Santiago now boasts the largest airport lounge in South America with the opening of LATAM’s two-storey facility for LAN, TAM, Qantas and other Oneworld passengers in the Chilean capital.
With space for up to 460 seated guests, LAN’ and TAM’s own business class travellers can proceed directly from priority check-in and into the lounge via a private security screening channel that reminds us of Virgin Australia Premium Entry in Sydney.
Inside, you’ll find a variety of zones to suit every mood, such a communal dining area where the tables also come packed with power outlets for charging your phone, tablet or laptop…
… along with smaller, two-person tables at an ideal height for laptop work, and with iMacs nearby for travellers without their own kit.
Add to that a bar-adjacent seating area for easy access to bubbles, cocktails and other spirit-based drinks…
… while you could also take your refreshment over to the media zone, resting it on the conveniently placed cocktail tables while again plugging in and recharging your gadgets.
There’s comfy seating throughout – often joined by footstools, and you guessed it, more power outlets tucked away in the floor, underneath the metal panels…
… plus a gaming area for the children and the children at heart…
… and a dedicated sleeping room for weary travellers arriving early for their flight or riding out a long international transit:
Peckish passengers can grab a bite at one of several buffet stations…
… which all come with some form of self-serve alcohol to avoid trekking from one side of the lounge to the other just to grab a drink.
Handy before those longer flights are 10 private shower suites and a shoeshine service, helping travellers to arrive refreshed and looking their best.
The new LATAM lounge in Santiago rolls out the welcome mat for international business class and first class passengers of Oneworld members LAN, TAM, Qantas, American Airlines and Iberia (as applicable) – including those bound for Sydney on Qantas flight QF28 and LAN flight LA801 via Auckland.
While Qantas continues to direct its premium passengers to the American Airlines Admirals Club in the same terminal, Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge members can instead stop by the LATAM lounge before their Qantas or Oneworld flight thanks to Oneworld’s alliance-wide lounge access policy.
So too can other Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members travelling with any Oneworld airline – such as American Airlines Platinum and Executive Platinum, British Airways Executive Club Silver and Gold and Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond cardholders.
Paid-up Qantas Club members, however, will need to continue using the Admirals Club lounge in Santiago.
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