Background:

Since I was flying in Business Class (essentially Domestic First) from Los Angeles to Vancouver, I had access to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles (LAX) before my flight. I had never been to an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge before, so I was excited to give it a try.

Access and Hours:

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles (LAX) is located past security, near the Point the Way Cafe in Terminal 6. It’s on the 4th floor, which is a floor above the terminal. Access to the lounge is limited to three hours before the scheduled departure time. Current hours of operation during my visit were from 4:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

Maple Leaf Lounge

Maple Leaf Lounge Entrance

Back in the day, Air Canada operated out of Terminal 2 and had a more oversized lounge that was part of the Priority Pass network. After my visit, I could see how it is way too small to accommodate that kind of traffic.

Access is included for:

  • Air Canada Signature Class and Business Class Ticket Holders
  • Customers traveling in Premium Rouge
  • Altitude Super Elite, Aeroplan 75K, and Aeroplan 50K Members
  • Star Alliance Gold Members
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Members
  • Aeroplan Black Cardmembers and Business + Corporate Credit Cardholders using One-Time Guest Pass

Lounge Seating:

Upon entry, you’ll pass by some chairs with side tables, then enter a room with a TV and large sofa lounger. This is where my party ended up spending most of our time in the lounge. I liked the decor but noticed that the space was quite small. When I arrived around 1:30 p.m. the lounge was about 75% full, but it slowly got emptier as the afternoon went on.

a desk with signs and a model airplane on it

Entrance with cool model AC plane!

a room with chairs and tables

Maple Leaf Lounge Entry Seating

Maple Leaf Lounge

Large Sofa Seating

The one quirk I would add was that the afternoon sun is quite strong and made the seats near the window very hot. Mixed with not-so-strong AC in the lounge, it made it a bit stuffy when sitting at the window. So, we moved to the large lounger sofa away from the windows.

a room with a man sitting in a reception desk

Window Seating

The lounge offers nice tarmac views of Terminal 6 and the neighboring Terminal 5, with tables and chairs along the window. Most seats had USB and power ports nearby for charging.

To the right is the buffet area, and there is a long dining table as well as some smaller dining tables for eating.

people sitting at a counter in a room with people sitting at tables

Buffet Area Seating

And in the back, are the bathrooms. Lotion and soap were provided by Moulton Brown, and the bathroom was spacious and clean for a lounge of this size.

a bathroom with white counter tops and white cabinets

Maple Leaf Lounge LAX Bathrooms

To the right of the bathrooms is a mini-business center.

Maple Leaf Lounge

Maple Leaf Lounge LAX

Food Selection:

For a small lounge, I was pleasantly surprised by the food selection at the lounge. There were some cold options like a salad bar, quinoa, and edamame. Hot options focus on a taco bar with chicken, pork, and a vegan option. Dessert included strawberries and cookies. In terms of pre-packaged snacks, I would have liked to see some chips, but there were just pretzels and a Biscotti cookie.

a kitchen with a counter and a large counter

Buffet Area

Maple Leaf Lounge

Taco Selection

a buffet with different food items

Cold Food Selection

Cans of soda were available, as well as a self-serve bar. The alcoholic options were a pretty good variety. There was a coffee machine serving Lavazza coffee.

a group of bottles of wine and snacks on a counter

Alcohol Selection

Service was attentive and they did a good job of checking in on guests.

The Verdict:

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles (LAX). While the space is small, the taco selection was nice, plus a good amount of drink options for a domestic-style lounge option. Plus, the bathroom was nice and clean. It was a nice escape from the terminal, and wouldn’t hesitate to visit the lounge again on my future travels.

 

Have you visited the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Los Angeles (LAX)? How was your experience? Comment below!

 

Cheers,

Ty


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