Polaris SFO lounge ready to open this week, Hilton Honors 15,000 bonus points, Lufthansa First Class space available, Air Belgium delays launch

Posted on April 25, 2018 by in Travel Deals

– United will open the new Polaris lounge at SFO International Terminal this week – the first pictures look exciting!

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 additional 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

I’m looking forward to try it out before the next Star Alliance or United long-haul Business Class flight.

– Hilton Honors has a targeted promotion for 5,000 and 15,000 points for a two night stay

It may work for you (it did not for me).

– many Star Alliance programs (not United Mileage Plus and not Aeroplan) can see Lufthansa First Class space many months out including Boston/ San Francisco to Munich.

– a scenario we see way too often for start-up airlines – now Air Belgium is delaying their launch flight until early June (more delays would not be a surprise)