New and improved: First look at Alaska’s renovated lounge at LAX

Alaska Airlines is amidst a $50 million overhaul of its lounge
portfolio. It recently opened new lounges in
Seattle
and New
York-JFK
, announced plans
for a lounge in San Francisco
and renovated its lounges in
Anchorage, Portland and Los Angeles.

Being an Alaska loyalist and from Los Angeles, I’ve frequently
visited the old LAX lounge and can tell you that a renovation was
long overdue. Here’s my take on the new lounge, which is a part
of the Priority
Pass network
.

In This Post Location

The Alaska Lounge lies after security in Terminal 6 at LAX.
Aside from Alaska, T6 is home to Air Canada, Boutique Air, Mokulele
Airlines and Viva Aerobus, but since most of LAX’s terminal
buildings are
connected airside
, you can walk or shuttle to the lounge if
you’re flying out of a different terminal.

If you arrive in T6, head toward Gate 64 and look for the Alaska
lounge sign. You’ll then need to take the elevator up to the
second floor.

If you’re connecting from Tom Bradley International Terminal
or terminals 4 to 8, you can walk to T6 via underground walkways.
Make sure not to take a wrong turn when walking underground or you
may end up at baggage claim and need to go through security all
over again.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)Access

The lounge is open from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. You can
check in with a staff member at the welcome desk or using a
biometric fingerprint reader.

There are a few ways you can gain access. Entry is open to
Alaska Lounge members,
Admirals Club members
, first-class guests (doesn’t include
upgrades) and anyone purchasing a day pass ($50 or $25 if you use
your
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card
). Like the Anchorage
(ANC), New
York-JFK
and Portland (PDX) lounges, this location is also a
part of the Priority
Pass lounge network
, though access is limited to three hours
prior to departure and may be restricted due to space constraints.
A number of credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve
and the
Platinum Card® from American Express
include complimentary
Priority Pass memberships.

Related: The
Best Credit Cards for Airline Lounge Access

Lounge

Unlike its predecessor, the new lounge is extremely bright and
airy. There are large floor-to-ceiling windows along the length of
it that allow for plenty of light and an expansive view of the
tarmac.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

Although no square footage was added to the lounge, there is
more seating than before, so hopefully space
constraints
won’t be as much of an issue for Priority Pass
members moving forward. The main seating area consisted primarily
of high-top seating and semiprivate cube pillow seats. Those
who’ve visited the lounge before will also notice that the small
business center and family room were removed to make room for more
seats.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

Along the walls are more comfortable couches. Although the white
walls feel a bit bland, the decor and design as a whole is fresh
and modern, similar to what you’d find in Alaska’s new lounges
in
Seattle
(SEA) and New
York
.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

At the end of the lounge is a small dining area with more
seats.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)Amenities

Although the new look is certainly welcome, the best part of the
updated lounge is how many power outlets there were. There are
power outlets built into most seats and beneath tables, making it
easy to find a place to charge up. The Wi-Fi was pretty fast, too
— I had no trouble getting work done and uploading these photos
from the lounge.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

The lounge doesn’t offer any showers, but the bathrooms were
clean and stocked with basic amenities like hand cream, cotton
balls and Q-tips.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)Food and beverage

There was a relatively modest buffet consisting of snacks like
hard-boiled eggs, bagels, yogurt and oatmeal in the mornings and
soups, salads and cookies in the afternoon.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

Like in Alaska’s other lounges, there was also a self-serve
pancake machine in operation.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

There’s a staffed bar that offers several complimentary local
beers on draft, West Coast wines, house spirits and house
cocktails.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

In addition to the Starbucks coffee machine in the buffet area,
the lounge now offers complimentary, barista-made espresso
beverages and loose-leaf teas for in the lounge or to go.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

Made-to-order meals like omelets, paninis and rice bowls and
premium alcoholic drinks were available for purchase and ranged in
price from $8 to $12.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)Overall impression

The Alaska Lounge at LAX is a decent place to hang out and get
work done if you have some time to kill before your flight. Aside
from showers, it checks all the boxes you want in a domestic
lounge, and being able to pop in for a free, made-to-order,
Starbucks drink (that you can take to go) is great. Overcrowding
was a major issue at this lounge in the past, and Priority Pass
members were often turned away, but hopefully that won’t be the
case anymore with the additional seating.

Other good lounges you could visit at LAX without a premium
cabin ticket include the
American Airlines Admirals Clubs
in Terminal 4 and Terminal
5
(accessible with a Citi® / AAdvantage®
Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
),
Delta Sky Clubs
in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (accessible with
your Amex Platinum and same-day ticket on Delta or a Delta
Reserve® Credit Card from American Express
), KAL
Lounge at TBIT
 and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 2
(accessible with your Priority Pass membership) and a United
Club in Terminal 7
and
Star Alliance Lounge at TBIT
(accessible with a United Club Card). The information for
the United Club has been collected independently by The Points Guy.
The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by
the card issuer.

If you want a full meal and your Priority Pass
membership wasn’t
generated through an American Express card
, check out one of
LAX’s
Priority Pass restaurants
: Rock & Brews in Terminal 1, P.F.
Chang’s at TBIT or Point the Way Cafe in Terminal 6 right by the
Alaska Lounge.

Related: Choose
this, not that: LAX Priority Pass lounge edition

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.)

All photos by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.

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New and improved: First look at Alaska’s renovated lounge at LAX