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Alaska Limiting Priority Pass Guest Access at Some Lounges

April 27, 2017
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Alaska Limiting Priority Pass Guest Access at Some Lounges
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As more consumers sign up for premium travel cards like the Platinum Card from American Express, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card, Citi Prestige and others that come with Priority Pass membership, it's creating a problem of overcrowding in some airport lounges. It seems that to combat the problem, Alaska Airlines will no longer allow Priority Pass members to bring guests into certain lounges that participate in the program.

Prior to this change from Alaska, American Express realized that it was having major problems with overcrowding in its Centurion Lounges, which caused it to make changes to its guest policy as well.

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Notice on the Priority Pass website pertaining to an Alaska lounge in Seattle.

The change goes into effect May 1, and affects the airline's lounges in Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA). Note that the policy change doesn't impact Alaska's lounge in Anchorage (ANC). While this change could, in theory, improve the experience for solo business travelers, those traveling with family members or friends might be frustrated by this news.

Remember, though, that if you have one of the premium cards mentioned above, you can add authorized users to your account, who in turn will receive their own Priority Pass cards. While some cards such as the CSR and Amex Platinum charge an additional fee for each authorized user, the Ritz Card doesn't, so if you frequent Alaska lounges with your family, that could be a good option to consider.

H/T: Travel Codex

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