Have you ever tried to fly out of Seattle if it snows there? I did and it was a nightmare. The hashtag #Snowpocalypse was trending in Seattle while I tried to fly out of there in the first week of February 2019. According to the news channel it snowed about 7″ during the first night. When I arrived at the airport at about 5:30 p.m. it was probably half of that. Even so, the winter storm was predicted, nobody was prepared. The pre-check lane was almost empty and I passed through security very quickly. As I had a lot of time before my plane would depart, my plan was to spend my time in the Amex Centurion Lounge. Lounge access is great! You can relax, unwind, get some work done while having a little snack and something to drink.
Right when I walked into the door to check in, the front desk agent told me that they won’t accept any guests anymore today because of the weather? I was shocked? The weather? You are inside the airport building. He further explained that it is because of the safety of their employees. Guys bad news, at 6:30 p.m. when I tried to check-in to the lounge, the roads were already a mess. Why would it be safer on the road if their employees get stuck in the snow because of now four-wheel drive or snow-chains? Stay inside the airport, where you have shelter, food, water and it’s warm. Anyway, starting an argument wouldn’t get me anywhere either. I asked if I at least could use the showers really quick and I will be off right after that. Even that got denied. I am stumped that you pay $550/year to get lounge access and because of a little bit of snow, they close the lounge early. Airplanes were still coming in and going out, at least as good as they could. If they would have the Centurion Lounge’s mentality, they would have stopped flying a day early. All other lounges inside the airport were open, like the Alaska Airlines Lounges, Delta Lounge and even the Club at Concourse A. That’s where I headed after I got denied entrance to the Centurion Lounge. The Club at SEA South Satellite was already closed but because of normal business hours and not because of the snow. There is another Club at SEA and this one is located across from Gate A11. To be honest, it is quite a walk from the Centurion Lounge to get to Gate A11.
I took the elevator upstairs as the lounge is located on the mezzanine level of the airport. Close to the elevator are also stairs, to help you finish your step count goal for the day ;-). One other guest was in front of me to check-in and after that, it was my turn. As usual, I used my Priority Pass to access the lounge and the procedure is simple and quick. Hand over your I.D., boarding pass, and Priority Club card. Sign in on the mobile terminal and you are good to go.
The lounge was very crowded. My guess was because many people got stuck at the airport as their flights got canceled and delayed and many others probably did the same thing as they got denied access to the Centurion Lounge.
I found a comfortable sofa chair next to the floor to ceiling windows with a view of the concourse and adjacent gates. The Club at SEA offers quite a lot of seating possibilities throughout the lounge. Most of them have just a little stand next to them to put your glasses and dishes.
Tables are rare in the lounge and could only be found at the far end near the business center. Over there are 3 high bar tables with a set of high chairs at every table. This is also one of the very few places where you can find a power outlet. None of the seats have power outlets or USB to charge your devices. The only one I found was at the bar tables and inside the business center, which is right next to the tables. However, the business center underwent extensive remodeling and had most of the area fenced off and the rest had no chairs or tables to use. You were, however, able to use a few power outlets there to charge your phone or tablet.
The bar and buffet are located centrally in the lounge. Sandwiches and salads were offered during the evening service while the bar supplied you with drinks. To the right side of the bar, around the corner, is a refrigerator with sodas. To the left of the bar is a table with small snacks like nuts and jelly beans and a little further down the aisle is a coffee machine.
Near the coffee machine is also the departure monitor. Make sure you check regularly for your flight and eventual gate changes. As the walk from Concourse A to Concourse D can be very strenuous.
Throughout the club-space were two areas with newspapers and magazines if you need something to read to pass the time.
Because of the busy lounge, staff was swamped with a lot of work. They did their best to keep up while resupplying the buffet, cleaning the tables and chairs from trash and dishes.
Overall it was a pretty pleasant visit to the lounge even while very crowded. Unfortunately, the Club at SEA has no shower suites but they have restrooms in the lounge. I probably will see this lounge again in the future, as Alaska Airlines doesn’t allow Priority Pass members any more access to their Seattle lounges and the Centurion Lounge adds more and more restrictions. In the future, you can’t use the Centurion Lounge anymore as an “arrivals” lounge. You can only visit if you depart or are in transit the same day. Most of the time, they even won’t let you access the lounge anymore if you get there more than 3 hours of your scheduled departure. I haven’t seen any of these restrictions at the Club yet. Hopefully, it stays that way.
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