San Francisco – Ultimate Airport Lounge Guide

AMEX Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Our partner posted new edition of its ultimate airport lounge guide. This time, the focus on this issue is at  San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The San Francisco (SFO) Story

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is one of the busiest airports of the world. In 2014, it ranked as the 21th busiest with over 47 million passengers passing through. It is located 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of downtown San Francisco, CA and is home to more than 33,000 employees and $US 5.5 billion worth of business activity.

The airport opened on May 7, 1927 as the Mills Field Municipal Airport. The airport was represented by “San Francisco” in 1931. Due to increase capacity, passengers and routes, “International” replaced “Municipal” by 1955. It was one of the first airports in the United States to install jetway bridges in July 1959.

Today the airport has four runways in a double parallel configuration that can handle all commercial aircraft types including the Airbus A380-800. The airport has four terminals (1, 2, 3 and International), which host seven concourses. Intermodal transportation to the airport is provided by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system which provides direct connections to downtown San Francisco and Oakland.

In the next 10 years, the airport will partake in projects to build a new air traffic control tower that will achieve LEED® status, terminal 1 and 3 improvements, and a new on-site 4-star hotel.

Top 12

The following is the list of the top 12 lounges based on four criteria: comfort, food and beverages, amenities and service:

  1. Emirates Lounge (International Terminal A)
  2. American Express The Centurion Lounge (Terminal 3)
    AMEX Centurion Lounge San Francisco

    AMEX Centurion Lounge San Francisco Source: Experience The Skies (All Rights Reserved)

    AMEX Centurion Lounge San Francisco

    AMEX Centurion Lounge San Francisco  -Source: Experience The Skies (All Rights Reserved)

  3. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (International Terminal)
  4. Delta Sky Club (Terminal 2)
  5. Cathay Pacific Business and First Class Lounge (International Terminal A)
  6. American Airlines Admirals Club – Terminal 1
  7. Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge (International Terminal G)
  8. United Club (International Terminal G)
  9. United Club (Terminal 3, Concourse F, rotunda)
  10. British Airways Terraces (International Terminal A)
  11. United Club (Terminal 3E)
  12. Air France KLM Lounge (International Terminal A)

Follow this link for the full coverage at The Ultimate Guide to the SFO Airport Lounge Scene.


Out of the twelve lounges, the top three airline alliances occupied ten spots (83%) with Star Alliance leading that pack with 33% followed by oneworld and SkyTeam at 25% and 17% respectively.

It is interesting to note that the top 3 spots featured lounges occupied by non-alliance airlines (Note: Delta Air Lines’ passengers could use the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse if travelling on Virgin’s direct flight from San Francisco to London).