Stress Free Airport Travelling With A Maple Leaf Lounge Lounge Pass

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Christmas came early for me in 2016. I have given myself a gift that will be useful for an entire year of travells. It is the gift of lounging. Not just any lounging mind you, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge. Thanks to flying almost exclusively with Air Canada for the past two years and using the TD Aeroplan Visa for the majority of my purchases I have amassed a fair sized Aeroplan frequent flyer account balance. I thought it was time to put those miles to use and the North America Plus Maple Leaf Lounge Pass is the perfect item for me to redeem my miles for. Stress-free travelling is just a short stroll from airport security.

MLL FRA Seating Area - photo courtesy of Air Canada

Is a lounge pass right for everyone? Not if you only fly once a year, but if you are a business traveller or fly as much as I do then a Maple Leaf Lounge pass can be instrumental in helping me arrive at my final destination ready to go.

LHR Maple Leaf Lounge - photo courtesy of Air Canada

To redeem my Aeroplan miles for the pass it was as easy as 1..2..3.

  1. Log into Aeroplan account
  2. Select Use Your MilesActivities & MerchandiseTravel & GetawaysAir Canada Products from the drop down menu
  3. Choose the Maple Leaf Lounge pass that is right for you. I chose the North America Plus as it gives me access to all Maple Leaf Lounges in North America plus Europe and United Club Lounges in the USA.

North America Plus Maple Leaf Lounge Pass

About one month after I redeemed my miles for the pass it arrived in the mail. Just in time for my flights home to visit family for the holidays.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting a Maple Leaf Lounge, here are a few reasons why you will love the lounge vs the regular airport experience.

  1. Much less crowded and very comfortable seats to choose from. Ther are lounge chairs, bistro tables and workstations for those that want to get some work done while they wait for their flight
  2. Shower and bathroom facilities perfect for long layovers
  3. Free WiFi
  4. Complimentary food and beverage bar. This includes coffee, tea, beer, wine and spirits. Depending on the time of day continental breakfast is served or light lunch options. All are complimentary
  5. Flight notifications if your flight is delayed. Why get jammed and jostled at your gate when you can relax in style until your plane is ready for takeoff. I usually head to the gate as soon as the boarding time has been reached.

EWR Lounge Sitting Area - courtesy of Air Canada

It is hard to take photos when the lounges are occupied as I want to respect the privacy of passengers. Here is a photo of the Pearson Maple Leaf Lounge Food & Beverage area. I think I had two espressos before I boarded my 8 am flight to Miami. #FTW

Coffee and breakfast bar at Toronto Pearson Maple Leaf Lounge

A lounge pass may not be for everyone, but once you’ve visited a Maple Leaf Lounge you will never want to fly again without a visit. Why line up for coffee or newspapers (especially when you pay for it) when you can just walk up and help yourself in the lounge.

This is lifestyles of the rich and famous and it only costs between 49,500 and 127,500 Aeroplan miles depending on the pass you choose. If you fly with your spouse or a guest regularly you may want to get the +1 pass options so you can both enjoy it.

International Maple Leaf Lounge YYZ - courtesy of Air Canada

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Disclosure: General

Aeroplan made a gift of points to me that I used to redeem for this pass. I was redeeming points for this pass regardless and my views and opinions are 100% my own.


About Author

Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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