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Full List of Airport Lounges at San Francisco International Airport [SFO]

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Serving more than 57 million passengers annually (in 2019), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the seventh-busiest airport in the U.S. Many of its nearly 20 lounges are operated by international carriers such as JAL, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific, as SFO is a major gateway to Asia and Europe.

Most of the lounges are exclusively for premium cabin passengers or frequent flyers with elite status, but there are a few that offer day passes or accept Priority Pass.

For information on accessing lounges worldwide, see our post on the best credit cards for getting into airport lounges.

SFO Terminal Map

SFO Airport Map
SFO Airport Map. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

SFO Airport Lounges by Terminal

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Hot Tip: For information on airport facilities, ground transportation, airlines, and more, take a look at our terminal guide to San Francisco International Airport.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at SFO. Image Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

Location: Terminal 2, sector 4, fourth floor
Opening Hours: Daily from 5 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Facilities

  • E-gates and biometric identification
  • Full bar
  • Hot and cold buffet
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Showers
  • VIP room

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Air Canada Signature class and business class

Premium cabin passengers must have a same-day boarding card to access the lounge before their flight

  • Valid for Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada codeshare flight, or with a Star Alliance partner airline
  • Passengers may bring guests for $20 before 11 a.m. or $30 after 11 a.m., per person

Aeroplan Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K, and Elite 50K members

  • Passengers must have a same-day boarding card and may access the lounge before the flight or on arrival from an Air Canada flight
  • Passengers may bring a domestic partner and/or up to 5 dependents (under 25 years old)

Aeroplan Elite 35K members

Passengers must have a same-day boarding carto access the lounge before their flight

Star Alliance Gold members

  • Members traveling in any cabin may access the lounge before their flight with a same-day boarding card
  • Members are permitted to bring 1 guest free of charge traveling on the same flight

Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members (sales of memberships have been temporarily suspended)

North America Plus and Worldwide members may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

  • North America Plus membership: CA$495 (annually) for Individual membership; CA$730 (annually) for partner membership
  • Worldwide membership: CA$665 (annually) for Individual membership; CA$970 (annually) for partner membership
  • Valid for Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada codeshare flight, or with a Star Alliance partner airline.
  • Passengers may bring guests for $20 before 11 a.m. or $30 after 11 a.m., per person

One-time guest access benefits for TD and CIBC Aeroplan-affiliated cardholders

Members can access the lounge 1 or 4 times annually (depending on the credit card) when traveling on a departing Air Canada flight

  • Valid when redeemed through your Aeroplan account on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, or under the Air Canada Express banner
  • Annual credit card fees:
    • TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege Card: $599
    • TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Card: $139
    • TD® Aeroplan® Visa Business Card: $149
    • CIBC Aerogold® Visa Infinite Card: $139
    • CIBC Aerogold® Visa Card for Business: $180
    • CIBC Aerogold® Visa Infinite Privilege Card: $599

Select American Express AeroplanPlus cardmembers (Reserve, Platinum, Corporate Platinum)

Passengers must have a same-day boarding card and may access the lounge on presentation of their American Express AeroplanPlus card

  • Valid for Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, under the Air Canada Express banner, Air Canada codeshare, or select Air Canada partner flights
  • Passengers may bring guests for $20 before 11 a.m. or $30 after 11 a.m., per person

Latitude, Comfort, or Flex fare passengers that purchase lounge access

Passengers may purchase access to the lounge with a same-day boarding card

Valid for Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, and under the Air Canada Express banner

Air France-KLM Lounge

Air France KLM Lounge SFO
Air France KLM Lounge SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal A, left after security near gate A1
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Air France-KLM Lounge Facilities

  • Business services
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks and cold food
  • Wi-Fi

Air France-KLM Lounge Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Day pass

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

  • $50 or 6,000 miles
  • Passengers must be flying on an Air France, KLM, or Delta-operated flight

Business class

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

  • Valid when traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight
  • Guests may purchase a day pass

La Premiere

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
  • Valid when traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight
  • The guest must be traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight and must be departing from the same hall as the passenger

Flying Blue Gold and Platinum

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest and children under 18 years of age

SkyTeam Elite Plus

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest

Priority Pass and Lounge Club

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Guest access depends on Priority Pass membership
  • Passengers may access the lounge for a maximum of 3 hours
  • Cardholders must be 21 years old
  • Children under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Priority Pass membership: Standard $99, Standard Plus $329, Prestige $469

Hot Tip: The Air France lounge at SFO is considered one of the best Priority Pass lounges in the U.S.

