Alaska Airlines has announced plans to open a new lounge at San Franciso International airport’s Terminal 2 this summer.
The newly-inaugurated Oneworld carrier is renovating a former American Airlines Admirals Club lounge within the terminal. An exact opening date has yet to be confirmed, but the airline said that the facility would open “by late summer”.
The San Francisco lounge will be Alaska Airlines’ second largest behind its flagship facility at Seattle-Tacoma International airport, and will be the carrier’s eighth US lounge.
Features will include an espresso bar with trained barista, dining options such as “made-to-order pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, fresh salads and hearty soups”, and a full bar offering West Coast wines and local craft beers.
Alaska Airlines will add flights from San Fransisco International (SFO) to Anchorage and Bozeman, Montana this June, and currently offers over 80 daily flights from the Bay Area airports of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.
Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of marketing and guest experience said that a facility at SFO “has been the top-requested Alaska Lounge location by our guests for years”.
“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,” said Woerner.
Meanwhile the carrier is also set to update its Lounge membership structure from October, offering a two tier system.
Standard Alaska Lounge members will receive access to all Alaska Lounges when flying on any airline, while Lounge Plus members will also receive access “to an extended network of partner airline lounges across the country when flying Alaska – including all American Airlines Admirals Clubs”.
The pricing for the new structure will be as follows:
- 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 the new structure comes into effect in October will be grandfathered into an Alaska Lounge Plus membership for the year.