British Airways has re-opened its lounge in San Francisco with a brand new look.
Late last year we reported that British Airways had closed its lounge at San Francisco airport for ‘construction’. At the time it was unclear if this meant a full refurbishment as we saw in at Rome, Aberdeen and, more recently, the lounges at New York JFK.
The good news is that this refurbishment looks like it has been done to the same standard as the Rome and Aberdeen lounges (Aberdeen is reviewed here) which are a big improvement on the old lounges.
The general consensus is that the new JFK lounge, only recently re-opened, is disappointing in comparison. Rob recently had a look in on his trip to New York and said that it did feel rather soulless – we will be posting a full review very soon.
Whatever happened with the JFK lounge seems to have been a one-off, though, because the new British Airways lounge at San Francisco International Airport looks rather good from the photos that have been released.
The bad news is that the showers and the dedicated First lounge have been removed.
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Although there were rumours a few years ago that British Airways might add in an extra floor for additional capacity, the lounge appears to have the same footprint as before – 655 square meters or around 7,000 square feet.
There are a range of seating areas. British Airways says a minimum of 80% have access to power sockets:
The lounge has the familiar new granite bar design used in other recent refurbishments:
There are floor-to-ceiling windows offering excellent views of the tarmac. You will be able to see your own aircraft on the stand and the lounge offers direct boarding:
Instead of a separate First / Gold card lounge, you have a new dining area for passengers travelling in First. Like the Concorde Rooms at New York JFK and Heathrow, this looks like it is only open to ticketed First passengers and not BA Gold card / oneworld Emerald holders:
It is a proper dining room with nine tables offering a full meal service. Here is a sample menu:
Selection from the Charcuterie Board
Busseto Prosciutto, Chorizo El Ray, Olli Salumeria Salame,
Mitica Drunken Goat, Esperanza Manchego, Don Juan Mahon
Served with Marcona Almonds, Marinated Olives, Cornichons, Sourdough Toast and Fallot Grain Mustard
Garden Vegetable, Lemon Orzo Chicken
Seafood Cioppino with Shrimp, Scallops, Sea Bass, Haricot Vert and Rouille
Rigatoni with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Sauce, Ricotta and Parmesa
Add Grilled Chicken, Shrimp or Scallops
Mezze Plate: Mini Vine Roasted Peppers, Grilled Local Shiitake Mushrooms, Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes, Hummus Warm Pita
Blackberry Granola Yogurt Parfait
Laura Chenel, Goat Cheese, Sonoma County CA; Bellwether Farms Point Reyes Blue Cheese, San Andreas CA
Served with Fresh Pita Crisps, Fig Spread
On the whole it looks like the refurbishment of the British Airways Club lounge at San Francisco International Airport offers some welcome improvements and brings it in line with the new lounge concept. The addition of the dining room for First class passengers is a fair trade off for the loss of the separate First lounge.
Somebody in the BA PR department had a good idea and decided to do a 360 Google Street View style tour of the lounge, which you can view here. It gives a very good sense of the space as it looks in real life, without fancy lighting or a professional photographer.
Johannesburg and Geneva are the next two lounges to receive a facelift, with both currently closed for a lengthy renovation.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.