One of the unique perks that Alaska offers first class passengers is complimentary lounge access. If you’re paying cash or miles for first class you receive access to Alaska Lounges no matter which route you fly (the catch is that there are only four Alaska Lounges). The only first class passengers who don’t receive lounge access are those who upgraded.
Paid Alaska Airlines first class passengers get access to Alaska Lounges
Now that Alaska has taken over Virgin America, they’re trying to streamline the experience as much as possible. As part of that, an Alaska spokesperson has confirmed with me that Virgin America paid first class passengers now get access to Alaska Lounges regardless of which route they fly. Previously Virgin America first class passengers only received complimentary access to Virgin America’s Loft at LAX, and only when flying “longhaul” first class on Virgin America, which includes flights to the East Coast.
Virgin America first class passengers now get access to Alaska Lounges
As a reminder, Alaska Lounges are available in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. Of those cities, Virgin America flies to Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. As of a couple of days ago, the Virgin America Loft at LAX is closed, as Virgin America is co-locating to Terminal 6, as part of the massive terminal shakeup going on at LAX.
Alaska Lounge LAX
All of the Alaska Lounges also belong to Priority Pass, though as many of you are aware, Alaska has frequently put capacity controls in place for Priority Pass members. If you’re entitled to lounge access based on flying first class, you should have priority access to the lounges, and shouldn’t be turned away.
It’s great to see Alaska not only keeping this perk around, but actually expanding it.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)