In early 2019, Alaska Airlines announced that it would be opening a new lounge at San Francisco Airport (SFO). There is now an updated timeline for the lounge opening.
Alaska Airlines’ SFO Lounge will open in summer 2021
The Alaska Lounge SFO is expected to open in late summer 2021:
- The lounge is located in the former room of the American Admirals Club in Terminal 2
- The lounge will be nearly 10,000 square feet and is the second largest lounge in Alaska’s network after the airline’s flagship lounge in Seattle
- The lounge has an espresso bar with a trained barista, a full bar with free local craft brews, West Coast wines and spirits, and a wide variety of dining options including made-to-order pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, and fresh salads and soups
- Here is a guide on how to access Alaska Lounges. It remains to be seen whether Priority Pass members will have access to this lounge
Below are some renders that Alaska Airlines has provided for the new lounge area.
Sangita Woerner, SVP for Marketing and Guest Experience at Alaska Airlines, describes this new lounge:
“We’re always looking for ways to respond better to our guests and offer amenities that make traveling more relaxed. SFO has been the most requested location in the Alaska Lounge by our guests for years. So many people are dreaming of travel this year, that’s why we want to open our newest Alaska Lounge as quickly and efficiently as possible – and the renovation of this space in Terminal 2 enables us to do so. “
This lounge is not what we expected
The Alaska Lounge SFO was originally scheduled to open in 2020, although it was delayed due to the understandable pandemic. What I find interesting is that the plans for this lounge seem to have completely changed:
- Originally, the lounge was to be located on the top floor of SFO Terminal 2 in a room that was not previously used and to offer the highest angle of view of all domestic lounges at SFO
- American moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 in 2020, freeing up the space of the former American Admirals Club
- However, it was planned to turn the former American Admirals Club into retail space, rather than converting it into the Alaska Lounge, given the prime location
- It is now planned that the American Admirals Club will become the Alaska Lounge
Below is an illustration of how the Alaska Lounge SFO was originally intended to look.
I think the upside of the new plan is that the lounge is a bit bigger while the view isn’t quite as good as the other planned lounge.
This new lounge represents the return of a lounge for the airline at SFO. The Alaska Lounge SFO closed many years ago (at least seven years ago, I think), although the lounge was basically a broom closet at the time.
The Alaska Lounge SFO will open in summer 2021. The almost 10,000 square meter lounge will take over the former space of the American Admirals Club in Terminal 2. It is exciting to see this lounge after a significant (but not unexpected) delay.
Is anyone excited about the new Alaska Lounge SFO?