What is a Maple Leaf Lounge?
An airport lounge is a space reserved for some travellers. It is very convenient to get away from the crowds and relax before our plane leaves.
Within a lounge, you can:
- get free food and drinks
- listen to the television and read newspapers or magazines
- take a shower
- get free Wi-Fi
- relax in a cell phone-free zone
Air Canada has its network of airport lounges called Maple Leaf.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Locations
There are 23 Maple Leaf lounges in 16 airports in Canada, the United States and Europe. They are all located after security.
Maple Leaf Lounge hours of operation are dependent on Air Canada flight schedules and are different for each lounge. They usually open early in the morning. The larger the airport or the busier the airport, the later the lounge closes.
In Canada, they are located at the following terminals and gates:
|Airport||Maple Leaf Lounges|
|Ottawa YOW||Gate 18 (for domestic and international flights only)|
|Halifax YHZ||Gate 20|
|St.John’s YYT||Gate 12A|
|Winnipeg YWG||Gate 9 (for domestic and international flights only)|
|Regina YQR||Gate 5|
|Saskatoon YXE||Gate 5|
|Edmonton YEG||Gate 56 (for domestic and international flights only)|
|Calgary YYC||Gate C50|
There is also a Maple Leaf Express Lounge in Toronto, in Terminal 1, between gates F84-F99.
Another type of Air Canada lounge is the Air Canada Signature Suite. It is located only in 2 airports. The experience is much more gastronomic and upscale.
This Air Canada Signature Suite is reserved only for travellers with a Signature Class ticket or an award ticket in Business Flexible or First Class, for international travel to Australia, Asia or Europe.
- Vancouver YVR: Located near gate D52
- Toronto YYZ: Located near gate E77
In the United States
In the United States, Maple Leaf lounges are located near the following gates:
|Airport||Maple Leaf Lounges|
|New York LGA||Central Terminal, Concourse B, Level 3|
|Los Angeles LAX||Terminal 6, Level 4|
Then in Europe, the Maple Leaf lounges are located near the following gates:
|Airport||Maple Leaf Lounges|
|London LHR||Terminal 2B Queen’s Terminal, Level 1|
|Paris CDG||Terminal 2A, Gate 37|
|Frankfurt FRA||Terminal 1, Concourse B, Level 3|
How to access the Maple Leaf Lounges
There are several ways to access an Air Canada Maple Leaf lounges. You must have an eligible class of travel, higher Aeroplan Elite status or a specific Aeroplan credit cards.
Hold a ticket in Signature Class, Business Class or in the Premium Rouge cabin
A Business Class ticket (purchased with cash or through a flight reward) always gets you into a Maple Leaf lounge.
Entry must be made prior to departure on the same day as your Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada code-share or other Star Alliance partner flight
If a guest accompanies you and that person does not have the same class of ticket as you, the guest will be charged according to the time of arrival:
- Before 11:00 a.m.: $20-$24 CAD/US
- After 11:00 a.m.: $30-$36 CAD/US
And, at any time for the Maple Leaf lounges of Europe :
- Frankfurt Lounge: 29,75 EUR
- Paris Lounge : 30 EUR
- and the London Heathrow Departure Lounge: 25 GBP
Premium Rouge customers only have free access on flights :
- within Canada
- to the United States
- and sun destinations (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean)
Advance purchase of access to the Maple Leaf lounge will be required for flights in the Premium Rouge cabin to Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The only exception is the Maple Leaf Lounge in Paris, where it can be purchased directly at the airport.
Children access to Maple Leaf lounges:
- Maple Leaf Club members: children 12 and under are free
- Aeroplan Elite 50K, 75K and Super Elite status: up to 5 children under the member’s age of 24 may enter for free.
- For the rest, the children of 2 years and more are considered as a guest, therefore paying. Under this age, they get in for free.
Aeroplan Elite 35K, 50K, 75K, Super Elite and Star Alliance Gold Membership
With a high Aeroplan Elite status level, you have unlimited access to a Maple Leaf lounge, regardless of the class of ticket you hold.
The flight must be operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, or a Star Alliance carrier. Then, the eligible flight must be the same day.
Don’t forget your Elite status membership card to show at the entrance.
|Aeroplan Elite Status||Access rights|
50K, 75K and
|Star Alliance Gold||
Aeroplan Premium Credit Cards or Aeroplan Corporate card
Primary and secondary cardholders of specific credit cards have complimentary access to Maple Leaf Lounges in Canada and the United States. These are mainly the following Premium Aeroplan cards:
- TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Credit Card
- CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege* Card
- American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card
As well as small business premium card :
- American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card
- American Express* Aeroplan Reserve Business Card
It should be noted that the holder is entitled to one guest free of charge.
Again, the flight must be operated the same day by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, or a Star Alliance carrier.
Each additional guest will be charged $20-$24 for entry before 11:00 a.m. and $30-$36 after 11:00 a.m.
Also, for the business cards listed below, primary and secondary cardholders will have access to all lounges at all Canadian airports as well as the Los Angeles and NewYork LaGuardia lounges(for departures at the domestic and transborder flights only):
- TD Aeroplan Visa* Business Card
- CIBC Aeroplan Visa* Business Card
- American Express* Aeroplan Business Card
Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Members (Currently not available)
- Canada subscription: $375, only for Maple Leaf lounges in Canada
- North America Plus Membership: $495, for Maple Leaf lounges in Canada, the United States and Europe
- World Membership: $665, with access to 230 airport lounges (all Maple Leaf and Star Alliance partner lounges)
Latitude, Comfort or Flex ticket with access purchase (Currently unavailable)
You can purchase access to the Maple Leaf lounges up to 24 hours prior to a flight with your fare. You can do this in your Aeroplan profile, under the My Bookings section. This option is currently on hold due to the pandemic.
The cost of access is per one-way trip and depends on your fare:
- Latitude: $25 CAD/US
- Comfort: $40 CAD/US
- Flex: $50 CAD/US
Your travel companions must also have purchased access to the Maple Leaf lounges to join you in the lounge.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Maple Leaf Lounge
The Maple Leaf lounge at Paris CDG allows Air Canada passengers to purchase access for 42 Euros per customer. Travellers can have any class of service and access must be purchased directly at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.
Selected privileges - Aeroplan Elite Status
When you qualify, your Aeroplan Elite status allows you to choose passes, which are accepted for one visit to Maple Leaf lounge. It gives access to Canadian and US Maple Leaf lounges only.
They are easily transferable to another person and are valid until December 31 of each year. In fact, several people in our Facebook group who hadn’t used them gave them to those who were traveling in the last weeks of December!
Air Canada’s Maple Leaf lounges are very convenient for someone who travels extensively within Canada, the United States and to some major European cities. It is a bit of an oasis of peace in the teeming world of an airport.
As of February 2022, all Maple Leaf lounges are now open. It’s up to you to discover them all with your airline ticket, your premium credit card or your Aeroplan Elite status!