You know that famous saying “There is always a first time for everything” Well last week I took my first flight with Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to Seattle. 95% of my trips this year have been International with a few domestic destinations and of course I only fly American Airlines and OneWorld Partners. Due that American doesn’t have service from LA to Seattle I used their Codeshare partner Alaska Airlines to take me to my destination and to be honest, It was a pleasant experience flying with them but I will share my thoughts on the trip on a later blog post. Today I will be covering and reviewing the Alaska Airlines Board Room at Los Angeles International Airport.
My Flight to Seattle was set to depart at 6:00am and I arrived to LAX at 4:10 in the morning. Once upon arrival I proceeded to the check in counter to get my boarding pass and made my way to security. The “TSA Pre-Check” line at the Alaska Airlines Terminal was a cluster and beyond annoying because there was a mix of regular flyers and a mix of TSA-Pre check approved passengers, the process was tedious and something I am not used to experience while flying with American which is located in Terminal 4. Once I finally cleared security, I made my way to the lounge. Upon arrival to the Lounge I arrived about 10 minutes before opening – the board room opens at 5:00am and I arrived at 4:50am.
Once the lounge opens up, you can go ahead and press the button to call up the elevator. It will take you straight to the lounge. Next to the elevator you will find some information about the lounge and its hours of operation.
Hours of Operation:
- Days: Monday To Sunday
- Hours: 5:00am To 10:oopm
- Holiday Hours may vary.
Once you are out of the elevator you will find the check-in counter at the lounge – The staff was very friendly, attentive and caring. The process did not take longer than 5 minutes and shortly after I was on my way to enjoy the lounge before departure.
Things to keep in mind when entering the lounge:
- Having photo ID is required when entering the lounge.
- Hand out your boarding pass upon arrival to the lounge.
- I was granted access because I was flying First Class and its complimentary.
- For those PriorityPass Card Holders you will be granted access as well.
- Delta Elite passengers will also be granted access into the lounge.
Shortly after checking into the lounge, you will see the Departure and Arrivals flight monitor. Keep an eye on those to make sure your flight is on time. Underneath, you will find newspapers, magazines, etc.
The Siting area of the Alaska Airlines Board room was great and there is also a a variety of sitting sections available, I am interested to see how this lounge gets at peak hours of flying. At the time I was in there was only 2 other passengers besides me and I truly enjoyed that calm atmosphere of the lounge.
Seating around the lounge:
The Business Center of the lounge was simple and nothing too fancy. They feature 8 seating stations without computers of course for the passengers to sit down and get work done. It was surprising to see that it didn’t have computers like most of the lounges I’ve been have them but I guess every lounge is different on their presentation. However, now a days passengers fly with their iPads, MacBooks so it’s easier for them to work on their own personal devices than using the lounge computers.
Within the Business Center you will find different clocks featuring the following local time zones: Washington, Mexico, Hawaii, Vancouver, Anchorage.
Business Center lounge layout:
The food at the Lounge:
A popular machine at the Alaska Airlines board room lounge is the pancakes machine – I was able to use it and it was pretty unique. You simply press the “OK” Button and 2 pancakes will be made and put on your plate. They weren’t bad at all and they were tasty. Syrup and milk are also provided. The food pantry at the lounge was getting stoked up so there wasn’t much options besides bagels, cookies, bananas, apples. Throughout the day there is more food provided and different snacks to select from. There is also a coffee machine where you can prepare your own coffee just the way you like it. Soda machines are also within the pantry with a variety of refreshments to select from. You will also find different yogurts flavors on the fridge. Presentation was good and everything seemed to be clean and organized.
I thought the Alaska Airlines was a great and simple lounge to spend some time at before departure. I thought the presentation of the lounge was great and most important everything was kept clean and in good condition. I was only able to spend 10 minutes at the lounge before boarding my flight so I would like to visit it again in the near future to review the meals/snacks, the bar and it’s service and other amenities they offer. The staff at the lounge was very friendly which is always a plus because customer service for me is extremely important. Shortly before leaving the lounge the agents asked if I needed anything else and I kindly answered “No Thank you, you all have been awesome.” I appreciate the kind gesture from the agents to go above and beyond to meet my needs and wants.
If you are flying Alaska Airlines and have access into the lounge, I would recommend visiting this lounge.