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AviancaOverall score based on 13902 reviews
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7.9Comfort
8.2Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.4Food
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On a 7 hour trip from Costa Rica to Washington DC we were not even given a water to drink

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On a 7 hour trip from Costa Rica to Washington DC we were not even given a water to drink

Cons: "More opportunities for beverage service"
Pros: "Flight was on time"
Cons: "Not many entertainment choices"
Cons: "The plane left 15 mins early and several people missed the flight. customer service of Avianca was horrible, a nightmare. Waited at the airport for 2 hours , no customer service. then called about 10 times , waited on the line another 1-2 hours on multiple calls. had to get a hotel for 2 nights , and they still want to charge me $800+ for another flight - super disappointed!"
Pros: "Decent entertainment but the headphones provided were bad."
Cons: "Flight attendants were terrible. No name tags. Sat in the back gossiping the whole flight. Didn’t even bring around water after serving the “meal” right after takeoff."
Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "Even though there were flight/seats available, Avianca did not make them availability to flight changes and only for new reservations. Extremely disappointed at you fraudulent business practices."
Cons: "Boarding very confusing. Meal consisted of a cheese sandwich, and that's it (I was flying business class). Seat was barely functional, cranky and unconfortable. This was my first and LAST flight with Avianca."
Pros: "Airline delayed, kayak didn’t have any info Lost my business meeting in LA, stuck 24 hours in Colombia"
Cons: "Above"
Pros: "The flight itself was fine."
Cons: "We had a three hour delay on our connection in San Salvador and the customer service surrounding this was extremely poor."
Pros: "Air crew"
Cons: "Space between chairs"
Pros: "Kindness"
Cons: "Food and entretainement"
Pros: "The food"
Cons: "The personal"
Cons: "Kayak’s app didn’t update the flight schedule that has changed to one hour ahead. I almost lost my flight because of this"
Pros: "The small delayed"
Cons: "The bad service of the people"
Cons: "Late fly"
Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Avianca has no respect for passengers, they chance your flight without notice, lie, change your seat assignment without notice or train"
Pros: "Good movie selection"
Cons: "A few broken things in the bathroom gave the impression that the plane wasn't well maintained"
Pros: "Food, entertainment"
Cons: "The crew was absolutely horrible, both on ground and on board, they had no clue was customer service is, very unexpected from a big company like this..."
Cons: "Flight delayed"
Cons: "The airplane and crew was from a different company than Avianca (Omni Air International). Only two flight attendants from Avianca. Omni Air International service was poor."
Pros: "We bought the tickets before the pilots strike in Bogota and they were a good value. The prices after the strike skyrocketed."
Cons: "The flight left 2 hours late. They said it was a technical/maintenence issue, but was clearly a staffing issue. The crew that finally did show up did not appear happy to have been called In."
Cons: "Terrible serive"
Cons: "the aircraft. kind of old"
Pros: "Experience with Avianca is terrible, the staff attitude is terrible, the company is full of problems with their unions and the employees have the attitude that the customer has to suffer it"
Cons: "everything on the ground one the plane pre and post flight"
Pros: "Nothing about this trip was good"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I booked business class ticket and they changed it to economy and didn't tell me also didn't adjust my fare. (Last minute carrier change they told me) I had to fly in the very back of the plane next to a nauseating bathroom. It was horrifying. From Brazil to USA."
Pros: "Everything!!! Great flight on time"
Cons: "It was raining when I landed but thats out of you guys hands!"
Cons: "They boarded the plane before the doors to the plane were open and so we were in the walkway freezing for at least 10 minutes, which I believe is illegal. Don't board the plane unless you can actually GET ON. The crew also was a special kind of rude."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Or initial flight was delayed by 2 hours. This meant we missed our connecting flight in Columbia. The airline booked us on a connection that meant a 10 hour layover in Columbia. No help no options nothing. Terrible service. There was another carrier leaving at a time that would have helped us but we weren't able to have this option."
Pros: "The airplane is confortable"
Cons: "When We proceed to check-in to checking our bags, we have an issue with the weight. So, to compensate, we remove some itens from our bag and put on our carry-on bags. The employees of the Avianca realizing that told me that I need to weight my Carry on bag. I never see something like that before, I ask to her if everybody need to weight the carry on bag, She told me yes, but I stay on Checking places for a long time and I don't see anybody weight theirs carry on bags. Basically the company want to get my Money forced me to pay for extra weight."
