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Review: Avianca Domestic Lounge Bogota Airport
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We checked out of the Sofitel at 2PM, and then headed to the airport for our 3:42PM flight to Bogota. Once again we were flying economy on Avianca for the quick hour-long flight.
While Bogota Airport is modern, Cartagena Airport is a bit past its prime, and also lacks amenities. Fortunately the check-in and security process was quick, so we found ourselves in the departures area about 15 minutes after arriving at the airport, with 30 minutes to go until boarding was set to commence.
Avianca has a lounge in Cartagena which belongs to Priority Pass, which we were able to use. It’s open daily from 4:30AM until 11PM. While the lounge in Bogota was rather underwhelming, in this case the terminal wasn’t as nice and was also more crowded, so by comparison I figured lounge access would be more valuable.
The lounge 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|
|The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
The lounge is to the far right of the boarding gates (all of which are remote stands, as there are no jet bridges).
The lounge is one level up from the main concourse, so you can access it either by elevator or stairs.
The associate in the lounge didn’t say a word to us when we entered, and simply invited us in by bobbing her head in the direction of the lounge, to suggest it was okay for us to enter.
The lounge’s decor was very similar to the one in Bogota. I don’t know what their budget for furniture is, but the finishes all seem horrible to me. All the seating is white and looks cheap, with the primary contrast coming from the cheap, plastic-looking translucent walls.
There was one main area of the lounge with a bunch of tables.
Then there was a narrower area of the lounge leading to an entertainment center (if you’ve stayed at the Andaz West Hollywood, those orange dogs in the distance may look familiar).
Then there was a business center with some tablets.
There was also a TV room with a large “U” shaped couch.
The self serve food & drink area (if you can even call it that) was similar to the one in Bogota.
There was a beer tap, only available after 4PM.
Then there was a coffee machine.
In terms of food, there were some packaged nuts.
Then there were tiny pastries and one hot mystery dish.
Fortunately the wifi in the lounge worked quite well, which was the only redeeming quality of the space.
The other decent thing about the lounge is that it only has views of the interior of the terminal, so you can actually see when your flight starts boarding. Once we saw boarding was underway for our flight we headed downstiars for the quick trip down to Bogota.
The airport doesn’t have jet bridges, though they manage to park the planes close enough to the gate area so that you can walk there, rather than having to take a bus.
They boarded through both the forward and rear doors, so since we were seated towards the very back (we were trying to score an empty middle… and succeeded), we boarded through the rear.
Avianca Lounge Cartagena bottom line
Any lounge is better than no lounge, I suppose. Furthermore, I have pretty low expectations of Priority Pass lounges. Still, Avianca’s domestic lounges are as bare bones as they get. The decor reminded me of a hospital waiting room, and the food selection wasn’t much better either…