I’d be willing to bet that over the coming years the relationship between American and Alaska will be strengthened. Up until now, Alaska’s closest partner has been Delta, though with their “Battle in Seattle” we’ve slowly seen them pull apart from one another, including cutting benefits to partner elite members.
While perhaps not directly related to this, it’s worth noting that American Airlines Admirals Club members now receive access to Alaska Airlines Board Rooms under more circumstances.
Fresh pancakes in the Alaska Board Room!
Previously, Admirals Club members would only receive access to Alaska Board Rooms if flying on American flights. In other words, if an Admirals Club member were flying on Alaska they wouldn’t receive access to the Board Room. In a way I get it, in a way that seems a bit backwards.
Anyway, this has now been changed for the better — Admirals Club members now receive Board Room access regardless of whether they’re flying Alaska or American. This is awesome news.
As a reminder, Alaska’s Board Room locations include Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.
Personally I already have Board Room access thanks to my Priority Pass Select membership, which I have courtesy of The Platinum Card® from American Express. That allows me to use a Board Room regardless of which airline I fly, though I also don’t have guesting privileges.
I also have an Admirals Club membership thanks to the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card, so now I can take up to two guests or immediate family member into the Board Room as long as I’m flying Alaska or American.
Lastly, since I’m sure someone will ask, those with one day Admirals Club passes, or those trying to access lounges with oneworld status still wouldn’t get access to the Alaska Board Rooms.
This is a really great change. Overall, Alaska Board Rooms are a bit better than Admirals Clubs, at least in terms of the food and drink selection. They have pancakes in the morning, and soup and salad in the afternoons and evenings.
The one downside of Board Rooms is that the employees in the Board Room are non-unionized, and therefore aren’t allowed to help you in the case of irregular operations (at least that was the case the last time I had an issue with a flight).
For the time being I’ll get the best of both worlds — I can use my Priority Pass membership to access the lounge regardless of which airline I’m flying, and can use my Admirals Club membership to take guests for free whenever I’m flying Alaska or American.