Alaska Lounge

Alaska Lounge SFO
Alaska Lounge at SFO. Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

Location: Terminal 2, just beyond the D security checkpoint
Opening Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Alaska Lounge Facilities

  • Concierge services
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks and cold food
  • Wi-Fi

Alaska Lounge Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Day pass

  • Passengers must have a same-day boarding card
  • Day passes are good for 24 hours only at the location where they were purchased
  • $60
  • Valid traveling with any airline

Alaska Lounge membership

  • Passengers must have a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring up to 2 guests or their immediate family
  • Standard members: $550
  • Mileage Plan MVP/MVP Gold/MVP Gold 75K/MVP Gold 100K: $450
  • Valid traveling with any airline
  • Cardholders of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card get $100 off an annual Alaska Lounge+ membership

First class

  • First class passengers may only access the lounge if their flight is at least 2,100 miles
  • Lounge access is available on the day of the flight only, to any of lounges in that day’s itinerary, including connecting flights that are less than 2,100 miles
  • Valid on an Alaska Airlines-operated flight
  • Not valid for passengers traveling on upgraded fares

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K

Passengers must have a same-day boarding card

Valid flying with any Oneworld airline to any destination outside of the U.S., Mexico, or Canada

Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire

  • Passengers must have a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest also on a flight operated and marketed by a Oneworld carrier
  • Valid flying with any Oneworld airline to Mexico City, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, or Australia
  • Oneworld Sapphire or Emerald passengers that hold status with a non-U.S. airline may access the Alaska lounge when traveling domestically

Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Platinum and Gold
Icelandair Saga Club Gold

Passengers must have a same-day boarding card

Valid flying on an international flight connecting to Alaska Airlines

Admirals Club members

Members may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

Valid on an American Airlines or Alaska Airlines marketed and operated flight

Priority Pass and Lounge Pass (North Satellite Terminal Lounge only)

  • Access to the lounge is permitted 3 hours before a flight
  • Access is limited to 2 guests per cardholder (per person charge where applicable)
  • Valid with a same-day boarding card
  • Children under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Priority Pass membership: Standard $99, Standard Plus $329, Prestige $469

Active duty military

Military traveling on orders may access the lounge for free 3 hours before departing on a flight

Valid on an Alaska Airlines-operated flight

Alaska Lounge House Rules

  • Infants under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Members may purchase guest passes for a reduced rate of $30 for additional guests
  • Visitors are requested to use headphones when using their personal devices
  • Food and drink is not permitted to be brought in or taken out of the lounge

Read the full list of house rules on Alaska Airlines’ website.

American Airlines Admirals Club

SFO Admirals Club
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal 1, Concourse B near gate B13
Opening Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Facilities

  • Business services
  • Conference room
  • Premium food and drink for purchase
  • Showers
  • Snacks
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

American Airlines Admirals Club Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Day pass

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers can bring 2 guests and up to 3 children (under 18)
  • $79 or 7,900 AAdvantage miles
  • Passengers must be flying with American Airlines or a partner airline (excludes JetBlue flights operating to/from Europe)

Admirals Club members

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Members can bring their immediate family (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests

AAdvantage Status

Fee

AAdvantage

$850 (85,000 miles)

AAdvantage Gold

$825 (82,500 miles)

AAdvantage Platinum

$800 (80,000 miles)

AAdvantage Platinum Pro

$775 (77,500 miles)

AAdvantage Executive Platinum

$750 (75,000 miles)

