Blog posts tagged: UA

Airport lounges are re-opening: what to expect in the COVID-19 era

While the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic are hopefully behind us, there are still few hints of a “new normal.” With a patchwork of government regulations and ever-changing rules, fears of a second wave, and general uncertainty, the travel industry has been decimated and is bracing for some of its darkest years ahead. Still, […]

New Orleans, Phoenix, Newark: three new United Clubs on the horizon

We’ve reached out to United to find out about the upcoming United Club at New Orleans airport, the airline’s strategy to cope with the demolition of Phoenix airport Terminal 2, and plans to mitigate chronic crowding at the Newark lounges. We have exciting news to share: United is building three new clubs. But patience will […]

FIRST LOOK: Spacious and airy, the new United Club New York LaGuardia

“I love flying from LaGuardia!” said no one ever. The aging airport, famously decried by former Vice President Joe Biden as a third-world facility, was never designed for the demands of modern air travel. Even premium passengers, who are used to shorter lines and posh lounges, suffer from its awkward layout: several airline clubs are […]

FIRST LOOK: The United Polaris Lounge Houston

Another month, another new United Polaris Lounge. It seems like the slow roll-out of Polaris, United’s re-imagined intercontinental business class product, is starting to feel like a distant memory. The airline has picked up a healthy pace over the last few months, introducing a newly-configured aircraft with flat beds and all-aisle access every 10 days, and […]

FIRST LOOK: The new United Polaris Lounge shines at Newark airport

The United Polaris galaxy expanded ever so slightly today, as the airline unveiled the third Polaris Lounge location, at New York-Newark Liberty International airport (EWR.) A luxurious haven for passengers departing or arriving in United’s intercontinental premium cabin, the Polaris Lounge Newark is modeled on its predecessors at Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco, and boasts minutely […]

FIRST LOOK: United’s stunning new Polaris Lounge at San Francisco airport

San Francisco airport has a new shining star. Today, United unveiled the widely-anticipated and long-awaited Polaris Lounge, an exclusive haven for passengers traveling on the carrier’s long-haul transcontinental premium service. The lounge also welcomes Business and First Class customers departing on flights operated by Star Alliance partners, including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, EVA Air, and ANA. At […]

FIRST LOOK: The new United Polaris Lounge Chicago O’Hare expansion

Over the holidays, United quietly unveiled a much-needed expansion of its popular Polaris Lounge for premium long-haul passengers at Chicago O’Hare airport. Polaris Lounges, the ground experience component of United’s much-hyped rejuvenated Business Class service, offer an impressive line-up of high-end amenities including semi-private productivity pods, full-service restaurant-style dining, luxurious shower suites, clothes pressing, individual […]

Another United Club bites the dust: a recap of United’s lounge closures and renovations

The main United Club at New York-Newark airport closed its doors permanently today, as the airline prepares to turn the venerable space into a posh United Polaris Lounge exclusively for international Business class passengers. Competition in the ground services arena for premium passengers is heating up, with American and United rolling out upgraded amenities and […]

United, EVA, Singapore Airlines close their lounges at San Francisco airport in preparation for Polaris

United’s Polaris business class service took off to much hype over a year ago—the airline touted new private seats with all-aisle access and exclusive Polaris lounges at major hubs—but landing hasn’t been smooth. Despite notable improvements to the in-flight “soft product” including excellent bedding, enhanced meals, new china and silverware, and a myriad of small […]