Bar & Beverages
The Smiles lounge in Terminal 2 Rio de Janeiro (GIG) International Airport opened in 1999, as the VARIG
main lounge in Brazil (Smiles is the name of Varig's frequent flyer program, now with GOL Airlines).
At that time it was the best South America lounge, and was used by Star Alliance (Lufthansa, United
and, of course, Varig). It was an outstanding lounge, with separated areas for first class and business
class, showers, smoke room, plenty of reading materials, excellent beverages and high quality food. In
2008 Varig went out of business, and GOL acquires Varig routes, mileage program and VIP lounges.
Strangely, as GOL uses the Terminal 1, they continued using these lounge in Terminal 2, so it is
impossible to board a GOL flight and use its own lounge. The lounge is used by a lot of airlines
(Lufthansa, United, US Airways, Diners Club card menbers among others). The good part is that, as a big
lounge it never get crowded, they have good (a bit used) furniture and luxury res
trooms. Unfortunately, the first class section is now closed, the drinks offered are cheap and the