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First look at the new British Airways lounge at San Francisco International Airport

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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:

British Airways San Francisco Lounge

The lounge has the familiar new granite bar design used in other recent refurbishments:

British Airways San Francisco Lounge bar

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:

British Airways San Francisco Lounge view

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:

British Airways San Francisco Lounge First Dining room

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,
Columbus Coppa

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

Cheese board

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.

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Comments (41)

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  • Freddy says:

    Does anyone know what the BA lounge is like at nearby SJC for business passengers? Thanks

    • Bill Carson says:

      It’s “The Club at SJC”, it’s not a BA specific lounge, I believe it’s basically the only one available and is used by all carriers and Priority Pass. It’s a fairly generic, nothing special tbh but better than nothing.

      • Peter says:

        Went through SFO earlier this week and I have to say the new lounge is a vast improvement.

        Food options much better (several hot options – and I didn’t go into the F bit), it seems more spacious and lots of light.

        We boarded from the lounge but they didn’t call by Group which was a bit disappointing since I have just made Gold!

  • Tom says:

    Re showers, at least for those flying to London on business, it makes more sense to shower at the LHT T5 Arrivals Llounge.

    I’d rather eat at the F dining lounge and then sleep more.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Except that thelater SFO flight arrives after the arrivals lounge closes

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