Cons: "Only a few very all movies to chose from on a 6 hour flight."
Pros: "Good take off, landing, mostly comfortable."
Cons: "Needs food that isn't ham."
Pros: "Nice crew"
Pros: "When attempting to make the connection flight in Columbia, I was informed that I was being placed on standby due to overbooking by the airline. I was traveling with my service dog also. What is exactly am I supposed to do in Bogota, Columbia for an unexpected additional 24 hours? I had no money, and my credit card wouldn't work there. This was the worst airline experience in my life. Absolutely horrible. I will never travel with Avianca again. Avianca staff spoke hardly any English, so I couldn't hardly communicate with them either. Horrible."
Cons: "Almost one hour late to leave GRU. Flight Stats showed the delay more than one hour before the company say something. They boarded everyone late and kept us in the plane waiting for a conection flight that they already knew would arrive late."
Pros: "There was nothing exceptional on Avianca's service on this service."
Cons: "There was nothing exceptional on Avianca's service on this service."
Cons: "I waited 3 hours to do the check in and after that the fly got delayed twice."
Cons: "Pessoal despreparado, levei meu cachorro de suporte emocional, me colocaram em uma poltrona qualquer, apertada. Sendo que em outras cias colocam na primeira fileira para o cachorro poder ficar no chao. O meu voo foi cancelado e me colocAram em outro horas depois, um transtorno, e para completar estou sem minhas malas, porque nao sabiam o que tinha acontecido. Estou em orlando sem nada! Nao recomendo!"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The food is terrible. The crew is not friendly."
Pros: "They plane was comfortable and I loved the movies choices"
Cons: "I still didn't get one of my lauguage"
Pros: "Fast boarding, left on time"
Cons: "Hard seats, not enough cushion, flavorless food."
Cons: "The food as usual is not excellent. ... was good enough"
Pros: "flight was On time, on board crew courtesy is very good indeed. Plane is in good condition. For a 1 hr flight is not bad"
Cons: "On coach, food is not an option, not even cookies. no options are availlable, not even with charge"
Pros: "I would say the crew is nice and boarding process was easy."
Cons: "The flight was delayed 2 hours in Santiago while on the runway due to technical difficulties. This caused my missed connection in Lima, therefore I had to wait from 10:45am to 5:30pm in Lima airport for a flight to Bogota, then after that catch another flight to Miami. I lost a whole day I had planned in Miami, arrived at 2:30AM when nobody could pick me up. Avianca didn't give me a voucher for food or transportation or even access to VIP lounges in Lima. I will never fly Avianca."
Pros: "Again the attention given by the crew. The comfort of the seats. meal. The variety of the movies for entertainment"
Cons: "none"
Pros: "Business class priority boarding and priority luggage handling: both were efficient as was check-in. Cheerful and pleasant staff."
Cons: "Minor issue with partially malfunctioning tray table. Long queues at Colombian immigration in Bogotá."
Cons: "Eu estou arrasada, eu recebi meus emails todos em inglês, tive um grave problema familiar e me confundi com a data do voo, perdi o voo e a avianca queria me cobrar mais 2.000,00 para poder viajar no dia seguinte, estou péssima, perdi uma viagem de trabalho, onde está a humanidade de voces? Onde esta a honestidade? Cobrar penalidades? Ja não é penalidade suficiente eu ter perdido meu voo, ter passado por todo esse constrangimento? Mais dois mil reais só para remarcar meu voo? Capitalistas nojentos, voces contribuem para a piora do mundo!"
Pros: "Bag drop-off was quick and efficient for those checked-in online. Clean modern aircraft (A330) with decent space for economy class. Not spacious, but not cramped either. I felt comfortable for the entire six hour flight without leaving my seat. 2-4-2 seat layout in economy is pleasant. Food was satisfactory. From prior experience I know that the business class seats on Avianca's A330 are very comfortable with a lie flat 180 degree recline. Luggage delivery in Bogota is super-fast generally, although in this case it did not matter given the long immigration delay."
Cons: "Entertainment system took over 90 minutes to boot up properly, which also meant in-seat lighting was not working for this time. Immigration arrivals processing in Bogota took too long. Passengers were arriving without forms completed and immigration officers allowed them to fill them out at the immigration desks instead of sending them away. Queue control was unsatisfactory."
Pros: "Large Plane A330"
Cons: "Boarding process, plane needs maintenance, things like tables in economy are in bad shape, input USB broken"
Pros: "Space between seats are very good (legroom) and aircraft was véu clean"
Cons: "Did not have headphone on board and the sandwich snack they served on board was terrible"

