I was connecting through Miami to go to the west coast. My outbound flight got more than 1.5 hours delayed and I decided to kill some time by checking out the other lounges I have access to thanks to Priority Pass. Because I usually fly American Airlines and they depart from Concourse D, my go-to lounge is the American Express Centurion Lounge.
By checking the Priority Pass app I found two lounges located in the J Concourse of the airport. I decided to visit the Avianca VIP Lounge because the LATAM VIP Lounge wouldn’t accept Priority Pass anymore after 3 p.m. It is quite a walk from the D-Gates to the J-gates. They are not connected airside, means that you have to leave the security area and go through security again.
Lucky for me no one was even in line at the security checkpoint for Concourse J. Even tho they don’t officially have a TSA PreCheck line, they officer checking my boarding pass and ID gave me a laminated paper and which allowed me to keep my shoes on and go through the metal detector rather than the “nude-o-scope” but I had to take out my laptops.
After the security, you make a left and walk down the walkway and follow the signs for Concourse J. Concourse J and H are connected airside and passengers coming in on either of this concourses can get to the lounge without leaving the secured area. Everyone else has to leave and re-clear security.
At the end, you make right and walk down the terminal building. The lounge is next to gate J5 and the entrance is on your right-hand side. You can take the escalator or elevator up to the third floor. This entrance is for the LATAM VIP Lounge and the Avianca VIP Lounge. Once you are upstairs agents will ask you where you want to go and point you in the right direction to either of the lounges and their check-in counter.
As mentioned I decided to access the Avianca lounge but they denied access and recommended me to check with the LATAM lounge right next door because they are a oneworld alliance lounge. What I didn’t know is that I don’t have to use my Priority Pass, I can use my oneworld Emerald status with American Airlines. The lady at the counter asked me for my member card and I showed her the digital one stored on my phone and handed over my boarding pass and ID as well. She granted me access and handed me a little piece of paper with the WiFi credentials.