Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > Alaska Airlines | Mileage Plan
Reload this Page >

Definitely No SFO Admirals Club Access (Perhaps When New AL and AC Open?)

Definitely No SFO Admirals Club Access (Perhaps When New AL and AC Open?)

Old Feb 13, 20, 7:07 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SFO/SEA
Programs: Gold 75K
Posts: 95
Definitely No SFO Admirals Club Access (Perhaps When New AL and AC Open?)

Given todayís partnership announcement I tried to access the SFO Admirals Club today and was denied. The AA lounge attendant told me access is to every lounge except SFO and there were a lot of disappointed people today.
sjbsf is offline  
Old Feb 13, 20, 7:17 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: SFO
Programs: Alaska MVPG 75K, SPG Gold, HHonors Gold, Amex Plat
Posts: 211
Thank you for taking one for the team. I was considering buying AS lounge membership primarily to access the SFO lounge.
u2g0d is offline  
Old Feb 13, 20, 8:03 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Programs: AS MVP
Posts: 282
Originally Posted by u2g0d View Post
Thank you for taking one for the team. I was considering buying AS lounge membership primarily to access the SFO lounge.
Take a look at getting an AA Exec card. Full AA membership including SFO, full AS access. The differences are down in the weeds of some partner locations, but worth checking if the differences matter to you.
osotoc and eponymous_coward like this.
Eurynom0s is offline  
Old Feb 13, 20, 10:55 pm
  #4  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Snohomish, WA
Programs: AS MVP Gold, HHonors Diamond
Posts: 2,553
This exclusion is explicitly listed on the Alaska Airlines site. https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...er-overview:AA


*Alaska Lounge members do not currently have access to The Admirals Club in San Francisco International's Terminal 2 due to space constraints. Alaska will be opening a new 8,500-square-foot, top-floor lounge in Terminal 2 this fall.
Beltway2A and rickg523 like this.
missamo80 is offline  
Old Feb 13, 20, 10:57 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: YYF/YLW
Programs: AA, DL, AS MVP, VA
Posts: 5,017
Alaskaís web site announcing the access to ďallĒ Admirals Clubs is quite clear on this too:

Alaska Lounge members do not currently have access to The Admirals Club in San Francisco International's Terminal 2 due to space constraints. Alaska will be opening a new 8,500-square-foot, top-floor lounge in Terminal 2 this fall.
Originally Posted by Eurynom0s View Post
Take a look at getting an AA Exec card. Full AA membership including SFO, full AS access. The differences are down in the weeds of some partner locations, but worth checking if the differences matter to you.
Given the short timescale on which a) the AA T2 club will be open and b) ASís lounge isnít open, Iím not sure thatís a reason to get the AA card anymore.
ashill is offline  
Old Feb 13, 20, 11:48 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco
Programs: CA Gold/ UA 1K.. Marriott/SPG Platinum
Posts: 796
As stayed above, AS will not have access to the AA Lounge in T2. AA is moving to T1 in March/April and will have a dedicated lounge there. This is also true for AS who are building their own Lounge in T2.
Often1 likes this.

