A few days ago I wrote about how Alaska Airlines’ new lounge at JFK will be opening as of today, April 30, 2018. The lounge did indeed open this morning, and Alaska Airlines sent along some pictures of the new lounge:
This lounge takes up the former United Club space in Terminal 7, so looks very familiar, as I remember using it all the time back in the day.
Here’s part of Alaska Airlines’ press release describing the lounge:
Alaska Airlines today announces the debut of its first Alaska Lounge on the East Coast, opening at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The new, reimagined lounge brings to life the company’s West Coast vibe with a cool, comfortable space to work or relax while traveling through JFK.
Alaska’s newest lounge features a living room-esque design with multiple seating areas designed with business and leisure travelers in mind. The lounge includes Starbucks-trained baristas who will create custom handcrafted espresso beverages and full-leaf tea beverages for guests. Travelers will have access to complimentary fresh foods including oatmeal and yogurt bars in the morning and salad and soup in the afternoon and evening. Guests can also enjoy a wide-selection of microbrews, West Coast wines or a signature cocktail from the lounge’s welcoming bar.
“We’re always looking to create warm, welcoming experiences for our guests,” said Brett Catlin, managing director of guest products at Alaska Airlines. “Our newest Alaska Lounge at JFK reflects the future of our lounge offering – a signature West Coast vibe, unique beverage selections and a focus on fresh, healthy food options. We’re also thrilled to be the first domestic lounge to introduce a full menu of barista-pulled handcrafted espresso beverages.”
The Alaska Lounge is located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 7 at JFK. It is accessible to Alaska guests traveling through or out of Terminal 7 who have purchased a day pass or lounge membership or are flying First Class. All paid First Class guests receive complimentary access to the lounge, a benefit only offered by Alaska compared to other domestic carriers. In addition to the new JFK lounge, Alaska has lounges in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and three in Seattle, the airline’s largest hub.
Most intriguing is that they’ll have barista made drinks, which is the first time we’ve seen that in an Alaska Lounge, and for that matter in a membership lounge run by a US airline. I’m very excited about that.
One key question I’ve had about the new lounge is whether or not it would accept Priority Pass. Priority Pass is accepted at all other Alaska Lounges, though up until now there hasn’t been any word as to whether or not it would be accepted at this lounge. The Priority Pass website hasn’t been updated as of now.
There’s some good news on that front — I’m told that the Alaska Airlines Lounge JFK already accepts Priority Pass for access. This could at times be restricted due to capacity concerns, though frankly I don’t see that being a huge issue.
Aerolineas Argentinas, Alaska, ANA, British Airways, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, LOT Polish, and Ukraine International all use Terminal 7, so if you’re a Priority Pass member and flying one of those airlines, using the Alaska Lounge with Priority Pass is a great option. Frankly I’d probably choose this over the British Airways Lounge next door, even if I had access to it.