Alaska and Virgin America co-located to Terminal 7 at JFK this past October, as they previously operated out of separate terminals. Terminal 7 is otherwise primarily used by British Airways and is quite a dump. We’ve known for quite a while that Alaska intends to open their own lounge there. Currently the only other lounge in the terminal is the British Airways Lounge.
Alaska has said all along that they hope to open the lounge by April 2018, though Alaska also hasn’t been great about sticking to timelines on some things lately (especially when it comes to new Mileage Plan partners). It looks like we now have an official update on this front.
The Alaska Lounge JFK will be opening on April 30, 2018. The lounge will be open daily from 5AM until 10PM, except on Saturdays, when it will close at 5PM.
The lounge is taking up the former space of the United Club, which closed a couple of years back, when United pulled out of JFK. It’ll be located just past security and up a level, which is where the British Airways Lounge is as well.
The Alaska Lounge will be open to Alaska Lounge members, those traveling in paid first class on Alaska (either award or revenue), and Admirals Club members traveling same day on Alaska or American. On top of that, most Alaska Lounges belong to Priority Pass.
I highly suspect this lounge will be open to Priority Pass members as well, though no official announcement has been made on that front yet. I suspect we’ll find out within a few days, most likely around the same time that the lounge opens. I also wonder whether Alaska plans to contract out to some of the other airlines operating out of the terminal, including Icelandair, LOT, Ukraine, etc.
I look forward to checking out this lounge soon!