This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
United’s first Polaris Lounge launched at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) in December 2016, and then we had to wait nearly 18 months for the next location to open, at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). So imagine my surprise when an invitation for a third lounge preview hit my inbox this morning, just a couple weeks after that gigantic 28,120-square-foot space finally became available at SFO.
The airline’s inviting journalists to take a look at the brand-new Newark (EWR) Polaris Lounge on May 31, ahead of its grand opening on Monday, June 4.
As with the SFO location, United’s keeping a tight lid on the details, but we do know that it’s taking over the entire space that had been occupied by the airport’s largest United Club, so — while not nearly as large as the lounge in San Francisco — it should be a decent size.
According to United’s “Polaris Tracker” website, the airline’s still on track to open two more locations before the year is through — Houston (IAH) is scheduled to open this summer, while Los Angeles (LAX) is expected to welcome guests beginning in the fall.
Note that although the EWR Polaris Lounge has taken over the space previously occupied by a United Club, access will be much more limited. To get in, you’ll need to be traveling long-haul in one of the following cabins:
- United Polaris first class (with one guest)
- United Polaris business class
- Star Alliance long-haul first class (with one guest)
- Star Alliance long-haul business class
There aren’t any exceptions for top-tier elites — even United Global Services members traveling in domestic first class or regional business won’t have access — but this new option should definitely help to reduce congestion at Newark’s United Club lounges, since biz-class customers will obviously want to visit the Polaris Lounge, instead.
Stay tuned for much more on May 31!
Know before you go.
News and deals straight to your inbox every day.
NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel