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New name, but few changes at “United Club”

United Club lounge at Chicago O'Hare (Photo: Joevare / Flickr)

This week United and Continental celebrated the one year anniversary of their merger by christening their combined lounges with a new name: United Club. However, your Red Carpet club credentials will still get you in the door. So far, no significant changes have been announced, but United says, “In time, remodeled clubs will provide additional business-friendly features…including more workstations…” What could United do to make the clubs better?

Some details:

>United Club members now have access to 50 lounges in 39 airports worldwide, including two here at SFO.

>Memberships start at $475, but day passes are available for $39 online or $50 at the door.

>Clubs offer free wi-fi, beer, wine and liquor, breakfast and afternoon snacks.

>United Club members now have access to 25 more lounges that were once Continental Presidents Clubs.

>Due to its tight affiliation with Chase, United Clubs will no longer offer free access to American Express Platinum Cardmembers.

>United Club already has its own Wikipedia page.

>Starting later this year, Emirates passengers will get their own lounge at SFO, and no longer share facilities with United.

What’s your favorite United Club location? Why? What do you think of the new name?

  • Nancy M

    favorite club is the one in the domestic terminal at SFO - by comparison, the one in the international terminal is a bit sad - it simply does not have the style that the domestic lounge has - the free drinks are worth every penny (i.e. for a decent glass of wine, be prepared to pony up) - it would be a courtesy to passengers to provide at least a couple of internet terminals as almost every foreign airline does (and even American Airlines, last time i checked)

  • Colin

    A lot of the changes to the Red Carpet Club happened well before this rebranding, including free drinks, individually wrapped cheese and crackers (instead of plates that are put out), and access for members of each airline’s club to the other’s clubs. I have since been pleasantly surprised (as a previous Admirals Club member) at just how many United Clubs there are now, including at smaller stations for the airline like Las Vegas and Portland, OR.