San Francisco International Airport
September 6, 2016
After a long weekend in San Francisco for labor day (and some somewhat accidental hotel hopping), Brian, Marshall and I were headed back home to New York .
Despite a sincere attempt to get to the airport comfortably early, there’s something about a 6:30 AM departure that does not allow for that.
The airport was oddly busy for 5:30 AM, but then again, this was the Tuesday after Labor Day, so I’m sure lots of people were their way home from the long weekend.
The Sky Club is located by gate 41. After checking in at the front desk, the lounge located on the second floor, and is accessed by elevator or stairs.
The lounge is large and open, though grouped into smaller sitting areas. The ceilings are sky-high, and lounge is brightened with floor to ceiling windows. Immediately after getting off the elevator (or walking up the stairs), one is greeted by a painting of Amelia Earhart – stylized in Delta red and blue hues, plus a couple small groups of chairs to lounge on.
The lounge was divided into small groups of seating areas, and the space itself was broken up by stylized dividers. As was the airport, the lounge was fairly busy, buzzing with fellow early risers.
While the lounge offered different types of seating (some more comfortable than others), there was plenty of outlets throughout the lounge, some located on the seat consoles, others on the tables.
The back area of the lounge had a self-serve food bar, tables to eat at, and even more seating. The breakfast spread featured cereals, bread, pastries, oatmeal, fruit and hard boiled eggs, and included a selection of teas and coffees. While these items are complimentary, additional meals (and alcohol) are offered for purchase.
Further in the back of the lounge, I found a business center-style area for those looking to get some work done.
The bathrooms are located past the business center, which is designed in a similar aesthetic to the Sky Club in JFK – the same bright red sinks with dark tiling.
For those traveling at a more sensible time of the day, the lounge offers great views of the tarmac, though I didn’t manage to capture any photos since it was pitch dark while I was there.
At the Delta Sky Club in SFO, dogs are allowed in the lounge as long as they remain in their carriers. Service animals are allowed sans bag, but be sure to have documentation to present if this is requested of you.
Traveling with a pet always makes the airport ten times more interesting. As I was traveling with my dog Marshall, I wasn’t sure if I could bring him into the lounge, though they let me know he could come in as long as he stayed in his bag. I always try to be respectful of others when traveling with my dog, since I know this can be a touchy subject. Marshall doesn’t make too much of a fuss (nor does he take up much space), so half the time most people don’t even notice he’s there, but even so, I try to make sure to keep him out of people’s way. He spent most of the time at the lounge asleep in his carrier, only waking up ever so often to pop up and make sure Brian and I were still around.
Much to my surprise, Marshall wasn’t the only canine at the lounge that morning – we bumped into a king charles cavalier spaniel in the bathroom!
As always, if you are traveling with a pet, be sure to ask the lounge agent checking you in if lounge rules permit pets inside. All lounges, though part of a network, may have different rules, so I always ask before I enter.
Overall, I think this lounge was a major upgrade from its predecessor – which was inconveniently located before security. The airside lounge is aesthetically gorgeous, open, and offers great views of the runway. The complimentary snacks available are fairly basic, but paid meals are available if you’d like something more tasty. The abundant outlets throughout the lounge (almost every chair had one!), plus free wifi (no password necessary), makes this a great space to get some work done (…or spend time on social media).