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Earlier this year, United Airlines announced that it would be enhancing the United Club experience by adding new food items. Great news, right? Well, apparently all good things have their price. United has decided to follow Delta’s lead by increasing membership fees for its United Clubs, for both elite and non-elite members.

For non-elite United MileagePlus members, entrance to United Clubs will now cost $50 more per year.
For non-elite United MileagePlus members, entrance to United Clubs will now cost $50 more per year.

Here’s what’s changing:

  • United is increasing its annual membership for general (non-elite) members from $500 to $550.
  • Starting August 18, 2015, United will also be increasing fees for Premier Silver, Gold and Platinum members.
  • United is discontinuing its annual membership spouse discount of $250 per year; you’ll now have to pay an additional $550 per year (the regular membership fee) for your spouse to access a lounge when they’re not flying with you.
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United’s new United Club membership pricing chart.

If you’re looking to get access to United Clubs without paying for membership, check out the United MileagePlus Club Card and the United MileagePlus Club Business Card. Both offer access to United Clubs as well as Star Alliance-branded business lounges around the world and Amtrak Acela lounges. These cards carry a $395 annual fee, but since you’ll save $155 over the new annual general membership fee of $550, getting one of these cards to gain lounge access could be worth it.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

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