Not sure if this link will work, but Chase has a current offer for the $450 annual fee to be waived for the first year for the United Club Card. This card gives you double miles on UA purchases, 1.5 miles on other purchases, United Club access for yourself and one guest and/or minor children, 2 free checked bags, priority access, travel insurance, price protection on purchases, platinum status at Hyatt, and special deals at certain luxury hotels. United Clubs will let you in even if you're traveling on another airline. No bonus miles on this offer - just a waiver of the annual fee.
I'm not sure if this would make sense for me. I have the United Explorer card which is about $350 less and provides most of these benefits.
I only get one free bag per passenger and only one visit to the Club each year. The other advantage would be the travel insurance.
Since we fly about 1 1/2 times each year and check three bags per flight we would average three extra free bags per year, and 3 visits to the lounge. Add in the travel insurance and it MIGHT make sense. I'll have to ask Chase some questions and then do some math.
FYI....you may wish to not only verify the ability to use the UA Club while traveling on another airline with both Chase and a UA Club Representative as I saw a sign at the UA Club Sign-In desk Friday at IAH Terminal B stating August 18, 2016, you must have a valid boarding pass for travel that day even if you are a club member and show your ID as well.
When I asked the attendant she was hurried and did not give a very complete answer as the line was fairly long.
The t&cs say you need a valid, same day boarding pass, either arriving or departing from that airport. They don't say you need a valid United boarding pass.
I think ua used to grant dummy boarding passes to club members just so they could use the club, even if they weren't flying.
Here is what is says......and I stand corrected, thanks even though I very much dislike being incorrect!!
Access policy changes
Effective August 18, 2016, all United Club customers, including members, are eligible to access United Club locations only when they have a flight arriving or departing on any airline the same day, and must show a boarding pass for entry.
IAHFLYR, the policy you have in gray text above is what the United Club agent at SFO told me, too. I originally got an email from United that I swore made it sound like you had to be flying United only, but that turned out not to be the case. At any rate, I did not renew my United Club because I got the AAdvantage card with club access due to a 75,000 bonus miles promo. So I will try Admirals Clubs for awhile. This might actually work better for me since I hub through ATL on DL quite a bit, and there is no United Club at ATL but there is an Admirals Club. I did enjoy United's upgraded soup, hummus and salad offerings in the afternoon and evening. But I did not really like their shortcake/poundcake breakfast items that replaced the bagels. I'd rather have a bagel than sugary sweets for breakfast. Plus, Admirals Club at ATL has help yourself fountain drinks. I could never seem to get the bartenders at United Clubs to give me the time of day, so it was a giant hassle having to go to them for a soft drink (except at MSP where they have cans of soda in the cooler).
Yeah, that wording I guess is what I read on the sign, but like you swore it said United boarding pass as well.....yet again incorrect it looks like.
After reading your post above I thought, hmmm I've been through ATL more times than I'd care to remember and there was always a club there, but then it was all on Continental before this merger took place. So you got my curious and they just opened a new UA Club in ATL on 11/13/15 in Terminal T, between Gates 11-12.
IAHFLYR, thanks for the ATL info. I hadn't looked into that for awhile! I will likely use the AA clubs for a year or so then switch back to UA clubs at some point. I will miss having club access at MSP as I seem to end up there for my job (company is based in Minneapolis) or as a DL connection. No AA club at MSP but there is a UA club.
You want flames dansplan I'll sign up!!!
I am one of those so called "idiot" people who have flown to an airport and gone to a United Club, back then it was called President's Club and was Continental Airlines. Oh and by the way it was a flight to make the required miles to make the highest level of Elite status for the next year, so getting past security was no issue as I had a boarding pass.
Now for your next question. I also would get through security without a boarding pass for meetings inside the Terminal at other locations besides the Club. Yes, some do have the ability to be escorted though an airport without a boarding pass, look at the parents who have unaccompanied minors they're putting on a flight, they get through just fine. And then there are Military family members who are afforded a similar ability to pass through security without a boarding pass. Also, the correct official government ID will also get you through security without a boarding pass as often I did to meet my wife as she would be arriving on a flight home.
So you see, there are a number of ways to get authorization to go to the Club if you should desire, just have to know the proper protocol.
Come on newbie to MRI, bring it on!
Airport employees do not get pass access as a norm to the club, and never in uniform is what I've been told. Since I had no uniform and it was not convenient to go grab any snacks no lunch for me. However; after work for a quick beverage, that's a different story!!!
Now when traveling some have purchased a membership and use it for sure.
Last year, the United annual fee was $395 which was waived the first year. I got the offer last June 2015, and got the CC just for the lounge access. So far, United has upped its game with changing the food selections (breakfast : greek yogurt, oatmeal, fruit salad, croissants; Lunch : hummus, soup, spinach salad, salami tray, etc) Try the United Club in SFO Terminal 3 - it just opened Nov 18.