Trip Report: United Global First Lounge San Francisco

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01. Introduction: San Diego to Seoul on United, Air China, and Asiana
02. United Airlines economy class San Diego to San Francisco
03. United Global First Lounge San Francisco
04. United Airlines Global First San Francisco to Beijing
05. Air China First Class Lounge Beijing
06. Asiana Airlines business class Beijing to Seoul
07. Hyatt Regency Incheon
08. Three days in Seoul
09. The Plaza Hotel Seoul
10. Air China business class Seoul to Beijing
11. Air China business class Beijing to Los Angeles
12. United Express (Skywest) economy class Los Angeles to San Diego

I had about two hours to kill before my connecting flight to PEK, so after exchanging some US Dollars for South Korean Won, I decided to stop by the United Global First lounge to have a quick look. It’s not like I was seeking the quiet sanctuary of a lounge to escape the busy terminal or anything, because the international terminal at SFO was actually kind of quiet and calm that time of the morning. I could have been plenty happy just camping out by one of the big windows and just watching the airport at work. Besides, I admit that I’m not much of an airline lounge kind of guy anyway. Yeah, they can be a nice escape from a busy airport every now and then, but the aviation geek in me doesn’t mind wandering around an airport for several hours at a time checking out all the action.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from the Gloabl First lounge. My wife and I visited the United Club (business class lounge) here at SFO last October on our way to Japan, and we were both slightly disappointed. It was very crowded, dark, and not so relaxing. With that said, I expected to check this lounge out very quickly – I’d take some pics, perhaps grab a quick bite to eat, then leave.

Or not. I was instantly blown away at how nice this Global First lounge was, with nice decor and high ceilings, with plenty of places to sit and work / relax. The food spread was also quite good – there was fresh fruit and veggies, sushi, all kinds of breads, and a pretty respectable beverage assortment.

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After checking in at the front desk, follow the stairway down to the lounge area

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At the bottom of the stairs is a customer service center, but it wasn’t staffed today

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Main room of the United Airlines Global First Lounge in San Francisco

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Looking towards the back wall and business center of the Global First Lounge

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Looking the other way towards the entrance

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The self-serve food bar at the United Global First Lounge at SFO

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There are a lot of good cold food options here

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Self-serve beverages in the Global First Lounge

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The view from the rear of the Global First Lounge looking at the food bar

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I knew that I’d be eating well on the flight, so only had a light snack

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The business center at the back of the lounge

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Private work spaces in the United Global First lounge here in SFO

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View from the United Global First Lounge looking out towards the ramp

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The men’s bathroom at the San Francisco United Global First lounge

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Another view of the men’s bathroom here in the Global First Lounge

The best part of all this was the place was nearly empty the entire hour I spent inside. There were only two other people there whe I arrived (a father and teenage son), so it was total peace and quiet right up until I left. Suffice to say, this was a much better experience than our United Club visit last fall.

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