Review: Turkish Airlines Business Lounge – Miami International Airport, USA
Turkish Airlines operates an overseas lounge location at Miami International Airport. In addition to being a lounge within the Star Alliance Gold membership program, it is also a part of the Priority Pass membership program. The lounge offered a spot to enjoy some upscale food in advance of your flight. We’d get the opportunity to test out this lounge in the early morning before our trans-continental flight.
This post is one chapter on our trip during the pandemic to Curaçao in the Southern Caribbean. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: The Caribbean Coves of Curaçao via American Airlines First Class
- American Airlines Business Class: Vancouver – Dallas Fort Worth
- Dallas Fort Worth Airport Marriott, Texas, USA
- American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge – Dallas Fort Worth C Gates
- American Airlines First Class: Dallas Fort Worth – Miami
- American Express Centurion Lounge Miami
- American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Airlines – Miami Gate D30
- American Airlines Business Class: Miami – Curaçao
- Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Curaçao
- Cas Abo Beach
- Grote Knip Beach
- Klein Curaçao Island
- Crossing the Queen Emma Bridge into Willemstad, Curaçao
- VIP Lounge Curaçao – Hato International Airport, Curaçao
- American Airlines Business Class: Curaçao – Miami
- JW Marriott Miami, Florida, USA
- Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miami, USA
- American Airlines First Class: Miami – Los Angeles
- American Airlines Business Class: Los Angeles – Vancouver
Review: Turkish Airlines Business Lounge – Miami International Airport “E” Concourse, Florida, United States of America.
Our travels took us to the Turkish Airlines Lounge at Miami International Airport. While it may seem a little odd to operate a Turkish Airlines Lounge at Miami International Airport for a carrier that operates one flight a day to and from the Miami International Airport, we would end up enjoying the space.
Turkish Airlines operates two lounges at the Miami International Airport. It operates a larger lounge in the Miami International Airport Concourse “H”, and a smaller Turkish Airlines Lounge in Concourse “E”. Our visit and review is of the Turkish Airlines Concourse “E” location at Miami International Airport.
Our visit to the Turkish Airlines Lounge occurred before our American Airlines First Class Miami – Los Angeles flight. Since our flight departed early in the morning before the American Airlines Admirals Club Miami opened for the day, and with coffee line ups leading to a whole new level at our 4:45 AM visit to the Miami International Airport, we opted to visit the Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami before our flight.
Checking into American Airlines First Class:
We departed a nice but short stay at the JW Marriott Miami hotel. We returned our rental car to Hertz and navigated to American Airlines to Check in.
It was pretty empty at this early hour in the morning, and we were attended to at the American Airlines Priority Line without any wait. We checked into our flight on American Airlines First Class Miami – Los Angeles with further connections onwards American Airlines Business Class Los Angeles – Vancouver.
Locating the Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami:
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami is located in Concourse “E” of the Miami International Airport. The different concourses of the Miami International Airport are quite far apart. They seem to take longer than expected to walk in between them.
We approached the lounge from Concourse “D”. Using the secure connections corridor, we passed down some “no mans land” hallways as we crossed between terminals.
The signage for the Turkish Airlines Lounge is well marked, but given the distances, make sure you allow yourself sufficient time before your flights. It took us about 7 – 10 minutes to walk between terminals.
We eventually came upon the lounge which is shortly after security check point in Concourse “E”. There is a short flight of stairs to walk up in order to access the lounge. While there was a small elevator, we didn’t end up using it as it needed an attendant to operate.
Accessing the Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami:
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami can be accessed through a variety of ways.
The Turkish Airlines Lounge is a Star Alliance Gold Lounge. Therefore, if you are a Star Alliance Gold member, and are are travelling on a Star Alliance carrier, you can get access under the Star Alliance Gold lounge access policy.
The Lounge is also a member of Priority Pass. If you have a Priority Pass Membership offered with certain premium credit cards, you will likely have access to this lounge.
We accessed the lounge today courtesy of Priority Pass provided with the American Express Platinum Card.
Inside the Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami:
Immediately after reception, there is a six seater conference room styled table. The area also features a Turkish Airlines Airbus 330 model aircraft. You’ll probably just pass through this area on the way to the main area of the lounge itself.
Inside the main portion of the lounge is an area split half into lounge chairs and half into tables and chairs. The lounge is separated in the middle by the food island. The portion on the wall side of the lounge was the table and chairs zone.
The seating next to the windows in the lounge chairs offered the most comfortable seating in the lounge, with the potential to look outside and possibly catch a glimpse of aircraft operations.
Being the first customers of the day at 5 AM, there were ample places to sit. On the lounge chair side, there were approximately twenty five seats. On the tables and chairs side, there were an equal number of seats. We would have the place open to ourselves the entire time we visited.
The lounge also offered daylight views through floor to ceiling windows. The regular Miami Wi-fi worked fine within the lounge, and as a result, I didn’t need to connect to the dedicated lounge wifi.
While the lounge could potentially get crowded if there was a whole Turkish Airlines flight in the lounge, it was quiet on our visit.
Food and Beverage:
During our early visit, the lounge was just getting set up for the day. It was clear that there was a lot of food available.
As a result of the pandemic, all the food offered was through an attendant. Therefore, I ordered an Americano Coffee and it was prepared for us by staff.
The beverage selection also offered wine on ice buckets. Today’s features were Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay and Hayes Ranch Sauvignon Blanc.
The breakfast menu offered scrambled eggs and spinach, roasted potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal and toppings, sandwiches of fresh cheese, lettuce and tomato croissants, spinach, artichokes tomato mustard an artisan bread, along with yoghurt, assorted muffins, cereal, feta cheese and honey and sourdough bread toast. There’s nothing about that menu that I didn’t like.
The food menu was comprehensive and offered a diverse variety of options for breakfast and for lunch and dinner. The food items were middle eastern themed and looked exceptionally tasty.
We had a quick but good visit prior to departing on our American Airlines First Class Miami – Los Angeles trans continental flight back home.
Overall: Our Experience at the Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami is a reasonable alternative to the American Airlines Admirals Club Miami. While it is a much smaller space, the lounge offers a decent menu of food which isn’t always the case at the American Airlines Admirals Club. During our early morning visit, it was the only lounge available to us.