I spend a lot of my time in airports and on airplanes escaping the cold and rainy Seattle weather for warmer, and more skydiving friendly, climes. Many times it is at the bidding of my employer, though just as often it is with my own ends in mind. The amount of time I spend at airports is perhaps underestimated by my annual mileage. This year I’ll do around 90,000 miles, but so many of those are short trips between Seattle and Los Angeles.
This year I decided to take the plunge, and sign up for the American Express Platinum. At $450 a year the annual fee is not something to be taken lightly. I felt the few moments of silent bliss in an airline’s board room lounges, as well as the free food and drink would turn out to be ample compensation for the fee. One month in to my Amex Plat tenure I’m not disappointed.
They offset the fee by offering you free Global Entry (worth $100 every 5 years), and up to $200 off incidentals at the airline of your choice (works for $100 Alaska Air gift certificates too). So this comes to $150 this year, a very modest fee all things considered.
Needless to say, I’ve been trying out as many airline board room lounges as my flight schedule will allow in the last month, and have come away disappointed at least once.
Alaska, oh Alaska, what is that hovel you call a board room lounge at Gate D?
In some future post I will wax poetic about all the things I love about Alaska Airlines, but today is not that day. After a few flights on Alaska over the last month I find myself on a Delta flight to Buenos Aires. At my employer’s behest, but such a wonderful opportunity is not something I would pass up.
Delta flies out of the S Gates at Seatac International. Far away from the usual C/D/N Gates of Alaska Airlines. Thankfully, the American Express Platinum grants free access to the Delta Sky Club board room, which is where I sit as I’m writing this.
When I arrived I was expected a fairly modest affair. Some tea, maybe a cookie, some vegetables and a slightly less cramped and dirty experience than the general seating outside. I was blown away!
Delta’s boardroom at Seatac is a veritable palace compared with the hovel that Alaska calls a board room lounge over in Gate D.
It’s light, quite, comfortable with plenty of room and easily accessible drinks. They even have a bar complete with bartender – which I would enjoy were it not 7:20 in the morning…
Wow! All I can say is – I love everything about Alaska except for that hovel of a board room lounge over in Gate D.