New Newark Priority Pass Lounge

Newark has a new Priority Pass lounge: the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, which opened last fall.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Newark

The lounge is open 4:30-15:30 and airside, meaning you need to pass through security. Security is that pier is a bottleneck so I would not bother visiting unless flying out of there. In many cases you’ll do better visiting the Art & Lounge outside security in Terminal B.

Air Canada is marooned in a dreary pier of Terminal A. If you think Newark is dumpy you have you only experience Terminal B & C, this is a another few rungs down. It is populated by several US airlines. In building a lounge, I guess Air Canada has given up relocating somewhere better.

Readers, have you visited? How is it?

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  • Chris Jensen

    It can’t be any worse than the one in terminal B. Last fall I was flying Porter to Canada, and stopped in around 9:30. There was no one at the desk, so we sat down for a bit. An employee came running out telling us we had to pay (at least there was a person at the desk now). I signed in with my pass from the Citi Prestige card. My wife couldn’t find hers, so I said “no problem, I’ll sign you in with mine”. No no no no said the desk attendant. You have to pay for that. After politely trying to explain that passes from credit cards allow family or guests to be signed in, I was met with another round of no no no. Obviously this person was clueless as to the conditions of the card, or did not care. In the meantime, my wife found hers, and the crisis was averted. So we made ourselves comfortable again, and I walked around. Hmmm, no coffee. No food, except for some cookies in a jar. OK, they were good. There were some soft drinks in a refrigerated case. I finally got the pre-mixed cappuccino machine working, and that was it. I would think that since it opened at 9:00 AM they would have a few muffins, or maybe a croissant. We left at 10:30 and everything was the same. And there was still no one at the desk. Pathetic.

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