Haven’t posted in a while and am coming back with a bang! All my travels between my last post have been the exact same since I travel for work. SFO-EWR-SFO ever week. #TheGrind
Anyway, I’m off to Manila, The Philippines and used all those United MillagePlus miles to book a round trip first class ticket. I could of paid more miles and went on partner airlines to get “the real” first class experience. No doubt that Asiana and ANA have much better food and service. But what this schedule was more convenient for me and since United in phasing out GlobalFirst I wanted to say I’ve experienced it.
Part of the GlobalFirst experience is the airport ground experience. I had access to the United GlobalFirst lounge. I wasn’t expecting much from this lounge since my expectations have been set pretty low by the quality US airlines provided. However, I was quite surprised.
The lounge is basically a long rectangle broken into a few seating areas and is one level below check-in. The back area is where the food and drinks are. There is no bar like other clubs and everything is self serve (which I like better).
For drinks as you can see in the below picture United had a self serve bar with various options. There was also a decent selection of soft drinks and beer.
For food there was hot and cold food. Since it was breakfast time when I arrived they had sausage, bacon, ham, scrabbled eggs, and potatoes. The cold food selection was various types of salad (feta, potato, etc). There was also some cold smoked salmon and other cheeses.
As I was leaving the lunch spread was being put out which included sushi, and other small dishes.
This lounge is pretty nice. However, I think its on par with the American Express Centurion lounge which is connected air side in SFO Terminal 3. The one advantage the GlobalFirst lounge has is being less crowded. Access is only available to people flying in international first class on United or it’s partners. Additionally, its available to United Global Services in any class of service.