Prior to the United-Continental merger, United Airlines lounges were known as the Red Carpet Club and Continental Airlines lounges were known as the Presidents Club.
Part of the United Airlines Red Carpet Club in Sydney, Australia (2005)
United Club is the airline lounge of United Airlines. It operates 50 lounges in 39 major airports around the world. The cost of United Club access varies with elite status, ranging from US$400 per year for a 1K elite to US$500 for general members. Day passes are also available for sale US$50 at the door. In addition, Star Alliance Gold members receive complimentary access, with the exception of United elites traveling domestically within the United States. Members who purchase United Club membership are eligible for entry into all Star Alliance member lounges, however, including Lufthansa's Senator Lounge and Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge. As of 2014, with the departure of US Airways from the Star Alliance into the Oneworld Alliance, as it merged with American Airlines, Star Alliance Gold members may no longer use the US Airways Club.
United Clubs feature complimentary beverages, breakfast and afternoon snacks. They also feature complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, newspapers and magazines.
On October 1, 2011, United Airlines phased out the former "Red Carpet Club" name, as well as Continental's "Presidents Club". Previously, lifetime memberships were available for purchase from the Presidents Club. This option is no longer available for the United Club. While United has accepted all Continental Presidents Club Lifetime members and converted them to United Club Lifetime members, new lifetime memberships are not available.
United also maintains United Global First Lounges in eight locations worldwide to accommodate Global First customers. The Global First Lounges feature complimentary food and alcoholic beverages and offer more privacy than the United Club as the access rules are significantly more restrictive than for United Club. Access to Global First Lounges is generally restricted to United Global First passengers, Star Alliance First Class customers, and Global Services passengers confirmed in Business Class. HON circle members of the Lufthansa Miles and More frequent flyer program can also use the Global First lounges when travelling or connecting in Lufthansa Business Class.
The eight Global First Lounges are located at United's hubs in Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo-Narita, and Washington-Dulles, as well as in Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, and New York-JFK.