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Review: the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2

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This is our review of the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 2.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

Whilst I am away, I am running a couple of pieces submitted by readers.  These allow me to cover experiences which I am unlikely to be having myself in the medium term.

Review: the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2

I have personally reviewed all of the airline lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 – with one exception!  Here is my coverage of the Plaza Premium lounge, United Club and United First (in the B satellite), Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines (B satellite).

I was missing a review of the Air Canada lounge at Heathrow!  Reader Peter sent me a couple of photographs which, for completeness, I thought I would run today.

The official webpage for the lounge is on the Air Canada site here.

This article on how Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Club airport lounge pass scheme works is worth a read if you want to buy access for cash.

Review: the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2

He was generally positive about the lounge, which he found surprisingly large (it is J-shaped).  There are three separate seating areas, including the raised space you can see above which gives good views of the apron.

Review: the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2

Peter caught the end of the breakfast service (sausages, scrambled egg, waffles) and the start of lunch, and was generally impressed.  You can see the bar in the picture above.

In general, reports on this lounge have been patchy so I’m pleased Peter liked it.  My personal recommendations, however, are United Club if you are in the satellite terminal – which has the longest bar in Heathrow, as I reviewed here – and Plaza Premium in the main terminal.  You will need a Priority Pass (buy outright or free with Amex Platinum) or Lounge Club (2 free visits with Amex Gold) card to enter Plaza Premium, or pay cash on the door.

Note that, unfortunately, the United Club lounge withdrew from Priority Pass last year.

You can learn more about the Heathrow Maple Leaf lounge in the lounges section Air Canada website here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (5)

  • Koshka says:

    Quick feedback on the Plaza Premium departures lounge. They’ve recently signed deals with a number of airlines that mean that the lounge has become more crowded in recent weeks. It’s not as calm and peaceful as it was but I haven’t had any trouble getting in with my Priority Pass yet.

  • whiskerxx says:

    “Whilst I am away, I am running a couple of pieces submitted by readers”……..

    Clearly you have the editorial prerogative but beware of the slippery slope.
    look at Pointsguy now – YUK!

    • Rob says:

      I’m not handing over whole articles, just running the photos 🙂

      The few pieces written by 3rd parties in the past have been excellent though, such as Andrew Seftel’s credit card pieces and Nick’s Eurostar series.

  • RIccati says:

    The lounge is a good place to work and rest. Not food options (they are close to none in the afternoon/evening).

    There is no attendant behind that bar every time I saw it.

  • Wyvern says:

    If you have *G, the Air Canada lounge is better than the Singapore one – a lot less cramped, and more window space.

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