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If you’ve traveled through United’s terminal at LAX within the last year, you’re likely acutely aware that a major construction project is underway. Some parts of the terminal look anything but passenger-ready, but LAX’s most notable United amenity is just about ready to open its doors to the public.
A new 20,000-square-foot United Club will welcome passengers as of 4:30am on Tuesday, December 6 — the lounge will be open from 4:30am until 10:30pm every day. The two existing Clubs will be closed as of next Tuesday, but, as you can see in this post, they likely won’t be missed, especially since they’re being replaced by United’s biggest and brightest lounge in the US. Since the lounge isn’t yet accessible to customers, United sent along some pre-opening photos for us to share.
Terminal space is at a premium, so the new United Club is located on the second level — escalators bring guests upstairs from an entrance near gate 71A.
The lounge has a variety of seating options, and more than 400 seats in total — roughly 300 of which have built-in power outlets.
There’s a huge circular bar in the center — it’s by far the nicest-looking bar in a domestic United Club.
Passengers sitting at the bar have power outlets as well, so you can charge your gear as you sip a cocktail.
This United Club is the antithesis of its windowless predecessor across the hall.
There are phenomenal tarmac views from several different sections, so you should be able to get a good look at airport operations regardless of where you choose to sit.
There’s also some outdoor space, similar to what you’ll find at the Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
There’s a sofa outside, along with tables and chairs.
Best of all, however, are the views — while there’s a wall separating the balcony from the ground below, Avgeeks will still be able to get some pretty awesome shots through the glass.
United’s lounge refurbishment project is well underway. Five redesigned lounges have opened this year, and 12 more will open in 2017. United’s also opening several Polaris Lounges, but those will only be accessible to international business and first-class passengers.
Who can get in?
Like other United Clubs, this lounge is accessible to members (who pay as much as $550 or 70,000 miles per year per person) with up to two guests; United Polaris first or Star Alliance first-class passengers with one guest; United business, Polaris business or Star Alliance business-class passengers (with no guests); Star Alliance Gold members (with one guest); and United Premier Gold members and above traveling on an international flight (with one guest).
Unfortunately United is no longer part of the Priority Pass network, so you can’t access the lounge for free with just any of the top premium credit cards. However, you do have a couple card options. The most obvious pick is the United MileagePlus Club Card, which gets you a full United Club membership but comes along with a hefty $450 annual fee. Another option is the United MileagePlus Explorer Card, which offers two one-time passes. You can also use some premium card travel credits to cover the cost of single access or an annual membership.
Will you be visiting United’s new LAX Club?
Featured image by United Airlines Creative Services.
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