Don’t fly American. Do anything you can to avoid it

The agent at the check-in changed our seats to row 17, at the bulkhead for economy, and the two middle seats. I ALWAYS sit on the aisle, thus my wife had to crawl over someone to go to the bathroom. Four times a flight is not what a 73 year old women wants to navigate. The check-in agent wanted us to have more leg room...I understand her motive but, not a good idea. I had no option to decline. The food again on an international flight was a one out of ten. Since we were at the bulkhead the fold out tray was VERY unstable and my drink spilled (luckily, it did not spill on my neighbor or me). I refused breakfast. If I held a drink in my hand, I felt secure. If I put it on the tray, I felt VERY insecure. Both of the women stewardesses basicaly threw the drinks at me. Zero understanding of the problems of stability (ok, the plane was full and they had a lot of work to serve everyone, but a little understnding would comfort their clients). GRU to MIA is a short flight, and, the pilot did a wonderful job (takeoff to landing, 8 hours), absolutely no turbulence. Very clear communication from the flight deck. I will probably fly American again, ticket purchase was simple and the cost was quite good; wheelchair excellent both in GRU and MIA.

It was not that good. The AC of the the airplane was off for 30 minutes before it took of. When asked for it to be turned on, the flight attendant was completely rude and said that I would have the option to get off the plane if I didn’t like the situation. I thought it was disrespectful and unnecessary for him to act like that, especially when there were passengers that were tired and without sleep after an international flight.

Standard flight. Could be better by taking off on time and landing on time.

Good flight. Landing a bit rough.

