Alaska Limits Board Room Lounge Access to Priority Pass Members

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Priority Pass members have had their access to Alaska lounges on the West Coast limited. Effective May 1, 2017, Priority Pass members will not be able to bring any complimentary guests into Alaska lounges on the West Coast. The lounges affected are in Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles. At this moment, the Alaska lounge in Anchorage still permits guests, although this may change. Regardless of how many guests or fee waivers it used to allow previously, your Priority Pass membership will no longer allow complimentary access for your guests.

Alaska Priority Pass Limitation

Exceptions to the New Rules

Alaska has confirmed that children under the age of 2 are exempt from the changes and you will still be able to access the lounge with your young child. Guests will still be able to purchase a full-price day pass to access the lounge. Also, authorized users of certain credit cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express are entitled to Priority Pass Membership in their own right and can enter as an individual, not a guest (as long as they have their Priority Pass card).

Why did Alaska Change its Terms?

For a while now there has been some capacity issue with theses lounges, and Alaska would regularly have to place signs reserving the lounge for its own members. This overcrowding had become quite an issue, especially during peak travel times, however not so much during off-peak times.

Our Take

This news may inconvenience some travelers. However, it is not a surprise, since Alaska lounges have suffered from increased traffic after the merger with Virgin America. In addition, with more and more people picking up premium credit cards that offer lounge access as a perk, there simply is more and more demand for lounge access. As disappointing as the new policy is, it should enable lounges to allow more Priority Pass members in since they would be entering the lounge on an individual basis and not as a large group. Overall this new rule should reduce overcrowding and increase your chance of gaining lounge access during busy periods.

Source: Travel Codex

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Comments

  • That’s too bad.

  • Probably no reason, other than perhaps being a child, for one’s guest to to also have a Priority Pass membership of their own from some credit card, or other.

  • Can’t say this is too surprising, as many other airlines already do this, and Priority Pass membership has surely jumped in the last several months with the CSR.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    I thought Priority Pass always charged $27 for guests?

  • Mohammed Siddiqui says:

    What’s the point of having Priority Pass access then.

  • It may be annoying but this is a decent compromise for over crowding until lounges can be expanded.

    • The challenge is, that despite being “flagship” lounges in their hubs, I don’t think that expansion plans are ever in Alaska’s future.

  • Air Flyer says:

    If the lounge is getting full and they deny access to Priority Pass members to reserve space for their own members, is that legal?

  • MICHAELJ says:

    I hope Alaska expands their network in a significant way. I am on the East coast and there is not much from here unless you are travelling to the West coast.

  • I doubt this will make much of a change. I always bring a guest, but she has a PP too.

    Regardless this is a good solution for people who have been denied. And every time Ive been denied I walked out of my way to go to the lounge.

  • Not really surprising as it has become harder and harder to find lounges that are not at full capacity. I guess I will enjoy a different lounge when I can!

  • I think this is a good option. It gives priority pass members a better chance to actually get into Alaska lounges.

  • I have no problems adding my young children, in name at least, as authorized users to my credit card so that they can each have their own priority pass card an enter as account holders.

    But here is the thing. Why should I have to? Its such an easy work around, and most cards with priority pass have no fee authorized users.. Will this change REALLY make a difference in the grand scheme of things?

  • Sad that Alaska is slowly devaluing things after the big spend on VX

    • This isn’t Alaska devaluing with regards to Virgin America. Their lounges are too crowded due to the mass influx of all the new priority pass cardmembers — they need to ensure people can get in, so they have to limit access at some point.

  • Not a great outcome for families, but let’s see how this works out in reducing the overcrowding.

  • I hear they’ve been limiting priority pass access anyway because of overcrowding.

  • I’m afraid I’m one of those who does not take this lightly because it feels like a form of a clawback of benefits.

  • It is a fair policy to make sure that members have access to their over-crowded lounges. It does not really impact me since I do not fly them often!

  • Overcrowding is real, especially at the airports this change affects. I have no problem with this.

  • Binita Patel says:

    Real value of having the Priority pass keeps going down….

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