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.
I walked down the corridor and entered the lounge to my left. I did a short walk around in the lounge to see where what is and where a good seat is available. I set down close to the main buffet and next to a departure monitor. There are two spots for the buffet. One right to your left when you enter the lounge and the main buffet basically in the center of the lounge. The main buffet serves all the alcoholic beverages as well. Everything from beer, wine, and other spirits.
Food-wise they offered little snacks. Small mini “sandwiches”, cookies, cereals, and yogurt. Soft drinks, coffee, wine, and spirits are up for self-service while you had to ask the bartender for beers. Everything is of course complementary. The snacks and food items were continuously restocked and had a “fresh” taste.
There is quite a lot of space for seating with comfortable chairs. However, if you want to work, you better choose the business center at the far left end of the lounge. The only spot with real tables to work. Next to the business center was an area with tables and seats, none of them were used but all were reserved. Power outlets are rare and only available at seats around the walls and in the business center. Seating areas in the middle of the room had no access to power outlets.
The lounge layout is U-shaped and one of the walls gives you a view of the J Concourse while the other windows give you a limited view of the tarmac and an obstructed view of downtown Miami. Between the two window section is a wall with no windows and dimmed lighting for passengers who want to take a nap.
If you want to fresh yourself up, you can take a shower at one of the shower suites next to the main buffet. Overall it’s a pretty decent lounge and much better as the usual domestic lounges.
Overall the LATAM VIP Lounge is not bad and if you can use it and fly out of this concourse use it. If you can access both lounges go with the Avianca VIP lounge next door. It is the better lounge especially if it comes to food. However, they limit the access to Priority Pass members during their peak times when they serve their own customers. On the other side, Priority Pass access is also limited at this lounge. I recommend you to try anyway and they might let you in if the lounge is not overcrowded.
- Shower Facilities
- Lots of space with plety of seating possibilites
- Friendly Staff
- Onyl accessible from Concourse H and J. Everyone else had to re-clear security
- Far walkway to Concourse J from Concourse D and no shuttle or train
- Limited access for Priority Pass members
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