Alaska Airlines’ expansion continues. In addition to introducing new routes, signing codeshare deals and brokering lounge partnerships, the airline is building more airport lounges. Its newest one, the Board Room, is opening in Seattle in mid-November.
This is the second lounge for Alaska at its hub in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Though the carrier already has a Board Room in the airport’s Terminal D, it’s often crowded, so this new location in the North Satellite Terminal will be welcomed by travelers. Plus, with many of Alaska’s flights boarding from Concourse A, the new Board Room will be closer.
The new lounge also offers more options and a sleek new design, making for a different experience for Alaska customers.
A New Design, but You Can Still Get Pancakes
Anyone who has been to the other Board Rooms will notice that, with this new addition, things have changed. Those lounges went for a more traditional boardroom design, but this one is very modern, with an open and airy feel throughout. In keeping with this theme, there is a floor-to-ceiling water feature and big windows offering travelers a dynamic airport view.
While a lot has changed with the new lounge, some things remain the same, such as the airline’s signature pancake machine.
The lounge also has free WiFi, big-screen TVs and food all day long. So you can surf the Web; stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues; and enjoy fresh veggies, soup and other snacks.
If you want to unwind with a cocktail, beer or wine, they have that, too. And, of course, there’s Seattle’s own Starbucks coffee and espresso to give you an energy boost. There are plenty of workstations available, too, if you need to get a little work done between flights.
Open Longer, Plus New Lounge Partnerships
Starting in mid-November, Board Rooms in Seattle, Portland, Anchorage and Los Angeles will be open longer, which is great for late-night flights. The new Seattle North Satellite Board Room and the Board Room located in Terminal D will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.
A new deal with American Airlines gives Alaska lounge members access to American Airlines’ Admirals Clubs around the world. Starting in December, they will also have access to United Club locations in Phoenix, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Lounge memberships run from $295 to $450, depending upon your elite status with Alaska. First-timers might also have to pay a membership initiation fee of $100. This fee is reduced for Mileage Plan MVPs and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature cardholders. Mileage Plan Gold members don’t have to pay at all. If you don’t want to spring for the membership, day passes go for $45.