Update 12/5: As usual my first stop on my trip to Monterey is a lounge at SeaTac. As a Priority Pass holder my only option at SeaTac now is The Club at SEA at Concourse A. Normally I would not rereview it every single time I fly out of Seattle, but in my previous post I voiced my concern about the potential overcrowding due to Priority Pass removing the Alaska Airlines Lounges from the their network of lounges.
My flight out of SeaTac to San Francisco was leaving at at 9:38 so I got to the lounge around 8pm and it was relatively crowded but not so crowded that seats were not available. What was surprising, however, is that the quality of what was offered in this lounge had significantly declined in two weeks since the Boise trip. What was available this evening was essentially just a vegetable platter and some dips; and where previously there was a fridge full of name brand sodas and juices it was now full of off brand Cott Cola.
While this this is me nitpicking, it is interesting to see the drop in the quality of what is being served since the influx of Priority Pass cardholders. It is very likely the larger crowds are putting pressure on the lounge’s budget which is impacting what is offered.
Original Post: 11/13
My first stop on this trip to Boise before heading to my flight is a priority pass lounge. As a Priority Pass holder, it was pretty devastating to me when they announced that Priority Pass holders where no longer going to have access to the Alaska Airlines Lounges in Seattle. The Alaska airlines lounges in SeaTac were some of my favorite lounges in the Priority Pass network and were a great way to start off a trip.
With the Alaska Airlines Lounges gone, the only two options left at SeaTac are The Club at Sea in the South Satellite and the Club at Sea in Concourse A. Given that my flight was leaving out of Concourse A the logical choice was to check out the The Club at SEA in Concourse A.
When you initially walk into the Club at SEA it looks small, but the further you go into the lounge the bigger it is. Despite the initial impression, there is a second seating area around the corner from the bar. When I arrived at 6:30 am the lounge was practically empty, however, with the loss of Alaska Lounges and the growing number of premium credit cards that include priority pass access, the Club at SEA Concourse A is likely to become mobbed as the airport gets busier as this is the only Priority Pass lounge in the main terminal.
The seats in the lounge are extremely comfortable. About half of the seats have access to power outlets, which is important if your phone was like mine at the time and can only seem to last 3 hours on a full charge.
Food and Beverages were also available. The breakfast service at The Club at SEA was a basic continental breakfast consisting of bagels, pastries, yogurt, granola, and oatmeal, they also have small bottles of various juices and cans of soda available in a small refrigerator near the bar. While not available in the morning, in the afternoon they have a full bar and you can choose from a selection of beer, wine, and liquor.
While they did not have the variety and quality of the food that is available in the Alaska Lounges (and no pancake machine), The Club at Sea was comfortable and had a decent selection of food available.