How to Access Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is a key part of the premium travel experience for Canadians.

Our national airline’s flagship airport lounges are a familiar part of the furniture at major Canadian airports, and you’ll get to visit quite a few Maple Leaf Lounge locations over the years by booking premium flights, maximizing credit card benefits, or earning Aeroplan Elite Status.

This post covers everything you need to know about getting access to the Maple Leaf Lounges in 17 airports across Canada, the US, and Europe.

Which Airports Have Maple Leaf Lounges?

Air Canada operates a network of 23 Maple Leaf Lounges across 16 global airports. 

Below is a list of the airports around the world where you’ll encounter a Maple Leaf Lounge. Let’s begin with the Canadian locations:

  • Vancouver (YVR) Domestic: By Gate 29

  • Vancouver (YVR) Transborder: By Gate 84

  • Vancouver (YVR) International: By Gate 52

  • Calgary (YYC): By Gate C50

  • Edmonton (YEG): South Terminal, By Gate 56 (not accessible to passengers on transborder flights)

  • Saskatoon (YXE): By Gate 5

  • Regina (YQR): Opposite Gate 5

  • Winnipeg (YWG): By Gate 9 (not accessible to passengers on transborder flights)

  • Toronto (YYZ) Domestic: Upper level, immediately past security

  • Toronto (YYZ) Transborder: Upper level, immediately past security

  • Toronto (YYZ) Transborder Express: In the commuter terminal for Gates F84–F99

  • Toronto (YYZ) International: At the end of the walkway, prior to the escalators down to the main international concourse

  • Ottawa (YOW): By Gate 19 (not accessible to passengers on transborder flights)

  • Montreal (YUL) Domestic: By Gate 1

  • Montreal (YUL) Transborder: By Gate 72

  • Montreal (YUL) International: By Gate 52

  • Halifax (YHZ): By Gate 20

  • St. John’s (YYT): By Gate 12A

There are also a handful of global Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges at some of Air Canada’s major outstations. These include:

  • Los Angeles (LAX): Terminal 6, 4th floor

  • New York (LGA): Concourse B, 3rd floor

  • London (LHR): Terminal 2B (satellite terminal), upper level

  • Paris (CDG): Terminal 2A, by Gate 37

  • Frankfurt (FRA): Terminal 1, Concourse B

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt

There are a variety of ways to access the Maple Leaf Lounge. This page on the Air Canada website provides a good summary, and let’s go through each of the methods one-by-one.

1. Fly Air Canada or Star Alliance Business Class

You can access the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge if you hold a valid same-day boarding pass for a flight in business class on Air Canada or a Star Alliance partner.

Access is granted on business class tickets no matter how they were purchased (i.e., an outright paid fare, an upgrade, or an award ticket).

Business class passengers are not entitled to bring any guests with them, unless they pay a nominal fee per guest of about $20–30 depending on the time of day (and a roughly equivalent amount in the local currency for the international lounges).

You’ll also get access to the Maple Leaf Lounge if you’re flying in Air Canada Premium Rouge, but only if you’re travelling within Canada, the US, or the Sun destinations (Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). 

If your Premium Rouge flight is to Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America, then you’ll only have the option of purchasing Maple Leaf Lounge accessing on your reservation prior to the trip, and not at the airport itself.

(Given that you’re about to embark on long-haul Premium Rouge, though, that’ll probably be the least of your worries.)

2. Hold a Premium Aeroplan Credit Card

The premium Aeroplan credit cards by TD, CIBC, and American Express offer unlimited access to select Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges as a key benefit of the cards.

Premium Aeroplan Credit Cards
Credit Card Best Offer Value
90,000 Aeroplan points $1,921 Apply Now
105,000 Aeroplan points $1,869 Apply Now
90,000 Aeroplan points $1,606 Apply Now
Up to 75,000 Aeroplan points $425 Apply Now

As a primary or secondary cardholder, you’re eligible to access Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges within North America prior to a same-day flight operated by Air Canada or a Star Alliance partner. Access to Maple Leaf Lounges located outside of North America is not included.

