Priority Pass Review: The Avianca VIP Lounge at the El Salvador International Airport.

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

There are two Priority Pass lounges at the El Salvador International Airport in El Salvador and I ended up only checking out the Avianca VIP Lounge because it was nearly empty!

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Welcome to the Avianca VIP Lounge in El Salvador. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

Ever heard of Priority Pass?

No? Well it is a network of worldwide lounges and restaurants. You can purchase a membership package directly through the Priority Pass website or be automatically granted a free Priority Pass Select membership that comes with certain luxury credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Are you a Priority Pass member?

If you are great, then you know how great of a benefit it is while traveling. From lounge access to free food and gifts at various airports world-wide, it's a valuable perk to have.

If you aren't a Priority Pass member yet, you're in luck. You can sign up using my Priority Pass affiliate link here and save 20% your first year. As a member you have access to over 1,000 lounges world-wide!

My advice is to get the free Priority Pass Select membership when you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card.

The main difference between the Priority Pass Prestige and the Priority Pass Select membership is that if you bring a guest to a lounge it will cost you $32 per guest (through Standard, Standard Plus & Prestige) versus free access for guests (through Select).

The other huge benefit is that some airports also have participating restaurants, bistros and bars that offer each member and their guest(s) a credit of $28 each.

Disclaimer: Please note that lounges and restaurants which exceed their seating limit will use their own discretion in allowing Priority Pass members and their guests.

The check-in desk at the Avianca VIP Lounge. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

Priority Pass Lounges in El Salvador

There are two Priority Pass lounges in El Salvador. Since we were traveling during the last day of the year (12/31), we ended up just sticking with the Avianca VIP Lounge because it was nearly empty. Plus this lounge is very, very large with lots of space and plenty of great amenities.

The Avianca VIP Lounge is very spacious

This lounge instantly ranks tied with my favorite lounge (along with the Strata Lounge in the Auckland International Airport). You'll find plenty of spaces to chill while you wait for your flight to your next destination.

Since my wife and I traveled during New Year's Eve, we nearly had the entire lounge to ourselves. There's a children's play space, some decent food and drink selections, fast WiFi and a nice air-conditioned atmosphere.

Food and beverages

The food and beverages consisted of finger-food like sandwiches and also some fresh vegetables like cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, carrots and of a choice of local salsa. You'll also find some cold cut meats like chicken and roast beef and cheese for your protein.

The beverages are all self-serve. Enjoy an ice cold Coke or a beer. There's even a small selection of chilled Chardonnay wine, red wines, vodka, whiskey and rum.

The WiFi is free and fast! (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

In conclusion

The Avianca VIP Lounge has plenty to offer. It's a nice way to end your trip to El Salvador. You can relax in a clean environment with air-condition, free WiFi and television. It's definitely one of my favorite Priority Pass lounges.


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