Alaska Airlines currently operates two lounges, “Board Rooms”, at their home in Seattle. These include the old lounge in Concourse D and the newer, temporary lounge at the North Satellite. While their lounge portfolio is small, they also have a lounge in Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Portland. The Alaska Airlines Board Room is a basic, domestic airline lounge with honestly no special amenities (besides a pancake machine) and free (non-premium) alcohol. In addition, the staff are usually super nice and friendly.
Alaska Airlines is currently expanding their operations in Seattle and renovating the North Satellite to improve passenger experience at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airline operates the majority of domestic flights out of Seattle with an extensive route network domestically, and also some select international flights within North America.
As part of Alaska’s expansion in Seattle, a new, flagship Board Room lounge is scheduled to open at the North Satellite in a few years (when the renovation of the concourse is complete) and will represent the airline’s new image. Alaska Airlines currently operates out of Concourse C, D, and the North Satellite in Seattle, and currently Concourse C doesn’t have any lounge – Alaska is changing that.
While I was in the North Satellite Board Room two days ago, I asked about the new Concourse C Board Room and the agents informed me the new Alaska Airlines Board Room in Concourse C is scheduled to open early next year. They weren’t able to give a specific date, but said it would be somewhere between March and May. The lounge will be located on the mezzanine level at the very end of Concourse C.
Alaska Airlines Board Rooms can be accessed through a variety of ways including purchased First Class travel on Alaska Airlines, through Priority Pass, etc. Alaska’s lounges represent the overall image of the airline in that the lounges are very reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest and the overall decent image of the airline (for the most part).
I can’t say that I’m super excited about the new lounge, since there are much better lounge options in Seattle including the new Delta Sky Club or the AMEX Centurion Studio, both of which can be accessed with the AMEX Platinum Card. However having said that, I’m sure frequent Alaska flyers will appreciate the new lounge option (especially when flying out of Concourse C).