SFO Alaska Airlines Lounges Accessible Via Priority Pass Again

Update 10/5/21: SFO added again. That means SFO & JFK are now accessible. Hat tip to OMaaTLooks like this was wrong.

Update 7/23/21: And now more are leaving/have left again.

  • SEA left 7/16
  • ANC & LAX leaving 7/23

Update 5/10/21: That didn’t last long. Portland will leaving the Priority Pass network as of May 16, 2021.

Original post: The following Alaska Airlines lounges can now be accessed by priority pass members:

  • The Alaska Lounge Anchorage (ANC) South Terminal
  • The Alaska Lounge Los Angeles (LAX) Terminal 6
  • The Alaska Lounge New York (JFK) Terminal 7
  • The Alaska Lounge Portland (PDX) Concourse C
  • The Alaska Lounge Seattle (SEA) North Satellite

The restriction is that you can only access these lounges within three hours of your flight’s departure time. In addition Alaska Airlines reserves the right to restrict access based on capacity constraints. This is similar to how Alaska Airlines lounges used to operate, the major difference is that if a lounge is at capacity you can join a waiting list rather than just being turned away. Alaska Airline lounges seem to always move between accepting and not accepting Priority Pass so who knows how long this change will actually stay for.

 

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Brian
Brian

AS lounge should either stay in or gtfo of PP. This has become a joke

Jay
Jay

William Charles Alaska Airlines and Priority Pass told TPG that this was a false alarm, i.e. their SFO lounge did not actually rejoin the PP network:
https://thepointsguy.com/news/priority-pass-false-alarm/

John
John

Can we enter the SFO alaska lounge using PP upon “arrival” (on a AS flight coach)?

Jon
Jon

Didn’t SFO just open like two weeks ago? That was fast

John
John

Update – SFO Alaska Airlines Lounges no longer Accessible Via Priority Pass. ** Copy & Paste template. ** Thought Id save future Doc some typing.

DC not in DC
DC not in DC

During the depths of Covid I was in AL LAX every week with PP.

Recently, the wait list got long, so I bought an AL membership.

The best thing about AL and PP membership is that you can fly on any airline and still enter.

Thanks to PP, today I am in the Swissport Lounge in Terminal 5 ORD. There is no AL here, so there is no other option at ORD besides Swissport.

AK907
AK907

If you’re an AL member, you have access to the three AC in T3 when flying AA or AS. There’s one next to the AS gates (G), the largest one is between the H/K gates, and the third is by the L gates.

Sam
Sam

What is AL member?

TB
TB

Admirals Club

Tonei Glavinic
Tonei Glavinic

Alaska Lounge

AK907
AK907

So no more gaggle around the elevator at LAX? Nice.

Ed A
Ed A

The irritation here is that folks pay a credit card fee to, in part, receive Priority Pass. It is not free. And when the attendants act snobby or deny entrance on a regular basis that devalues the usefulness of Priority Pass. For example, I have had this happen in Bogota, Colombia with the Avianca National VIP lounge that more often than not refuses Priority Pass folks even when you enter during the approved hours.

I think these lounges should be culled from Priority Pass list of lounges so that those lounges that welcome Priority Pass members get the business and those who only accept members when it is convenient and treat the PP folks like second class citizens get a permanent adios.

AK907
AK907

PP members ARE “second class citizens” to lounge members, first class pax, and alliance elites. That’s why PP members aren’t allowed in sometimes; to save space for those the lounge is catering to. I’m sorry that hurts your feelings. So yes, I agree those lounges should be removed from PP completely.

Vy
Vy

“Do you have ANY idea who I am? I am an esteemed member of the highly selective Priority Pass program. I have PRIORITY!!!”

“P.S. If I have PP from two different credit cards, then I have DOUBLE PRIORITY!”

TB
TB

Its funny that you try so hard to be funny

iahphx
iahphx

It’s probably better for Priority Pass to just sever its relationship with Alaska. I’m still unhappy from my experience with a 3-hour layover at ANC two summers ago. The lounge WAS participating at the time, but the lounge matron still refused to admit me because it was “too crowded.” During my 3 hours, capacity at the lounge never exceeded 35%. So better not to think you’ll have lounge access when you may, arbitrarily, be denied anyway.

Chad Dankbutt
Chad Dankbutt

“Why yes, I DO enjoy checking the list of available lounges for a particular airport every time before I fly to see if I can get into them, then taking a 20 minute detour during my 2 hour layover only to be told there’s no space and I can come back in an hour and maybe then get some soup in the 10 minutes before my boarding begins, how could you tell?”- typical satisfied Priority Pass holder