So, you’re going on a trip and traveling by air. Would you say getting there is half the fun? If your answer is “no,” there is a way to put a little joy back into a long day of long flights.
How? Spend your between flight time in your airline’s airport lounge.
For anyone who has never been inside an airport lounge, here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find. It’s a glimpse at Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto, the airline’s largest and most important hub city. In fact, at Pearson International Toronto, Air Canada has not one, but three lounges. One is for passengers on international flights, one for domestic, and one transborder for travelers connecting between Canada and the U.S.
So what’s inside the doors? The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s quiet. Next, there are plenty of places to sit in comfortable chairs with tables. An open bar is stocked with wine, beer and self-serve cocktails, plus soft drinks and water. Depending on the time of day, there are snacks—apples, soup, bread, veggies and dip, chips, salads, cookies. Of course, you’ll always find coffee and tea. It's all complimentary.
Naturally, everyone wants to stay in touch while on the road. The Maple Leaf Lounge has free WiFi. There’s also a large computer room with computers where you can check your e-mail or surf the Web for free. For those who just want to relax, you’ll find a wide selection of magazines and newspapers to pass the time.
Perhaps best of all, for those with particularly long flights and long layovers, Maple Leaf lounges offer shower facilities. There’s nothing more refreshing than a hot shower.
How do you gain access to a Maple Leaf Lounge? There’s more than one way. You could be flying business or first class. If not, perhaps you’re a qualified member of Air Canada’s (or Star Alliance) frequent flyer club, or you hold a high-end American Express card. Last, but not least, you can purchase a day pass. Check it out at www.aircanada.com.