United Airlines is re-opening more United Clubs.
- Denver (B32 lounge actually re-opened November 1, B44 was already open)
- Houston (Gate C1 opens November 10, R11 is already open)
- Washington Dulles (Gate D8 November 18, C7 is already open)
- Honolulu (November 21)
This will give United 11 open clubs. They’ll also be offering “more pre-packaged fresh food items” at Denver, Chicago and Honolulu “including breakfast partfaits, sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts…”
One time passes valid for a year are currently discounted to $39 rather than $59. In the Before Times hub clubs were sometimes too busy to even accept pay-in guests, but club members are disproportionately business travelers and frequent flyers are are underrepresented among flyers today compared to once a year customers.
As with other airline clubs, United is taking distancing and other precautions in their clubs.
I give tremendous credit to United for running aircraft auxiliary power units during boarding and deplaning in order to circulate fresh air and take advantage of superior air filtration during the pandemic. I also like utilizing airline clubs. The airport doesn’t have the same air handling as most aircraft, and crowded indoor areas are undesirable. So if a club has plenty of space that’s a better place to wait. As a general matter being in separate indoor spaces rather than contiguous spaces seems to be prophylactic.