The atmosphere inside the Admirals Club at SFO really feels like the city. I especially love the trees.

The atmosphere inside the Admirals Club at SFO really feels like the city. I especially love the trees.

American Airlines (AA) has many clubs around the world and it takes something special for one to stand out and the new Admirals Club at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 2 does just that.

When walking in, you can tell this club is different.  Straight in from the door is a sitting area with (fake) trees that feels like you are sitting at a cafe at some square in San Francisco. The colors, the furniture and even the fire place “captures the spirit and culture of the city,” Nancy Knipp, President of American’s Admirals Club explained to me while we sat under the trees. The club is designed to let passengers know that they are in San Francisco.

There is everything you would come to expect from a high-end lounge: luscious seating, free Wi-Fi, business center, bar, showers and free snacks. Having your flight delayed or being early is no big deal when you can hang out in this lounge.

The seating was very comfy and welcoming. No problem finding an outlet, they are everywhere.

The seating was very comfy and welcoming. No problem finding an outlet, they are everywhere.

The new club is a huge improvement from their old one at SFO — literally. The new club is about 95,000 sq feet and can now seat 165 people versus the 90 of the previous club.

If you do not have elite status with American Airlines, you can still get a day pass for the club for only $50. Not a bad deal if you have some time to burn in at the airport. The nice part of AA’s day pass is you have access to all their Admirals Clubs for the day, no matter their location. This is very handy if you have a stop or two during your trip.

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6 Comments

I am so bummed! I just had a SFO layover the other day and was there the entire day. I totally forgot about going over to take a look around the new digs.

I just received an application for the admiral’s club. After seeing your article I’m thinking it might be a good idea to join. Thanks.

Were you given any drink vouchers? 2? Or are all the adult beverages for purchase?

A nice improvement over their previous digs. Drink vouchers would sweeten the deal.

Songstar

well, since AA is now “alone” in the USA, they have to invest money somewhere. Delta/Northwest,United/Continental.. only room for 2 in the USA.

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