Cons: "The plane was ancient. Cabin was freezing, seats were rocks. Using an old short-haul CRJ for a 3.5 hour flight sucked."
Pros: "Nothing to write home about."
Cons: "Squished seats, mediocre food. Competitor deliver more for the same price or less."
Pros: "Crew was absolutely precious."
Cons: "Delayed because a passenger was let on that shouldn’t have been. The plane was kind of beat up and gross. The gate changed after boarding started. This is the second flight in two weeks that had the wrong gate posted."
Pros: "Boarding priority for infants"
Cons: "Food was pretty bad quality wise and some of the crew members were really short tempered drill Sargents who were in a very bad mood"
Cons: "Our second international flight was at lunch hour and all they offer was a biscuit (2 units per person)"
Pros: "Expensive, tight seats, They now charge extra if you want to sit by the window. Mediocre."
Cons: "They lost my luggage. Avoid this airline like the plague. Never again."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"
Pros: "The crew was very attentive and caring."
Cons: "The flight was delayed. The pilot explained that the plane had been sitting in the sun all day and during the flight check, they realized that the interior of the plane had gotten over 100 degrees by not being operated for hours before the flight. Seems like poor planning or preparation."
Cons: "Crew should be trained again in basic stuffs."
Pros: "Used system wide upgrade to first class. Seat is spacious and comfortable. Mattress pad is a good addition."
Cons: "Crew member serving 1st class was bad, average business was class crew is much nicer and more helpful"
Cons: "Foods and movies"
Pros: "Great food"
Cons: "Need a polite crew"
Pros: "Overall a very good flight"
Cons: "Nervous neighbors"
Pros: "The crew was very nice and friendly"
Cons: "There was a technical difficulty with the plane, which made a short delay in our flight."
Cons: "Delayed two hours. Food just ok. Seats terribly uncomfortable"
Cons: "Crew do not know what kind of menu they have. We had white fish moqueca, rice was uncooked. Moqueca was flavored Boarding was very confused, we bought premium economy, on advertising we could check-in on business class, no specific line for business or economic, only separated line for first clas"
Pros: "AA is always on time! Love the premium economy!"
Cons: "Today’s flight was extremely cold. Almost everyone in the plan was under the covers at some point."
Cons: "The airline charged me $50 for my carry on even though they told me I could hate check it earlier. Apparently they changed their mind and I am $50 poorer. This is after being a loyal American card member for over 10 years. BS."
Pros: "Entertainment, crew"
Cons: "Several flights were delayed and canceled on last minute."
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Was informed when we checked in that the flight we had purchased did not exists. We were informed thatcher would have to wait 24hours (after an already 7 hour layover) to catch another flight to Los Angeles. After debating with customer servinge several times and being forced to wait in line after being told things were fixed several time we had to threaten to record conversations and had someone call American Airlines headquarters and finally was able to get in the flight the same night. We at work be point were laughed at by an American Airlines customer service professional. I had purchased upgraded seats since I’m over 6 feet tall and they were not able to accommodate on the new flight, the flight was horrible and I had ton stand up every hour to make I the whole 12 hours."
Pros: "The only decent point was the food. Not great but at least edible."
Cons: "Since check in in São Paulo was a complete chaos. There were only 2 people helping on check in (in machines) and these people were still not helping people (like me) with questions about on how to do check in in those machines. On the other hand to dispatch the bags there were almost 8 attendants to receive the bags. Ridiculous! I’ve tried calling American Airlines and Latam several times to assign a seat for me and they swore there were only middle seats but I know how airlines work to make extra money on these seats. At the end, they only gave me a middle seat option and I had to take I.t of course. On the plane I realized there were dozens of empty seats and yet they made sure not give them to me or anyone else. Unbelievable! Unfortunately I still have to use AA on my way back to Brazil. After this, I’ll chose another airlines for sure. Also, the 3,4,3 arrangement is ridiculous: there’s no corridor space making people touching you everything someone passes by your seat. And boy! Those seats are so uncomfortable and there’s no way to incline the chair so you can even have a little rest (because it’s impossible to even sleep on those seats). The crew were simply doing their jobs! No pleasure! No smile! No engaging with anyone unfortunately! They looked miserable and I asked for water and the flight attendant NEVER brought me anything. Seriously! Water is free!"
Cons: "The food is very tasty, but AA has not changed the menu in at least one year."
Pros: "Clean comfortable and on time"
Cons: "45 min delay"
Cons: "Seats and food"
Pros: "Empty seats around me"
Cons: "Flight attendants weren't the most friendly. Screen in seat didn't work."
Cons: "1hr delay"
Pros: "Dinner was decent"
Cons: "Breakfast seemed poor."
Pros: "Nice meals, attentive staff"
Pros: "Priority boardinf"
Cons: "Being forced to pay extra for seating because no other seats available."
Cons: "24hrs delay and very poor communication from crew are not acceptable."
Pros: "During the time we were wkaiting for final decision on the flight delay I did not like any activity from crew and AA's emplyees."
Cons: "I understand some delays can occur due to tecnical problems and most of the times they are out of control but negative issues related to communications they are controllable and they must be reviewed and implemente properly."
Pros: "Lots of movie options."
Cons: "I didn't like anything else about the flight. My seat was broken and the seats are incredibly cramped! Absolutely no leg room whatsoever. I am 6 feet tall which is an average male height so I can't imagine how anyone taller fits in those seats."
Pros: "Flight arrived early"
Cons: "Flight attendants were short and condescending to multiple passengers and made everyone throw away bottled water and food given on the plane threatening that it would prompt search by the agriculture department during customs. Additionally, skipped rows for food service and trash pick up."
Pros: "Customer service good. Offered food/service quickly."
Cons: "Film selection was subpar, and had no subtitles available. Flight safety information video so unbelievably boring. Flight crew repeated all instructions at least 3 times including video interruptions. What is the point of having in flight entertainment if crew will interrupt said entertainment at least once every 10 min to remind you you are still in turbulent air? Do they honestly think the passengers forgot? We are in the plane too! I understand they have to be careful due to liability but this airline is ridiculous. Believe it or not customers do not like being treated like children. Would not recommend to others or fly this airline again. Also, the lunch was awful even by airline standards. Btw the airline was avianca not AA. kayak must have messed up or they are owned by AA. AA is great and I recommend them wholeheartedly but Avianca is awful. Stay away if you can afford to do so."
Pros: "Everything was great to me"
Cons: "The flight was packed"
Pros: "Loved the comfort of the plane. There was generous seat space especially when reclined in the main cabin. Personal entertainment screens with abundance of options to choose. Flight crew was very pleasant and helpful. T"
Cons: "The flight was over an hour delayed in boarding and departure without any reasoning."
Pros: "Slept very well in business. Great crew!"
Cons: "They had the wrong flight times which made my connection impossible so they had to book a later flight for my wife and I, Did not get the seats we paid for and initially did not have us even sitting together until we insisted."
Cons: "I did not fly I lost my flight they had a problem with the airplane on my flight from brasilia to sao paulo so I arrived late lost the connection to my other flight from Sao Paulo to LAX. Also they lost my luggage. LATAM and American Air Lines doesnt know where my luggage is. I arrived at my LAX 12 hours after. They still dont know where my luggage is"
Cons: "I had my reservation cancelled despiste numerous phone calls. The flight was operated by AA, and they told me I wasn't on the flight, but after many phone calls LATAN assured me I was booked on the flight. When I got to the airport, I was not allowed to board my direct flight from GRU to LAX, instead I was sent to Miami then Charlestown , I took me an extra 12 hours to get home. I lost a day of work. Who's going to reimburse me for that ???"
Cons: "Allowed me to take earlier flight"
Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

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