Turkish Airlines Lounge at Miami International Airport Concourse E [Review]

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Last month I flew from Rio de Janeiro to Miami, and after rechecking my bags and making my way through security at 5:00 a.m., I was in dire need of some fresh coffee and a place to freshen up.

Although I was planning on heading directly to the Admirals Club in Terminal D, I decided to make a pitstop before the 20-minute walk between concourses.

Fortunately, the Turkish Airlines Lounge was nearby and easy to access thanks to my Priority Pass membership.

Here is a quick review of the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Concourse E at Miami International Airport.

What Are Priority Pass Lounges?

Priority Pass app
You can search for lounge locations on the Priority Pass app. Image Credit: Priority Pass

If you are not familiar, Priority Pass lounges are a group of independently owned lounges throughout the world that members have access to.

There are currently over 1,300 lounges and restaurants in over 600 cities worldwide. So almost anywhere you travel, there is a pretty good chance that there will be a Priority Pass location nearby.

The good news for travelers is that many travel credit cards come with free Priority Pass membership!

Turkish Airlines Lounge — Concourse E at MIA

Location

Turkish Lounge Miami terminal entry stairs
The lounge is located just up the stairs.

This Turkish Airlines Lounge is located in the Central Terminal immediately after security in Concourse E at Miami International Airport (MIA). There is also another Turkish Airlines Lounge in the South Terminal in Concourse H.

Once you pass through security you will be dumped into a rather desolate part of MIA, but immediately on your left will be a sign and a small staircase leading to the lounge.

Hot Tip: Unless you want to get stopped at security, make sure you know the 400+ items you can and cannot bring through TSA security.

Gaining Entry

Turkish Lounge Miami entrance
Turkish Airlines Lounge entrance in Concourse E.

Getting into the Turkish Airlines Lounge was pretty easy — all I needed to do was scan the QR code from my Priority Pass app at the check-in desk and then walk in.

Priority Pass members have access when traveling on any airline; I was not asked to show my boarding pass.

Additionally, Star Alliance Gold members and passengers flying business or first class on same-day Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance flights (guests must be on the same flight) can access the lounge as well.

The Turkish Airlines Lounge in Concourse E at Miami International Airport used to be open 24/7 but is currently open daily from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. due to COVID-19.

Hot Tip: Priority Pass members have access to 3 lounges and 1 restaurant at MIA. Find out more details at our full list of airport lounges at Miami International Airport [MIA].

First Impressions

Turkish Lounge Miami model airlplane
Turkish Airlines model A330.

My first impression after entering the lounge is that it is pretty small, a bit outdated, and not nearly as nice as some of the photos I have seen of other Turkish Airlines lounges (like the spectacular Istanbul lounge).

I can’t say that I was disappointed because I wasn’t even planning on stopping by, but at least it was clean and not too busy.

Since I arrived early in the morning, it was still dark outside so there were no views of the tarmac, however, breakfast was being served and the smell of coffee was making its way through my mask, so I was happy.

Seating

Turkish Lounge Miami seating options
Turkish Airlines Lounge seating options.

Despite being a pretty small lounge, there was plenty of seating available.

Fortunately, the lounge was pretty empty because the seats were very close together and none offered any privacy.

Since I was only planning on grabbing a cup of coffee and checking my email, this was fine.

Food & Beverage

Turkish Lounge Miami fruit
Fruit options for breakfast.

Despite limitations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Turkish Airlines Lounge at MIA still offered a decent section of hot and cold food options throughout the day.

There were some prepackaged items that guests could grab, as well as some hot items that were served by staff.

Food

Turkish Lounge Miami breakfast menu
Turkish Airlines Lounge menu.

Although I was only in the lounge for breakfast, you could see that there was a set menu throughout the day.

Breakfast was served from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and the lunch and dinner menu was served from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Breakfast Menu

  • Eggs Menemen
  • Waffles
  • Oatmeal with toppings
  • Tuna croissant sandwich
  • Hummus and red pepper on focaccia bread
  • Assorted yogurt
  • Assorted muffins
  • Cereal
  • Feta cheese and honey
  • Sourdough bread toast

Lunch & Dinner Menu

  • Broccoli soup
  • Cheese tortellini in pomodoro sauce
  • Falafel
  • Couscous
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Mixed green salad
  • Spiral pasta salad
  • Tabbouleh
  • Cheese plate
  • Tzatziki with pita bread
  • Tuna croissant sandwich
  • Hummus and red pepper on focaccia bread
  • Tzatziki and cucumber on a spinach wrap
  • Brownie in chocolate sauce
  • Baklava
  • Cookies

To be fair, those menus sounded really good, and I was surprised at how many options were listed for such a limited space.