Flight must be marketed or operated by American Airlines or any Oneworld partner airline

First and business passengers

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card for an international flight

Flight must be marketed and operated by American Airlines or a Oneworld partner airline or marketed by JetBlue and operated by American

AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card for an international flight, traveling in any cabin
  • Eligible passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest (infants under 2 years are admitted for free)

Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card for an international flight, traveling in any cabin
  • Eligible passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest (infants under 2 years are admitted for free)
  • Flight must be marketed and operated by American Airlines or a Oneworld partner airline
  • Passengers may not access the lounge if traveling solely on North American routes

Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard cardmembers and authorized users ($175 per year)

  • Cardholders receive a free Admirals Club membership with this credit card (see Admirals Club members details above)
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card, along with immediate family (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests
  • $595
  • Flight must be marketed or operated by American Airlines, any Oneworld partner airline, or marketed and operated by JetBlue (excluding JetBlue flights operating to and from Europe)

Military

  • Uniformed military personnel with a same-day boarding card can access the lounge
  • Passengers can bring immediate family members (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests

Valid on an American Airlines-operated flight

American Airlines Admirals Club House Rules

  • A same-day boarding card is required for a flight marketed or operated by American Airlines, any Oneworld airline, or JetBlue (see rules for the applicable access type above)
  • Guests may have appropriate access to the required terminal or concourse as gate passes will not be issued for entry
  • Existing Admirals Club Lifetime Members may access the Admirals Club with same-day travel on any airline
  • A government-issued photo ID is required along with the relevant access card (e.g., AAdvantage membership card or number) and a same-day boarding card

Read the full list of house rules on American Airlines’ website.

Hot Tip: Take a look at where else you can find Admirals Clubs with our full list of U.S. American Airlines Admirals Club locations

British Airways Club Lounge

British Airways Lounge SFO
British Airways Lounge SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal A, near gate A5
Opening Hours: Daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Priority Pass access) and 1:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

British Airways Club Lounge Facilities

  • Buffet food with snacks and sandwiches
  • Business center
  • Direct boarding from the lounge
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Showers
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

British Airways Club Lounge Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

First class passengers

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest

Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner

Business (Club World) passengers

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways

Executive Club Silver or Gold member

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest (when flying on a British Airways-operated flight)
  • Passenger must be flying on a scheduled flight operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner
  • When the passenger is flying on a scheduled flight operated by British Airways, the passenger may bring 1 guest (also flying on a British Airways flight)

Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire member

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest

Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner

Priority Pass members

  • Admitted only between 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may access the lounge for a maximum of 3 hours
  • Children under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Priority Pass membership: Standard $99, Standard Plus $329, Prestige $469

British Airways Club Lounge House Rules

  • Children over the age of 2 will be counted as a guest
  • Passengers must display their boarding card and frequent flyer membership card (if applicable)

View the full list of house rules on the Oneworld website.

Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge

Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge SFO
Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal 1, left after security
Opening Hours: Temporarily closed until further notice

Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge Facilities

  • Business center
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Noodle bar
  • Self-serve snacks and sandwiches
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Showers
  • Wi-Fi

Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge Access

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Centurion Lounge

Centurion Lounge at SFO
The Centurion Lounge SFO. Image Credit: Centurion Lounge

Location: Terminal 3, adjacent to gates F1 and F2
Opening Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Centurion Lounge Facilities

  • Business services
  • Family room
  • Open kitchen
  • Premium bar
  • Self-serve hot and cold dishes
  • Semi-private workspaces
  • Showers
  • Wine tasting area

Centurion Lounge Access

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Centurion Lounge House Rules

  • Family members and guests are not permitted to access the lounge or remain in the lounge without the relevant cardholder
  • Complimentary guest access is per day
  • Children under 2 years are admitted free of charge with proof of age

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge SFO
China Airlines Dynasty Lounge SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal A, level 4, left after security and up the escalators
Opening Hours: Dependent on flight schedule

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge Facilities

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve hot and cold food
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Business class