Last edited by minhaoxue; Feb 14, 20 at 12:00 am
minhaoxue is online now  
Old Feb 14, 20, 12:01 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: YYF/YLW
Programs: AA, DL, AS MVP, VA
Posts: 5,017
Originally Posted by minhaoxue View Post
Did the OP blindly think that because they made the announcement only today, they would have access to the AA Lounge at SFO. This is despise the fact that it was well known AS members could not accesses the lounge.
The email from Alaska said, with no asterisks or qualifiers, that, "Effective immediately", "Access any of Americanís 50 Admirals Club locations worldwide with an Alaska Lounge membership." So it was reasonable to think that the access restrictions had been dropped. But it turned out that the SFO restriction remains. (As far as I know, before today, Alaska Lounge members has access to all ACs except SFO, so it was especially reasonable the email stating that something had changed as meaning that SFO was now accessible. But no.)
ashill is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 12:41 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco
Programs: CA Gold/ UA 1K.. Marriott/SPG Platinum
Posts: 796
Originally Posted by ashill View Post
The email from Alaska said, with no asterisks or qualifiers, that, "Effective immediately", "Access any of Americanís 50 Admirals Club locations worldwide with an Alaska Lounge membership." So it was reasonable to think that the access restrictions had been dropped. But it turned out that the SFO restriction remains. (As far as I know, before today, Alaska Lounge members has access to all ACs except SFO, so it was especially reasonable the email stating that something had changed as meaning that SFO was now accessible. But no.)
yes, I misquoted and admit I did not see the email. As I understand it, one of the main reasons for denying entry for AS members was the over crowding of the AA Lounge . This is reasonable considering a lot of air carriers deny entry to third party in favor of their own members.
minhaoxue is online now  
Old Feb 14, 20, 2:14 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Bangkok and Palm Coast, FL. Exiled, again, from the Bay Area.
Programs: Only the good ones
Posts: 4,675
The AA AC at SFO is OK, and I used it last month before my AS flight to SEA, but I had an onward JL flight to NRT, so OW rules applied. They did scan my AS BP, and I showed them my eTicket as I didn't have JL BP's as OLCI wasn't permitted for passport check. I'm wondering if AS would move to the South Terminal also, but for the upcoming AS lounge opening in "T2".
rbAA is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 6:22 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Portland
Programs: Delta Platinum, Alaska MVP
Posts: 195
Originally Posted by sjbsf View Post
The AA lounge attendant told me access is to every lounge except SFO and there were a lot of disappointed people today.
Itís like that Louis CK joke - about how people get all upset about some new thing they *just* find out about doesnít work perfectly. How quickly they feel entitled - especially when itís free.


ó
Weíre people really Ďdisappointedí within 12 hours of some new perk they never had before? And it didnít work exactly on time, instantaneously and seemlessly, totally for free??


Last edited by WestCoastPDX; Feb 14, 20 at 8:55 am
WestCoastPDX is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 7:23 am
  #11  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: UA US CO AA DL FL
Posts: 45,244
I would not bother with a new CC and a $450 fee just for SFO access between now and this fall when there will be access to both he new AA and AS facilities. The card may make sense for other reasons.

Alaska Lounge members do not currently have access to The Admirals Club in San Francisco International's Terminal 2 due to space constraints. Alaska will be opening a new 8,500-square-foot, top-floor lounge in Terminal 2 this fall.
Often1 is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 11:53 am
  #12  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SFO
Programs: AA EXP; AS 75K; UA 1K 1MM; Marriott Ambassador; Hilton Diamond (Aspire); Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 43,537
Originally Posted by minhaoxue View Post
AA is moving to T1 in March/April and will have a dedicated lounge there. This is also true for AS who are building their own Lounge in T2.
Yup. SFO will have an abundance of options in the (relatively) near future for AA and AS flyers.

Current AC at SFO is nice enough but the restriction is necessary, as it's already very crowded without the added AS pax.
Kacee is online now  
Old Feb 14, 20, 12:00 pm
  #13  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Frisco, TX
Programs: The Airline Run by Doug P
Posts: 18,459
Great just what we need. The AC are completely packed full as they are now and we get to look forward to AS members now joining ranks? Ugh.
enviroian is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 12:30 pm
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SFO/SEA
Programs: Gold 75K
Posts: 95
My annoyance is that the email, with no asterisk, suggested that "effective immediately" lounge members were getting an additional benefit that did not already exist. Poor communication in my book.
sjbsf is offline  
Old Feb 14, 20, 1:10 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Programs: AS MVP
Posts: 282
Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Great just what we need. The AC are completely packed full as they are now and we get to look forward to AS members now joining ranks? Ugh.
Other than the SFO AC, AS members have already had access for years now.
Eurynom0s is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: