Air France KLM Lounge – SFO

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Air France KLM Lounge - San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Air France KLM Lounge – San Francisco, CA (SFO)

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.

Air France KLM Lounge - San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Air France KLM Lounge – San Francisco, CA (SFO)

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.

Air France KLM Lounge - San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Air France KLM Lounge – San Francisco, CA (SFO)

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.

Air France KLM Lounge - San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Air France KLM Lounge – San Francisco, CA (SFO)

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

Air France KLM Lounge - San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Air France KLM Lounge – San Francisco, CA (SFO)

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.

The pluses
  • The food and beverage offering.
  • The views on the tarmac.
The minuses
  • The utilitarian look.
  • The cramped setup.
  • The lack of power outlets.
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