During the month of March I took a trip to Lisbon Portugal and I have to say its one of my favorites cities I’ve visited – I flew One World partner Iberia and started my journey with American Airlines. My flight route looked as follow: LAX-MIA-MAD-LIS | LIS-MAD-MIA-LAX, I accumulated 14,170 Elite qualifying miles with American Airlines. It was quite the journey but a fun one. Lisbon airport it’s freshly renovated and I have to say they have everything pretty well organized. I had a 6:20am departure out of Lisbon to Madrid, so I arrived to the airport at 4:30am – fairly early but I prefer being early rather than late ;). Once finding the ticket counter at Lisbon, I waited a maximum of 35-40 minutes for the Iberia check-in agents to arrive and let me tell you, they took their sweet time getting things ready – I was standing on the Business class line waiting to check in and I was the only one there so I was worry free that I could miss my flight. Once the agents were ready they proceed with the check in process, it only took about 10 minutes and I was en route to security. Here is a tip of advice, before entering security have your boarding pass and passport in hand because they will ask you for it before you even get to security, once you’re cleared you will be able to proceed to the screening section. My security experience at Lisbon went smooth, they had many security stations open which made the process really fast – you do have to remove your laptop out of your bag and they do not have TSA Pre check or Fast Track, so basically you have to remove everything, you will clear security in less than 5 minutes, if you follow the rules. Expect to be delayed & checked by the officers if you don’t follow the rules – not only will you get padded down but your bags will be getting checked as well – this happened to a few passengers that didn’t following the rules. Once I cleared security I was headed to my departure gate, everything was closed because it was roughly 5:20am & my only hope that I was able to find a lounge that would be open. I was able to find the BlueLounge near my departure gate which was Gate 10 on Terminal 1. I was granted access to the lounge because I have my PriorityPass Card provided by American Express. The PriorityPass card comes in handy while flying International so if you have this card, keep it in your wallet at all times while flying International. Elite Passengers from other airlines such as TAPPortugal also have access into the lounge. When you first enter the lounge you are required to show 3 things:
- Boarding Pass.
- Priority Pass Select Card.
I was the first one arriving at the lounge and a few minutes later the crowd starting to come in. The check-in was extremely fast and the attention from the staff was great, they walked me through the club to get familiar with it and pointed out the amenities they offer – I was impressed. The size of the lounge isn’t very big but a lounge with WiFi, free food, drinks, coffee it’s better than no lounge. Once the staff finished walking me through the lounge, I was on my own to relax. I had one hour and 20 minutes left before heading to my gate before the boarding process began. Things that impressed me about the lounge:
- The Service.
- Comfort and seating area of the lounge.
- WiFi Speed.
- Variety of Food.
- Drinks (Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Juices, Water).
- Coffee Machine (Unlimited).
Overall, I was very pleased with the lounge and how organized they had everything set up. You are freely to take anything you want while being at the Lounge. They have a rule that you are not allowed to take any alcohol into the terminal, so keep that in mind. The only items I walked away with was bottles of waters & chips. If you are traveling with a guest, they will have access to the lounge as well as long as they are with you and you have your PriorityPass Card.
The lounge it is indeed fairly small and they don’t have offer what other major lounges offer such as Business Centers, Showers, etc. But to pass the time, have a bite to eat free of charge, connect to the WiFi & get some work done pre-departure beats waiting at the Terminal with zero of the amenities I listed above.
Have you visit the BlueLouge before? Would you like to see any upgrades being made into the lounge?
Best, John Carter.