In 2017, United Airlines opened their first United Polaris Lounge to add value to their Polaris service class. This introduction resulted in United now having two separate lounge offerings, United Club and United Polaris. Two noticeable differences between the lounges is the number of locations and access limitations.
How to Access United Clubs and Polaris Lounges
- Flying United or Star Alliance International Business or First Class: If you are flying on a United or Star Alliance international business or first class ticket, you have access to both United Club and United Polaris lounges. This includes flights connecting to or from the international segment. United Polaris lounges are only found at Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO).
- United Club Subscription: United sells a one-year subscription to the United Club starting at $550 per individual with a one time initiation fee of $50. Payment can also be made with the with MileagePlus award miles in leu of cash (Platinum and 1K elite members are eligible for a discounted subscription rate). United Club members may bring one adult and dependent children under 21, or up to two guests, into any United Club location. In November 2018, United limited access to the United Club only to passengers flying on United or Star Alliance flights.
- United Club Day Pass:The airline sells a one-time pass for $59 to the United Club. The passenger can be flying on any flight United or other airline to access the lounge. Additionally, the United Explorer Card from Chase offers two free day passes with each year of membership.
- Star Alliance Gold Status on International Flight: United Gold, Platinum and 1K passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Status travelers have access to United Clubs when flying internationally. This includes United or Star Alliance flights connecting to or from an international segment. Additionally, each Star Alliance Gold Status member is entitled to one guest who is also flying on a Star Alliance operated flight.
- Chase United MileagePlus Club or Presidential Plus Credit Card: Both credit cards issued by Chase include a United Club membership.
- Active US Military Personnel: Any active duty military members with a valid military ID, boarding pass for a United flight, and either dressed in uniform, leave orders or rest and recuperation papers is provided complimentary access to the United Club.
- Other Programs (Amtrak and Maple Leaf Club): United offers access to Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus or Executive members with a United ticket. Additionally, you can bring one more adult and children under the age of 21 as guest. If you have an Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership and are flying a Star Alliance flight, you can access a United Club (Maple Leaf Worldwide members can bring 1 guest as well).
There are currently United Clubs at over 30 different airports around the United States. United is currently overhauling the experience adding many improvements to their United Clubs.
Also see How to Access Delta Sky Club Lounges