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Review: Avianca Domestic Lounge Bogota Airport
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Our Miami to Bogota flight landed at around 2PM, and then our connecting flight from Bogota to Cartagena was at around 4:30PM. We cleared immigration, and then headed to the domestic terminal, where we cleared security. The security officers were among the friendliest I’ve had in any country. They actually seemed to be enjoying their jobs, which is quite rare.
We were flying on Avianca from Bogota to Cartagena, and they have a lounge in their domestic terminal. It can be accessed by business class passengers, Star Alliance Gold passengers, as well as Priority Pass members. As a reminder, the following US credit cards offer Priority Pass memberships, and are a better value than paying for a membership outright, in my opinion:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Card||2 Guests Or Immediate Family Members||Yes||$50 Per Person|
|The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$75 Per Person|
The one restriction to note is that per the terms, Avianca only lets Priority Pass guests in between 6:30AM and 4PM, and then between 7PM and 10:30PM.
The domestic terminal at Bogota Airport is surprisingly nice, with high ceilings and lots of natural light. The terminal was also pretty empty, so even without lounge access it would be a pleasant place to kill some time.
The Avianca Lounge is located past the security checkpoint and to the left. For what it’s worth, this is the “Sala VIP Gold,” while I saw there was also a “Sala VIP Diamond.” I’m not sure who gets access to the latter lounge, but based on what I saw, it looked very similar.
The Avianca Lounge has a glass exterior, so it doesn’t feel especially private, since you can see into it from the terminal.
In addition to the Star Alliance Gold logo, there was also a Priority Pass logo on the outside of the lounge, which also explained the restrictions on hours.
Inside the lounge was an unstaffed reception desk on the left, along with some seating along a counter.
Past that and in the actual lounge and to the right was the staffed reception desk. Upon presenting my Priority Pass card (issued through the Citi Prestige® Card, since it allows free guests) and signing, we were admitted into the lounge.
The lounge itself consists of one large room with tons of seating.
The lounge had a similar design throughout. In the center were sets of tables with 2-4 chairs, then along the wall by the window were seats along a counter, and then along the other wall were leather chairs.
The lounge had a view of the tarmac, and the runway in the distance.
There were separated areas with self serve food and drinks. Self serve drinks were at the far end of the lounge. There was a beer tap, though it was only available after 4PM, apparently.
Then there was a coffee machine, along with a selection of tea.
There was also a fridge with bottled juice, soda, etc.
The food was located back near the reception desk, and was possibly one of the most pathetic spreads I’ve seen. It actually made a US airline lounge look good by comparison.
There were four types of stale sliced sandwiches available, all of which were dry as could be.
The only other types of snacks available were packaged nuts and packaged sweets. That’s it.
The wifi in the lounge worked quite well, which was good after a flight without wifi.
One of the big downsides to the lounge was that it doesn’t even have bathrooms — you have to go into the terminal if you want to use the restroom.
After being in the lounge for about an hour we headed to the departure gate for our flight to Cartagena.
Avianca Domestic Lounge Bogota Airport bottom line
Some lounge is better than no lounge, but that’s about the only thing I can say about Avianca’s domestic lounge in Bogota Airport. The decor felt cheap and the snack selection was pitiful. At least it was a quiet place from which to work with free wifi.
I’m excited to check out Avianca’s international lounge when I fly them again shortly.