Contributed by Hirofumi Suda
Before my Turkish Airlines flight from San Francisco to Istanbul, I had a chance to visit two lounges thanks to my Star Alliance Gold status.
First, I visited EVA Air’s Evergreen Lounge. And then, I went to one of United’s United Club lounges. The one inside SFO’s international terminal.
Before continuing, I have to say that this was the least impressive lounge that I visited on this trip.
Also, similar to EVA Air’s and Singapore Airlines’ lounges, the United Club is currently closed. And, passengers that would otherwise be eligible to access the lounge seem to be directed to United’s Global First lounge instead.
Anyways, let’s take a look inside the United Club.
The lounge was accessed by an escalator located right past its reception.
My first impression of the lounge was quite good – the check-in agent was friendly and the reception area and the corridor leading to the escalators looked nice.
However, once I entered the lounge itself, I got a bit disappointed. The lounge was crowded. But, that was not the main problem, as I could still find a seat for myself. What disappointed me was that most tables had used plates and glasses on them.
Upstairs, there was seating in a variety of configurations. There were typical rows of sofa chairs, as well as some dining tables.
And, there was a bar.
The one thing I liked about the United Club were the views it offered. Besides the international terminal, terminal 3 was visible out of the lounge as well.
Food and Drinks Selection
Considering that the lounge is used by passengers on international flights, the food selection was quite depressing.
There were just salads, cold cuts, breads, cookies, cheese cubes, and nuts.
And here? I just decided to have some salad (if you can call the green leaves that) to eat and water for drink.
United Club San Francisco International Terminal Summary
As for the positives, the lounge had decent interior and offered great views of the tarmac.
Unfortunately, the food and drinks selection was subpar. Not only compared to other international lounges, but even some of the domestic ones that I visited.
Luckily, it seems that the lounge is currently closed down for reconstruction with the passengers being allowed to use United’s Global First lounge in the meantime instead.