Images of the new United Polaris lounge in San Francisco, now open

United Airlines has opened its new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located near gate G92 of the international terminal.

United Airlines operates from San Francisco to India in partnership with Lufthansa. We also write about this lounge for the benefit of premium class passengers on other Star Alliance carriers like Lufthansa, Air India, Turkish Airlines, or Singapore Airlines. Having a shower and a good meal just before the flight is a tempting proposition for frequent fliers.

United is opening three more lounges at its hubs in Newark (from where it operates non-stop to New Delhi and Mumbai), Los Angeles, and Houston. The United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport has opened, the lounge at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston opens tomorrow, and the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport later this year.

Coming back to the San Francisco lounge, the lounge features touches of California along with great views of the Bay Area.

Food, beverages, and shower suites, along with relaxation areas, 19 different types of seating, personal valet services, and business amenities.

United Polaris Lounge at SFO facts

  • Two levels across more than 28,000 square feet
  • 440 seats
  • 19 different types of seating
  • 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports
  • 8 pieces of art by prominent Bay Area artists, all San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Art Award honorees
  • 5 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 8 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • “The Dining Room” – a private restaurant style dining area with a menu designed by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, that blends international comfort foods — such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout — with staples like the United Polaris Burger
  • A bistro-like buffet that includes a ramen noodle bar in the afternoon and added unique-to-San Francisco treats that align with the flight schedule and destinations of United and Star Alliance partners
  • Cocktails inspired by the Bay Area, including the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland in 1944, and the Pisco Punch, featuring pisco which became all the rage during the California Gold Rush of 1849


United has taken a leaf out of the Asian and Gulf carriers and restricts access to the Polaris lounge to premium class passengers. Star Gold frequent flier élite members flying in the economy cabin are not allowed. As it website states “Customers traveling in United Polaris business class or United Polaris first class on long-haul international flights may access the lounge before departure, during connections or upon arrival. Customers traveling in international first or business class cabins on Star Alliance™ partner airlines may access the lounge only at the airport of their international departure.”

Detailed access information is available on United’s Club and Lounge access webpage.

Gallery of United Polaris Lounge images

Images courtesy United.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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