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GRU / São Paulo - Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3 Admirals Club

NOTE: The reconstructed GRU Admirals Club opened 30 Sep 2015.

Link to GRU airport information on aa.com

Link to GRU website (English)

Link to oneworld website Lounge Access and Lounge Finder tool

Link to GRU Admirals Club page on aa.com

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NEW GRU T-3 Admirals Club

Location: Terminal 3, Mezzanine Level, Departures Area

NOTE: Accessible to those qualifying passengers departing on AA marketed and operated flight

Amenities:
  • USB and AC power at seats (need plug adapter to use AC)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Business Center
  • PCs with Internet access
  • Self-service hot and cold food, variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Children's Room
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Two shower suites with amenities
  • Telephones
Link to photos by Mestre das Milhas (Brasil).

Link to article with extensive photos at http://www.passageirodeprimeira.com

According to articles: Link and
  • New Admirals Club reopened October 6, 2015
  • Three times area of previous Club
  • NOT accessible to LATAM customers by travel, class of service or status
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LAN / TAM VIP (oneworld) lounge

Location: Terminal 3, Mezzanine Level, Departures Area

Note: Must be departing Iberia, LAN or TAM to use this lounge.

Hours: For current hours and further information, please see here.

Amenities:

"Notes: LATAM Airlines Group's first joint VIP lounge, offering abundant natural light and an unparalleled view of the airport. In addition to an entertainment room with individual tablets, video games and wi-fi connection throughout, the lounge is separated into various sections, each with its own ambiance. All seating is equipped with power sockets and USB ports, thus enabling customers to remain connected at all times. For those who prefer to relax, the lounge offers exclusive shower rooms and bathing products with scents of tropical Brazilian fruits. The buffet of hot and cold dishes is nearly 30 meters long and offers a wide selection of culinary options. Customers can also choose from a wide variety of premium beverages or relax with a draft beer at the bar."
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Executive Lounge GRU Airport Operated by a third party.

NOTE: This is not a one world lounge. It is available to qualified passengers departing on British Airways and Qatar Airways only.

Location: Terminal 3, Mezzanine Level, Departures Area

Opening hours: Daily: 07:00-02:30

Amenities:
  • Free Wifi
  • Food and Brverages
  • Showers
  • Wheelchair access
  • Television
Older and obsolete posts regarding the old GRU AA lounge facility have been archived; they can be read at: ARCHIVE: GRU / Sao Paulo Admirals Club (consolidated)

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Special Information: U.S. Citizens: You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. Visas cannot be obtained at the airport, and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. (This is waived for a time period about the Olympic Games.)

For visas, you may use a visa service in the city with the Brazilian Consulate serving your geographical area. To submit documents and interview for a visa, you can only use the Brazilian Consulate with jurisdiction serving the area where you live. Each Consulate may have different requirements and time frames for securing your visa; check the requirements of the Consulate having jurisdiction over where you live. You will not be allowed to apply at any other Consulate than the one with jurisdiction.

List of Brazilian Consulates in the U.S.A. with links to their sites. Note, some may not work.
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Old May 2, 16, 9:00 am   #61
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You are allowed to hop between them all you like. Although I tend to spend more time in the AC, which I consider one of the best in the system and the best at the airport. The TAM lounge is stylish and spacious with great views, but the food is not up to much at any hour of the day. Don't even think of going there if you fancy a drink before lunchtime.
Neither lounge has great food. The TAM lounge has more showers so it's a great backup when the AC waitlist gets too long. On the other had, the AC has full size bottles of mosquito spray available upon request, which is nice...
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EXP here, planning to make my first GRU transit next month.

I'll be arriving from DFW (hopefully in J) on AA, and connecting to JJ (in Y) to GIG. Connection is 3-4 hours.

Will I be able to take a shower? Where is the best place and how do I get there?

