Alaska Airlines has opened the most beautiful lounge at Sea-Tac airport in Washington. This lounge is 15,800 square feet of phenomenal. Having a place of comfort while traveling can really make all the difference.
Going to the airport has always been more of an experience for me than just a way to get from point A to point B. I grew up during times where you didn’t have to pass security checkpoints to enjoy time out on the terminal.
We would always greet family and friends as they deplaned and as a child, I would run to the windows to press my nose against them to see the airplanes coming and going.
These memories came flooding in when I entered the Alaska Airlines Lounge. You literally can enjoy a nearly 360-view of the runway at Sea-Tac Airport. I could have sat there for hours watching the planes taking off from the runway.
The airport used to be a place of fun and adventure without the hustle. There has always been this sensation of “going somewhere” but as the decades of travel have gone by, flying has become less of a joy and more of a hassle.
The New North Satellite at Sea-Tac Airport Brings Back Comfort to Traveling
Airport seating isn’t always the most comfortable and trying to find an outlet in our day and age to plug in devices is like fighting for a spot at the watering hole among lions. People take their outlets very seriously these days. It makes sense too that many airports are lacking in these features because they haven’t come out of the 20th century. Possibly due to lack of funding.
This is one of the reasons I have always valued living near Seattle where Sea-Tac Airport proudly stands. With the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines working together, the first phase of the new North Satellite has captured all the important qualities that travelers desire.
With eight new gates available, the Port of Seattle is focusing on finding ways to relieve some of the congestion and travel pressure that Sea-Tac Airport experiences daily. As one of the first places that many people step foot for the very first time into the United States, this new and updated terminal shares locally based dining and retail options. With open spaces and natural lighting, passengers can take in breathtaking views of our Pacific Northwest while finding ample seating and charging stations. Sea-Tac is getting back to that time when we enjoyed our time at the airport.
More than 95% of construction wasted will be recycled rather than left to sit in landfills. The facility will also use energy-efficient LED lighting and heating and cooling methods to save approximately 1.7 million kWh annually.
Another fabulous addition to the North Satellite will be the brand-new Nursing Suite on the upper-level mezzanine that will soon open in early August for travelers. It will be spa-inspired with high-end finishes.
Sea-Tac Airport is one of the first airports to offer a nursing suite of this caliber and able to operate for multiple users. The lounge will boast comfy seating, stroller storage, charging stations, a restroom, and multiple sinks with counter space. Parents rejoice for a comforting space to soothe little ones.
With roughly 50-million passengers coming in and out of Sea-Tac Airport every year, this expansion is more than welcomed by many. Full renovation of the existing North Satellite will be complete in mid-2021 with even more dining experiences and retail space with a total of 20 gates.
The New Alaska Airlines Lounge
The crown jewel in this expanse is where this article began. The Alaska Airlines Lounge has opened to the public and is something worth enjoying. It is currently the largest of Alaska’s seven lounges with three distinct areas to enjoy.
Take a breath and choose just about any kind of seating you prefer while awaiting your flight. There are nooks, lounges, armchairs, and bar-style seating available to relax or work. All complete with multiple charging outlets and views of the Olympic Mountains. Just don’t miss your flight when you get comfy.
Speaking of not missing your flight, I loved the details in this lounge which included a posted screen near the coffee bar for both Arrivals and Departures on Alaska.
In this area of the Alaska Airlines Lounge, you can enjoy scones and cookies from Seattle’s Marsee Bakery. One of the best details of this new lounge is all the local refreshments you can enjoy to literally take a bite out of Seattle.
There is also a Coca-Cola station which is always fun for the kids. You can also try loose-leaf teas, espresso beverages handcrafted by Starbucks trained Lounge baristas, and order breakfast items served until 11:30 am or lunch and dinner after.
There is plenty of seating in this area as well from armchairs to table seating. You won’t have a problem finding a great space to relax, enjoy conversation, or catch up on emails. All complete with those stunning views from the picture windows leading to the runway.
Finally, you can cut loose at the bar with a fabulous selection of wines and mixed drinks. You can enjoy the Lounge Life IPA, a special collaboration between Alaska Airlines and Fremont Brewing.
Just one of the 12 beers on tap. You can also choose a custom-crafted cocktail or Bloody Mary to relax with. Unwind with wines made right here in Washington. There are plenty of fabulous drinks to choose from and enjoy during your stay at the lounge.
Now that I have piqued your interest in all the ways you can take full advantage of the new Alaska Airlines Lounge in the North Satellite area, let me share with you how you can gain access. There are a few ways that you can enjoy this luxurious location.
Guests can visit the lounge by becoming a member. MVP and MVP Gold/75k Mileage Plan members receive discounts on membership. If you are flying first class on Alaska Airlines, you can also gain access to this lounge.
Day passes are also available for $50 per person. Ages 2-years and under get in free with a paying adult. However, if you are the holder of an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, you can receive 50% off a lounge day pass when you pay with your card. How awesome is that? If you’re interested in more details, be sure to visit AlaskaAir.com.
The new North Satellite and Alaska Airlines Lounge are taking passengers into the 21st century with the hospitality that we have missed from our past. I truly believe the Port of Seattle has married the beauty of our state, the compassion of our people, and the desire for comfort beautifully.
I look forward to following along as Sea-Tac expands over the next few years and continues to be a leader in this industry. Travel is so much more than just passengers getting to their destination. It is why and how.
For some, it is the first time entering a new country for a better life. For others, it isn’t about a fun vacation but going to say “goodbye” to loved ones. Even on wonderful vacation filled travels, a single mother could be traveling alone with her child to give them everything they never thought they could. Taking on every single moment by herself of both the good and the hard.
Traveling needs to be a comfort in all these times and I appreciate Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle making that a priority.