It was too good to be true: Alaska Airlines is increasing the price of lounge membership and introducing new restrictions next year.
Starting February 1st, 2024, it is going to cost more to be an Alaska Airlines lounge member:
- Alaska Lounge membership will increase from $400/yr to $450/yr for elites and from $500/yr to $550/yr for non-elites.
- Alaska Lounge+ membership will increase from $550/yr to $650/yr for elites and from $650/yr to $750/yr for non-elites.
Alaska Lounge+ membership includes access to all nine Alaska Airlines lounges plus over 90 partner lounges, including all American Airline Admirals Clubs, and select Qantas Clubs and United Clubs.
Bank of America Alaska Airlines credit cardholders will continue to receive a $100/yr discount when they pay for membership with their card.
New Restrictions for Entering Alaska Lounges in 2024
Alaska Airlines is also restricting access to their lounges next year. Starting February 1st, 2024, members will only be able to use Alaska lounges when flying with Alaska or one of their partners (this includes both oneworld and non-oneworld partners).
While this was a common perk of airline lounge membership back in the day, Alaska Airlines was one of the few that still offered the perk today. Next year it will be no longer.
While no one likes price increases, it is somewhat surprising that Alaska Airlines is once again increasing the cost of lounge membership. They previously increased prices in 2022. Members will need to think hard on if Alaska Airlines lounge membership still makes sense, of it they should consider something else (like the Citi® Advantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard that includes access to both Alaska and American lounges for a $595 annual fee, among other perks).