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Alaska Airlines Continues Bay Area Expansion including New Lounge at SFO

With a planned opening late this coming summer, Alaska Airlines travelers will have the opportunity to relax in the new Alaska Lounge at San Francisco International Airport. With this plan, Alaska will move into the former American Airlines Admirals Club space in Terminal 2.

“We’re always looking for ways to be more responsive to our guests and offer amenities that make travel more relaxing. SFO has been the top-requested Alaska Lounge location by our guests for years,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of marketing and guest experience. “So many people are dreaming of travel this year, so we want to open up our newest Alaska Lounge as quickly and efficiently as possible – and renovating this space in Terminal 2 allows us to do that.”    

Artist rendering of new Alaska Lounge in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. Image: Alaska Airlines

The announcement comes as Alaska Airlines continues to expand its presence in the Bay Area. Alaska now operates more than 80 daily flights out of the Bay Area (including SFO, San Jose and Oakland) and has more than 1,700 Bay Area-based employees. In June, Alaska will begin service to Anchorage and Bozeman, Montana, from SFO. Other recent service announcements include:

  • Recently resumed service to Honolulu and Maui from SFO as of April 4
  • Resumed service to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta from SJC in early April
  • New service to Missoula, Mont., from SJC starting in May

When completed, this new lounge will be the second-largest of the Alaska Lounges at just under 10,000 sq. ft., behind Alaska’s flagship lounge in Seattle’s North Satellite Terminal. This space is also centrally located in Terminal 2, with easy access to additional dining and shopping options for guests. The Alaska Lounge at SFO joins seven other lounge locations in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; New York – JFK; and Anchorage.

Artist rendering of new Alaska Lounge in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. Image: Alaska Airlines

The Lounge will include an espresso bar staffed by a trained barista, a full bar featuring complimentary local craft brews, West Coast wines, and spirits, and a wide selection of guest favorites like made-to-order pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, fresh salads, and hearty soups.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the opening of the Alaska Lounge at SFO,” said SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “As the recovery of air travel continues, travelers can look forward to more and more amenities at SFO. The Alaska Lounge offers a great way for people to relax, recharge, and enjoy the friendly service that they’re known for.”

When it opens, Alaska expects the Lounge to create 30 jobs in the Bay Area. More details and timing will be announced over the coming months.  

New Alaska Lounge membership pricing
Starting in October, Alaska will update its lounge membership structure to give members more options and flexibility as the carrier works to control costs.

This fall, Alaska will offer two tiers of lounge memberships:

  • Alaska Lounge: Members will receive access to all Alaska Lounges when flying on any airline.
  • Alaska Lounge Plus: Members will receive access to all Alaska Lounges and an extended network of partner airline lounges across the country, including all American Airlines Admirals Clubs.

Pricing will update to the following:

  • Alaska Lounge membership: $450 annually ($350 for Alaska Airlines MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75k members)
  • Alaska Lounge Plus membership: $600 annually ($500 for Alaska Airlines MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75k members)
  • New lounge membership enrollments and renewals made before Alaska’s two-tier structure goes into effect in October will be grandfathered into an Alaska Lounge Plus membership for the duration of the membership period.

Visit AlaskaAir.com for more details.

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