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Alaska Airlines opens new San Francisco Lounge

Alaska Airlines today announced the opening of its new lounge at San Francisco International Airport.

The brand-new Alaska Airlines lounge at San Francisco International Airport offers views of the runway and the city throughout the 9,200 square feet of Bay-Area inspired amenities.

Designed in partnership with William Duff Architects (WDA), the SFO Lounge is centrally located in Terminal 2, with easy access to popular restaurants like Lark Creek Grill, Andale Mexican Kitchen & Bar and Napa Farms Market, along with 18 other dining and retail options.

Passengers will discover a variety of welcoming experiences in the new Lounge – with a range of approachable spaces and amenities throughout.

Passengers looking for a refreshing beverage will enjoy a full bar featuring complimentary Bay Area craft brews on tap, wines from local vineyards, and an espresso bar staffed by a trained barista.

Those with a sweet tooth can choose from a wide selection of favorites like made-to-order pancakes or dig into locally-based, mouthwatering sweet treats at the candy bar including Ghirardelli chocolates, Jelly Belly jelly beans and custom travel-themed cookies by Oakland Fortune Cookie Factory. Guests can treat themselves to fresh meals at the bistro or belly up to the new sourdough toast cart, featuring San Francisco’s famous sourdough from The Acme Bread Co.

Sangita Woerner, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience, Alaska Airlines, said:

After much anticipation, we’re thrilled to give our guests a place to work, relax, unwind and enjoy some of the best of what the Golden City has to offer when they travel through SFO on Alaska or a oneworld partner. Hands down Alaska offers the single best value of any airport lounge membership in the country. Our eight lounges redefine the guest experience and offer a calm oasis for every type of traveler including kid-friendly spaces, peaceful nooks, local wine or beer and tasty, locally sourced bites.

There’s also a children’s play area decked out with San Francisco Giants art and fan-favorite mascot Lou Seal.

Seating area. Photo: Alaska Airlines

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Upon entering the lounge, passengers will be greeted with a gallery wall featuring fine art designed by local artists and curated by San Francisco-based Minted, the global marketplace that brings the best from independent designers to consumers everywhere. In the main space, passengers will enjoy the powerful painting Offshore, a reflection on climate change and water by American painter and printmaker Anne Neely.

Guests can access the new lounge by becoming a lounge member, flying first class with Alaska or purchasing a day pass. The Seattle-based airline states that the membership to the Alaska Lounge is nearly 60% less than other airline lounge programs. Starting 1st October 2021, standard membership with access to Alaska operated Lounges will start at $350 for elites and $450 for non-elites. Alaska Lounge+ Membership with access to Alaska operated Lounges and more than 90 partner lounges will start at $500. The carrier states that current memberships will be grandfathered into Alaska Lounge+ until the next membership renewal.

Additionally, passengers will get 50% off a lounge day pass when they pay with their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card. Select oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members will also have access to the San Francisco lounge, which joins seven other open Lounge locations in the Alaska Airlines portfolio, including Seattle (C, D, North Satellite); Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; New York – JFK; and Anchorage.

Alaska presently operates 108 daily flights to 39 destinations to and from San Francisco, including to destinations such as Maui, Cabo, Anchorage and San Diego.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines recently strengthened its partnership with fellow Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways. The airline has announced more flights from the West Coast of the United States for the Winter season while it is adding two new routes out of Boise, Idaho. Alaska Airlines has also added three New Mexican destinations from San Francisco for the winter season.

Featured image by Alaska Airlines

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