Alaska Airlines (AS) opened a new lounge at the Terminal 7 at JFK airport on Apr 30, 2018. It is located on the Mezzanine level, just above security, where it used to be a United Club and United First Class Lounge. After United moved all their flights out of JFK, AS took over the space and built a brand new AS lounge at the same space. People who have an Alaska Airlines Lounge membership, buying a one-day pass, or traveling on a paid First Class or a First Class award ticket (ex: A, D, F or P class of service) on flights operated by Alaska Airlines, have access to this lounge. The best part is that people who hold a Priority Pass (PP) membership card can also access this lounge with restrictions.
When we arrived at JFK after a red-eye flight from LAS, we decided to visit this lounge before we headed to the city. It was early morning but we already had to stand in line for scanning our PP card. We loved the entry way from the entrance to the lounge. The wooden wall on the right side and the glass wall on the left side gave us a Northern European feeling. The lights and the plants on the wall also added some extra flair. The lounge itself was very spacious especially compared to the United Club which was located at this same space before. United Club was divided into First Class Lounge and the United Club but the Alaska Airline lounge used the whole space as one lounge. This lounge gave us a slightly industrial/Ikea style feeling which we loved very much.
There were different seating areas, some of which were more private and some were more open. There was also a coffee station and a bar area. The free food offerings were a little bit basic but customers could choose to pay a fee for made to order items just like American Airlines’ Admiral Club. Overall, we loved this lounge and its atmosphere.
made to order menu
The only downside of this lounge is, as we mentioned earlier, there is a capacity restriction at this lounge. When we left this lounge at around 6:30 AM, the lounge matron already started denying people who hold PP cards to access this lounge.