With domestic travel demand roaring back to 2019 levels, United Airlines is re-opening a handful of airport lounges at both hubs and line stations. The carrier also plans to open even more United Clubs by Labor Day, though Polaris Lounges are unlikely to re-open this year.
Which United Clubs Will United Re-Open Next?
By the “end of June” United will re-open 10 additional United clubs:
- Washington (IAD) – C17
- Houston (IAH) – C33 + B
- Chicago (ORD) – B18 + C16 + F4
- San Francisco (SFO) – E4
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
This will bring the total United Clubs open to 21. You can find info on the 11 clubs currently open here.
United also hints that eight more line stations will open by Labor Day in September. It has not yet identified those airports.
When will the rest of the lounges open? United says it follows the math, though it has declined to release its formula for what triggers a lounge re-opening:
With extensive analysis and tracking of enplanements, customer types, flight schedules and city/country reopenings, the team can make thoughtful decisions on when and where to reopen a club.
No Word On When Polaris Lounges Will Re-Open
In both media interviews and internal communication with employees, United does not even mention Polaris Lounges.
While domestic travel has greatly rebounded over the last two months, international travel remains depressed. The European Union is likely to re-open to vaccinated American tourists this summer, which will increase demand, but United’s total lack of insight on the re-opening of its premium Polaris Lounges leads me to believe that they will not open in 2021. My guess continues to be a Spring 2022 re-opening.
Alexander Dorrow, United’s Managing Director of Lounges, recently told Loungereview.com:
“These lounges have a significantly longer lead time to re-open than United Clubs due to the scope, amenities, and training that is required.”
Translation: it aint happening anytime soon…
United currently has 11 United Clubs open and will have 21 open by the end of June and 29 by early September. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that Polaris Lounges will open anytime soon.