United Airlines Is Adding New Airport Lounges – Here’s How to Get Access Without Purchasing a Membership

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United Airlines Is Adding New Airport Lounges – Here’s How to Get Access Without Purchasing a Membership

Jason StaufferUnited Airlines Is Adding New Airport Lounges – Here’s How to Get Access Without Purchasing a MembershipMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Once you’ve had the privilege of relaxing in an airport lounge, it’s hard to go back to uncomfortable chairs and expensive meals for long layovers.  Any time new airport lounges are being built it’s good news, and right now United Airlines is planning to add 4 more locations to its worldwide network of 50 lounges.

You can get 2 free one-time lounge passes every year with either of these United Airlines cards:

Or you can get unlimited access to United Airlines airport lounges with the United MileagePlus® Club Card or the United MileagePlus® Club Business Card.

Information for the United MileagePlus® Club Card and the United MileagePlus® Club Business Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets and has not been reviewed by the card issuer.

You’ll find the chairs in the United Airlines airport lounges are much more comfortable than the typical airport seat

United Airlines Is Building New Airport Lounges

United Airlines is in the process of adding airport lounges at the following airports:

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (Summer 2019)
  • New York – La Guardia
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport

If you’re a Star Alliance Gold elite flying with a Star Alliance airline, you can access United Club Lounges at your departing airport, but if you’re flying with United Airlines it will need to be an international flight.  You’ll also have access to United lounges if you are flying internationally in Business Class or First Class with United Airlines or a Star Alliance partner.

Starting on November 1, 2019, to access a United Airlines lounge, you will need to have a same-day boarding pass and be traveling with United Airlines or one of their partner airlines, in addition to the other requirements mentioned.  You can see all of the nitty gritty of United’s lounge access requirements here.  Often you’re only allowed in at your departure airport, but that does vary.  And the rules for guest access vary depending on your class of service and other factors.

You can also buy a United Airlines Club membership.  You can pay with miles or cash and both prices are bit much for me:

If you plan to pay $450+ for a United Club membership, I would suggest signing up for one of the United Club credit cards instead.  Both the business and personal version have a $450 annual fee and come with the same club membership plus other perks, like free checked bags.

The biggest downside to a United Club lounge membership is that you’ll soon have to be flying with United Airlines or one of their partners to get in.  So if you aren’t particularly loyal to United Airlines, you should look into applying for one of the other best credit cards for airport lounge access.  Quite a few of them come with Priority Pass lounge access, which gets you into over 1,000 airport lounges around the world!

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Ok all … apologies … jst conferenced with Chase … new rules new cards … forget what I said below !!

Author

No worries, thanks for taking the time to reach out and apologize.

Jason,

Thanks very much for your patience.

I can’t believe how fast these things change nowadays.

So … Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of chaos in this blog:

1. There is no such thing as a “United Mileage Plus Club Business Card” … There is a “United Explorer Business Card”, but that card gets you two passes per year, not continuous access to the lounges.

2. The following idea “… one of the United Club credit cards instead. Both the business and personal version…” is confused …: There is only ONE version of the United Club Card that gets you yearlong access to the clubs. There is NO business version of a club card! There is a business version of the “Explorer Card” but that doesn’t get you yearlong access to the club.

3. The idea that “If you’re a Star Alliance Gold elite you can access United Club Lounges” is not correct, as a general statement. …. You have to have either an int’l ticket, or fly on a ‘Premium Transcon Route’.

Author

You’re right about the Star Alliance Gold elite access, I wasn’t clear about that. Thank you for pointing it out, I’ve updated the post.

i have 4 united passes to use. I travel by southwest next week. Can i still use my untied passes at the united lounge or not?

Author

Leslie, currently you can use those one-day passes even if you aren’t flying with United. But after November 1, 2019, you’ll need to be traveling with United Airlines or one of their partners to enter their Club lounges.

Did you read the article? “Starting on November 1, 2019, to access an United Airlines lounge you will need to have a same-day boarding pass and be traveling with United Airlines or one of their partner airlines, in addition to the other requirements mentioned.”