I considered us quite fortunate to find routing from SFO to ICN and then SYD, on what was originally meant to be a 5 hour layover however this turned into a 29 hour layover around 6 weeks out from our departure date due to an Asiana schedule change. You can read about our layover in Seoul and Leslie’s Korean BBQ experience here
A brief aside, we flew into San Francisco from Houston (via Phoenix) the night prior to our flight. Both domestic first class flights were fine. On the first (a 3pm flight) the FA liquored me up with Titos and apple cranberry mix and a meal service, while the second (a 5pm service) there was only snacks. In SFO we enjoyed a meal at nopa with one of Leslie’s friends and crashed the night at his place before making our way to the airport for our 10am departure.
Since signs indicated an eva air, krisflyer lounge right after security we went to have a sticky beak but unfortunately both were closed. For anyone doing some research, here are the opening times of the SQ lounge, which, unsurprisingly coincide with their departures.
I had high hopes for the lounge, with SFO being one of United’s main hubs, but perhaps was a little ambitious expecting it to be similar to the QF Sydney First Lounge, or the Thai Royal Orchid Club. The food offerings spanned the range of… packaged cheese, vegetable dipping sticks, and what appeared to be an airline meal (metal tray and all), with a pot of stock to pour over it to ‘cook’/ warm up.
We boarded late after chewing up the wifi right up until the end, and entered into a full cabin of 12 (check) in the nose of the 747 (sorry, no photos but it was very similar to my Qantas flight to HKG ). Some due diligence prior had us sitting in the nose at 1A and 1K and I would highly recommend these seats for a couple for the great privacy they provided.
The amenity kit, whilst not name branded, was extremely practical, and will definitely get a rotation on the next trips with it’s good sizing and storage space.
A tasty tomato basil soup, and salad (with ranch) whet the appetite for my first steak in the sky.