There's nothing about flying these days, especially during The Festivus, that is pleasant much less civil. Only at Portland's own airport, PDX, would nudity stand in protest, as John Brennan did last year. The best way to circumnavigate the inhumanity, shuffle and general dis-ease of airline travel in PDX is to have access to a board room—especially Alaska Airlines.
The American Express Platinum card has long granted access to post airlines' club rooms. However, in recent years more and more doors have been closing and those clubs have grown more exclusive. One noted exception is Portland's Alaska Airlines Boardroom. If you have the Platinum Card, you may have access to Priority Pass Select. Even if you're not flying Alaska Airlines, you can come in and relax. Most clubs allow anyone in for a less than $50 fee. If there's a long layover, it's worth it. Alaska Airline's fee is $45.
Relaxing means sitting back, drinking a glass of wine, enjoying snacks, relief from keeping an eagle eye on the luggage and using a pristine bathroom. Considering the cost of air fare and the misery of the entire experience, surly travelers and airline workers abound. Not in the Alaska Airlines Board Room. It's quiet, folks are calm and the service is extremely hospitable.