When you fly Garuda Indonesia business class or holder of GarudaMiles Platinum card, chances are you are given fast track pass and lounge access. In case you aren’t familiar with SkyPriority fast track, it allows you bypass long lines at security checks and immigration. There are dedicated lines which marked SkyPriority security checkpoints and signature red carpet. The staff will greet you and check your boarding pass.
SkyPriority Fast Track
There were long queue on the normal security check points, especially at night time in Terminal 3 where Garuda has flights to Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, Haneda and Amsterdam. I felt so lucky to zip through the security check points, immigration and straight to Garuda Indonesia Lounge. The whole process from check in to arrive in Lounge took me less than 10 minutes, which without the fast track would take more than 30 minutes.
Garuda Indonesia Lounge
After you pass through immigration, you turn right and go down on the escalators. There are two set of escalators, left straight to the gates and the right one to the lounge. Garuda has two dedicated lounge; First Class lounge and Business class lounge. As the name suggests, First Class Lounge is exclusively for First Class passengers. When I walked through the First Class lounge, it had already closed, since the last flight that has First Class cabin was to Amsterdam and already boarded. The business class lounge is exclusively for Business Class passengers, or holder of GarudaMiles Gold and Platinum members.
When you arrive at the front desk, the staff will scan your boarding pass and escort you to the lounge. There are few facilities at the Business Class lounge; VIP lounge area, nursery room, Movie theater, smoking area and bar area.
I have never seen lounge this packed. Almost all tables and sofa were full. Considering we were flying on the eve of Eid al-Adha and long weekend ahead, lots of people were travelling out of Jakarta.
Food & Drinks at the Garuda Indonesia Lounge
I went straight to the bar. Rather than self service bar, there are bartender that help you prepare your drinks. You can get beer, red wine and champagne here on request. I grabbed Bintang beer as it was the only available beer. For food selection, there are varieties of western and local food. I only had soto as I was already full from dinner. There are sandwiches, salad, soto and glutinous rice.
After finishing my meal, I decided to walk around as the lounge was packed and noisy. I wanted to use the reflexology, but none of the chairs were available. So I headed to the movie theater instead. The room was empty and it was perfect escape room from all the noises. I loved the recliner chairs as you can unwind and relax for a little bit. Not before long, the flight was boarding and we headed straight to the gates.