The American Airlines Admirals Club at San Francisco International airport stands out as a pretty unique lounge within the carrier’s network. While American Airlines is a second rate player in the Bay Area market that’s heavily dominated by United, the airline nevertheless operates key flights in competitive markets including transcontinental flights to New York City, Philadelphia and Miami. As such, American Airlines invested back in 2011 in a well-appointed club with a design that departs from the standard cookie cutter décor.
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO design
The spacious lobby with its elegant marble floor sets the tone, but eyes are immediately drawn to the rotunda that is the heart and highlight of the lounge. Trees (which are fake, but realistic) and coffee tables adorn a cobblestone plaza, in an open yet intimate and relaxing setting. According to the designers, the décor is supposed to evoke San Francisco. To be frank, we couldn’t quite make the connection with the city by the bay, and thought that the design was more reminiscent of a European plaza with a cafe — not that this would be a bad thing.
The space benefits from plenty of day light, thanks to a window wall that runs along the entire length of the lounge and also offers exciting tarmac views.
To the left of the rotunda when entering is a seating area with a cozy vibe. The leather chairs, cushy sofas with old fashioned upholstery, and mirror running along the wall give the place the intimate feel of a private club. The design isn’t exactly trendy, but it’s genuinely warm and comfortable. Power outlets are conveniently available at every seat.
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO amenities
Across the rotunda is the bar and buffet area, where a high work table with power outlets flanks a small dining area. Adjacent to the window is another seating area. As expected from an Admirals Club, the complimentary food selection fails to impress: snacks, hummus, veggies, soup and cookies are available but nothing comes close to a real meal. On the flip side, American Airlines offers a substantial selection of quality food items for a fee, including fresh salads and quesadillas. Soft drinks, espressso and house wine and liquor are complimentary while premium beverages may be purchased.
Business travelers will find a small business center by the rotunda with a few work carousels, self-service computers, and a printer. It’s bright — unlike many airline business centers that are located away from the windows — but cramped. Conference rooms are also available and may be booked for a fee.
The Admirals Club offers shower suites which may be reserved at the concierge desk and come with towels and bath products. Other amenities include newspapers and magazines and a small bag storage area.
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO bottom line
Overall, the American Airlines Admirals Club at San Francisco International airport is an elegant and well-appointed facility. It’s not especially large and the design might feel a bit dated already but it’s pretty unique and creative, and while complimentary food and drinks are limited, a substantial premium menu is available. The club delivers on all the basics including comfortable, private seating and relaxing shower suites. In fact, American Airlines’ offer is substantially better than United‘s, its main competitor.
Note that American Airlines does not operate a Flagship Lounge in San Francisco. International First Class passengers and top elites don’t have a realistic alternative to the Admirals Club (the British Airways First Class lounge is located in the remote International Terminal A and is not worth the hassle of getting there.)
For information on possible alternatives, other lounges at SFO and rankings, check out our Definitive Guide to the SFO Lounge Scene.
The following is a typical sample selection. All selections and pricing are subject to change. See the latest menu at aa.com.
- Breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, mini muffins, fruit.
- Snacks: olives, cheese and crackers, cookies, vegetable crudité and snack mixes.
- Water, soft drinks and juices.
- Coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate.
- Trinity Oaks chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors beers.
- House spirits.
