Lounge Review: British Airways “First Class” Lounge at SFO

a room with chairs and tables

1. British Airways “First Class” Lounge at SFO
2. Korean Air First Class San Francisco to Seoul
3. Korean Air Economy Class Seoul (Gimpo) to Jeju
4. Kensington Jeju Hotel (Seogwipo, Jeju Island)
5. Eating Jeju – the Ultimate Seafood Paradise
6. Korean Air Lounge at CJU (Jeju, Korea)
7. Korean Air First Class Lounge at ICN
8. Korean Air First Class Seoul to Hong Kong
9. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Tsa Tsui
10. Conrad Hong Kong
11. Eating Hong Kong
12. Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Tokyo (Haneda)
13. Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo (Haneda)
14. Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo (Haneda) to San Francisco

The British Airways Terraces lounge at SFO is located after security in International Terminal A, between gates A4 and A6. I’ve visited this particular lounge a handful of times in recent years, which is jointly shared by British Airways and Korean Air passengers.

In prior visits I’d been relegated to the Business Class section, which represents the vast majority of the space in the lounge. But today, given that I was traveling in First Class, the lounge attendant escorted us through the magical double doors leading to the dedicated First Class section of the lounge.

To call this a true “First Class” lounge would be a bit of a stretch. Instead, it’s more of lounge-within-a-lounge, with more privacy than is typically provided in those instances.

The lounge seats well over 20 people, but we were literally the only passengers in there, and remained the only ones throughout our visit.


So naturally, we threw our things around and truly made ourselves at home.


The food selections were limited to finger foods, which was fine since I wanted to save my appetite for the flight. I grabbed a bag of chips (ok, a couple) to snack on.


Later, I made my way over to the buffet to check out the sandwiches.


And somehow pulled myself away from this mountain of instant noodles that was calling my name.


Instead I limited myself to the healthier options, like this veggie platter. There was also a cream of chicken soup that was delicious.



The bar was well-stocked, and included a full liquor cabinet with mixers, along with beer and wine.


We spent the next hour lounging around, while face-to-face with this beauty.


The British Airways lounge is roughly on par with its peers at SFO, including the Singapore Krisflyer and Cathay Pacific lounges. In some ways, it may even be superior than those options, given the private section for First Class passengers.

However, I’d rank it a clear cut below the United Global First Class lounge and Emirates lounge which remain my two favorites at SFO airport.

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