Alaska allowing guests again with Priority Pass

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Back in May, Alaska airlines stopped allowing Priority Pass holders to bring guests into its Boardroom lounges (and access even for primary cardholders was often being restricted due to space constraints). However, effective yesterday, access has been expanded and Priority Pass holders are now permitted to bring two guests into Boardroom locations in Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles.

Of course, lounges could (and probably will) still be capacity-controlled. However, this change is obviously a net positive for Priority Pass holders who travel with companions.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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[…] Alaska allowing guests again with Priority Pass. – Alaska has nice lounges, so it is good to see this policy change, even though you’re limited to just two guests, which is a problem when you’re a family of 4. […]

Simon

Yesterday, August 8th, I was allowed to bring 2 guests and myself into the SEA Concourse C Alaska Lounge using Priority Pass.

Ken Blakely

Priority Pass is a crappy “benefit” anyway. It’s hard to believe otherwise good cards like Amex and Citi think that PP is something valuable….

Bill

For domestic travel in the US, Priority Pass is poor and definitely not worth much. Did a trip recently where I went through ORD and DEN recently– among the nations largest and busiest airports– and there was not a single PP lounge I could use. O’hare does have access to the air france lounge if you’re traveling international, but nothing for domestic. Denver embarrassingly has nothing at all.
I have successfully used PP in Orlando and Portland. The Orlando lounge was actually pretty good (I think “The Club” lounges are supposed to be pretty good overall), while the Alaska lounge in Portland was merely a slightly more comfortable place to stay and charge my phone than hanging around the gate. I don’t know if the Portland lounge is representative of all Alaska lounges, but if it is then I’m not overly impressed.

The international footprint for PP looks okay though, especially in Europe.

Lee @ BaldThoughts

Glad this policy has been changed. Although I’ve noticed more and more Priority Pass lounges are limiting the number of drinks per guest. Normally, it isn’t an issue, but if you’re in the lounge for several hours, this is a bummer.