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

Passengers must be flying on a China Airlines flight

SkyTeam Elite Plus

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest

Passengers and guests must be flying on a SkyTeam-operated flight

Dynasty Flyer Program Gold member

Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card

Passengers must be flying on a China Airlines flight

Dynasty Flyer Program Emerald member

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest

Dynasty Flyer Program Paragon member

  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 2 guests

The Club SFO

The Club SFO bar
The Club SFO. Image Credit: Carissa Rawson

Location: Terminal 1, near gate B4
Opening Hours: Daily from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Club SFO Facilities

  • Family Room/li>
  • Self-serve hot and cold food
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Showers
  • Luminescence Room
  • Workout Studio

The Club SFO Access

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Delta Sky Club

Delta Sky Club SFO
Delta Sky Club SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal 2, level 2, Concourse C near gate C3
Opening Hours: Daily from 4:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Delta Sky Club Facilities

  • Business services
  • Delta Sky Club ambassador for assistance
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve bar with soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Self-serve buffet food and snacks
  • Showers
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

Hot Tip: For information on locations, amenities, and opening hours, here’s a full list of U.S. Delta Sky Clubs.

Delta Sky Club Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

Executive membership

  • Members have unlimited access to any Delta Sky Club
  • Members may bring for a fee of $50 per person
  • $1,495 (annually) | 149,500 miles
  • Passengers and guests must be traveling with a same-day boarding card with Delta or a Delta partner airline (excludes existing Delta Lifetime members that can access the lounge when traveling on any airline)
  • Individuals must be 18 years old to qualify for membership

Individual membership

  • Individual members have unlimited access to any Delta Sky Club
  • Members can bring up to 2 guests for $50 per person
  • $695 (annually) | 69,500 miles
  • Passengers and guests must be traveling with a same-day boarding card with Delta or a Delta partner airline (excludes existing Delta Lifetime members that can access the lounge when traveling on any airline)
  • Individuals must be 18 years old to qualify for membership

SkyTeam Elite Plus and Delta Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion members

  • Elite status passengers can access a Delta Sky Club with a same-day boarding card
  • Members can bring 1 guest for free

Valid when traveling on a SkyTeam international flight or connecting to/from a same-day international flight in any cabin

Delta One or SkyTeam Premium cabin

Passengers can access a Delta Sky Club on the same day of travel

  • Flying Delta: Delta One passengers can access the lounge when flying domestically or when connecting to/from an international flight
  • Flying on a SkyTeam flight: Premium passengers can access the lounge if confirmed in the first or business cabin for all segments of the journey

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express card*

  • Cardmembers have unlimited access to any Delta Sky Club with 2 free guest passes annually
  • Members can bring up to 2 guests for $50 per person
  • Children under 2 years of age can enter with the cardholder for free
  • $650 (rates & fees)
  • Member must hold a same-day ticket for a Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight. The credit card must be used for payment
  • Passengers traveling on Delta partner flight can access the lounge for $50

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card**

  • Cardmembers and up to 2 guests can access the lounge for a fee of $50 per person
  • Children under 2 years of age can enter with the cardholder for free
  • $350 (rates & fees)
  • Member must hold a same-day ticket for a Delta or Delta partner flight. The credit card must be used for payment

The Platinum Card® from American Express

Cardmembers have unlimited access to any Delta Sky Club and may bring up to 2 guests for $50 per person

  • $695 (rates & fees)
  • Member must hold a same-day ticket for a Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Annual Fee: $695 (rates & fees)
  • Member must hold a same-day ticket for a Delta-marketed or Delta-operated flight

LATAM, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet Business Class Passengers

  • Business class passengers may access a Delta Sky Club with a same-day boarding card
  • No guest access
  • Valid for international travel or a connection to an international flight operated by Delta or LATAM, Virgin Atlantic, or WestJet

Select LATAM, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet elite status members

  • Passengers can access a Delta Sky Club with a same-day boarding card
  • Bring up to 1 guest
  • Applies to LATAM Black Signature, Black, or Platinum LATAM Pass members; Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members; and WestJet Rewards Gold and Platinum members

*Effective 2/1/25, Reserve Card Members will receive 15 Visits per year to the Delta Sky Club; to earn an unlimited number of Visits each year starting on 2/1/25, the total eligible purchases on the Card must equal $75,000 or more between 1/1/24 and 12/31/24, and each calendar year thereafter.

