In early 2019, Alaska Airlines announced it would open a new lounge at San Francisco Airport (SFO). There’s now an updated timeline for when the lounge will open (the airline has also announced changes to Alaska Lounge memberships, which I covered in a separate post).
Alaska Airlines’ SFO lounge opens summer 2021
The Alaska Lounge SFO is expected to open by late summer 2021:
- The lounge will be located in the former space of the American Admirals Club in Terminal 2
- The lounge will be just under 10,000 square feet, making it the second largest lounge in Alaska’s network, after the carrier’s flagship lounge in Seattle
- The lounge will feature an espresso bar staffed by a trained barista, a full bar featuring complimentary local craft brews, West Coast wines and spirits, and a wide selection of food, including made-to-order pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, fresh salads, and soups
- See here for a guide on how to access Alaska Lounges; it remains to be seen if Priority Pass members will be able to access this lounge
Below are some renderings that Alaska Airlines has provided of the new lounge space (I’ve gotta be honest, the space looks really bland to me, but maybe it’s just the pictures).
As Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ SVP of Marketing and Guest Experience, describes this new lounge:
“We’re always looking for ways to be more responsive to our guests and offer amenities that make travel more relaxing. SFO has been the top-requested Alaska Lounge location by our guests for years. So many people are dreaming of travel this year, so we want to open up our newest Alaska Lounge as quickly and efficiently as possible – and renovating this space in Terminal 2 allows us to do that.”
This lounge isn’t what we were expecting
Initially the Alaska Lounge SFO was supposed to open in 2020, though it got delayed due to the pandemic, which is understandable. What I find interesting is that it seems like the plans for this lounge completely changed:
- Initially the lounge was supposed to be on the top floor of SFO Terminal 2 in a space that wasn’t previously utilized, offering the highest viewpoint of any domestic lounge at SFO
- American moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 in 2020, and as a result the space of the former American Admirals Club became vacant
- However, the plan was for the former American Admirals Club to become retail space, given the prime location, rather than to be converted into the Alaska Lounge
- Now the plan is for the American Admirals Club to become the Alaska Lounge
For what it’s worth, below is the rendering of what the Alaska Lounge SFO was initially supposed to look like.
I guess the benefit of the new plan is that the lounge is a bit larger, while the views won’t be quite as great as they would have been from the other planned lounge.
This new lounge represents the return of a lounge for the airline at SFO. The Alaska Lounge SFO closed many years ago (at least seven years ago, I think), though the lounge at the time was basically a broom closet.
The Alaska Lounge SFO will be opening in the summer of 2021. The nearly 10,000 square foot lounge will take over the former space of the American Admirals Club in Terminal 2. It’s exciting to see that this lounge will finally be opening, after a significant (but not unexpected) delay.
Anyone excited about the new Alaska Lounge SFO?