The guest access policies when accessing Maple Leaf Lounges using a premium Aeroplan credit card vary by issuer:

3. Have Aeroplan 35K Status or Higher

Aeroplan members with Aeroplan 35K status are also entitled to unlimited lounge access at domestic and transborder lounges at Canadian airports, as well as the Maple Leaf Lounges in the United States.

Meanwhile, Aeroplan 50K members and above are entitled to unlimited lounge access at any location around the world.

In addition, Aeroplan 50K members and above are able to use Maple Leaf Lounges in Canada and the US upon arrival in addition to before departure, which can be a great way to unwind after a long flight before heading into the city.

Furthermore, Aeroplan 50K members and above also get to bring in a very generous number of guests: a domestic partner and up to five dependent children aged 25 and under, as well as one additional guest. (Aeroplan 35K members are not allowed to bring in guests without paying the guest access fee of $20–30.)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge New York LaGuardia
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge New York LaGuardia

4. Use a Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Pass

Any passenger travelling on an Air Canada flight may access the Maple Leaf Lounges in the domestic or transborder departure zones of Canadian airports, as well as the lounges in the United States, when in possession of a Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Pass.

There are a couple of ways to earn One-Time Guest Passes:

  • Aeroplan members who earn Aeroplan 25K status may choose a set of two One-Time Guest Passes as a Select Benefit. 
  • Aeroplan members who earn Aeroplan 35K status receive a set of two One-Time Guest Passes as a Core Benefit. 
  • Aeroplan members who earn Aeroplan 50K status or Aeroplan 75K status receive a set of three One-Time Guest Passes as a Core Benefit. 
  • Aeroplan members who earn Aeroplan Super Elite status receive a set of four One-Time Guest Passes as a Core Benefit. 
  • Holders of the TD Aeroplan Visa Business Card or CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business Card may earn a One-Time Guest Pass for every $10,000 per cardholder year, up to a maximum of four One-Time Guest Passes.

The digital One-Time Guest Passes are accessible via your Aeroplan account. You may download them in PDF format and show them upon entering the lounge to gain access.

The One-Time Guest Passes earned from Aeroplan Elite Status may be transferred to anyone, regardless of whether they are travelling with the member or not.

(Indeed, since Aeroplan 35K members and above can already access Maple Leaf Lounges as an elite benefit, their One-Time Guest Passes are best used as a gift for others who happen to be travelling with or without them.)

On the other hand, the One-Time Guest Passes earned from the small business credit cards can only be used by the primary or secondary cardholder, or any guests accompanying them at the time of entry. They cannot be transferred to a third party. 

5. Have Star Alliance Gold Status

In addition to Air Canada’s own elite members, travellers who have achieved Star Alliance Gold with any of Star Alliance’s other loyalty programs will also have access to Maple Leaf Lounges prior to any Star Alliance-operated flight in any class of service. 

Star Alliance Gold members are also entitled to bring one guest into the lounge with them free of charge, while additional guests would be subject to the standard guest fee.

6. Purchase Maple Leaf Lounge Access in Paris

Finally, the Paris Maple Leaf Lounge allows Air Canada passengers travelling in any class of service to purchase access for €42 per customer.

That’s certainly quite expensive, and it’s a price point that only a specific segment of travellers would consider worthwhile.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris CDG

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris CDG

7. Maple Leaf Club & One-Time Purchase (Suspended Until Further Notice)

There are also a few ways to purchase Maple Leaf Lounge access, although these are suspended for the time being. Even when they’re active, they aren’t necessarily the best value, but are listed here for completeness’s sake.

The first is to get an Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership, which come in a few different shapes and sizes, depending on which lounge locations you’re interested in and whether the membership is for just yourself or you and a partner.

The annual price levels are quite high, and the money would be much better spent towards, say, the annual fee on the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card.

That would get you unlimited Maple Leaf Lounge access within North America in addition to a nice signup bonus and more Air Canada travel perks, too.

Likewise, there’s also the option of buying Maple Leaf Lounge access on an eligible Air Canada fare if you’ve booked into the Latitude ($25 per person), Comfort ($40), or Flex ($50) fare classes.

