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United Will Up Airport Lounge Fees in 2013

United Will Up Airport Lounge Fees in 2013

The New Year will be $25 less happy for members of United Club airport lounges.

Here’s why:

Effective January 1, 2013, United Club annual membership rates will increase by $25 and membership-with-spouse rates will increase by up to $100. Additionally, the three-year membership options will be discontinued. Current three-year memberships will be honored through their existing membership period.

Annual lounge fees now start at $475 for non-elite individuals and $700 for couples. The three-year memberships start at $1,175.

For comparison, American and Delta both charge $450 for standard individual memberships, with discounts for elite frequent flyers. So United’s prices are already higher than their direct competitors’, and will be higher still after the increase takes affect.

This will probably be a money-maker for United. Travelers who are comfortable with the current prices aren’t likely to balk at paying an extra $25.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXDD3ZLXO57F5M7VHYL3L7KOBI Tristan

    Hmm again all depends. How often you fly, The quality of the lounges you use and how much you personally enjoy from being in the lounge instead of waiting with the rest.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXDD3ZLXO57F5M7VHYL3L7KOBI Tristan

    Hmm again all depends. How often you fly, The quality of the lounges you use and how much you personally enjoy from being in the lounge instead of waiting with the rest.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWFGDBBBZXKU6PV6JPGZCZYZDI Plamen

    I don’t see a justification to pay that much money regardless of how often one flies for what’s offered at the United clubs – cheese and crackers and if you’re lucky, cookies.  American’s offerings in the Admiral’s Club are even worse – adding insult to injury, they offer you food for sale.  But for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, this is not a valuable proposition.  And those clubs always seems to be crowded.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWFGDBBBZXKU6PV6JPGZCZYZDI Plamen

    I don’t see a justification to pay that much money regardless of how often one flies for what’s offered at the United clubs – cheese and crackers and if you’re lucky, cookies.  American’s offerings in the Admiral’s Club are even worse – adding insult to injury, they offer you food for sale.  But for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, this is not a valuable proposition.  And those clubs always seems to be crowded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13806765 Thom Furey

    Get a US Airways Club membership, valid for reciprocal access at any United location and the base rate for a non elite is still $450.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13806765 Thom Furey

    Get a US Airways Club membership, valid for reciprocal access at any United location and the base rate for a non elite is still $450.

  • perrypking

    Well I guess my lifetime membership purchased in 1980 or so for $600 is looking pertty good these days.  However I’m still resentfull of how AA did not honor my (our) Lifetime memberships (Also for $600 at the time)  in the TWA Ambassador Club when AA bought the “Assets” of TWA only.  Thats why I do not fly AA any longer. 
     
    And the worst part of the US / AA merger is US leaving the Star Alliance.  its nice to have a domestic option to UA when their fares are higher than those of US to the same destination, and  still earn your UA Elite miles on US while flying in the US(A) on US !! (i.e.Domesticaly).   If US leaves the alliance, then no option to UA’s higher USA Domestic prices without jumping to another alliance.

  • perrypking

    Well I guess my lifetime membership purchased in 1980 or so for $600 is looking pertty good these days.  However I’m still resentfull of how AA did not honor my (our) Lifetime memberships (Also for $600 at the time)  in the TWA Ambassador Club when AA bought the “Assets” of TWA only.  Thats why I do not fly AA any longer. 
     
    And the worst part of the US / AA merger is US leaving the Star Alliance.  its nice to have a domestic option to UA when their fares are higher than those of US to the same destination, and  still earn your UA Elite miles on US while flying in the US(A) on US !! (i.e.Domesticaly).   If US leaves the alliance, then no option to UA’s higher USA Domestic prices without jumping to another alliance.

  • mschumacher

    lol united seems to have lost it. Better to pay for the Amex Platinum card.

  • mschumacher

    lol united seems to have lost it. Better to pay for the Amex Platinum card.

  • hank32

    “for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, this is not a valuable proposition.”

    This is a big reason why I don’t pay for lounge access. Lounges don’t provide things I desire, such as free alcohol. Alcohol costs big $, so I don’t feel like subsidizing obnoxious drinkers.
    If lounges had a choice of a couple free drinks or a starbucks-style warmed-up egg mcmuffin, I would likely join.