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Relax on Travel to San Francisco in the United Polaris Lounge at SFO

Let United Airlines treat you to a luxurious travel experience in their Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport.

Visitors to San Francisco traveling in United Polaris® business class are able to relax and dine pre-flight, or refresh upon arrival, in United's Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Designed with San Francisco in mind, you'll notice details that pay tribute to the City by the Bay.

Unique Features Inspired by San Francisco

The two-story, 28,120-square-foot lounge located in the International Terminal at SFO was designed with sweeping views of the airport and the San Francisco Bay. The lounge offers customers three distinct experiences: an area to relax, an area to recharge and an area to engage. A custom scent, curated music playlist and subtle mood lighting also come together to create a memorable sensory experience.

Spacious Seating for A Variety of Needs

The space features a variety of seating areas to meet the needs of customers, with 19 different types of seats throughout the lounge. This includes 49 United Polaris signature lounge seats that offer additional privacy for uninterrupted work or relaxation. The oversized chairs come equipped with an integrated work or dining table, large privacy dividers and a personal side lamp. With 492 outlets and 492 USB ports situated throughout the lounge, staying connected has never been easier.

Rest with Soothing Amenities

Tucked away from the rest of the lounge, daybeds outfitted with a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow offer a place to rest. Visitors also have the option to freshen up in shower suites, outfitted with Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa products, which have ample space for visitors to keep their luggage with them so they will have all their personal items at hand. A valet is available to steam clothes upon request.

Regional Influences in Food and Drink Selections

Food and drink selections include nods to both the local area and the popular destinations United serves from San Francisco. Visitors can grab something from the buffet before boarding or settle in for a full meal in the private dining space, which sits close to 40 people. The menu by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, blends international comfort foods, such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout, with staples such as the United Polaris Burger, which will be on the menu at all United Polaris lounges.

Regionally inspired cocktails include the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland in 1944 at Trader Vic's, and the Pisco Punch, first seen in the 1830s when San Francisco began to import the brandy from Peru. The lounge also offers a house-made vodka infusion with a blend of garnishes, oolong-steeped bourbon and house-made vermouth.

Additional Updates

  • In addition to United Polaris lounge openings, travelers will also see a few thoughtful updates on board, including a cool-gel memory foam pillow to help you relax and a pre-arrival treat to satisfy any sweet cravings before landing. United is also expanding United Polaris seating within the fleet.
  • The United Polaris lounge opened in 2018 and is available to customers traveling in United Polaris business class on long-haul international flights departing or arriving into SFO, as well as customers traveling on a long-haul international flight on a Star Alliance™ partner airline in first or business class. Visit United Polaris to find out when additional lounges are slated to open.
  • Take a look at the United Polaris lounge at SFO with a 360 panotour and read more information here.

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