, charges and fees are excluded.
  • Qualifying dollars are earned by the member who travels, not the member who purchases the ticket or travel pass.
  • Qualifying dollars earned following a retro credit request count towards the current qualification period even if the trip took place in the previous qualification period.
  • Qualifying dollars are earned at the same time as the points, within 48 hours after your travel is completed.
  • VIA Préférence point redemptions do not count towards qualifying dollars.


*Points are earned based on your tier at time of booking and not at time of travel. If you booked a trip prior to upgrading, you will earn points based on your previous tier, even if the travel takes places after your new tier has come into effect. If you upgrade to a higher tier before the end of the qualification period, you will receive a new set of exclusive coupons which will replace unused coupons remaining in your account, if any. These new coupons will expire at the end of the current benefit period (on April 30), and you will receive another set of coupons for the next benefit period.

Terms and conditions of the VIA Préférence program