Starting January 1, 2019 Delta will require ‘members’ to by flying either Delta or one of its airline partners same day for access.
Effective November 1, 2019 American will require ‘members’ to be flying either American or one of its preferred airline partners (oneworld, Alaska) same day for access.
So in the least surprising move in the history of earth United announced that they, too, are going to require a same day boarding pass for travel on United, another Star Alliance airline, or “a contracted partner” in order to access their clubs.
- United no longer needed to treat its customers better, since competitors won’t
- As with Delta and American, United’s lounge access is really sold on a subscription basis rather than being a ‘club membership’.
Effective November 1, 2019, United Club customers, including members and their guests, and one-time pass holders will need to provide a same-day boarding pass for travel on United, Star Alliance™ or a contracted partner for entry into all United Club locations.
United was first to require paying members to be flying same day to use their lounge, although it could be on any airline. For instance all major airlines are in the same terminal at my home airport of Austin.
A United Club member could be flying American or Southwest and still access the lounge. That changes a year from now. Fly Southwest and you won’t be able to experience:
It’s reasonable they’re giving a year’s notice, annual paid members aren’t having terms changed on them. However lifetime members are having the deal changed on them.
At least United’s terms allow admittance to a club with same day arriving boarding passes, access is not limited to departure, however that’s become less useful now that United Clubs no longer have showers.
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