Air Canada has recently announced the opening of a new Maple Leaf Lounge inside of St. John’s International Airport (YYT). This lounge is the finishing touch on the first phase, which focused on the departures area, of the Expansion YYT project that began in 2014.
The new lounge is 77% larger than the old one and treats visitors to a panoramic view of Signal Hill (a must see attraction of St. John’s). It has a selection of light snacks, a business centre, computers with colour printing, and free Wi-Fi access. There are also Air Canada premium agents on-site who can help out with any travel requirements or questions you may have, and a selection of wines and specialty coffees. You can pour yourself a pint of beer at the self-serve bar, but make sure you try the beers that are exclusive to Newfoundland elsewhere in the province as you won’t get them in here.
The Maple Leaf Lounge is perfect if you want to get some work done or just grab some food and drinks before your flight. You’re probably thinking that you need to have an expensive first-class ticket to gain access, but that’s not true.
How to Gain Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge in St. John’s International Airport
The first thing to keep in mind is that lounge access cannot be purchased at the airport. You need to sort out your access to the Maple Leaf Lounge before arriving. There are many options on Air Canada’s website to gain access, but lets look at the easiest ones:
Redeeming Aeroplan Points Holding a TD or CIBC Credit Card
If you book a flight with Aeroplan points and hold one of the following credit cards, you will have free access to the Maple Leaf Lounge in YYT:
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
- TD Aeroplan Visa Business Card
- CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Card
- CIBC Aerogold Visa Card for Business
- CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Privilege Card
American Express AeroplanPlus Cardholders (Reserve, Platinum, Corporate Platinum)
As long as you present your American Express AeroplanPlus Reserve, Platinum, or Corporate Platinum card and a same-day Air Canada boarding pass, you will be able to access the Maple Leaf Lounge no matter how you purchased your ticket.
Don’t have one of those credit cards? No problem, you can purchase lounge access if you have a Latitude, Comfort, or Flex fare. The fee is $25, $40, and $50, respectively. When you factor in how expensive it is to get some food and drinks elsewhere in YYT (as with all airports), this can be of significant value!
A visit to the Maple Leaf Lounge while taking in the beauty of Signal Hill is the perfect way to cap off your visit to St. John’s.