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We flew in the same day from New York, so arrived at check-in about three hours before our scheduled 9:15PM departure to the Azores. Azores Airlines departs out of Terminal E at Logan Airport, and their check-in area was around the center of the terminal.
While there was a bit of a wait in the economy line, there was no one in the business class line, so we were helped almost immediately. While we were already confirmed in business class, there was a sign offering paid upgrades to Comfort Class, with the cost being $250-400 one-way, depending on the type of fare you booked.
Azores Airlines upgrade costs
The lady checking in next to us was informed by the agent she’d have lounge access, which surprised her. As it turned out, she didn’t even realize she was in business class. The flight was oversold in economy (hours before the flight we were the only people assigned seats in business class), so I suspect she received an operational upgrade.
From there we headed to security, which surprisingly wasn’t too bad, given the number of evening departures out of Terminal E. We were through within about 10 minutes, and then turned right in the direction of the Air France Lounge, which Azores Airlines uses for their premium passengers in Boston.
Boston Logan Airport Terminal E airside
Enroute I couldn’t help but stop and admire the gorgeous Air France 777-200 being prepared for departure.
The Air France Lounge can be tough to find if you don’t know where you’re going. After turning right and walking to the far end of the hallway, take the escalator down a level to follow the signage to gates E1-E3.
At the bottom of the escalator hang a sharp left, and you’ll see the hallway leading to the Air France Lounge.
We could access the lounge on account of our tickets, but it’s worth noting that the Air France Lounge also belongs to Priority Pass. Best of all, unlike some other US Air France Lounges, this one lets Priority Pass members in all hours of the day, and not jut outside peak times.
As a reminder, here’s a table with some of the major credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:
|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 Air France Lounge was a decent size, though still crowded, probably due to how many airlines use it for their premium passengers, as well as the ability to access it through Priority Pass.
Inside the entrance and to the left was a big room with traditional lounge seating, where leather chairs were lined up in rows.
The lounge had a few partitions throughout the space, so that the lounge was separated into a few zones. The buffet area was in the center of the lounge.
Next to the buffet was a dining area with some tables that had two seats each.
Then in the far corner of the lounge was another sitting area, which was the only area of the lounge with any natural light. Even that didn’t offer a direct tarmac view, but rather it faced an arrivals hall that overlooked the tarmac. Probably my biggest complaint about the lounge was the lack of natural light, as it sort of felt like a dungeon. Most people in the lounge don’t have any sort of a view outside.
The food selection was good for a Priority Pass lounge.
There were raw veggies, fruit salad, green salad, finger sandwiches, and a couple of hot dishes.
There was a coffee machine in the corner next to the food, as well as some tea.
On the opposite wall were two types of soup — miso and minestrone. There was also whole fruit, as well as brownies and cookies.
Also in that area were a few packaged snacks set up for EL AL passengers.
Around the corner from the main buffet was the drink area, which had a selection of self serve liquor, beer, wine, soft drinks, etc.
There was also a selection of bar snacks, cold cuts, cheese, etc.
I spent about 90 minutes in the lounge working, and the wifi was fast.
Boarding was scheduled to start at 8:35PM, which was 40 minutes before departure. So we headed to gate E3 at around 8:20PM, though the gate was just outside the lounge, so we were there within a minute.
Unfortunately this part of the terminal doesn’t have direct tarmac views, but rather the only picture I could get of the plane was through the arrivals hallway.
Finally at 8:45PM boarding began with business class, and we were the first onboard.
Air France Lounge Boston bottom line
The Air France Lounge Boston had a solid food and drink selection, and was pretty comfortable. However, I do wish the lounge had more natural light.
In terms of design this is probably my least favorite Air France lounge in North America that I’ve visited. I prefer the Air France Lounge New York and Air France Lounge San Francisco. However, those lounges restrict access to Priority Pass members during peak hours, while this one doesn’t.
So I wouldn’t arrive early to use the lounge, but it’s a nice enough place to kill time, and a great option for Priority Pass members.