what lounge does EVA use at SFO?

Old Nov 1, 2023, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Fes426
Does anyone have a link to EVA Air lounge access policy for guest?

My gf and I are both Star Alliance Gold (from UA) and are traveling business class SFO-TPE on EVA. I just found out we have friends on the same flight traveling in Economy class, will I be able to get them in the lounge? I probably know not the Polaris but whatever lounge EVA is using in Terminal A?
they use the BA lounge in Terminal A, i don't think you'd be able to bring guests since it's not a *A lounge.

when I checked in for BR7, they gave me a "ticket" to the BA lounge which was taken upon entry to the lounge
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Old Nov 16, 2023, 1:13 pm
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For the midnight flights flights which depart out of terminal A, are the options basically Air France (which closes at 11:30pm) and Polaris (which closes at midnight now but requires going through security to get to?)
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by godbreath
For the midnight flights flights which depart out of terminal A, are the options basically Air France (which closes at 11:30pm) and Polaris (which closes at midnight now but requires going through security to get to?)
Correct. At least that was the case for when i took them Nov-11. At least this was the case for those flying business, not sure what the case is for those Star Alliance Gold which get lounge access but technically not Polaris and probably not the AF one.

We (flying business class) were given a voucher for AF lounge when boarding. We did Polaris for food then came to AF for the quietness/relax
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 2:23 am
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I just came back from my trip. When I was on my way to Taiwan, I was told to use the Air France lounge.

Like the previous poster, I used the Polaris lounge for food. As soon as I finished my dinner I went to the Air France lounge after. I had to pass two security layers. One to get to the G gates area to access the Polaris lounge. After I finished my meal there, I left the G gates area and then headed to the A gates area - second security. I have TSA pre so it didn't take me long to pass the security (although it was quite some walk).

I really don't know why EVA decided to park their planes at the A gates now.
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Old Nov 24, 2023, 10:13 pm
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I really don't know why EVA decided to park their planes at the A gates now.
Airports charge the airlines different price based on gate locations and time slots.
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Old Nov 25, 2023, 12:56 am
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Originally Posted by BR777
I just came back from my trip. When I was on my way to Taiwan, I was told to use the Air France lounge.

Like the previous poster, I used the Polaris lounge for food. As soon as I finished my dinner I went to the Air France lounge after. I had to pass two security layers. One to get to the G gates area to access the Polaris lounge. After I finished my meal there, I left the G gates area and then headed to the A gates area - second security. I have TSA pre so it didn't take me long to pass the security (although it was quite some walk).

I really don't know why EVA decided to park their planes at the A gates now.
Because there are no gates available at G pier at that time. Arrival is no big deal but as you saw, departure can be cumbersome. More and more *A airlines are being pushed by the airport over to the A Pier. I have seen AI, NZ, OZ use the A pier.
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Old Dec 3, 2023, 8:14 pm
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Because there are no gates available at G pier at that time. Arrival is no big deal but as you saw, departure can be cumbersome. More and more *A airlines are being pushed by the airport over to the A Pier. I have seen AI, NZ, OZ use the A pier.
Probably United taking all the G gates
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 12:32 pm
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Flying out on the late-night flights (eg. BR17/27), is it theoretically possible to check-in when the desk is open prior to the afternoon flight (eg. BR7)? Even if they're not willing to hold any checked bags, this would still allow transit through security and access to the Polaris lounge - right?
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by flayum
Flying out on the late-night flights (eg. BR17/27), is it theoretically possible to check-in when the desk is open prior to the afternoon flight (eg. BR7)? Even if they're not willing to hold any checked bags, this would still allow transit through security and access to the Polaris lounge - right?
You can try online check-in 24 hours before departure. It worked for me (US Citizen) last month but if you need a visa or something else for your trip then they may not allow you to online check-in
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 5:01 pm
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My guess is UA is squeezing EVA out because UA departures probably have priority.

Eventually (2024?), one can walk the big circle between A and G.

I wonder when they designed the International Terminal, did they ever consider an A-G direct connection.
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 6:44 pm
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I wonder when they designed the International Terminal, did they ever consider an A-G direct connection.
It was designed and built pre-9/11 back when non-travellers could still easily enter the sterile area and going through security was what Precheck now is, so most likely not.
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 9:11 pm
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Originally Posted by flayum
Flying out on the late-night flights (eg. BR17/27), is it theoretically possible to check-in when the desk is open prior to the afternoon flight (eg. BR7)? Even if they're not willing to hold any checked bags, this would still allow transit through security and access to the Polaris lounge - right?
Wow I might actually try and do this too, thanks for the idea. But does the Polaris lounge have a policy for how early passengers can enter the lounge?
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 11:38 pm
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Originally Posted by sfflyer415
Wow I might actually try and do this too, thanks for the idea. But does the Polaris lounge have a policy for how early passengers can enter the lounge?
My understanding is that any same-day ticket should work, but that's based on others' interpretations and not the precise language on the UA website (which is ambiguous to timing).
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Old Dec 13, 2023, 11:54 pm
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Originally Posted by sfflyer415
Wow I might actually try and do this too, thanks for the idea. But does the Polaris lounge have a policy for how early passengers can enter the lounge?
Originally Posted by flayum
My understanding is that any same-day ticket should work, but that's based on others' interpretations and not the precise language on the UA website (which is ambiguous to timing).
This matches my first-hand experience.
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by flayum
Flying out on the late-night flights (eg. BR17/27), is it theoretically possible to check-in when the desk is open prior to the afternoon flight (eg. BR7)? Even if they're not willing to hold any checked bags, this would still allow transit through security and access to the Polaris lounge - right?
unless you don't have any checked luggages, where are you going to leave your luggage when you go to Polaris lounge 12 hours before your flight? And what fun do you get for staying at Polaris for 12 hours? Their food are better quality than priority pass lounges, but chicken is still chicken, not caviar. Of course you can get drunk there, but you can get drunk at any priority pass lounges too.
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