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