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Los Angeles (LAX) to Bogota (BOG)
DEP 8:25PM ARR 5:25AM
Seat number: 7A
Aircraft: Dreamliner 787-8
35,000 United Miles + $20.60 USD
PROS: Nice reverse herringbone 1-2-1 configuration seats and comfortable lie-flat bed. Good award availability and requires decent amount of miles for business class’s redemption between North America and northern South America such as Colombia.
CONS: Mediocre food without menu, huge disappointing customer service from the crew working in the business class cabin.
|Review: Avianca AV89 Business Class Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Los Angeles (LAX) to Bogota (BOG)|
I transferred 35,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points to United MileagePlus for 35,000 United miles to redeem one-way business class seat from LAX to BOG with Avianca airline. If you are flying out or to these northern South American countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, you will only need 35,000 United miles for a one-way business class seat. Other parts of South America require much more United miles.
Avianca Flights Leave From Tom Bradley International Terminal, Not Terminal 3
It’s worth mentioning that if you check in with Avianca online, your boarding pass will say terminal 3. However, according to the information on the LAX website, you check in at terminal 3, but you have to walk or make your way to terminal B, which is the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) to catch your flight. The flight does not leave from terminal 3.
“Avianca Passengers Terminal 3 for Check-in. Passengers will walk from Terminal 3 to Terminal B for departure. Departures and Arrivals will operate at Terminal B.”
If you have a layover in LAX that means you probably already got your boarding pass, then simply proceed to TBIT upon arrival. The good news is, terminal 4, 5, 6 and 7 are now connected to TBIT so you no longer need to exit the airport, catch the shuttle bus through each terminal and then go through security checkpoint again to go to TBIT. It is quite a waking distance though so be prepared for that or ask for mobility assistance at the airport on your arrival.
Check-In and Lounge
My travel companion and I had a layover in LAX for around 8 hours long. We were connecting from another domestic North American airport on one award ticket. There were no additional miles required. Fortunately, we were able to access the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge because Avianca is a member of Star Alliance and the lounge’s access policy only cares if your flight departs on the same day of your visit or latest by 05:00 AM the next morning.
United Polaris Lounge is also another nice lounge to experience at LAX airport. However, according to the United Polaris Lounge’s policy, the route LAX-BOG is not included in the list as eligible long-haul International flight and thus business class passengers cannot access the lounge. The United Polaris Lounge is also not inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal. It is located at Terminal 7 which is quite away from TBIT. But Star Alliance Business Class Lounge is amazing enough.