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 currently operates four Polaris Lounges — in Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) — and now we know when the airline will open its fifth, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Jan. 12, 2019, is the big day — as of that Saturday, Polaris customers and business or first-class Star Alliance flyers will be able to experience United’s top airport product before departing on long-haul international flights, or when flying Polaris and connecting at LAX en-route to another United destination.
United’s fifth Polaris Lounge will be located near gate 73 at LAX’s Terminal 7, just a few feet away from UA’s long-haul departure gates. As usual, United’s mum on details — while the lounge will almost certainly offer the usual Polaris amenities, like showers, a-la-carte dining and relaxation rooms, all United’s saying for now is that the LAX location “features signature California elements, including locally inspired food and beverages.” United’s scheduled a media preview event for Jan. 10, two days before the official opening — we’ll of course be sharing a sneak peek then.
As always, Polaris Lounge access is restricted to passengers traveling in the following cabins:
- United Polaris business class
- Star Alliance long-haul first class
- Star Alliance long-haul business class
You’ll need to be ticketed for long-haul intercontinental travel — if you’re flying between the US and Canada, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean, you won’t be able to get in.
While the lounge is also accessible to Star Alliance business and first-class customers, departing on airlines like Air New Zealand or Asiana, those flights leave from the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), roughly a 15-minute airside walk from United. It could certainly be worth the effort to travel to the Polaris Lounge if arriving on United or connecting with a long layover, though passengers with shorter connections may want to visit the existing Star Alliance Lounge at TBIT, instead.
For more on United’s US Polaris Lounges, see:
- Review: United Polaris Lounge (Chicago O’Hare)
- First Look Inside United’s Houston Polaris Lounge (IAH)
- The Stars Have Aligned: United’s New Polaris Lounge at Newark
- Aiming for the Stars: United’s Polaris Lounge in San Francisco (SFO)
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees