This isn’t actually new, though somehow I wasn’t aware of this. Back when I lived in Seattle I’d fly Alaska to/from the Bay Area a ton, though since leaving Seattle earlier in the year I haven’t flown Alaska on that route.
This summer Alaska Airlines closed their Board Room in San Francisco. This was due to their terminal change, whereby they were moving from Terminal 1 to the International Terminal.
The Alaska Board Room at San Francisco Airport was a tiny lounge, though the staff were quite friendly and the food and beverage selection was decent for a domestic lounge.
What I didn’t realize, however, is that Alaska Airlines now has a lounge agreement with Cathay Pacific in San Francisco.
Since the Cathay Pacific Lounge is also in the International Terminal, Alaska Board Room members (and their guests) traveling on Alaska Airlines can use the Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco.
Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco Airport
The downside is that those otherwise eligible for Board Room access don’t have access to the Cathay Pacific Lounge. Specifically:
- All Alaska Airlines Board Rooms participate in Priority Pass, though the Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco doesn’t
- Ordinarily paid first class passengers on Alaska (whether revenue or award) get Board Room access, though they don’t get access to partner lounges, including the Cathay Pacific one
If you’re departing around the same time of day as one of the two daily Cathay Pacific flights, the food spread should be quite good, including the made-to-order noodle bar. Unfortunately the lounge will also likely be pretty crowded.
Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco Airport made-to-order noodles
So if you are a frequent Alaska flyer out of San Francisco, this is a reason to potentially pick up a Board Room membership as opposed to a Priority Pass membership.