The Ultimate Guide to Priority Pass Lounges and Restaurants at SFO Airport

Jan 2, 2019

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Airport lounges can be a welcome respite from the stresses of travel. They’re a great place to relax before a flight, to refresh yourself during connections or to decompress after you land. When traveling with family, they can also be a valuable tool for saving money.

Priority Pass was founded in 1992 to cater to that travel need. It’s the world’s largest airport lounge network, comprising over 1,200 lounges at 629 airports in 140 countries. Many of those lounges are located outside the US. There are currently 34 domestic Priority Pass lounges, one of which can be found at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Priority Pass recently started adding restaurants to the portfolio, and there are now nearly 30 airport dining destinations where you can use Priority Pass and receive a credit toward your meal (usually $28-30 per person, not including gratuity). Two of those restaurants are located at SFO.

SFO: A Quick Overview

SFO is the second-busiest airport in California (after LAX) and the fifth-busiest in the US. It transported over 55 million passengers in 2017. SFO is a major hub and Pacific gateway for United Airlines, and serves as a secondary hub for Alaska Airlines. The airport is connected to downtown San Francisco and Oakland by the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). The three domestic terminals and the International Terminal are connected by the Air Train (located outside of security), which also transports passengers to the rental car center, parking areas and BART station.

Priority Pass Membership as a Credit Card Benefit

A Priority Pass Select membership is included with the following premium credit cards, although enrollment is required:

SFO Terminal 3

San Francisco Giants Clubhouse

Location: Concourse F, opposite Gate 82

Hours: 5 am to 11 pm daily

Credit: $28 per person for card holder and one guest (not including gratuity)

Menu: Inspired by the food offerings at the Giants’ home field of AT&T Park, the menu includes sandwiches, burgers, steaks, salads and chili (and, of course, hot dogs).

Access: The restaurant may restrict seating at peak times, depending on capacity.

(Photo courtesy of SFO Giants Clubhouse)
(Photo courtesy of SFO Giants Clubhouse.)

Yankee Pier

Location: Concourse F, near Gate 72

Hours: 5:30 am to 10 pm daily.

Credit: $28 per person for card holder and one guest (not including gratuity)

Menu: A casual, New England-themed eatery featuring dishes such as clam chowder, fried clams, fresh fish and lobster.

Access: If the restaurant exceeds its seating limit at certain times of day, management may restrict entry accordingly.

(Photo courtesy of Yankee Pier.)

SFO International Terminal

Air France-KLM Lounge

Location: Concourse A, Level 3; make the first left after the TSA checkpoint

Hours: 7:15 am to 11:15 pm daily

Amenities: Wi-Fi; refreshments; alcohol; TV

Access: Passengers must be departing on a flight from Concourse A. Children under two are admitted free, and alcohol is only served to guests 21 and older. The maximum stay is three hours, and access may be limited according to capacity restrictions.

(Photos courtesy of Priority Pass)
(Photos courtesy of Priority Pass.)


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