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So you will be arriving at T3 and will have to collect your luggage and recheck-it. Both OW lounges have good showers, but you won't be able to use them since you will have to go to T2 to take the domestic leg.
If you want to take a shower, it would be better for you to go the T2 arrivals and look for Slaviero's Fast Sleep. They charge 30 to 40 reais for it (I think).
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I've done AA international to GRU with connection to TAM domestic and it pretty much sucks. No lounge you can use. Get your bags and recheck them (take a left after you leave customs and look for the TAM counter). The lower level (T-2 I think) has a decent bathroom next to domestic arrivals where you can clean up a bit and change clothes. There's a number of places to eat and drink before security and a couple after.
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Thanks for the tip - while lounge access would be ideal, this doesn't seem like an unreasonable price to pay at all.

I'm not sure yet whether I'll have checked luggage. If I don't, how do I get from T3 International Arrivals to Slaviero's Fast Sleep?
You could go through transit security in T3, use the lounge to get cleaned up, and then exit through transit security to clear immigration and walk over to T2. If you've got an Amex Platinum, there's the bradesco lounge on the domestic side of T2 (head right instead of left after clearing security).
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Old May 2, 16, 3:12 pm   #63
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Hi all,

I'll be coming off of AA DFW-GRU (arrives at 10:20) and departing on QR GRU-EZE (departs at 19:05), with both flights in J. Not sure if AA will be able to issue my QR boarding pass, so I'm looking to develop two plans:

(1) AA is able to issue QR BP: head through transit security and kill time in either the LATAM, AA, or QR contract lounges (I believe the latter is known as the "Executive Lounge," FWIW).

(2) AA is unable to issue QR BP: clear immigration and wait landside for QR check-in desks to open. Maybe check out a churrascaria nearby in the meantime.

Any thoughts or opinions?
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Old May 2, 16, 4:01 pm   #64
  
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You could go through transit security in T3, use the lounge to get cleaned up, and then exit through transit security to clear immigration and walk over to T2. If you've got an Amex Platinum, there's the bradesco lounge on the domestic side of T2 (head right instead of left after clearing security).
Is this possible if you arrive internationally and hold a domestic connecting BP?
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Old May 2, 16, 4:37 pm   #65
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Is this possible if you arrive internationally and hold a domestic connecting BP?
They haven't required a BP to proceed through transit security when I've pass through over the last year.
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Old May 2, 16, 4:40 pm   #66
  
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Is this possible if you arrive internationally and hold a domestic connecting BP?
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They haven't required a BP to proceed through transit security when I've pass through over the last year.
Ditto. It's unclear how much of a fuss the AC entrance agents might make - I definitely asked very nicely, plus it was a quiet time in the morning and I'm an AC member. Didn't bother trying the LATAM lounge since I just wanted a shower before heading to my connecting flight.

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Hi all,

I'll be coming off of AA DFW-GRU (arrives at 10:20) and departing on QR GRU-EZE (departs at 19:05), with both flights in J. Not sure if AA will be able to issue my QR boarding pass, so I'm looking to develop two plans:

(1) AA is able to issue QR BP: head through transit security and kill time in either the LATAM, AA, or QR contract lounges (I believe the latter is known as the "Executive Lounge," FWIW).

(2) AA is unable to issue QR BP: clear immigration and wait landside for QR check-in desks to open. Maybe check out a churrascaria nearby in the meantime.

Any thoughts or opinions?
As 869 mentioned, I've not been asked for a BP to go through transit security in T3, and the Executive Lounge might let you in based on a printout of your e-ticket receipt showing the QR flight...but no guarantees.
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Old May 2, 16, 5:36 pm   #67
  
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Thanks for the tip - while lounge access would be ideal, this doesn't seem like an unreasonable price to pay at all.

I'm not sure yet whether I'll have checked luggage. If I don't, how do I get from T3 International Arrivals to Slaviero's Fast Sleep?
If you do or don't check luggage you will have to go out at the arrivals area. After you leave, you have to turn left, go up one floor (between the arrival floor and the departure one) and walk around 10 to 15 minutes to T2. There as visible signs. You won't get lost.

