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Introduction: First Class to Panama on Air China
Review: Marriott South – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Review: Fast and Furious Japanese Grill – Irving
Review: United Airlines (737-900) First Class – Dallas to Houston
Review: United Club – Houston International Airport Terminal E
Update: American Express Centurion Lounge Houston
Review: Air China (777-300) First Class – Houston to Panama
Review: Sortis Hotel and Casino – Panama City
Review: Marriott Executive Apartments – Panama City
Review: Panama Canal – Miraflores Locks
Review: Tocumen Royal Saloon Lounge
Review: Copa Club – Tocumen International Airport
Review: United Airlines (737-800) Economy Plus – Panama to Houston
After spending a short time in the Tocumen Royal Saloon, it was time for me to get downstairs to clear security. I was through the checkpoint in less than five minutes. The gate for my flight was to the right. I walked over to check if there any delays or changes, there were not any. I did notice a robust gate screening, much like the ones in Asia. With a few minutes to spare, I made a U-turn and headed to the Copa Club.
The Copa Club was located on the third level, just as the Royal Saloon. I did not see any stairs so I took the elevator. The front desk was crowded. There were two lines, one for Star Alliance Gold and the other for Priority Pass members. I used the Priority Pass from the American Express Platinum card to enter the Royal Saloon but used my boarding pass, as Star Alliance Gold, for access here.
It took about 10 minutes before I was inside of the lounge. I was only in the lounge for a few minutes so this is my impression during that time. The lounge was one huge room. Seating covered most of the lounge. This was a good call by the designer because a majority of passengers have access.
The food area was just in front of the bar. It was similar to the options at a United Club, but that did not stop guests from forming lines for the offerings.
At the very back of the lounge was a few more seats and the bar. I stopped by for a drink and quickly made my way to the gate. I did not want to miss this flight.
The Copa Club was the opposite of the Tocumen Royal Saloon. It was noisy, but all of the alcohol was complimentary and there were more food options…barely. I heard that there was a shower but I did not see signage for it. I need to visit this lounge again to get a better feel for it or maybe this was the only feel that I needed?