Alaska Airlines currently only has one lounge open, which is located at Concourse D in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. However, that's set to change beginning August 1 when the airline starts reopening its lounges at the following airports:
- Los Angeles
- Seattle (North Satellite)
Once opened, Alaska will only have two closed lounges, which are at New York (JFK) and Seattle Concourse C. The airline was set to open up a lounge at San Francisco sometime this year but did not provide any update on the opening date due to the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the reopening of lounges is good news, there will certainly be a different feel, and guests won't receive all the same services as before.
Alaska is keeping the safety of its guests and employees in mind. To protect everyone, employees will have their temperature taken before each shift. The lounges will also not be at full capacity, and it will be limited based on local laws. Most cities are limiting capacity to 50 percent or less. Alaska will also clean and disinfect the lounges throughout the day and require that guests and employees use face masks, except when eating or drinking.
While Alaska will still offer complimentary soda, tea and coffee, it won't be self-serve and will instead be offered at the bar. Snacks will still be self-serve, but guests will only have pre-packaged items to choose from. Guests will be able to choose from simple items like cookies, pretzels, potato chips, string cheese and whole fruit. At locations where current local restrictions allow, fresh food options will be made available to guests.
As travel restrictions are gradually eased, other airlines have begun opening up their lounges as well. Just earlier this month, Delta announced that it would reopen several Sky Club locations, while British Airways reopened some lounges at London Heathrow.