Alaska Airlines operates just four of their own lounges, or “Board Rooms”, located in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Anchorage. Since Seattle is Alaska’s hub and base, the flagship (and largest) Board Room is located at the Seattle-Tacoma international airport, near gate D1.
There are several ways to gain access to the Board Room:
- Paid & Award First Class Travel on Alaska Airlines
- Board Room Membership
- Purchasing a day pass
- Priority Pass
- Lounge Club
- Travel on select Alaska Airlines partners (access varies)
Alaska Airlines is different in that passengers travelling on a paid or award First Class ticket have access to the lounge, even when travelling domestically. Passengers upgraded to First Class do not have access. Alaska also allows access to select Board Rooms if travelling on a partner airline, although this widely varies from location to location (and in some cases from agent to agent).
Seattle’s Board Room is the flagship lounge and it is a two-level lounge, Alaska is currently in the process of building a new lounge to replace this one in the next couple of years.
The lounge tends to be crowded a lot of times due to the fact that Alaska’s base is in Seattle and the lounge isn’t the of the biggest size to accommodate everyone. I was there at around 15:30 on a Friday and it wasn’t too crowded.
There are giant windows on both levels of the lounge overlooking directly at the tarmac, which provides some awesome views of aircraft.
Your typical drinks include soda, coffee, tea, alcohol, etc. The typical snacks consist of various types of pretzels, nuts, and chips. Throughout the day, warms soups in addition to salads are also available. Generally speaking, the Alaska lounge has much better options than the United Club in Concourse A.
There is also a Starbucks machine which makes authentic Starbucks coffee – however the choices are very limited.
The second level of the lounge is much brighter due to all of the natural light that is coming in through the giant windows. The second floor tends to be more loud than the bottom floor – mainly because most people go upstairs since the tarmac view is much better.
The view is really, really cool.
More snacks upstairs include cereal, cookies, crackers, salads, and soups.
In addition to a soda machine, there is also a juice machine.
And perhaps the best thing about the lounge (and why everyone loves to come here), is this:
Yes, there is a machine which spits out freshly baked pancakes. Unfortunately the machine is only available in the morning along with all of the other breakfast food snacks.
The stairs to the second floor are located right by the entrance, there is also an elevator for people requiring assistance.
The bathrooms are quite small, but clean.
Overall the Alaska Airlines Board Room is a decent lounge, but it’s very tired and looks just really old. I believe Alaska is supposed to be opening a rooftop lounge in 2018, so there is still quite a ways to go. The lounge has decent food options along with drinks, the alcohol is free and the staff in the lounge are super friendly and warm.