The value here is pretty debatable, and I think it would mostly only make sense for business travellers who value the privacy and efficiency of having a workspace in the lounge.

Both of these avenues to purchasing lounge access remain suspended for the time being following the pandemic. Time will tell if they will be reintroduced or phased out on a permanent basis. 

Other Air Canada Lounge Concepts 

In addition to Maple Leaf Lounges, you may also have access to a few of Air Canada’s other lounge concepts, which the airline has been slowly building out across their Canadian hubs in recent years.

Air Canada Signature Suite

The Air Canada Signature Suite first opened in Toronto a few years back, with a second location in Vancouver having opened in March 2020 (only to be immediately closed due to the pandemic). Both Signature Suites have since reopened as of the spring of 2022.

The Signature Suite provides an elevated luxury experience prior to your long-haul business class flight with Air Canada.

Premium services include sit-down dining featuring dishes by acclaimed chef David Hawksworth, a variety of high-end cocktails, spirits, and champagne, and shower rooms with luxury skincare products from Molton Brown.

Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto

Access to the Signature Suite is extremely exclusive. You’ll only get access if you’re travelling on a paid business class fare on Air Canada, or if you’ve redeemed Aeroplan points for a Business (Flexible) reward in Air Canada business class.

You won’t get access to the Signature Suite if you’ve redeemed Aeroplan points for a Business (Lowest) award, been upgraded to business class as the result of IRROPs, if you’re flying on a Star Alliance partner in business class, or by virtue of Aeroplan Elite Status of any kind.

Air Canada Café

In addition to the Signature Suite, the first-ever Air Canada Café was opened in Toronto in 2019.

This space provides a simple grab-and-go alternative to the Maple Leaf Lounge, allowing eligible passengers travelling on domestic flights to drop in and pick up a barista-crafted coffee, juice, or snack, maybe sit down for a few minutes, and then head on to the gate.

Access to the Air Canada Café is restricted to business class passengers, Aeroplan 50K members and higher, Star Alliance Gold members, and premium Aeroplan cardholders – thus, the same access policies as Maple Leaf Lounges, minus Aeroplan 35K members and one-time pass holders.

Air Canada Café Toronto

Conclusion

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges are accessible to a wide range of travellers in any class of service. The most common ways to gain access are with business class ticket or a premium Aeroplan co-branded credit card, and you’ll also be rewarded with complimentary access if you hold Aeroplan 35K status or higher.

With so many ways of visiting the lounge, you’ll never go too far across Canada before stepping into a Maple Leaf Lounge somewhere, and you’ll soon become very familiar with the signature appetizers, drink spread, and chocolate chip cookies that are ubiquitous across every location.

47 Comments
  1. colonel lake

    I always read your review and like it. But this time…these lounges are the most restrictive that exist, I do not know why you value them as something very accessible compared to other types of lounges. I have the impression that it is more in line with everything that contains the word Canada and related to travel “it’s expensive”! But I can assume that AC is following you ‘very’ closely.

    1. Ricky YVR

      I’m not sure what you mean here. How are Maple Leaf Lounges “the most restrictive that exist” when anyone with a credit card can get access to them?

      1. colonel lake

        Premium Hi end card or hi end status aeroplan and pay mostly to have a guest. I have the Amex plat so for the cost, I have more then those Aeroplan Hi end card.

  2. Amy

    Ricky,
    Another useful info.
    Aeroplan 25K status may choose one-time guest pass, how long would those guest pass shown in Aeroplan account after selection?
    Thanks!

    1. Ricky YVR

      Until the end of the calendar year in which they were selected.

  3. z

    Was at LAX a few weeks ago, wasn’t allowed in with the pass, said they don’t take that.

  4. Frank

    Could you please confirm that the TD Aeroplan visa infinite privilege card requires payment for the 1 guest of the cardholder? I know it says in the article above but it seems odd to me that only CIBC would offer that benefit.

  5. Nick

    Since Maple Leaf lounge in YYZ (transborder) has been and currently still is closed unfortunately, can a pax still visit the domestic Maple Leaf lounge in the same Terminal 1?

    1. Nick

      Nvm I realized someone else asked this.

