June 27, 2022



United Airlines opens biggest United Club in the country in Newark Airport

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United Airlines opened a whopper of an in-airport lounge on Thursday, welcoming guests into a new, 30,000-square-foot United Club in Newark Liberty Airport—the largest United Club of its kind across the carrier’s network.

Located in Terminal C3 near Gate C123, the club has the capacity to seat 480 travelers, according to a Thursday press release. The grand opening of the Newark United Club will “set the precedent for future club openings,” according to Aaron McMillan, United’s managing director of hospitality and planning.

“As more and more customers return to the skies, United is committed to delivering a superior customer experience on and off the plane, especially in increasingly crowd airports,” McMillan said in the release. “Our new Newark location is carefully designed with the customer in mind with thoughtful touches like murals and décor that reflect the local community.”

The Points Guy’s Zach Griff tweeted photos of the new club earlier this month.

Amenities in the space include “spa-like showers” and an in-club coffee bar staffed by a barista, as well as complimentary snacks.

The staffed bar at the new United Club in Newark International Airport.

The staffed bar at the new United Club in Newark International Airport.

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The club will be optimized with self-entry scanning capabilities and free Wi-Fi. The new, gigantic space comes as U.S. air carriers scramble to adjust to all-time travel demand in 2022 and an influx of passengers that is stressing the capacities of exclusive in-airport lounges.

Self-entry at the new United Club in Newark International Airport. 

Self-entry at the new United Club in Newark International Airport. 

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Some of these adjustments come in the form of building larger clubs like United’s Newark facility and American Airlines’ forthcoming 15,000-square-foot Admirals Club in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

But airport real estate comes at a premium, and the option to expand a lounge’s footprint isn’t always readily available. Thus some carriers have opted for alternative anti-crowding measures in their members-only spaces. Earlier this month Delta Air Lines announced new restrictions to its existing Sky Club policies in the hopes of curbing overcrowding, limiting travelers’ entry to three hours prior to their flight’s departure time. The new initiative is the most restrictive among all airlines, however, it does not extend to passengers waiting for layovers or whose flights are delayed. 

As for the new United Club, it could serve as a roomy rest stop for many Houston travelers making connections or visiting the northeast. According to Kayak.com, 124 non-stop flights make their way from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental to Newark Liberty Airport every day, for an average of 870 flights per week. 

United Club membership plans begin at $650 or 85,000 miles, and access comes complimentary for CHASE United Club Card holders.


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