The Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco airport is conveniently located immediately to the left of the International Terminal A security checkpoint. In addition to Air France KLM passengers, the club also serves Air Canada passengers, in the absence of a Star Alliance lounge at International Terminal A.
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.
Air France KLM Lounge 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 First Class passengers. There are no additional amenities, save for a bottle of Champagne, but the space provides slightly enhanced 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 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 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 no workable alternatives for Air France KLM passengers since the China Airlines lounge (operated by a fellow SkyTeam member) only opens in the evenings, 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.
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 any SkyTeam member airline.
Aeroflot (SU) Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) Aeromexico (AM) Air Europa (UX) Air France (AF) Alitalia (AZ) China Airlines (CI) China Eastern (MU) China Southern (CZ) Czech Airlines (OK) Delta (DL) Garuda Indonesia (GA) KLM (KL) Kenya Airways (KQ) Korean Air (KE) Middle East Airlines (ME) Saudia (SV) TAROM (RO) Vietnam Airlines (VN) Xiamen Airlines (MF)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.
Air Canada (AC)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco, CA (SFO) welcomes:Notes:
View detailed access rules at skyteam.com and airfrance.com
- Air France La Premiere 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 and Platinum members departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- Air France Flying Blue Silver and Ivory departing on a same–day flight operated by Air France, in any class of service, for a fee payable in cash or miles.
- International First and Business Class passengers departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member.
- SkyTeam Elite Plus members departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- 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.
In addition, the following passengers traveling on Qantas have access:
- Business class passengers.
- Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers.
- oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members.
- Qantas Club cardholders.
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