Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club SFO

Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club SFO
American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO

This American Airlines Admirals Club San Francisco Airport Lounge Review is from my husband's 2019 visit to the lounge prior to an AA flight to LAX, and subsequent Finnair Business Class flight to Helsinki.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO Airport Terminal 2
American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO, Terminal 2

Admirals Club Lounge SFO Location, Hours and Access

The AA Admirals Club Lounge at SFO is located in Terminal 2, airside, after security, on the left hand side. If your flight departs out of Terminal 1, as mine did, it's only about a 10 minute walk from the lounge to Terminal 1. The lounge is open daily from 4:15am to 12:15am.

The following passengers have lounge access:

  • International First Class and Business Class passengers flying on AA or a oneworld partner, flying between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, Mexico City, Australia, New Zealand (note that Canada, Mexico except Mexico City, and the Caribbean are excluded)
  • First Class and Business Class passengers flying from SFO to JFK on a 3-class configured aircraft
  • Admirals Club members
  • AA Executive Platinum Platinum Pro and Platinum elites flying on a qualifying international flight (see first bullet point)
  • oneworld Emerald or Sapphire elites flying on an AA or oneworld flight, regardless of cabin (note that AAdvantage Executive Platinum Platinum Pro and Platinum elites flying solely on a North American itinerary don't qualify.

If you don't otherwise have access, you can pay $59 for a one day pass.

Admirals Club Lounge SFO Amenities

The lounge has a variety of seating, including some banquette seating near a tree.

Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO Airport
American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO

Other seating is more non-descript, with the usual armchairs. Seats by the windows have power outlets in between them, for charging devices.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO
American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge SFO Seating

I was hoping to have a shower before boarding, and fortunately, there was no wait for a shower room.

Shower Room Door, American Airlines Admirals Club SFO Review
Shower Room Entrance
Shower Room, American Airlines Admirals Club SFO Review
Shower Room, American Airlines Admirals Club SFO

The shower was clean, with wall-mounted lime and coriander scented bath products by CO Bigelow.

CO Bigelow bath products, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review
CO Bigelow bath products, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

Admirals Club Lounge SFO Food

At the lounge reception, I was given a voucher valid for two complimentary drinks at the bar.

Bar, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review
Bar, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

Complimentary food items are limited, although the mushroom brie bisque and lentil soups were pretty good.

Mushroom Brie Bisque Soup, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review
Mushroom Brie Bisque, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

Other complimentary items included vegetables, olives, chips, and roasted red pepper hummus:

Vegetables, Olives, Hummus, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge
Veggies and Hummus, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

There were also cheese cubes:

Cheese Cubes, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review
Cheese Cubes, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review

Trail mix and a wasabi pea snack mix were also available:

Snack mixes, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge
Snack mixes, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

If you wanted a sandwich or salad, these were available for purchase:

Salads and Sandwiches for Purchase, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge Review
Salads and Sandwiches for Purchase, American Admirals Club SFO Lounge

The Verdict

Overall, the AA Admirals Club Lounge at SFO was serviceable, but certainly not a luxury experience. The best aspect of the lounge was the shower room, which was clean and available without a wait during my visit, and the two complimentary drinks. Unless a shower is a must, I wouldn't go out of my way to arrive early for this lounge, and I certainly wouldn't pay $59 to visit the lounge, if I didn't have complimentary access.

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