First Pictures Of Alaska’s New JFK Lounge (Which Accepts Priority Pass)

A few days ago I wrote about how Alaska Airlines’ new lounge at JFK will be opening as of today, April 30, 2018. The lounge did indeed open this morning, and Alaska Airlines sent along some pictures of the new lounge:

This lounge takes up the former United Club space in Terminal 7, so looks very familiar, as I remember using it all the time back in the day.

Here’s part of Alaska Airlines’ press release describing the lounge:

Alaska Airlines today announces the debut of its first Alaska Lounge on the East Coast, opening at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The new, reimagined lounge brings to life the company’s West Coast vibe with a cool, comfortable space to work or relax while traveling through JFK.

Alaska’s newest lounge features a living room-esque design with multiple seating areas designed with business and leisure travelers in mind. The lounge includes Starbucks-trained baristas who will create custom handcrafted espresso beverages and full-leaf tea beverages for guests. Travelers will have access to complimentary fresh foods including oatmeal and yogurt bars in the morning and salad and soup in the afternoon and evening. Guests can also enjoy a wide-selection of microbrews, West Coast wines or a signature cocktail from the lounge’s welcoming bar.

“We’re always looking to create warm, welcoming experiences for our guests,” said Brett Catlin, managing director of guest products at Alaska Airlines. “Our newest Alaska Lounge at JFK reflects the future of our lounge offering – a signature West Coast vibe, unique beverage selections and a focus on fresh, healthy food options. We’re also thrilled to be the first domestic lounge to introduce a full menu of barista-pulled handcrafted espresso beverages.”

The Alaska Lounge is located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 7 at JFK. It is accessible to Alaska guests traveling through or out of Terminal 7 who have purchased a day pass or lounge membership or are flying First Class. All paid First Class guests receive complimentary access to the lounge, a benefit only offered by Alaska compared to other domestic carriers. In addition to the new JFK lounge, Alaska has lounges in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and three in Seattle, the airline’s largest hub.

Most intriguing is that they’ll have barista made drinks, which is the first time we’ve seen that in an Alaska Lounge, and for that matter in a membership lounge run by a US airline. I’m very excited about that.

One key question I’ve had about the new lounge is whether or not it would accept Priority Pass. Priority Pass is accepted at all other Alaska Lounges, though up until now there hasn’t been any word as to whether or not it would be accepted at this lounge. The Priority Pass website hasn’t been updated as of now.

There’s some good news on that front — I’m told that the Alaska Airlines Lounge JFK already accepts Priority Pass for access. This could at times be restricted due to capacity concerns, though frankly I don’t see that being a huge issue.

Aerolineas Argentinas, Alaska, ANA, British Airways, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, LOT Polish, and Ukraine International all use Terminal 7, so if you’re a Priority Pass member and flying one of those airlines, using the Alaska Lounge with Priority Pass is a great option. Frankly I’d probably choose this over the British Airways Lounge next door, even if I had access to it.

Comments

  1. “This could at times be restricted due to capacity concerns, though frankly I don’t see that being a huge issue.” One needs only to attempt to visit their lounges at SEA, PDX, or LAX to see the “not allowing Priority Pass members sign” sitting outside the lounge. I imagine JFK will have a bit more capacity and won’t be clogged w/ as many Alaska Lounge members or First Class passengers just given their more limited routes from JFK, but still, plenty of folks have Priority Pass, so you’ll still find it filling up.

  2. Alaska lounges technically take Priority Pass, but in reality the ‘no priority pass’ sign seems to almost always be out in Seattle (0 for my last 3). I actually would prefer that Alaska not accept Priority Pass in Seattle as a way to force Priority Pass to quit pretending that they have coverage and to contract with a Seattle lounge or restaurant that would reliably, accept the damn card.

  3. This looks nice. Frankly, I found Alaska’s lounges to be the most dated of any airline lounge in the US.

  4. A Strip Club that recruited the strippers from the female TSA agents at JFK. That would solve the problem of too many priority pass users.

  5. I’m flying CX out of Terminal 8 in June. Never flown through JFK before, is it possible to go between terminals 7 & 8 without needing to go back through security?

  6. Jackie ARE YOU RETARTDED DID YOU EVEN READD THE ARTICAL!!!!???????????????????

    NO YOU DIDN”T CLEARLY THE# LOUNG HAS FOOD AND DRINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. @SEAguy there is a lounge at SEA that takes priority pass outside of the Alaska lounges. Just used it for breakfast a week ago. It’s called The Club at SEA. It’s a ways out, but the trains at SEA make nothing too far.

  8. “Most intriguing is that they’ll have barista made drinks, which is the first time we’ve seen that in an Alaska Lounge, and for that matter in a membership lounge run by a US airline. I’m very excited about that.”

    You get excited very easily.

  9. Supposedly you are able to access any terminal at JFK with a same day boarding pass out of any other terminal. In reality, it depends on which ignorant TSA employee is checking.

  10. The Ukraine Intl flight leaves at 12:30am and this lounge closes at 10:00pm, so not much use if your flying Ukraine…

  11. You technically can access any terminal at JFK, with a same day boarding pass, though the TSA may try to ‘steer’ you to the correct terminal. My advice is to use a mobile boarding pass or one on generic stock and you’ll be fine. I’ve had to do it on the two instances I got stuck with 8 hours to kill at T7.

    Also
    “All paid First Class guests receive complimentary access to the lounge, a benefit only offered by Alaska compared to other domestic carriers”

    Of course, the legacy carriers offer complimentary lounge access on for paid (and upgraded, and award) first class on most of the routes Alaska flies out of JFK but who’s counting.

  12. @PENGUINCARL, They are not connected but once you are done with check-in and if time permitted, you can take air train (terminal to terminal) to Terminal 7 and enjoy the lounge.

  13. It’s nice but it’s still not anything to scream and shout about. It definitely cannot hold a candle to the Virgin America Loft which was a spectacular lounge. It’s incredibly sad that during the merger we lost the panache of Virgin America and the quiet efficiency of Alaska. It really was a terrible merger that has damaged the identity of both airlines. It’s also why I go out of my way to fly JetBlue domestically in the US now instead of flying both Virgin America and JetBlue.

  14. My flight next month is at 8:50pm on Saturday on Icelandair. Great, lounge closes at 5pm on Sats so no go for me 🙁 . Was hoping to try the pancake machine and grab some drinks…

  15. I was in it this morning (first day of opening) as I was flying Alaska Airlines. It is a nice lounge with a very good view of the airport. I used a Priority Pass (sorry). However, I do not think it will get too crowded because Terminal 7 in JFK does not have that many airlines flying out of it. Therefore, it is unlikely to see a crowd of American, United, and Delta flyers in it.

  16. Well they say “accepts” priority pass, but I always run into a “no priority pass” sign. Four times un-lucky at LAX.

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