If you frequent Alaska Airlines, getting into one of the airline’s airport lounges can improve your experience before a flight.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the various ways to gain access to Alaska’s lounges. As part of its One world alliance, the airline has also introduced new rules for who can enter.
Alaska Lounge overview
With seven locations across the US, Alaska Airlines has plenty of places to go when flying.
Los Angeles (LAX) — Terminal 6 on the mezzanine level, near gate 64 Portland Airport (PDX) — Concourse C, across from Gate C5 Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) — Concourse D, just beyond the Central Security Checkpoint Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) — North Satellite on the mezzanine level, above gates N13-18 Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) — Concourse D, just beyond the Central Security Checkpoint Seattle-Tacoma
Meanwhile, due to the pandemic, the following locations are temporarily closed:
New York-JFK — Terminal 7, just above security on the mezzanine level Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) — Concourse C, next to Gate C-16 on the mezzanine level
The airline will unveil its long-awaited lounge in Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in late summer 2021.
The Alaska lounge at SFO features quick Wi-Fi, a full bar, and a variety of coffee and wine selections. It also comes with a host of other perks, such as free pre-packaged snacks.
Like other major airlines, Alaska Airlines offers annual memberships to its lounges.
The company has planned to split the membership categories into two, one for the standard membership and one for the extended option. Both of these will give members access to the company’s other partner lounges.
Here’s how the pricing will break down:
- Annual membership in the Alaska Lounge is $450 or $350 for Alaska Airlines elite members.
- Membership in the Alaska Lounge Plus is $600 per year or $500 for Alaska Airlines elite members.
- Before the two-tier structure takes effect in October, new lounge membership enrollments and renewals will be grandfathered into an Alaska Lounge Plus membership for the year.
The standard membership price of the Alaska Lounge is significantly lower than the fees charged by other legacy carriers. It also includes access to the facility for up to two guests and additional guest passes.
To use the Alaska Lounge, you will need to present a same- day boarding pass from any airline that accepts it.
Non-members can visit the Alaska Lounges for $50. However, they can get 50% off their passes if they pay with their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card.
Like other airline lounges, military members can get free access to the Alaska Lounge if they’re on active duty.
Alaska Lounge SFO
Alaska Airlines’ elite program is one of the most underrated. Due to its generous mileage multipliers, elite members can earn four day passes for every 75,000 miles they spend.
With the addition of the One world Platinum and Diamond status, eligible MVP Gold and 75K members can now access the company’s other lounges regardless of their chosen class of service.
If you have One world or Emerald status in any other program, you can access the Alaska Lounges when flying with the same day.
Alaska Priority Check-In
Some non-One world elites can also access the company’s other lounges. For example, members of the Emirates Skywards and Icelandair Club can visit the facilities when connecting to or from Alaska Airlines.
Although most legacy carriers do not offer lounge access to first-class passengers, Alaska Airlines is one of the few carriers that does.
On the day of their flight, passengers can access the company’s first-class lounges through their paid tickets or an award ticket. However, they do not have access to any of the company’s partner lounges.
If you’re not able to frequent enough with Alaska Airlines to justify a paid membership, most of its lounges participate in the company’s priority pass program.
Unfortunately, these facilities are usually quite busy during peak hours, so priority pass members should be able to get in.
Here are a few popular cards that feature Priority Pass (enrollment required) if you don’t already have one:
- Sapphire Reserve by Chase
- The American Express Platinum Card®
- American Express’s Business Platinum Card®
- Hilton Honors is a programmed offered by Hilton Worldwide. Aspire Card by American Express
- Brilliants by Marriott Bonvoy Enrollment in the American Express® Card is necessary for some perks.
The details of the Hilton Aspire Amex Card have been collected by The Points Guy.
How to Access Alaska Lounges?
There are so many ways to access Alaska Lounges, some of which are very simple and some are complex. Cash or miles are accepted for purchases made on or after March 31, 2019. This excludes those who have upgraded to elite status or who are carrying out an award transaction.
There are two different plans available for Alaska Airlines’ lounge membership. These plans come with various perks and prices.
- Non-elite Mileage Plan members pay $450 per year.
- Members of the Mileage Plan MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K pay $350 per year.
- When flying Alaska or American, an Alaska Lounge+ membership gives you access to Alaska Lounges, American Admirals Clubs (when flying Alaska or American), certain Qantas Clubs (when flying Qantas), and select United Clubs (when flying Alaska).
- Non-elite Mileage Plan members pay $600 per year.
- Mileage Plan MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K members receive $500 per year.
Even with a paid membership, Alaska Airlines offers various ways to access its lounges. Some of these include day passes, priority pass enrollment, and the opportunity to earn miles through One world. Its domestic first-class passengers also have the option to use their day passes.