  6. farzanhaq YYZ

    Can I still access the domestic MLL instead of the transborder even if I’m flying to the States?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Nope, transborder only.

  7. Marjorie Schaper

    I just flew from Vancouver to Kelowna, I have Aeroplan 25K status. I booked Premium Economy, when I fly to England I always book Business and have no problem with access to the Maple Leaf Lounges.
    However coming from Vancouver home the lady at Maple Lounge said I didn’t have the correct (whatever) showing on my Cell Phone??? She was going to deny me entry, Until I showed her I had passes for 2 people.
    WHAT am I supposed to have on my Cell Phone? I showed her my Boarding Pass?.
    Please clarify as I am hoping to fly to the U.K. later this year, Business.

  8. JMHunter

    I was surprised to be refused access to the MLL today. Did I miss the communique advising cardholders of this change??

    1. Ricky YVR

      Cardholders of which card?

  9. Ron

    Will I be eligible to access the MLL if arriving on an AC business class but only holding an onward USA transborder economy class boarding pass?

  10. Kevin

    Can I access the lounge after my flight?
    Thank you

  11. Jacqui

    Question on the Signature Suite & Lounge – are you sure that the Business Class Flexible reward ticket is allowed in the lounge? The code on my ticket (flex reward business) is not listed on the codes that are acceptable on the Air Canada website (I). I might be blind but I can’t see that ticket listed as acceptable on the AC website?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes, I’m sure. The AC website hasn’t been updated yet because all the Signature Suites are closed, but once they reopen, it’ll be updated with the appropriate language to include Business Flexible awards.

      1. Jacqui

        THANK YOU, Ricky. I appreciate the clarification on the A/C website.

  12. Randy Preising

    For those of us that don’t fly often—even before COVID, it seems the red ropes are increasing. My TD Infinite used to include a complimentary, yearly MML access. I see now that’s gone.

    Since YYZ T1 put in those ridiculous video kiosks in the waiting area, the MLL is looking better and better. I have 300k of Aeroplan points, but it seems my only option is to book Rouge Premium (I don’t think it’s THAT bad) or switch to the Amex Aeroplan Reserve Card.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yeah, they’ve changed it so that the core Visa Infinite cards no longer have that one-time lounge access benefit on Aeroplan tickets. You’d need the VIP card now for unlimited lounge access.

  13. Todd

    Is over-crowding a concern now that AC has added the premium cards to the list of eligible travellers that can access the lounges?

    1. Jay*

      I would not be surprised once things are back to normal.

  14. Florian

    If you redeem Aeroplan points for an economy Latitude reward and use eUpgrade credits to upgrade to business class, do you end up with a lowest or a flexible business class reward? If you end up with a flexible fare, would you get access to the signature suite? Thanks!

    1. Florian

      Let me answer my own question:

      All bookings in R (including, but not limited to, eUpgrades, Last-Minute Upgrades, AC Bid Upgrades) and I (including Star Alliance Upgrade Awards), as well as bookings made during irregular operations where the customer was not originally booked and confirmed in one of the eligible booking classes, will be excluded.

      https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/fly/premium-services/signature-suite.html#/asterix

      So no, unfortunately!

      1. Nicole

        Hi, just wanted to let you know that I had latitude booked for a trip to Dublin a couple weeks ago, eupgraded to business and my ticket showed I was booked in J. So gave it a shot and got into signature suite, no questions asked!

  15. Max

    I can’t see anyone in the churning community ever seeing the Signature suite, its a mute point. No one will pay cash for a business ticket nor is anyone crazy or dumb with their points to ever book a Business Flex which makes 0 sense.. unfortunately its a pipe dream for many, including Ricky I would imagine as well.

    1. Santhosh Chakkungal

      Does holding Premium Credit card with TD or Amex entitle MLL access.fornthr family if traveling on same ticket.

      1. Ricky YVR

        Technically, it’s only one guest that gets to enter with you for free.

        1. Paul

          I’ve got a U.S. Chase Aeroplan card with 2 MLL passes. Can I use them at any North American MLL?

        2. Frank

          do the TD and Amex card also allow you to bring in a guest for free? I thought it was only CIBC?

