Review: Avianca Domestic Lounge Bogota Airport
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Our Bogota to Miami flight was scheduled to depart at 3:09PM, so we got to the airport at around 1PM. Since traffic in Bogota was so terrible, we wanted to leave plenty of time to get to the airport.
American check-in at Bogota Airport was efficient, though security took about 30 minutes.
Once through security we found ourselves in the fairly modern and spacious departures hall.
At check-in we were given invitations to the LAN Sala VIP, which American uses for their business class passengers. We followed the signage towards the lounge, which was located in the same area of the terminal as the Avianca lounge.
The elevators to the lounge are located across from gates 34 & 35.
The lounge is located one level up from the main concourse, so when you take the elevator up you’ll find yourself in front of a large sign with the LAN logo.
At the reception desk we were welcomed by two associates, who scanned our boarding passes and waved us in. I should note that this is also a Priority Pass lounge. 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 (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
I had really low expectations coming into this lounge, given that the two Avianca lounges we visited in Colombia were terrible. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised by this lounge.
Just past the entrance were departures monitors, as well as a few racks with magazines and newspapers.
Past that is the main open room, which is in a triangular shape, with a good amount of seating.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures, as the lounge was quite difficult to photograph due to the amount of natural light. I loved the variety of furniture, as there were some nice semi-private couches, and then more traditional lounge seating as well.
In the far corner were rocking chairs, which is where we decided to settle down.
The rocking chairs (as well as the rest of the lounge) faced the interior of the terminal.
In the distance they also faced a couple of gates, as well as the taxiway.
Across from the rocking chairs were four iMacs.
On the other side of the triangular seating area were cozier and more private seats, many of which had ottomans.
Past that were a couple of dining areas, with different designs. In one room the tables ran perpendicular to the walls, while in the other one they ran parallel to the walls.
Next to that were more dining tables, which each had seating for two.
There were two self service areas. The first had a coffee machine, sliced fruit, and several types of sandwiches (which in and of itself is already a significantly better food selection than the Avianca lounge had).
There was also a fridge with beer, soft drinks, and bottled water.
Further down in the lounge was the main self serve area, which featured a beautiful wine display, with bottles of wine and wine glasses stacked high on a suspended glass display.
The food selection in this section was similar, though there were a couple more types of sandwiches.
There was also soup.
As in the other section, there was a fridge with beer, soft drinks, and water.
I was most excited to see a freezer with ice cream, which I took full advantage of, even if some of the flavors were a bit weird.
The lounge also had sparkling wine, which is a lot more than can be said about the Avianca lounges I visited.
The lounge had individual bathrooms which had a nice design in theory, except they were in a state of disrepair, with the wastebasket overflowing, and no toilet paper.
We left the lounge at around 2:15PM and headed to our departure gate, where boarding commenced within 10 minutes.
LAN Sala VIP Bogota bottom line
While this isn’t a world class lounge, it was significantly nicer than the Avianca lounges I visited in Colombia. The lounge’s decor, along with food and drink selection, were actually quite decent. This is probably one of the best Priority Pass lounges I’ve visited, so I’d definitely recommend using this if traveling internationally out of Bogota Airport.
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).