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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)
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