Alaska Airlines’ astounding new flagship Seattle lounge

By David Flynn, July 12 2019
Alaska Airlines’ astounding new flagship Seattle lounge

Perched atop Sea-Tac Airport’s North Satellite Terminal, the newly-opened Alaska Airlines lounge is all about the views – and, if you’re a craft beer fan, the brews.

Floor-to-ceiling windows open a vista across the airfield, the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle, while also flooding the supremely spacious lounge with natural light.

An oversized circular fireplace ringed by sofa seating adds ambience as well as comforting physical warmth, but the entire lounge – all 15,800 ft3 (1500m2) of it – radiates a welcoming Northwest vibe intended to channel a contemporary living room design (assuming your living room includes a oversized circular fireplace).

Visitors can grab a bite from the Market, and accompany that with one of a dozen Seattle microbrews from the bar.

Of course, this being Seattle, there’s also barista-pulled coffee for a preflight kickstart.

Your travel tech can also get a jump-start from one of literally hundreds of AC and USB outlets peppered throughout the lounge.

Travellers will find the new Alaska Lounge on the North Satellite's mezzanine level, also known as Concourse N, above gates N13-18; once open, the terminal's current and rather tired old Alaska Lounge (located between gates N1-N2) will be closing.

Alaska Airlines will retain its other two lounges at Concourse C (near gate C16) and Concourse D (past the security checkpoint).

Alaska Airlines lounge access for Qantas

Qantas’ top-tier Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers plus Qantas Club members can use Alaska Airlines lounges in Seattle provided they are travelling on an Alaska flight which connects to or from a Qantas international flight – a not-uncommon pattern for Australian business travellers headed to the home of Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and other giants.

Alaska Airlines has been building itself into a boutique challenger against The Big Three – American Airlines, Delta and United – following the 2016 buyout of Virgin America, and earlier this year revealed its new domestic first class.

Supplied by Recaro but redesigned for Alaska Airlines, with a 40” pitch and padded with memory foam, the seats will be used to standardise the Alaska and Virgin fleets as they are rolled out over the coming years.

Inflight Internet has also been upgraded to a high-speed WiFi connection suitable for streaming video above the clouds, with BYO devices taking the place of in-seat TV screens.

Pleasingly, even the economy seats have their own AC and USB sockets, both of which have been conveniently located on the seat-back rather than being tucked away between or under the seats.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Hopefully Qantas can renegotiate their ABYSMAL lounge agreement with Alaska.

Under the current arrangement:

Alaska MVP's can access 31 Qantas lounges, with TWO guests, when travelling QF.

(Two guests into Qantas Club for Alaska MVP's is a better deal than Qantas Club members themselves get.)

QFF's can only use Alaska lounges at 4 airports, with only ONE guest, and only before or after a QF flight.

(One guest into Alaska lounges for Qantas members is a worse deal than Alaska MVP's get.)

Absolutely absurd arrangement.

Clearly Qantas is only motivated by having their lounges generate cash... rather than setting up a mutually beneficial arrangements for their members.

Alaska Airlines - Mileage Plan

13 Jul 2019

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Alaska only has lounges at 5 airports, so having access at 4 airports is a pretty good deal

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Is it a good deal that you need to be coming from or going to a Qantas flight that same day in order to enter their lounge? No.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2016

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Currently in the lounge now in Seattle it is crap the new one is desperately needed!

22 Jan 2018

Total posts 99

I love Delta’s new lounge in SeaTac, some thing tells me this will be better!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jun 2015

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I’ll be there that day!!!

15 Feb 2013

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Have they been copying the lounges of Australian carriers? Those window seats are straight out of the VA domestic lounges (different colour), and the circular fireplace looks pretty much the same as the QF LAX business lounge...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

- Steve Jobs

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jun 2015

Total posts 37

I visited the new lounge today.

A large lounge with plenty of seats. Great views of airfield. Good bar with house spirits and a good selection of complementary local beers. A shame about the lound music playing with too much bass... trying to get a sports bar feel, I think!

Food offering poor, unless you pay.

Coffee... clearly an untrained barista. Coffee in Qantas’s First Lounge is LA so much better.

From what I heard this is so much better than what was previously offered.

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