American Express Centurion Lounge SFO Review

Posted on April 29, 2015 by in Best use American Express Membership Rewards, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco (SFO)

I have now been to the American Express Centurion Lounge SFO a couple of times.

It is my favorite lounge at the airport (although there is heavy competition from a Cathay Business Lounge, a Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Lounge and a United First Club as well as from a Virgin Clubhouse).

It’s pretty easy to see why the Centurion wins – the food is delicious and so are the drinks on offer and they are all complimentary. There is free wine tasting with your food as well.

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The internet is speedy and easily exceeds 10 Mbit, even when the lounge operates at capacity. The lounge attendants are very friendly and knowledgeable. This is one of the best business class lounges out there.

It also has a kids play area to keep the little ones entertained and a lot of seating and workspace away from the busy buffet. The space is not huge (especially in comparison with the American Express Centurion Lounge in Dallas), but it easily accommodates up to 200 people.

The lounge is immediately right after the United (Terminal 3) TSA Pre✓ security screening, so you can easily access it for any United flight. You can also easily access it if you have an international flight from the northern side of the International Terminal by using the connecting walkway.

To access the lounge, you need to be a American Express Platinum cardmember or a Centurion cardholder.

While it is technically possible to use the lounge when taking a flight from a different terminal, you will have to go through security twice and convince the TSA agents to let you pass through to the lounge. As they say – your mileage may vary (YMMV) with this task.

San Francisco Airport has come a long way in the last couple of years and with the American Express Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 it has become a pretty good place to connect via or depart from. The TSA agents have become less mean and the TSA Pre✓ lines are short. Immigration have eased up their grumpy tone a bit and while not as friendly as LAX (at Tom Bradley International Terminal), it’s a much better experience than it was a couple of years ago.

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