**Effective 1/1/24, this benefit will no longer be available.

Certain Japan-based SkyMiles credit cards can access Sky Clubs, including Delta SkyMiles® Diners Club Card, Delta SkyMiles® Trust Club Platinum Visa Card, and Delta SkyMiles® Trust Club Gold Visa Card. See Delta’s international credit card website for specific details, fees, and policies.

Delta Sky Club House Rules

  • Flights must be marketed or operated by Delta Air Lines or a Delta partner airline (see above for applicable rules for access type)
  • Same-day travel on any airline applies to existing Delta Lifetime Members
  • Members must be 18 years old; guests under the age of 21 will not be permitted access to a lounge with a self-serve bar in the U.S. unless they are traveling with another member that is over 21
  • No gate passes will not be issued for entry, so guests must have access to the required terminal or concourse when visiting a lounge
  • Delta has discontinued the sale of single-visit passes
  • Passengers will be able to access Delta Sky Clubs within 3 hours of their scheduled departure time, while connecting passengers can access Delta Sky Clubs in the connecting airport at any time before departure

Read the full list of house rules on the Delta Air Lines’ website.

Emirates Lounge

Emirates Lounge SFO
Emirates Lounge SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal A, between gates A2 and A6
Opening Hours: Winter: Daily from 11:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.; Summer: Daily from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Emirates Lounge Facilities

  • Business center
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Prayer room
  • Self-serve buffet with premium hot and cold dishes
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Showers
  • Wi-Fi

Emirates Lounge Access

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Emirates Lounge House Rules

  • Companions with paid entry must be on the same eligible Emirates flight to gain entry
  • Paid entry is limited to 4 hours prior to the scheduled departure time for Dubai and 3 hours for all other airports
  • Accepted payments are by credit or debit card, and miles redemption or cash are not accepted

Read the full list of house rules on Emirates’ website.

Freshen Up

Freshen Up SFO
Freshen Up SFO. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Location: Terminal G, near the entrance to gates G1 to G14
Opening Hours: 24/7

Freshen Up Facilities

  • Ironing facilities
  • Nap rooms
  • Showers
  • Toiletries

Freshen Up Access

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Japan Airlines JAL Sakura Lounge

Japan Airlines JAO Sukura Lounge SFO
Japan Airlines JAO Sakura Lounge SFO. Image Credit: JAL

Location: International Terminal A, left out of security and up the escalators
Opening Hours: 3 hours prior to the departure time of JAL flights and closed 30 minutes prior to the departure time of JAL flights

Japan Airlines JAL Sakura Lounge Facilities

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve buffet food and snacks
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Wi-Fi

Japan Airlines JAL Sakura Lounge Access

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Japan Airlines JAL Sakura Lounge House Rules

  • Visitors are not permitted to bring food or drink into the lounge
  • Visitors must not use mobile phones outside of the designated areas

Read the full list of rules on the JAL website.

United Airlines United Club

United Airlines United Club SFO
United Airlines United Club SFO Terminal 3 Concourse E. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

There are 3 United Clubs at San Francisco International Airport:

  • Terminal 3, mezzanine level, near gate E2: Daily from 5:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Terminal 3, Concourse F, near gate F11: Daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • International Terminal G, between gates G6 and G9: Daily from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

United Airlines United Club Facilities

  • Business services
  • Full-service bar
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve buffet food and snacks
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

United Airlines United Club Access

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Access Type

Details

Fees and Policies

United Club membership

Members have unlimited access to United Club lounges with a same-day boarding card along with up to 2 guests

