The United Club in New York LaGuardia has friendly staff and a nice selection of food and drink.
United Club New York LaGuardia Review (LGA)
This review of the United Club in New York LaGuardia (LGA) highlights my recent visit to the lounge ahead of a flight to Denver. I accessed the lounge via my Chase-United co-branded Club card (Need one or any other credit card? Apply here and support Live And Let’s Fly)
Access + Hours + Location
The lounge is located in Terminal B, Level 3, near the entrance of Gates 40-59. It is open daily from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm, except on Saturday when it closes at 7:30pm. It is a bit of a walk from the security checkpoint to the lounge.
Access is reserved for United Club members, Chase United Club Visa holders, Star Alliance Gold travelers, and international business or first class passengers traveling on any Star Alliance flight.
Furthermore, one-time passes are accepted (unless the lounge is very crowded). These are distributed to Chase MileagePlus Explorer credit card holders or can be purchased at the door for $59. Note that if you hold a Star Alliance Gold card from United Airlines (Premier Gold or higher), you can only access the lounge when traveling in conjunction with an international itinerary.
Tip: United Star Gold members traveling on a domestic itinerary can access the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge located next door.
Those who have a Star Gold card from other programs can use the lounge when traveling on any Star Alliance flight in any class of service. Also note that from LGA, United does not give premium cabin passengers access on domestic flights without status.
Global Services passengers are also allowed complimentary entrance.
The shape of this lounge is very irregular, with edges and curves that reflect that it sits like a terrace overlooking the gate area below. You will find plenty of chairs flanked by end tables (all with power ports easily within reach) and large bar-style seating on both sides of the lounge.
Right outside the reception desk is a trio of chairs without backs, wide enough and long enough to sleep on, though I think that would be frowned upon (especially considering their placement).
Food + Drink
A large bar offers alcoholic beverages (both a limited complimentary of beer, wine, and spirts and a premium menu), cold brew coffee from illy (request it at the bar…it is free), and a pair of self-serve beverage stations with a Coke Freestyle machine, espressos machine, filtered coffee, and a selection of teas.
Food choices include a salad bar (I enjoyed a salad of mixed greens with sliced almonds, beets, carrots, and cucumbers), soup, stir-fried chicken with broccoli, carrot, and chili sauce, cheese tortellini, jasmine rice, tomato soup, pre-made salads like an Asian slaw salad or Greek salad, a charcuterie board, BBQ chicken sliders with pickles, and artichoke dip with crudités. Not bad at all for a lounge.
Restrooms are available and were clean. No showers are available.
Bonus – Blast From The Bast
New York LaGuardia has gone from one of the worst airports in the country to one of the best. I still do have a fond place in my heart for the old landside (pre-security) lounge in the old terminal. Anyone else remember it?
New York LGA offers another nice outstation United Club. While the lounge is now of the “old style” it is modern and comfortable with a great selection of food and drink. As I boarded my economy class flight to Denver, I was quite happy I had enjoyed a nice salad in the lounge prior to the flight.