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Every so often we get an email from a reader about a highly unusual lounge, airline or travel-related experience.  This one is from Graeme, who was flying with LATAM on an Avios redemption from Iguazú Falls to Buenos Aires.

South America is, on the whole, an excellent place to make Avios redemptions thanks to LATAM’s coverage of the region. Last week we ran an article on reward availability to the Galapagos, the Falklands and Rapa Nui – Easter Island.

There are two airports at Iguazú Falls, one on the Brazilian side and the other in Argentina. According to Graeme, the small Argentinian airport at Iguazú Falls (IGR) is complete chaos:

“90 minutes to check in, another 30 minute line for security and you can’t clear security until your plane is sitting at one of the 2 boarding gates.”

iguazu falls airport chaos

This makes the Aeropuertos VIP Club at the airport an attractive proposition, since it is available with Priority Pass (free with the American Express Platinum Card) or to paid visitors. It does not appear to accept oneworld or SkyTeam status. It does, however, require a bit of negotiating to get in, as Graeme explains:

“After asking the security officer if we could visit the lounge, as it is airside and we were not allowed through as our plane had not yet arrived, he told us to return to customer services at check in. So back downstairs we went, and we had to ring the lounge to tell them we were in the airport. They then sent staff down to check in to meet us, walk us through security and take us to a door at the back of gate 2.

iguazu falls vip lounge seating 2

The lounge itself is tiny.   In fact, we think it could be the smallest Priority Pass lounge out there.  It has two seating areas (enough for just 10-12 people if they got cosy), a fridge and a coffee machine.   That said, given there was nowhere to sit in the airport Graeme was happy just to get a seat.

iguazu falls vip lounge snacks

On the upside:

“We were then walked to be first boarded on the plane and we were away. Very much a VIP experience.

We were dreading having to waste 5 hours at this airport due to the way our trip was planned but this added a pleasant twist. In the 2 1/4 hours we were in the lounge no one else visited and the reception desk attendant never left her seat.”

iguazu falls vip lounge seating

If you are travelling to see the Iguazú Falls soon. Graeme’s tip might make an otherwise unpleasant airport experience quite enjoyable …..

If you have experienced a similarly bizarre or unique airport lounge we’d love to hear about it in the comments.  Rob recently experienced this interesting outdoor lounge experience (NOT available via Priority Pass, for clarity) on a family holiday in Scotland, used by tourist boats on a Scottish Loch:

Grubby Scotland loch lounge sofas

Of course, sometimes your Priority Pass membership lets you hit the jackpot.  Here is reader Andrew’s story about Ohrid in Macedonia where the Priority Pass lounge is the VIP terminal.


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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,500 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (60)

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  • Michael Jennings says:

    >It has two seating areas (enough for just 10-12 people if they got cosy),
    >a fridge and a coffee machine.

    Yes, but what was in the fridge?

  • Chris says:

    Not at the airport but as the boat was a Boeing so i think maybe counts? The VIP lounge for TurboJet Ferries the last time i went to Macau from in Hong Kong central was 2 sofa’s inside a cubicle partiton – and a filter water machine.

  • Bob says:

    I’m pretty sure that Inverness airport lounge is smaller than that.

  • M Corrêa says:

    We have used the Priority Pass in Abu Dhabi and the lounge there is also in the VIP terminal, so we had our own security check point, immigration procedure and a car taking us to the gate.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Which Abu Dhabi airport is this?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        *lounge.

        Looks like it could be Diamond Lounge (Landside – next to Terminal 1, Ground Level adjacent to the VIP Terminal.)

        I’ve used Al Dhabi and AL Reem before which is through the main terminal

  • Anna says:

    Grand Cayman airport only has a VIP lounge for elite members of its national airline, Cayman Airways. This is called the Sir Turtle Club, the turtle being the national emblem (and indeed national dish, go figure!) of the Cayman Islands. Minimal facilities are provided for other passengers, despite a recent multi-million dollar airport makeover, the implication being that if you’re anyone you’ll be going straight to or from your private jet anyway 🤣

    • pking says:

      Normally when it comes to clubs I agree with Groucho Marx, but the Sir Turtle Club sounds amazing!

  • Templegrafton says:

    Graeme did well, on my last trip there a year ago I couldn’t persuade anyone to accept that there is a lounge available so we had to while away a good few hours searching for a cold drink. I am so pleased that someone was able to crack the code!

  • poida says:

    When I visited the Qantas ‘Lounge’ at Broome Airport in Western Australia in 2012 it was literally just a small room off to the side of the waiting area, with a small drinks fridge and a basket full of packets of crisps. I don’t even recall them having any seats, and access was with a PIN they give you at checkin.

  • Graeme says:

    Tivat must rival that for size. Also the arrivals lounge at Malta is ridiculously small.

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