General member, Premier Silver, and Premier Gold

$650 (85,000 miles) annual fee

Premier Platinum

$600 (80,000 miles) annual fee

Premier 1K and United Global Services

$550 (75,000 miles) annual fee

United Club℠ Infinite Card

Included

Members must be traveling on a United, Star Alliance, or contracted partner flight

United Club day pass

Passengers have single access to any United Club with a same-day boarding card

  • $59 (purchased online or on the door)
  • Passengers must be traveling on a United, Star Alliance, or contracted partner flight

United Polaris business class

Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card at their departure, connecting, and arrival airports (domestic arrivals only)

Valid for travel on a United Airlines flight

United Business (international flights)

Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card at their departure, connecting, and arrival airports (domestic arrivals only)

Also applies to passengers traveling to/from Canada in United First

First class on a Star Alliance airline

  • Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport of their international flight
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest

Passengers must be traveling on a Star Alliance airline

Business class on a Star Alliance airline

Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport of their international flight

United Premier Gold or Star Alliance Gold status

  • Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card for an international flight
  • Access is possible at the departure airport, during connection, or on arrival
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest traveling on the same flight

Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership

  • Passengers can access any United Club with a same-day boarding card
  • Maple Leaf Club North America members can access lounges in U.S. locations only
  • Maple Leaf Club Worldwide members can access lounges in worldwide locations and may bring 1 guest
  • Passengers must be traveling on a Star Alliance airline
  • North America pass: Individual: CA$495; Partner: CA$730
  • Worldwide pass: Individual: CA$665; Partner: CA$970

Active U.S. military

  • Passengers must have a valid boarding card for a flight departing within 24 hours
  • Passengers must also be dressed in uniform, be on leave orders, or have rest and recuperation papers
  • Can invite family members with gate passes or traveling on the same flight

Passengers must be traveling on a United or United Express flight

Virgin Australia Velocity (Velocity Gold, Platinum, and VIP)

  • Passengers must have a valid same-day boarding pass
  • Eligible members traveling on a United-operated flight may bring 1 guest

Passengers must be traveling on an international United or Virgin Australia-operated flight departing from the same airport

Hot Tip: If you’re active military, see our guide to the best credit cards for military members as many issuers will waive annual fees and you can still use complimentary lounge access benefits offered by those cards. 

United Airlines United Club House Rules

  • A same-day boarding card is required for a flight operated by United, Star Alliance, or a contracted partner airline
  • United Club members can be accompanied by 1 spouse and child under 21 or up to 2 guests
  • Although the minimum age for membership is 18 years old, guests must be 21 to access a club with a self-serve bar in the U.S. The only exception is if they are traveling with another member that is over 21
  • Day pass guests may bring 1 infant under 2, free of charge
  • Day pass guests may be refused entry if the lounge is at or nearing capacity

Read the full list of house rules on United’s website.

United Airlines Polaris Lounge

United Polaris lounge at SFO second floor view
United Polaris Lounge. Image Credit: United

Location: International Terminal G, turn right after security
Opening Hours: Daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

  • À la carte dining
  • Business services with printers and copiers
  • Daybeds
  • Full-service bar including beer, wine, spirits, and barista coffee
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Self-serve buffet with hot and cold options
  • Shower suites with amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Work stations

United Polaris Lounge Access

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Fees and Policies

United Polaris business class

Passengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card, departing for a flight or connecting

Valid for international flights on a United-operated flight

Star Alliance international first class

  • Passengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport for an international flight
  • Passengers may be accompanied by 1 guest

Valid for international flights on a Star Alliance-operated flight

Star Alliance international business class

Passengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport for an international flight

United Polaris House Rules

  • United Polaris is available on transpacific or transatlantic flights and on flights from the U.S. to Buenos Aires, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Santiago
  • Passengers flying on discounted industry fares or staff travel tickets are not permitted in the lounge
  • For Star Alliance admittance, long-haul international routes are classed as the U.S. to Asia, Australia, Europe, and select South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru)

Read the full list of house rules on United’s website.

