How to Get into United Airlines Clubs & Lounges

How do I get into the United Airlines Clubs & Lounges?? We all know that United’s clubs and lounges will enhance your travel experience, making for an even more unforgettable and relaxing vacation! But, with an annual membership, you’ll even get more use out of the United lounges at a lower long-term cost.

One-time United Club passes are available for purchase for $59 at United Club locations and through the United app.  Self-explanatory, the pass grants you one-time access to any United Club location . For our lower maintenance Pointsters who prefer to wait at the gate, this option is attainable and it could be just what your need.  However, if you purchase a one-time pass and choose to join the full-year membership, United will wave the price of the initiation fee ($50)

For our United Lounge-loving Pointsters, the best is yet to come to you.  Outlined below are the MileagePlus statuses and costs for annual membership to United’s clubs and lounges.

General member annual membership: $550 or 70,000 miles

General member annual membership with spouse: $1,100 or 140,000 miles

Premier Silver annual membership: $550 or 70,000 miles

Premier Silver annual membership with spouse: $1,100 or 140,000 miles

Premier Gold annual membership: $550 or 70,000 miles

Premier Gold annual membership with spouse : $1,100 or $140,000 miles

Premier Platinum annual membership: $500 or 65,000 miles

Premier Platinum annual membership with spouse: $1,050 or 135,000 miles

Premier 1K annual membership: $450 or 60,000 miles

Premier 1K annual membership with spouse; $1,000 or $130,000 miles

United Club members can use their digital membership card through the app to access the clubs and lounges, making your journey into the lounges even easier to keep track of.  However, at partner lounges, such as participating Star Alliance-affiliated lounges, United Club members must bring along their physical membership card, alongside any other necessary documents which will vary by lounge.

United Club membership can be purchased online on United’s website, by calling the United Service Center, or by visiting United Club locations.  Membership become active upon purchase, though a welcome kit will be mailed to members four to six weeks after the purchase.

You have another option which is applying for the United MileagePlus Club Card.  The annual fee is $450 .  Included in the membership fee is your United Club membership for one year where you as the primary cardmember and your eligible travel companion can enjoy access to the United Club. Other benefits associated with this card is Premier Access travel services, Free first and second bag checked, No foreign transaction fees, Hertz Gold Rewards President’s Circle Elite Status, and are just to name a few.

If you need a business card you have the option of  of applying for the United Club Business Card which provides you with a United Club membership per year, Premier Access travel services, free first and second checked bags, no foreign transaction fees, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle and a Concierge service

In my opinion, I would recommend if you are a frequent flier of United and wish to have Club access I would recommend you applying for the United MileagePlus Club Card.  You get club access plus other United benefits.


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Written by Karly Trimble Photo Courtesy of United Airlines


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