Alaska Airlines has made some significant improvements to their lounges over the past couple of years, including adding new locations, renovating existing locations, and mixing up their food & drink selection.
Historically the Alaska Lounges in Seattle have been pretty overcrowded, given what a big hub it is for the airline. In 2017 a new Alaska Lounge opened in Seattle, and today Alaska’s latest lounge opened, which will be their new flagship lounge.
I first wrote about the opening of the new lounge a couple of weeks ago, so figured I’d share an update as the lounge formally opened today.
New Alaska Lounge at SeaTac now open
A new Alaska Lounge has opened today at SeaTac’s North Concourse. The new lounge is over 15,800 square feet, making it the biggest Alaska Lounge ever. The lounge is located on the Mezzanine level, above gates N13-18. That means it features great views of the apron, runways, and Olympic Mountains.
Alaska Airlines has now shared some actual pictures of the lounge, which looks gorgeous:
With the opening of this lounge, the current Alaska Lounge in the concourse (located between gates N1 & N2) is closing.
SeaTac Alaska Lounge locations
With this lounge open, there are three Alaska Lounges at SeaTac:
- The Alaska Lounge in Concourse D (beyond the security checkpoint), open daily from 4:30AM until 8PM
- The Alaska Lounge in Concourse C (near gate C16), open daily from 5AM until 12AM
- The Alaska Lounge in Concourse N (above gates N13-18), open daily from 5AM until 11PM
How to access Alaska Lounges
While the Alaska Lounges in Anchorage, Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, belong to Priority Pass, the lounges in Seattle don’t. If you’re looking to access the Seattle lounges, you have a few options:
- Book a paid first class ticket on any Alaska flight (awards and cash tickets qualify, while upgrades don’t)
- Buy an Alaska Lounge annual membership, which ranges in cost from $295-450, depending on your status
- Admirals Club members get access to Alaska Lounges when flying Alaska or American same day, and the best card for an Admirals Club membership is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, which has a $450 annual fee and offers an Admirals Club membership (learn more about the best credit cards for earning American miles)
I remember back when I lived in Seattle, the Alaska Lounge situation was pretty depressing. The airline has come a long way, and this new 15,000+ square foot lounge looks fantastic, with great views.
SeaTac is an airport that has experienced an incredible amount of growth the past decade, and the lounge situation really hasn’t kept up with that. I feel like Alaska has been talking about opening this lounge for years and years, so it’s nice to see this lounge is finally open.
If anyone has the chance to visit the new Alaska Lounge, please report back with your experience!