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Alaska Airlines Unveils Upgrade Plan for Lounges in Seattle & Portland

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Alaska Lounges in 2 of Alaska Airlines’ most important hub airports are set to get a multi-million dollar overhaul.

The improvements will see updates to the current lounges in both Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA) airports, while both lounges will unveil brand-new, mega lounges in 2025 and 2026.

“We work hard to create relaxing places for our guests to kick back and unwind or get some work done with a hand-crafted espresso or a local beer and something delicious to eat,” said Sangita Woerner, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience at Alaska Airlines.

Let’s take a look at the updates that will be made to each of the lounges, as well as plans looking further ahead.

Updates to Seattle’s Alaska Lounges

Work on the Alaska Lounge in C Concourse is scheduled to start in late spring or early summer 2022.

As part of phase 1, nearby office space will be converted, providing an additional 60 seats in 3,000 square feet of new space.

Phase 2 will focus on the Alaska Lounge in D Concourse, the oldest and original of all of the Alaska Lounges. This will see the lounge closed for 6 months while it’s expanded by almost 30%.

An exciting new addition will be the new bistro coffee bar. The planned reopening is set for summer 2023.

Alaska Airlines Concourse D Bistro at Seattle SEA
A rendering of the bistro area that will be added to the Alaska Lounge at the D Concourse in Seattle (SEA). Image Credit: Hennebery Eddy Architects via Alaska Airlines

“We want our lounge members, Oneworld elite members, those traveling on a paid first class ticket and day pass holders to feel a bit pampered when they step inside,” said Todd Traynor-Corey, Managing Director of Guest Products at Alaska Airlines.

Further down the line in 2026, Alaska plans to open a single, mega lounge of over 20,000-square-foot that will replace the existing C and D Concourse lounges.

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Updates to Portland’s Alaska Lounges

Plans for Portland in 2022 will see almost $1.5 million dollars spent on its Alaska Lounges.

The lounge in C Concourse will be extended into the departures area by 1,000-square-feet by way of an enclosed patio area. The space will include new seating for 30 more guests. The lounge will remain open while the work is carried out and is expected to be completed this summer 2022.

Alaska Lounge Concourse C's new patio extension
Rendering of Concourse C’s new patio extension at PDX. Image Credit: Hennebery Eddy Architects via Alaska Airlines

As for the lounge in B Concourse, Alaska will be installing a temporary express lounge by gate B2 that will be able to accommodate up to 35 guests. The space, due to open in summer 2022, will provide drinks and light snacks for passengers before they take flight.

The express lounge will be replaced by an expansive 10,000+-square-feet lounge that is expected to open somewhere between 2025 and 2026.

Hot Tip: Check out our full list of U.S. Alaska Lounge locations, including details on hours, amenities, and partners.

Final Thoughts

Visiting a lounge before a flight is an integral part of many a frequent flyer’s journey.

By Alaska Airlines investing in its lounges, it’s ultimately investing in improving the experience for its passengers. What’s not to love?

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.


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