Although it has been open since June 30th, I only just got a chance to visit the new Alaska Lounge in Terminal C of the Seattle Airport. It was certainly worth the wait – I was very impressed by the modernity and thoughts on customer comfort and convenience. Getting into an Alaska Lounge is a little unique, you can qualify one of five ways:
- Have an Alaska Lounge membership
- Have an American Airlines Lounge membership
- Have a Priority Pass membership (warning: if the lounge is overcrowded, they will stop accepting this)
- Fly First Class, either paid or as a mileage award, but not if you were upgrade to First due to status.
- Buy a Day Pass for $45 (again, they will not allow this if the lounge is crowded)
Getting there is a little tricky if you don’t know where to look. At the end of Terminal C are about a dozen gates making it a very crowded area. You have to look over in the Western corner to spot the Alaska Lounge sign.
You can go through the door shown and take the stairs, but the elevator is a better bet. We arrived from ANC at 0437 so had to wait until 0500 for them to open the doors.
The lounge fits in a narrow area above the gates, but it is well designed.
They have a variety of seating with power ports built-in for both 110v and USB. The higher walled seats are similar to those found in AMEX Lounges and you can enjoy extra privacy from the noise or lean against the side to sleep.
For food, they have the usual good Alaska fare along one side of the lounge, including the famous pancake machine! I like that someone finally figured out that they need a larger coffee cup. Yeah, I’m talking about you United!
The bathroom was very modern and a break from the usual utilitarian Alaska style.
The area they selected was ideal for plane spotting and we sat and enjoyed the dawn with a good breakfast. If you are there later, they have a full wall bar which I strangely forgot to take a picture of. The 0500 arrival time must have had something to do with that.
I was very impressed at the utility and style such as power ports in each seat, three different style seats, a modern bathroom, and the general bright décor. Hopefully, this is a model for the future permanent N Terminal Alaska Lounge coming next year. Be good if they adopted this model and went back to renovate the D Terminal Lounge as well as the Anchorage Lounge just like this.