Turkish Lounge Miami breakfast options
Turkish Airlines Lounge breakfast options in Miami.

Since I was in a bit of a rush, I didn’t try any of the food, but it was well-presented and the staff was eager to serve.

Beverages

Turkish Lounge Miami bar drinks
Turkish Airlines Lounge beverage options.

Another area that caught me by surprise was the relatively complete bar setup.

Turkish Lounge Miami liquor options
Turkish Airlines Lounge liquor options.

There was everything from juice and water, to beer, wine, tequila, gin, and more — all readily available.

Turkish Lounge Miami drinks
Turkish Airlines Lounge beer options.

There are not many other lounges where you can get this type spread at 6 a.m., and again, the staff was eager to serve. I did not indulge as I was still in search of my coffee.

Turkish Lounge Miami coffee machine
Turkish Airlines Lounge coffee machine.

Fortunately, around the corner from the booze was this big, fancy coffee machine and a smaller espresso maker next to it where you could request your caffeine fix from one of the servers.

Amenities

As you have seen, this is a pretty small lounge, so amenities were scarce. However, there seemed to be a little bit of everything that you might need for a quick stop before or after your flight.

Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi was strong, fast, and easy to connect to.

I needed to make a video call to my family, so instead of interrupting the few other guests in the lounge, I took the call in the empty terminal and remained connected to the wireless internet the entire time. Impressive.

Prayer Room

Turkish Lounge Miami prayer room
Turkish Airlines Lounge prayer room at MIA Concourse E.

There was a small prayer room available for passengers to use with an occupancy limit of 2.

Workspace Options

Turkish Lounge Miami meeting table
Turkish Airlines Lounge meeting table.

Despite being in the middle of the lounge where every passenger is forced to walk by you, there is a large meeting table to sit down at and try to get some work done.

Due to the location, you won’t have any privacy, but it’s a nice option to have if you want to have an impromptu meeting about which lounge you are going to visit next!

Turkish Lounge Miami business center
Turkish Airlines Lounge business center.

If you need a little more privacy, there is a little nook where you can sit down and print documents as well.

Showers

During my visit, showers were not available due to coronavirus restrictions.

Staff & Service

I had a very quick visit to the Turkish Airlines Lounge, but all of the interactions I had with the staff were great.

Despite being really early in the morning, every staff member had a smile on their face and genuinely seemed excited to welcome passengers into the lounge.

I mentioned it earlier when talking about the beverages, but the staff was really eager to make me a drink. I almost felt like I disappointed them when I said no… I may need to go back and rectify that situation!

COVID-19 Protocols

Turkish Lounge Miami chairs
Turkish Airlines Lounge roped off areas.

All things considered, coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols were pretty basic.

Masks were required when you were not eating or drinking, hand sanitizer was readily available, and self-service options were reduced or eliminated.

To be honest, that probably raised the level of service for this lounge because it gave the staff an opportunity to show off their hospitality skills.

Final Thoughts

Turkish Lounge Miami Airbus A340 model airplane
Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami Airbus A340 model airplane.

Overall, the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Concourse E of the Central Terminal at Miami International Airport (MIA) is a pretty basic lounge but has some decent food and beverage options that could make it worth a stop.

If you are passing through the nearby security checkpoint it is certainly worth a scan of your Priority Pass so you can grab a snack and something from the relatively impressive bar.

While I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this lounge, the next time I walk by I will most likely pop in… and I think you should, too.

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Miami?

There are currently 2 Turkish Airlines Lounges at Miami International Airport (MIA). The nicer one is located between Concourses H and J in the South Terminal. The other one is located in Concourse E in the Central Terminal, immediately after security.

How can I get into the Turkish Airlines Lounge at MIA?

Priority Pass members have free access to the Turkish Airlines Lounges at MIA. Additionally, Star Alliance Gold members and passengers flying business or first class on same-day Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance flights (guests must be on the same flight) can access the lounge as well.

Can I buy access to the Turkish Airlines lounge?

You cannot purchase your admission to the Turkish Airlines Lounge, however, you can buy a Priority Pass membership quickly from your phone.

Is the Turkish Airlines Lounge open in Miami?

Yes, the Turkish Airlines Lounge is currently open daily from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and will eventually revert back to being open 24/7 after business improves.

Chris Hassan

About Chris Hassan

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby. When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

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