GF Lounge in SFO

Old Jul 12, 2017, 8:18 am
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GF Lounge in SFO

I am departing SFO this evening on the A380 to LHR and wanted to get some lounge advice. How does the GF rank vs other BA satellite lounges? I have heard that Cathay lounge has better food and accommodations, I also have access to the Air France lounge via Priority Pass. Champagne selection is an important consideration and any thoughts are appreciated.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by LasVegasBuck
I am departing SFO this evening on the A380 to LHR and wanted to get some lounge advice. How does the GF rank vs other BA satellite lounges? I have heard that Cathay lounge has better food and accommodations, I also have access to the Air France lounge via Priority Pass. Champagne selection is an important consideration and any thoughts are appreciated.
We flew out of SFO on Saturday afternoon and went to the CX lounge. It was very nice and a lovely lady called Arlene was in charge. The noodle bar opens at 16:00. The food and drink options before that are a bit limited. The best thing is the peace and quiet (1 other pax) and if you need anything you just ask Arlene

We also visited the AF lounge as friends of ours were flying back to LHR on VS so we popped in for a glass of fizz and a chat.

The FLounge at SFO is IMO pretty small and the only advantage is that they sometimes board from the lounge. Our flight departed from A8 so no point going.

I believe that the SFO lounge was due for an upgrade but Senor Cruz pulled the plug I believe.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 9:23 am
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GF at SFO Is abysmal: small, cramped and limited food and beverage options. Excellent staff and sometime boarding straight from there, but that's about it.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by LasVegasBuck
I am departing SFO this evening on the A380 to LHR and wanted to get some lounge advice. How does the GF rank vs other BA satellite lounges? I have heard that Cathay lounge has better food and accommodations, I also have access to the Air France lounge via Priority Pass. Champagne selection is an important consideration and any thoughts are appreciated.

I've used the BA GF room at SFO a few times. Very small room, food similar to the main Club lounge. However champagne available in the GF room. Last December I believe it was Nicolas Feuillette
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 11:37 am
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There's only direct boarding from the lounge if you're on the 747 I believe.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by AAtticus
There's only direct boarding from the lounge if you're on the 747 I believe.
Correct, the A380 cannot get round to the side of the terminal where the lounge is.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 12:28 pm
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As others have said, its far from the best lounge out there but a pleasant enough place to wait for an hour or so before boarding - which is a bit of a scrum at SFO. The ground staff do seem to realise this though and when I flew out, pro actively went through the crowd and escorted all F pax (and GCH from what I could gather) to the front of the queue. Much to the annoyance of an AA Gold...

Taken from the back wall - so pretty much the entire lounge.



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Old Jul 12, 2017, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by AAtticus
There's only direct boarding from the lounge if you're on the 747 I believe.
Our 747 flight left from A8 for some reason so couldn't board through lounge. Normal scrum at the gate
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As part of my job in the Travel Industry I check out various lounges for my clients and have been to the BA and AF lounge at SFO and I really like the BA and the AF lounges with their self service bar vs tipping for every drink and some bar tenders not making the drink as you would like.

I love being able to mix my own drinks the way I want them. The food at the AF and BA lounges are adequate and I had a good soup at the AF lounge along with the mini sandwiches, cheeses etc and of course the bubbly at the AF lounge.

The BA lounge was nice as we boarded the plane from the lounge. But I must say nothing beats the One World lounge at LAX or the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX with the outdoor sitting area to view the planes.

I think SFO needs a better lounge that is on par with the One World Lounge and also an independent lounge like the Club@SJC(owned by Priority Pass)
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 5:01 pm
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Thanks to everyone for your tips and insight, I have 3 hours at SFO so I will likely just check them both out and see which I like better to spend the remaining time.
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Old Jul 12, 2017, 9:32 pm
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The BA Flounge at SFO is really just like a large living room, with some snacks and drinks at one end. Decent spirits quality, with Tanqueray No. 10, Grey Goose, etc. The champagne is fairly subpar by BA standards, but is actual champagne. AF has better champagne, usually. CX is a nicer space, but no direct boarding (If you are on the A380, forget about that). The Club portion is actually quite spacious.
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Old Jul 13, 2017, 1:01 am
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There have been occasions when the GF lounge has been limited to F pax only for the A380 flight, with a sign asking GCH to use the regular lounge. It's not really enforced as far as I can tell, and perhaps less of a concern in the summer holiday season, but something to be aware of.
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