United Airlines has announced that it will close it’s Arrival Lounge at San Francisco Airport Effective December 1, 2019 without replacement.
United Arrivals Lounge is available to United Polaris First and Business class customers on long-haul direct international flights that arrive at SFO, provided they arrive timely enough (and through immigration) to access before the lounge closing time at 12:30pm.
Unfortunately United has now published an announcement that the Lounge will close coming Monday.
Due to airport construction, the United Arrivals Lounge at San Francisco will close on December 1, 2019, at 12 p.m. If you’re traveling in United Polaris® business class on a long-haul international flight and have an eligible same-day ticket, you can visit the United Polaris lounge before departure, during connections or upon arrival. See our access policy and list of lounge locations for more information.
In how far the airport construction excuse is correct or not is hard to verify but bottom line is that the facility costs United money and if it doesn’t come back it means UA wants to save the expense. Considering SFO is Uniteds hub I’m sure they could find an alternate space if they wanted to.
Currently the Arrivals Lounge has the following access policy:
The lounge got a facelift in recent years and I find their shower facilities to be quite comfortable but it’s certainly not a place to hang around for an extended period of time.
Several airlines provide arrivals lounges (mostly at their hubs) and for whatever reason they often close midday. Both the United Arrivals at SFO and the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt close their doors at 12:30pm. I somehow don’t see the point of these restrictive time.