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Priority Pass members can once again visit most Alaska Airlines lounges

Feb. 26, 2021
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Priority Pass members can once again visit most Alaska Airlines lounges
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As with other U.S. airlines, Alaska Airlines closed most of its airport lounges early during the pandemic, largely in response to a steep drop in demand. Most of the carrier's locations have since reopened, however, and as One Mile at a Time reports, several are once again accepting Priority Pass guests.

Alaska's decision to remove several locations from the Priority Pass network actually came long before the pandemic began, in the summer of 2018, presumably due to overcrowding.

With the pandemic still keeping many travelers away from airports and lounges, however, crowd control is presumably less of an issue. Since the airline gets paid when Priority Pass members visit, this must have seemed like a good time to reopen those lounge doors to premium credit cardholders and other eligible guests.

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Alaska's North Satellite lounge at SEA. Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

As of now, the following Alaska Airlines lounges are listed as participating on the Priority Pass website:

  • Anchorage (ANC) — Concourse C, near gate C-1
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — Terminal 6 on the mezzanine level, near gate 64
  • New York (JFK) — Terminal 7, just after the security checkpoint
  • Portland Airport (PDX) — Concourse C, across from gate C5
  • Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) — North Satellite, above gates N13-N18

Note that the New York-JFK lounge has yet to reopen, but it appears that Priority Pass guests will be able to visit once it does.

As a reminder, customers with many premium credit cards are eligible for a complimentary Priority Pass membership, granting access to well over 1,000 lounges around the world. For example, both my Chase Sapphire Reserve® and The Platinum Card® from American Express made me eligible to enroll for complimentary access, as do a handful of other top cards. Enrollment required for select benefits.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases