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Bogotá Airport’s refreshed Terminal 1 has two airline lounge choices for Priority Pass members: Avianca and LAN. Which to choose?
Short answer: LAN.
Sorry, hometown Avianca.
Avianca has a Diamond lounge for its own top-tier flyers that is not accessible by Star Alliance Gold or Priority Pass.
The main lounge is huge and utilitarian.
Food offerings do not rise above mini sandwiches and sugary sodas.
Periodicals say a lot about a lounge and this one only has local El País.
The showers are nice and the amenity packet contained L’Occitane products that are going straight to my wife.
There is a large kids area so families may enjoy Avianca.
The lounge closes at 23:00 with the last Avianca flights and does not reopen till 06:30.
LAN is open till 03:00 and reopens at 02:00 for its flights throughout the night.
LAN is smaller though in every respect is higher quality.
Bathrooms are private and nice. I did not inspect the showers.
Seating areas are varied and classy. There are various tables, chains, sofas and lounger chairs.
A full range of publications is on offer.
The food includes sushi, fresh cookies, ice cream cups, and a wide range of local beers, fruit drinks and teas. The bottled white tea with mangosteen is excellent. Any lounge that serves anything with mangosteen wins my affection.
For domestic flights, both the main terminal and separate Puento Aéreo have Avianca lounges. I could not access either because my Copa flight to San Andres Island was in a separate, disconnected domestic wing.
(Note: my Diners Club app claimed that there is a 3rd, non-airline lounge after international immigration. I saw no sign of it. Perhaps a casualty of renovations.)