01. Introduction: San Diego to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines
02. Alaska Airlines first class San Diego to Portland
03. Alaska Airlines first class Portland to Anchorage
04. Comfort Suites Anchorage Airport
05. A day and a half around Anchorage
06. Alaska Airlines Board Room Anchorage
07. Alaska Airlines first class Anchorage to Seattle
08. Alaska Airlines first class Seattle to San Diego
I had no intentions of visiting any airline lounges on this trip, primarily because my layovers were so short and I didn’t want to feel rushed trying to take pictures for the sole purpose of writing a review. But the morning of my departure was flowing better than I thought it would and I found myself in the main terminal with an hour and a half to spare before boarding would begin for my flight down to Seattle. Might as well check out the Board Room, right?
The lounge I visited was located in the C concourse. It’s actually located upstairs from the main level, so you have to take the stairs or the elevator to reach the check in desk. Once there, I was cheerfully greeted by an agent who informed me that access was free to those on a paid first class fare like I was. I didn’t realize that – I was fully expecting to have to shell out the $45 for a one-day pass. Woo hoo!
Once inside, I was shocked to see how small it was. This lounge is basically one long room, with a sectioned-off area for the business center. There is also a dedicated conference room located near the entrance, which is a nice touch. But I have to wonder how often it is actually used…
As expected, the food consisted of light items such as bagels, cereal, yogurt, and fruit. There was also an assortment of coffees and juices available, along with a staffed bar which was not open this early in the morning. Certainly on par with most domestic lounges in the US.
The place was fairly empty when I arrived at shortly after 5am, and by the time I left it was much busier – almost to the point that I might have felt more comfortable out in the main terminal where it wasn’t as cramped. This is certainly a cozy lounge.
If you’re looking for a good place to escape the crowds, the Board Room here in Anchorage terminal C is a good bet – assuming you aren’t there during peak hours. Then you’re better off avoiding it.