    2. Jay*

      For individuals that are swimming in AP, I imagine they would splurge at least once for the experience. 😊

    3. Ricky YVR

      In the future, Business Flex is actually a pretty sweet deal at 10–15k extra points compared to Business Lowest when it’ll offer free changes and cancellations. The Signature Suite is a nice bonus on top of that.

  16. Richard

    Lounges can be used as both departure and arrival lounges.
    A description of when you can use a ML lounge as an arrival lounge would be a nice touch.
    I like the AC ML lounge for newspapers (The Gazette in Montreal and the Globe & Mail elsewhere) and the HagenDaz ice cream bars in the summer but the Priority Pass Lounges for hot food. You’ve written before on Lounge hopping.

    1. CT

      Just so you know, most MLL no longer have the newspapers. They now encourage you to download the PressReader app and read the newspapers online.

  17. Joanne Ler

    As a relatively frequent user of the domestic Maple Leaf lounges over the years, I have to say that the quality of the food keeps declining. The hot meals of which you speak are seldom available and when they are, they don’t last long. You cannot even get a sandwich any more (although I have learned to first stop at the café to quickly grab a sandwich and then head upstairs to the main lounge for a drink, but you can only do this in Toronto). The ubiquitous kale salad (ugh!), soups that rarely change (I’m looking at you, Thai curry!), bad pizza, and tortilla chips are the standard fare these days, with little else to tempt the palate. The only real benefits are the complementary alcoholic beverages.

    As an aside, I have always been curious as to why the Calgary lounge has a bartender but all the other lounges are self-serve?

  18. Tim Clark

    I just tried the Air Canada Cafe a couple weeks ago – overall it is quite nice and one huge benefit is the takeaway food selection is LARGE. I stocked up with a sandwich, chia pudding and cheese and fruit cup for my flight. I don’t always like the plane food and/or get very hungry on flights sometimes so this made a huge difference for me. I can’t recommend it enough.

    Also there is a large bar with a server to make drinks, and the design is very calm and slick, really nice vibe.

    1. CT

      I always go to the bar and ask for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Lindt chocolate is always nice too, but you have to ask the bartender for it.

  19. Mitchell

    Anytime there is shade to be thrown at Rouge, i’ll be happy.

  20. Mike

    I like this! OMAAT does "how to access" lounge posts, then PoT makes it for Canadians lol

    1. Ricky YVR

      Lucky is an inspiration to us all 🙂

  21. AG

    Will the TD and CIBC Aeroplan cards get you into the Air Canada Cafe an an economy flight booked with aeroplan?

    1. Al

      Yes, but only if you earned your plane ticket using your aeroplan reward miles

    2. Ricky YVR

      Good question. My guess is no, since the benefit states "Maple Leaf Lounge" pretty explicitly, and the Air Canada Cafe page states that access is "exclusively" for the set of passengers described in the article. They’ll probably just ask you to go to the Maple Leaf Lounge instead.

  22. Ced

    Doesn’t the aeroplanplus platinum from AMEX get priority pass aswell?

    1. Ricky YVR

      You’re correct, this was my oversight. I suppose the point is that the Amex MR cards already get you comparable lounge access via Priority Pass, but with a much higher points-earning potential, for the same annual fee. I’ll update the article to clarify this.

      1. Eric

        Couple a’ things:

        First the Paris MLL is really nice so worth the stop. Partly because it seemed less crowded than the Canadian ones I had been to. The free pour cognac was a nice touch and my impression of the liquors and bubbly was that they exceed the standard from other lounges I have visited.

        Secondly The Aeroplan Amex platinum card gives you priority pass but it’s not like the Amex platinum. I was told (IIRC it was the amex chat person) that you are still charged a fee for discounted entry fee to Priority pass liunges when holding this card rather like some of lower end cards. For this reason I didn’t set up the PP on my Amex AP card since I already hold both of the Amex platinum cards. I also didn’t investigate further so it may be that I misunderstood.

        Still that card works for me as I fly occasionally for work. It’s usually domestic and always economy. There is an MLL but no PP at my nearest airport.

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