You will notice you will get to T2 whenever you reach a food court area (Starbucks, RedLobster and some others). Keep walking straight untill you see an escalator down to the T2 arrivals area. After that you have to go to a small corridor on the left. Fast Sleep is in the end of this corridor.
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Old May 2, 16, 5:42 pm   #68
  
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Guys, I don't think it's possible to enter T3 with a domestic flight. T2 have international flights but they are separate from the int. ones
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Old May 2, 16, 6:52 pm   #69
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You could go through transit security in T3, use the lounge to get cleaned up, and then exit through transit security to clear immigration and walk over to T2. If you've got an Amex Platinum, there's the bradesco lounge on the domestic side of T2 (head right instead of left after clearing security).
Is this confirmed to be possible? As I mentioned, I have a ~9 hour layover. I was thinking of heading to the AC/other lounge to shower and freshen up, and then exit via immigration to try a churrascaria or something. If this plan is feasible, that sounds great!
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Old May 2, 16, 7:39 pm   #70
  
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Guys, I don't think it's possible to enter T3 with a domestic flight. T2 have international flights but they are separate from the int. ones
Definitely possible if you arrive from an international flight.
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Old May 3, 16, 2:53 pm   #71
  
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Is this confirmed to be possible? As I mentioned, I have a ~9 hour layover. I was thinking of heading to the AC/other lounge to shower and freshen up, and then exit via immigration to try a churrascaria or something. If this plan is feasible, that sounds great!
if you have a nine hour layover, there are better ways to spend your time in Sao Paulo than to hang around GRU after freshening up. Unfortunately, the area surrounding the airport isn't that great. However, you can get to Avenida Paulista (centro) via taxi (Taxi Comun takes plastic) or if you can find the bus service. The downtown area has great bar areas (Rua Augusta, north of Paulista), shopping - Oscar Freire (ten block walk south of Paulista - take Rua Haddock Lobo or Rua Augusta) and restaurants intermixed.
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Old May 6, 16, 4:40 pm   #72
  
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Is this confirmed to be possible? As I mentioned, I have a ~9 hour layover. I was thinking of heading to the AC/other lounge to shower and freshen up, and then exit via immigration to try a churrascaria or something. If this plan is feasible, that sounds great!
Have a back up plan. I've flown into GRU transiting thru to MVD several times. Sometimes, my BP is checked when I go thru security at international connections, and sometimes it is not. When it is checked, they only give it a brief glance. I think one time, they asked for a BP, but I didn't have one to show and I just pointed to the flight on the board that I was trying to connect to. To sum it up, it can be a crap shoot.

I've also killed a 14 hour layover once at the Marriott near GRU. Used a free night certificate and took advantage of Elite perks. Just an idea...
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Old May 9, 16, 12:11 pm   #73
  
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GRU is a decent airport but TAM or AC lounge are nothing spectacular.

If you have few bucks to spend, I highly recommend a hotel. There is nothing to do in neighboring area either.
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Old May 9, 16, 12:14 pm   #74
  
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Hi all,

I'll be coming off of AA DFW-GRU (arrives at 10:20) and departing on QR GRU-EZE (departs at 19:05), with both flights in J. Not sure if AA will be able to issue my QR boarding pass, so I'm looking to develop two plans:

(1) AA is able to issue QR BP: head through transit security and kill time in either the LATAM, AA, or QR contract lounges (I believe the latter is known as the "Executive Lounge," FWIW).

(2) AA is unable to issue QR BP: clear immigration and wait landside for QR check-in desks to open. Maybe check out a churrascaria nearby in the meantime.

Any thoughts or opinions?
You can also stay air side, use either lounge and get your QR boarding pass from the gate agent once they show up before the QR flight takes off. I did kind of the same itin (mixing AA and QR to EZE) and AA was able to print the QR BP without issues
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Old May 9, 16, 6:12 pm   #75
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Very nice lounge though lighting and other minor issues spoiled the positives. Main one, as noted, no NAmerican style pugs, just the annoying local ones that make most adaptors useless too. Food was more than adequate though. As for no F section, considering the Brazilian economy and the downsizing of F cabins on the new 77Ws that AA is flying, not much point.
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