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During our travel day to Beijing a couple weeks ago, my older kids and I hit up The Club at SEA South Satellite for lunch. This was after having breakfast in the lounge at San Jose Airport [SEE: Review: The Club at SJC (San Jose, California)], where we almost missed our flight! We used The Club at SEA in Concourse A during our previous international trip when we were headed to Paris [SEE: The Club at SEA (Concourse A) review]. Really making good use of the lounge membership this year, all thanks to my Chase Sapphire Reserve card (SEE: Should I upgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to a Reserve?).
Location of The Club at SEA South Satellite
If you’re not familiar with SeaTac, all of the airport exists behind the same security checkpoint. You can access any concourse once you’re airside. Concourses A, B, C and D are all interconnected through a central atrium area, although it can take a while to walk as the airport is large. There are two satellite concourses: Concourse N and Concourse S, for north and south, respectively. The Club at SEA South Satellite is located in Concourse S, if that wasn’t already obvious.
Our flight from San Jose arrived at Concourse A, just across from the tram station that takes you to both Concourse B and Concourse S (South Satellite). It was a quick tram ride and walk to the lounge. It was also the most convenient lounge, as our flight to Beijing was departing from the South Satellite concourse anyway.
As has been the case will pretty much every Priority Pass visit, the magstripe on my card failed to work. I’m not sure how many lounge staff I’ve frustrated by this, but the ladies here took it in stride. I’ve only had one ever who seemed downright annoyed they needed to manually enter the card number, I really do need to see if I can my Priority Pass card reissued.
We had about two and a half hours to spend in the lounge as we waited for our next flight to depart.
Seating and general impressions
The Club at SEA South Satellite is roughly as big as their sister lounge in Concourse A, maybe just a hair bigger. It’s a reasonable size, not huge. There are two main seating areas that wrap around the counters with food and refreshments.
Most of the seats are armchairs with a few tables. I didn’t notice a whole lot of power outlet availability. The high benches near the windows were the one spot that had plenty of outlets. All the walls featured great photos of Seattle.
The lounge was quite full when we arrived but emptied out soon after we got there. The Club at SEA South Satellite is the contract business class lounge for a number for international carriers, including Hainan, Condor and others, and my guess is that many of the patrons must have been on the same flight.
Because I was going to have the kids get some schoolwork done during the couple hours we had to wait for our flight, we opted for the high benches with power outlets a view of the terminal and apron. Bur first is was time to eat lunch.
Food and drinks
I found the food and drinks to the similar to the other Club at Sea lounge. We’d arrived at the tail end of breakfast last time we passed through Seattle, but this time it was the middle of lunch. The options are similar to the other lounge, including pita wedges with hummus and tabouleh, a soup option, veggies, fruit, and snack foods like crackers, chips and granola bars. There was no popcorn here, though, which disappointed the kids. There are also the good ol’ $0.25 Cup of Noodles which the kids love (probably because we don’t buy the stuff). In essence, totally lackluster offerings, but a reasonable free lunch.
Drink options include sparkling and still water, tea, juice, and a couple different sodas. And of course machine coffee that you see pictured below. There is also a bar serving alcoholic beverages.
Lunch concluded, the kids had most of two hours to work on their lessons before we had to board for Beijing. Our daughter is homeschooled, and we are using a curriculum with online video lessons that you can stream when needed. So school can go anywhere as long as we take the books. My son had his packet of work that I needed to get him through during his absence from his school. Maybe not the most fun for them during a travel day, but I thought it was the best use of our time.
There is no separate WiFi provided at The Club at SEA South Satellite. You just connect to the free SeaTac airport WiFi. This proved to be sufficient for streaming video lessons for my daughter, so we were satisfied.
As with all domestic Priority Pass lounges I’ve visited, there was no “wow” factor at The Club at SEA South Satellite. It is a nice place to escape the terminal and enjoy free food and beverages. It’s also better than some of the lounges of the “Big 3” that I’ve visited, which I guess makes it above par for a domestic lounge. There are also nice views of the tarmac from this lounge, which would make me gravitate toward it over the lounge in Concourse A.
Aside from that, it is not a place I would otherwise pay to enter if I did not have Priority Pass access through my Chase Sapphire Reserve card membership. Still, free lunch for my kids and I when flying is a perk that I can appreciate.