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United Airlines Unveils United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport
Lounge is first of four United Polaris lounges expected to open this year

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2018
-- Beginning April 30, customers traveling in United Polaris, the airline's international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax and dine prior to their travels or refresh upon arrival in the new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) conveniently located in the International Terminal near Gate G92.
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United Polaris Lounge at SFO Facts & Highlights
  • Two levels across more than 28,000 square feet
  • 440 seats
  • 19 different types of seating
  • 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports
  • 8 pieces of art by prominent Bay Area artists, all San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Art Award honorees
  • 5 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 8 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • "The Dining Room" Ė a private restaurant style dining area with a menu designed by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, that blends international comfort foods ó such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout ó with staples like the United Polaris Burger
  • A bistro-like buffet that includes a ramen noodle bar in the afternoon and additional unique-to-San Francisco treats that align with the flight schedule and destinations of United and Star Alliance partners
  • Cocktails inspired by the Bay Area, including the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland in 1944, and the Pisco Punch, featuring pisco which became all the rage during the California Gold Rush of 1849
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For more photos of the United Polaris lounge at SFO, visit the United Newsroom
Originally Posted by djsflynn View Post
... Also and for those interested, here's a link to download a PDF (10.5MB) copy of the Polaris SFO menus, as provided to media in the press pack: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jjv4i9s97g...0Menu.pdf?dl=0
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update 29 Sept 2017, effective 1 Oct 2017
Trans-border flights (Canada, Mexico, ..) for UA and partner flights do not qualify

Departure: The airport you are leaving on an international J/F flight* from, i.e. SFO-TPE
Connecting: The airport to or from which you have a short-haul flight to connect to a longer flight, i.e. LAX-SFO-NRT or NRT-SFO-LAX
Arrival: The airport you arrive at after your long-haul flight, i.e. NRT-SFO

Hours - 6:30 AM-1AM
reportedly a la carte dining closes at 11:15pm on Mon, Wed and Saturday while 9:15pm the rest of the week, although recent reports differ

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Old Apr 24, 18, 1:39 am
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SFO Polaris Lounge -- Reviews, Experiences, Q&A, ..

Video supposedly from the SFO Polaris lounge -- possibly a leak but seems legit.

https://t.co/ysmih479RZ
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Old Apr 24, 18, 2:27 am
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wonder if the food will be better than amex lounge. i'll check it out on my flight 5/1 sfo-tpe polaris
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Old Apr 24, 18, 7:12 am
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Originally Posted by Ryu2 View Post
Video supposedly from the SFO Polaris lounge -- possibly a leak but seems legit.

https://t.co/ysmih479RZ
Monday was employee preview day.
Wednesday is media preview day.
Friday is Mileage Plus Exclusives preview day (I wil be there)
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Old Apr 24, 18, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by Ryu2 View Post
Video supposedly from the SFO Polaris lounge -- possibly a leak but seems legit.

https://t.co/ysmih479RZ
Link to higher res video.

I planned a long layover in SFO for April 30th and my GPU cleared.
Looks like I'll be there for opening day.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 1:40 pm
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Looks like the official release is out.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning April 30, customers traveling in United Polaris, the airline's international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax and dine prior to their travels or refresh upon arrival in the new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) conveniently located in the International Terminal near Gate G92.
Photos here: United - Newsroom - Photos

United Airlines Unveils United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport - Apr 25, 2018
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Old Apr 25, 18, 3:31 pm
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Iím looking forward to trying a Pisco Punch.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 5:42 pm
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I visited the lounge today--all I can say is WOW. This is really beautiful. Hopefully the furniture is of good quality and will age well, because I don't think it will ever go out of style. I'm really impressed and crowding should no longer be an issue.

I've posted a few pictures on my blog (DISCLAIMER). Tomorrow, I'll publish a full review.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 6:37 pm
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Looking forward to reports (and pics, please!) TIA
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Old Apr 25, 18, 8:13 pm
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From the photos, it doesn't appear they attempted cost-savings relative to ORD.

I am curious (and slightly pessimistic) about how the binoculars will hold up over time.

Love the idea, though.
(newsroom)
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:19 pm
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re: Guest into SFO Polaris Lounge
As with the ORD Polaris lounge, once Polaris First is completely phased out, does that mean that no UA flight would qualify for guesting someone into a Polaris lounge?
Eventually, they'd have to amend that policy, no?
Added: I mean, it seems ridiculous that the only traveler who could then guest someone into a United Polaris lounge is someone NOT traveling on United?!?

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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
re: Guest into SFO Polaris Lounge
As with the ORD Polaris lounge, once Polaris First is completely phased out, does that mean that no UA flight would qualify for guesting someone into a Polaris lounge?
Eventually, they'd have to amend that policy, no?
Added: I mean, it seems ridiculous that the only traveler who could then guest someone into a United Polaris lounge is someone NOT traveling on United?!?
This guest rule is consistent with the *A rules when status is not considered which is the approach UA is using for Polaris Lounges. Of course could be more generous but so far no indication of that approach, at least until UA determines it has enough space and $$$ to be more generous (I'm not holding my breath).
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:53 pm
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Gonna miss this by literally a day, on SFO-HKG on the 29th ( and my buddy is on SFO-NRT on Monday. totally not fair.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by IWontRegretThis View Post
Gonna miss this by literally a day, on SFO-HKG on the 29th ( and my buddy is on SFO-NRT on Monday. totally not fair.
As far as your travel dates are concerned, it appears "YouWillRegretThis"!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:06 pm
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Can't wait to check this out on Friday! I got tickets for the 6-8pm slot.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:10 pm
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Iíll be there 2-4PM and also canít wait. Itís been a long time coming but looks to have been worth the wait.
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