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Let’s get rustic
I was taking a positioning flight to Chicago to then fly to Shanghai and Hong Kong for the weekend. #weekenedwarrior 😉 I ended up having a few extra minutes to spare, and used them to check out the Alaska Lounge. The Alaska lounge is technically accessible via Priority Pass, however, it was being blocked due to capacity controls. Not to worry. My account had 4 lounge passes available from when I matched to MVP75 at the end of last year – byah!
One thing to note is the new refresh that Terminal 6 has undergone – it feels modern with great spots to grab a bite. I’m loving that smaller LA eateries are being repped within the airport from terminal to terminal. With these increased offerings for food and a Boingo Wifi membership ( free with Amex Plat ) the whole lounge experience isn’t nearly as necessary, but still quite nice.
Take the Elevator upstairs.
Once you’re checked in, you’ll round the corner to a relatively small central lounge area. I was there during peak hours and, while the lounge was packed, I could still find a seat. It’s understandable that capacity controls are precluding entry for Priority Pass holders, but it would sting if I trekked over from terminal 4 or 5 only to find out I was rejected.
The lounge has a cool “lodge” feel to it.
Snacks and beverages.
The pickings were slim.
The bar was hopping.
Most every seat was filled, beer, wine and spirits were flowing. They also have menus for “real” food options. While I didn’t have any of those options I saw several people order, quickly receive, and seem satisfied. If you have any opinions on this, please add to the comments.
Tucked behind the the main seating area are several work stations and a printer.
The staff was very nice, in typical Alaska fashion. I have a few more passes available and I’d use to them to access the lounge, and certainly would pop in using my Priority Pass. It’d be great for a quick beer, soft drink, but if you’re looking to get food, I’d stick to the terminal or mosey over to 5 – Lemonade is excellent and only marginally more expensive than the food for sale in lounge. The views of the lounge are pretty cool – looking smack at the gates 🙂
We are ready for our trip 🙂