United operates 50 lounges in 39 major airports around the world. United Clubs feature complimentary beverages, breakfast and afternoon snacks, complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and newspapers and magazines. Lounges at some airports with international services provide shower facilities.
United Club annual access cost varies with elite status, ranging from US$450 or 60,000 miles for a Premier 1K elite, to US$550 or 70,000 miles for general members. Day passes are available for US$59 at the door. In addition, Star Alliance Gold members receive complimentary access, with the exception of United elites traveling domestically within the United States. United Club members are eligible for entry into Star Alliance Business Class lounges and Frequent Flyer Lounges such as Lufthansa's Senator Lounge and Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge.
Prior to the 2010 United-Continental merger, United Airlines lounges were known as Red Carpet Club and Continental Airlines lounges were known as Presidents Club. On October 1, 2011, United phased out the "Red Carpet Club" and "Presidents Club" names. Lifetime memberships previously available for purchase from the Presidents Club were converted to United Club Lifetime membership. New lifetime memberships are no longer available for United Club.
United maintains United Global First Lounges in eight locations worldwide to accommodate Global First passengers. Global First Lounges feature complimentary food and alcoholic beverages and offer more privacy than United Club. Access to Global First Lounges is 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 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 at Hong Kong and London-Heathrow.