An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: The ANC Alaska Board Room review

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When you leave the single-ish Delta gate in Anchorage, and walk down the concourse, you are greeted by this guy above. It truly makes the statement you are not in Kansas (or in our case “Atlanta”) anymore!

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We all should be well aware that the days of Delta flyers getting “free” access to the “four” (this being one of them) Alaska Board Rooms are numbered. Unfortunately, way up here, there are few choices in lounges to pick from and I don’t see Delta building a Sky Club anytime soon to compete with Alaska. But at least Priority Pass will still get you in if you have the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card.

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The Alaska Board Room is on the upper level so you will need to take the stairs or the elevator up to the club.

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Just before you get to check-in there is a conference room (I neglected to ask if it is open for anyone’s use – maybe readers can chime in).

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I will say this about just about every single Alaska Airline employee I have ever met, they are just the nicest people and that includes the club folks here in ANC. We in Delta land sometimes call the check-in folks, especially in regard to the KLM clubs, “lounge dragons” but that just does not apply here.

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The club is not huge. It is basically a big rectangle. Straight on from check-in you have the above “mass” TV / fireplace seating area.

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To the right is the small bar with several complementary drink choices and snack area.

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Food choices were salad, soup and some other small snacks. Nothing to get overly excited about and if you are hungry you will likely find yourself down in the food court below the club.

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Continuing right of check-in you have a nice viewing area of the runways to enjoy while munching on your salad and snacks.

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On another daytime visit to this club I took the above shots. If you are an AVgeek like me and enjoy gazing at 747’s, this really is the place to be. At one point I counted 10 of them, and a “Dreamlifter” all in front of my view. Just amazing!

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And next past the rest rooms you have some cubicles for working. Wifi speed was OK but not remarkable.

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Left of check-in you have a small seating / viewing area and then at the end another small room with a TV.

Overall this is a pleasant enough club with the basic bits you would come to expect from domestic US clubs. The folks are friendly and I enjoyed some amazing plane spotting during the day and maybe a football game by the fire.

On a side note I think it really is a shame the way the once strong Delta – Alaska partnership is going into the toilet. Delta nowadays is as arrogant as ever when it comes to “any” of it’s Skyteam partners but is becoming downright nasty when it comes to plucky Alaska Airlines. I guess it is OK because, from what I have been told by Alaska folks, they really don’t like Delta much either! 😉 – René

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One comment

  1. Great review, Rene. I was there a couple of weeks ago early in the morning and agree with you. When I arrived, the desk agent needed proof I was Diamond and holding the Reserve Card meant nothing. I didn’t have my Diamond card with me (despite your good advice to do so.) Luckily my status showed up on my electronic boarding pass, and the agent was satisfied.

    I asked the agent about the growing antagonism between the two airlines. The response was “We still like Delta passengers.”

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