- Complimentary snacks
- Complimentary hot buffet
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Complimentary house wine and beer
- Complimentary liquor
- Air conditioning
- Newspapers and magazines
Note: The lounge re-opened on June 16, 2023 after a complete makeover. We will update this review shortly.
The Air France KLM lounge no longer customers flying with partner airlines, as well as membership card holders (Priority Pass, LoungeKey, etc.) Those customers are welcome to visit the new Golden Gate Lounge, also operated by Air France, on the 4th floor.
The Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport is conveniently located immediately to the left of the International Terminal A security checkpoint.
Members of popular lounge access programs Priority Pass and Lounge Club are also welcome in theory, though in reality they are routinely turned away around Air France departure times because of capacity issues.
Note that Air France La Premiere First Class passengers are invited to use the adjacent, and far superior Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.
Air France KLM Lounge SFO design
The venerable Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport hasn’t changed much since its inception many moons ago as a Northwest Airlines (and then Delta) lounge. The décor is utilitarian to a fault, with an inoperative gas fireplace as the only noteworthy feature. Fortunately, the club received a fresh coat of paint and new furniture late 2016.
The lounge is divided into three areas. Behind the reception desk is a seating area with a small snack and beverage counter. Windows run along the length of the lounge and provide plenty of natural light as well as outstanding close-up views on aircraft parked immediately outside—early in the afternoon, the Emirates A380 bound for Dubai makes for a perfect picture opportunity.
In the rear is a second, larger room with a circular shape, where the buffet and dining area are located, and where most customers tend to congregate.
Due to the overall lack of real estate, seating is dense and the layout affords patrons with little privacy. The club can get crowded and noisy at peak departure times. Power outlets are also sorely missing, though the recent renovations brought convenient table-top seating by the window and a few more plugs.
There are also two smaller areas. Off to the side of the first room is a smaller space—the former business center—furnished with a sofa and a handful of leather seats including two bright red ones, perhaps in a nod to the Air France brand. While the room is more private and power outlets are more widely available, it is darker and window-less.
Finally, adjacent to the reception desk is a small partitioned-off area for VIP or notable passengers. There are no additional amenities, save for a bottle of Champagne, but the layout offers slightly better privacy.
Overall, the Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport International Terminal A is a clean and bright, but unimpressive space. Despite recent renovations, the lounge remains bare and devoid of a décor, and power outlets are very scarcely available.
Air France KLM Lounge SFO amenities
The Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport offers a limited set of amenities.
The food and beverage selection is the highlight, as expected from a French airline. The food spread includes simple hot dishes such as roasted vegetables, pasta and soups, a salad bar, as well as tasty sandwiches made with French baguette, and desserts.
On the drinks front, patrons will find bottled water, an enjoyable wine selection, Champagne, beer, as well as a soft drinks and an espresso machine. All drinks are available for self-service.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available. Next to the reception desk is also a selection of newspapers and magazines. Otherwise, the lounge lacks traditional business class amenities such as a staffed bar or showers.
Air France KLM Lounge SFO bottom line
The Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport has significantly improved with the late 2016 renovations, and features an enjoyable food and beverage selection. However, the physical space and overall lack of amenities remain underwhelming, and the lack of privacy and crowds at peak times can be bothersome. Unfortunately, there are currently few alternatives for Air France KLM passengers. The China Airlines lounge (operated by a fellow SkyTeam airline) opens only a few hours a day, and International Terminal A isn’t connected airside to the other terminals.
The food and beverage offering makes the Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport an attractive option for Priority Pass members. However, the latter may be turned away between 11 am and 2:30 pm, and between 7 pm and 10pm due to crowding. With this in mind, we would not suggest that Priority Pass members go through security in International Terminal A just to attempt to use the lounge.
For information on possible alternatives, other lounges at SFO and rankings, check out our Definitive Guide to the SFO Lounge Scene.
Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco, CA (SFO) welcomes:
- Air France La Premiere passengers departing on a same-day flight.
- Air France Hippocampe (HIPP) passengers departing on a same-day flight.
- Air France and KLM Business Class passengers departing on a same-day flight.
- Air France Premium Economy Class passengers departing on a same-day flight, for a fee payable in cash or miles.
- Air France Flying Blue Gold, Platinum, and Club 2000 members departing on a same-day flight operated by Air France or KLM, in any class of service.
- Air France Flying Blue Silver and Explorer departing on a same-day flight operated by Air France or KLM, in any class of service, for a fee payable in cash or miles.
- Guests must be traveling on any flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline. Member must remain with the guests at all times during the visit.
- Lounge access will be provided only at your departure airport and not on arrival, unless you are connecting to a domestic flight or other qualifying international flight.
You may have access to Air France KLM Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following SkyTeam member airlines only.
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