Air France is increasingly developing in Canada.
After the announcement of the partnership with American Express for the conversion of Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue miles, and the plans to serve Pointe-à-Pitre from Montreal, here comes the opening of a completely renovated lounge at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.
The Air France Lounge is located near gate 57. Registration is done on level 2 (departure level).
Right away, you can feel the “chic” aspect of the Air France lounge.
You can go up the stairs or take an elevator to get to level 3.
Entrance to the Air France Lounge
Once the elevator doors open, we find a transformed lounge.
The table is set: an imposing replica of the Concorde welcomes you, as do sofas coloured as the tricolour airline.
Work and relaxation area
On the left, you can put your belongings in secure lockers if you wish.
There is a work area with a raised desk facing the tarmac.
Further on, a more cosy space allows you to isolate yourself.
Moreover, a part is reserved for the most elite customers of the company (and for VIPs).
In the largest part of the lounge is the catering area.
Two buffets are available: one for hot or cold drinks, the other for the meal.
Food is available 2 hours before the departure of the first Air France KLM flight. Having arrived a little early, I was still able to ask for a hot mini-sandwich.
At the appointed time, the waiters fed the buffet.
There is a selection of cold dishes:
- Niçoise Salad
- Goat cheese and sun-dried tomato salad
And hot dishes:
- Basque chicken
- Beef bourguignon
- Cassoulet with white beans
- Mashed potatoes
It is also possible to have a drink at the bar: I chose a glass of champagne.
For dinner, you can sit down near the buffet.
Also enjoy the large tables with wireless power to charge your phone.
Or in a space more like a restaurant.
The Air France Lounge has many toilets and 3 showers (including one for people with reduced mobility).
This is a real plus for this lounge in order to be “fresh” before taking a transatlantic flight at night, after a day of work in the city.
Access to the Air France Lounge
Available to passengers travelling in business class with Air France-KLM on international flights, you can also enter with specific credit cards available in Canada.
In fact, Platinum Cardmembers® or Business Platinum Cardmembers® from American Express can access it for free (with a guest and up to 2 children under 2 years old. From age 2 on, they must pay a reduced fee).
Similarly,American Express® Gold Rewards Cardmembers have 4 complimentary annual visits available to them.
One of the benefits of these cards is that they offer access to the Plaza Premium lounges – of which the Air France lounge is a member.
Also, as of July 1, 2022, Visa Infinite Privilege credit cardholders – and specific Visa Infinite credit cardholders – can access the Plaza Premium Lounges.
Here are some of them:
Through an agreement between Visa and DragonPass (a Lounge network), cardholders have 6 annual visits to DragonPass lounges.
Finally, all World Elite Mastercard cardholders can access the lounge through Dragonpass. However, each visit is subject to a fee.
Only the BMO Ascend World Elite Mastercard offers 4 complimentary annual visits.
The Air France Lounge is without a doubt one of the best options in this part of Montreal-Trudeau International Airport for international flights.
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, the National Bank Lounge and the Desjardins Odyssey Lounge are located in this terminal.