Seattle sneak peek: Alaska Airlines reinvigorates Board Room lounge

By Chris Chamberlin, December 1 2015

Most Stateside travellers would rate Alaska Airlines’ handful of Board Room lounges as average at best, but that’s set to change with the opening of a brand new Board Room in the Qantas partner’s Seattle hub.

Located between gates N1 and N2, the lounge divides into two main sections after passing reception – on your left is the quieter business nook with working tables and power points aplenty…

… flanked by timber dividers and extra bench seating for peak times…

… and a few extra chairs to enjoy the tarmac view:

Or, turn right and you’ll be met by a more casual atmosphere and a manned cocktail bar…

… plenty of comfy seating…

… and a buffet and self-serve beverage zone at the far end:

While a barista-style coffee machine is pictured above, Alaska Airlines wound up installing a self-serve espresso maker instead – a lost opportunity for what would is otherwise a rarity in US airport lounges, but understandable given Alaska Air’s smaller size.

Qantas relies on Alaska Airlines to shuttle its passengers between Los Angeles and Seattle in connection with its own flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with fare-paying business and first class passengers given free entry to the Board Room before their Alaska Airlines flight.

However, Qantas Club members and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can’t access the Alaska Airlines Board Rooms in Seattle – unlike in Los Angeles where these members are welcome – but like any traveller stuck in economy can pay US$45 (A$63) for a one-off visit.

Priority Pass and Board Room members are also welcome on presenting a same-day boarding pass with any airline, as are American Airlines Admirals Club members when flying with American Airlines or Alaska Airlines.

Also read: The Aussie traveller’s guide to Priority Pass airport lounges

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Fonga

Fonga

12 Feb 2014

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Seattle is such an anomaly. SeaTac is a good airport and services a truly unique and great North American city. But it is all but invisible as a destination to Australians (except those getting a cruise to Alaska). I would argue a very worthy destination in its own right and for a city less than half the size of Perth, it punches well above its weight. Home to Microsoft, Costco, Starbucks and Amazon, it was also the incubus for Boeing. Arts-wise it's where Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix originated. Huge amount of creativity and entrepreneurship in so compact a town.

Could channel a bit of it into that lounge!

damien

damien

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12 May 2011

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Fonga

Fonga

12 Feb 2014

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Sounds more like Vegas, Damien.

nathanjordan

nathanjordan

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21 Aug 2013

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Couldn't agree more - was there for leisure 18 months ago & LOVED the city & its down-to-earth, friendly people. They are VERY proud of their artistic, livable, vibrant home, and the fact that they are very much a sustainability leader in the US. Heaps to see and do - Boeing factory tour, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation HQ tour, Chiheuely Glass Gardens, the Pike Place Market, the harbour, Sky Needle, Woodland Zoo, EMP Museum, great PT (rail to SeaTac and they even used to use some Melbourne W class trams on their streetcar network!). Would go back again to visit in a heartbeat!


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