Canadian bacon, egg & cheese: $5.99
Breakfast Brioche 5.99
Apple cinnamon pecan yogurt parfait: $4.99
Seasonal fruit cup: $4.99
Specialty sandwiches (with apple fennel salad or chips and a pickle)
Sunflower chicken: $10.50
Butternut squash and ricotta: $10.50
Turkey, pear and gorgonzola: $10.50
Snacks and small bites
Turkey Florentine Panini: $9.99
Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini: $9.99
Grilled chicken hummus: $9.99
Portobello stack: $9.99
Chicken brie: $9.99
Gourmet fruit and cheese assortment: $7.99
Citrus spiced lentil: $7.99
Toasted quinoa and kale: $7.99
Sahale nut blends: $2.29
Quesadillas (served with sour cream, pico de gallo and tri-colored tortilla chips)
Cilantro Chicken: $9.99
Wild Mushroom Quesadilla: $10.99
Premium drinksWater and soft drinks
Energy drinks: $3.99
Mineral water: $3.50
Bottled water: $2.29
Bottled sodas: $2.29
Spirits and cordials
Premium Domestic/Craft: $7.00
White wine, by the glass
Smirnoff, Bombay Original, BACARDI Superior, Captain Morgan Original Spiced, Dewar’s White Label, Jose Cuervo Especial, Jim Beam: $8.50
ABSOLUT, Russian Standard, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Jack Daniel’s, Jameson: $10.00
Grey Goose, Hendrick’s, Patrón, Crown Royal, Maker’s Mark, Templeton Rye: $12.00
- Cordials: $10.00
Red wine, by the glass
Bollini, Pinot Grigio: $10.00
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Riesling: $10.00
Casa Lapostolle, Sauvignon Blanc: $10.00
Napa Cellars, Chardonnay: $12.00
Kim Crawford, Unoaked Chardonnay: $12.00
- The Show, Cabernet Sauvignon: $9.5
- Terrazas de los Andes, Malbec: $9.5
- Folie à Deux, Merlot: $12.00
- Joel Gott 815, Cabernet Sauvignon: $12.00
- Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir: $12.00
- Chandon Brut Classic: $14.00
You may have access to American Airlines Admirals Club 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 oneworld member airline.
American Airlines (AA) British Airways (BA) Cathay Dragon (KA) Cathay Pacific (CX) Finnair (AY) Iberia (IB) Japan Airlines (JL) LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ) LATAM Airlines Chile (LA) Malaysia Airlines (MH) Qantas (QF) Qatar Airways (QR) Royal Jordanian (RJ) S7 Airlines (S7) SriLankan (UL)
American Airlines Admirals Club at San Francisco, CA (SFO) welcomes:
- American Airlines Admirals Club members (including Citi® AAdvantage® Executive Card card members) departing on a same-day flight operated by American Airlines or a oneworld airline (+2 guests or immediate family)
- American Airlines Admirals Club One-Day pass holders. Passes can be purchased for $59 and used at multiple lounge locations throughout on the same day at Admirals Club lounges (no guests)
- American Airlines First Class passengers departing on a same-day international fight (+1 guest)
- American Airlines Business Class passengers departing on a same-day international fight (no guests)
- First class passengers departing on a same-day flight operated by a oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- Business class passengers departing on a same-day flight operated by a oneworld airline (no guests)
- oneworld Emerald members (+1 guest)
- oneworld Sapphire members (+1 guest)
- Alaska Lounge members do NOT have access to the Admirals Club at SFO.
- Guests must be departing on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline.
- Members of the military may bring in 2 guests or their immediate family.
- American Airlines AAdvantage® members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, are not eligible for lounge access when travelling solely on North American flights within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
- For connecting passengers, lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight.
- Qantas airline club members do not have access to American Airlines lounges.
- 3.5Based on 105 ReviewsWeich Y.2019-06-18 16:58:58They offer snacks during non-meal hours. Never waited here at dinner time but in the morning they have a small breakfast buffet with bagels, toast and...Lauren K.2019-06-01 08:17:20The customer service at this Admirals Club is unparalleled at any of the other Admirals Clubs I've been to. Eileen alone is worth the five stars, but the...Cliff C.2019-02-22 16:44:36Cool lounge. Open view. Sometimes that's good sometimes not. Nice size bar. Good business booths. Seems to have a lot of them. Beer check. Never bought...Gary C.2018-07-15 08:14:46I was able to visit this lounge because I had a business class ticket from SFO to JFK. they label those as preimum transcon flights. The lounge opens early...Vincent L.2018-06-02 15:15:06A comfortable, spacious venue, this SFO Admirals Club is rather limited when it comes to complimentary items on their food spread, but there's enough...Paul K.2018-03-23 20:26:11This is one of my favorite Admiral's clubs, it has really nice decor inside and is fairly spacious, though it can get crowded at certain times of the day....