USO Lounge

USO Lounge SFO
Image Credit: USO

Location: Terminal 1, pre-security above the American Airlines ticket counter
Opening Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

USO Lounge Facilities

  • Books and magazines
  • Children’s room
  • Gaming
  • Lounge with TV
  • Refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Work areas with computers

USO Lounge Access

The USO Lounge is available to active duty, guard, reserve military, and their dependents, and retired military.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse SFO
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse SFO. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: International Terminal A, left after security, level 5
Opening Hours: From around 4 hours before the departure time of Virgin Atlantic flights (temporarily closed through March 25, 2023)

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Facilities

  • À la carte dining
  • Business services
  • Full-service bar
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Showers
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Access

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Fees and Policies

  • Upper Class passengers
  • Flying Club Gold members
  • Delta SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion
  • Flying Blue and Platinum cardholders
  • Virgin Australia Velocity The Club, Platinum, and Gold cardholders
  • Air New Zealand Gold or Gold Elite members when traveling to London-Heathrow
  • Passengers may access the Clubhouse with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring a guest if they are traveling on the same day, from the same terminal
  • Valid when flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight
  • Guests may accompany the eligible passenger if traveling on a flight with Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM, or Virgin Atlantic

Delta One international passengers and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold members and PPS cardholders

Passengers may access the clubhouse with a same-day boarding card

Valid when flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight

Eligible American Express cards

Limited access hours may apply

Access is permitted with certain Amex cards, including:

Eligible Capital One cards

Passengers may access the clubhouse with a same-day boarding card

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse House Rules

  • Guests must be accompanied into the clubhouse by the eligible passenger. Guests arriving before or after the passenger will not be admitted.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult when using the lounge.

Read the full list of house rules on Virgin Atlantic’s website.

Connecting Between Terminals for Lounge Access

Passengers can travel around the airport on the AirTrain that runs clockwise and counter-clockwise to all terminals. The AirTrain operates outside the secure area, so it is required to re-clear security to access the next terminal.

It’s possible to walk between some terminals while remaining inside the secure area, but some walkways are restricted due to ongoing construction work. Terminal 3 passengers can walk inside the secure area to departure gates G in the International Terminal.

For all other connections, passengers will need to re-clear security, so you will need to allow extra time if you’re traveling between terminals to access a particular lounge.

Hot Tip: Read our ultimate terminal guide for San Francisco International Airport for more information about connecting between terminals. 

Best Credit Cards To Access Priority Pass Lounges

The Priority Pass lounge network offers several options at SFO, and more than 1,400 lounge options worldwide — making it the largest airport lounge network in the world. So how can travelers access these lounges?

Fortunately, there are many credit cards that come with a complimentary Priority Pass membership. One such card is the Amex Platinum card, which not only offers access to Priority Pass lounges (upon enrollment), but also Amex Centurion loungesPlaza Premium LoungesDelta Sky Clubs (when flying same-day Delta), and Escape Lounges.

You could also opt for the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or another great credit card option that allows cardholders to visit Priority Pass lounges, such as the following:

Final Thoughts

SFO has a good selection of lounges, as you would expect for a large international airport. Although the AirTrain offers quick transportation between terminals, access can be delayed when having to clear security at both the lounge terminal and departure terminal. Ensure you have plenty of time before your flight, and if you have TSA PreCheck, you’ll tend to have a quicker experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What lounges are at SFO?

There are nearly 20 lounges at San Francisco International Airport, including lounges for British Airways, Emirates, Delta, and United Airlines.

Is there a Priority Pass lounge at SFO?

Priority Pass members can access the Air France-KLM Lounge, China Airlines Lounge, and British Airways Club Lounge with their membership.

Is there a Qantas Lounge in San Francisco?

Qantas does not have a lounge at San Francisco International Airport, but passengers traveling in a premium cabin may access the Cathay Pacific lounge before departure.

Can you change terminals at SFO without leaving security?

It’s possible to walk between some terminals while remaining inside the secure area. Terminal 3 passengers can walk inside the secure area to departure gates G in the International Terminal.

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