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Long regarded as one of the least appealing airports in the world, New York’s aging LaGuardia (LGA) terminal buildings have been in desperate need of replacement for years.

Vice President Joe Biden even once described LGA as something you might find “in a third-world country.” But part of the airport finally completed a much-needed transformation at the end of 2018, when Terminal B’s fantastic new Eastern Concourse opened to the public with flights opened by Air Canada, American Airlines and Southwest. One notable tenant has been absent, though: United Airlines.

Now, United has shared plans to finally move its operations to the Eastern Concourse on June 2. A new United Club will open then as well, located just across from the new Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, which opened in December 2018.

While United Club access requires a day pass or membership, or a connection to a long-haul international flight (for certain customers, as detailed here), United Gold members and above can access the Air Canada lounge free of charge with a same-day Star Alliance boarding pass.

The new concourse sports improved seating with power outlets and USB ports. Photo by Max Prosperi for The Points Guy.


It’s possible all United flights will operate from gates 40 to 59 beginning on June 2. But, for the time being, I’d recommend checking your flight status to confirm your gate assignment before venturing over to the Eastern Concourse. If you clear security but your particular flight lags the June 2 switch-over, you may face a long walk to get back to United’s other gate area within Terminal B.

Featured photo by Max Prosperi for The Points Guy.

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