Special Hours for Airport Lounges Over Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Dec 20, 2018

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You may find yourself stuck in an airport over Christmas or New Year’s Eve this year, whether it’s because your flight got canceled, you wanted to avoid the holiday rush or simply because it was the cheapest day to fly. While you shouldn’t let that ruin your festive spirit, there are some things to be wary of like limited availability to airport amenities. In addition to the many airport restaurants and stores that will close its doors for the holidays, many lounges will either be closed, have reduced hours or even added hours.

To avoid any surprises, we have compiled a list of special hours for the major airport lounges in the US for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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Alaska Lounge

(Photo of JFK Alaska Lounge by Brendan Dorsey / The Points Guy.)

Alaska Lounges will have the most down time of any domestic lounges.

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): All lounges close at 9pm, except for Concourse D Lounge in Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which closes at 6pm.

Christmas Day (Dec. 25): All lounges closed all day.

New Year’s Eve (Jan. 1): All lounges close at 9pm, except for Concourse D Lounge in Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which closes at 6pm.

American Admirals Club

(Photo of LAX Admirals Club by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.)

All domestic and international Admirals Clubs will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays, with the following exceptions:

Location Christmas New Year’s
Atlanta (ATL) North Terminal, Concourse T (across gate T11) Dec. 24: 4:30am – 5:30pm

Dec. 25: 5am – 7:45pm

Dec. 31: 4:30am – 7:45pm
Austin (AUS) Across Gate 22 N/A Jan. 1: 4:15am – 8pm
Nashville (BNA) Concourse C (across gate C10) Dec. 24: 4:15am – 4:45pm

Dec. 25: 4:45am – 6:45pm

Dec. 31: 4:15am – 6:45pm

Jan. 1: 4:45am – 8:15pm

Boston (BOS) Terminal B (by gate B30) Dec. 24: 3:15am – 8pm

Dec. 25: 3:15am – 8pm

Dec. 31: 3:15am – 8pm
Boston (BOS)* Terminal B (by gate B6) Dec. 24: 3:15am – 4:30pm

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 31: 3:15am – 4pm
Charlotte (CLT) Concourse C (intersection of C and D concourses) Dec. 24: 4:45am – 8:30pm Jan. 1: 4:45am – 12:15am
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal A (across gate 24) N/A Dec. 31: 5am – 9:15pm
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal B (between gates 3 and 4) N/A Dec. 31: 5am – 9:15pm
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal C (between gates 19 and 20) N/A Dec. 31: 4am – 9:15pm
Washington Reagan (DCA) Terminal B Dec. 24: 4:45am – 8pm

Dec. 25: 4:45am – 8pm

N/A
Washington Reagan (DCA) Terminal C Dec. 24: 4:45am – 9:30pm

Dec. 25: 4:45am – 9:30pm

N/A
Newark (EWR) Terminal A (toward gates 30 through 39) Dec. 25: 4am – 5:30pm Dec. 31: 4am – 5pm
Houston (IAH) Terminal A (near gates A25 and A26) Dec. 25: 4am – 8:45pm Jan. 1: 4am – 9:15pm
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) Terminal B (near gates 1 and 2) Dec. 24: 4:30am – 7pm

Dec. 25: 4:30am – 7pm

Dec. 31: 4:30am – 7pm
Mexico City (MEX) Terminal 1, Concourse H Dec. 24: 4:15am – 6pm

Dec. 25: 4:15am – 6pm

Dec. 31: 4:15am – 6pm
Orlando (MCO) Terminal B (near gate 55) Dec. 24: 4:15am – 7pm

Dec. 25: 4:15am – 7pm

N/A
Chicago (ORD) Terminal 3, Concourse G (across gate G8) Dec. 24: 5:45am – 9:15pm

Dec. 25: 8:45am – 7:15pm

Dec. 31: 5:45am – 8:45pm

Jan. 1: 8:45am – 10pm

Chicago (ORD) Terminal 3, Concourse H/K (between gates H6 and K6) Dec. 24: 3:30am – 9:15pm

Dec. 25: 3:30am – 7:45pm

Dec. 31: 3:30am – 9:45pm

Jan. 1: 3:30am – 9:45pm

Chicago (ORD) Terminal 3, Concourse L (before gate L1) Dec. 24: 5:45am – 9:15pm

Dec. 25: 8:45am – 7:15pm

Dec. 31: 5:15am – 8:45pm

Jan. 1: 5:45am – 9:30pm

Pittsburgh (PIT)* Terminal B (near gate B34) Dec. 24: 4:15am – 6:15pm

Dec. 25: 5:15am – 6:30pm

Dec. 31: 4am – 6pm
Phoenix (PHX) Concourse A (between gates A19 and A21) Dec. 24: 4:30am – 2:30pm

Dec. 25: 4:30am – 2:30pm

Dec. 24: 4:30am – 8:45pm

Dec. 25: 4:30am – 8:45pm

Phoenix (PHX) Concourse B (above gates B5 and B7) Dec. 24: 4:30am – 6:30pm

Dec. 25: 4:30am – 6:30pm

Dec. 24: 4:30am – 8:45pm

Dec. 25: 4:30am – 8:45pm

Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Terminal 2 (across gates C1 and C3) Dec. 24: 4:15am – 7pm

Dec. 25: 4:15am – 7pm

N/A
San Francisco (SFO) Terminal 2 N/A Dec. 31: 4am – 6pm
Santa Ana (SNA) Adjacent to Gate 8 Dec. 24: 5:15am – 4pm

Dec. 25: 5:15am – 4pm

N/A
St. Louis (STL) Concourse C Dec. 24: 4am – 6pm

Dec. 25: 4am – 6:30pm

Dec. 31: 4am – 5:45pm

Jan. 1: 4:30am – 8:45pm

Tampa (TPA) Airside F (adjacent to gate 85) Dec. 24: 4am – 7pm Jan. 1: 4am – 9pm
Toronto (YYZ) Terminal 3 Dec. 25: 5am – 5:45pm Jan. 1: 5am – 7:15pm

*Admirals Club Guest Services location

American Flagship Lounge

(Photo of JFK Flagship Lounge by Nick Ellis / The Points Guy.)

All domestic and international Flagship Lounges will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays, with the following exceptions:

Location Christmas New Year’s
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)** Terminal D (between gates D23 and D24) N/A Dec. 31: 5am – 9:15pm
Chicago (ORD) Terminal 3 (between gates H6 and K6) Dec. 24: 3:30am – 9:15pm

Dec. 25: 3:30am – 7:45pm

Dec. 31: 3:30am – 9:45pm

Jan. 1: 3:30am – 9:45pm

**Limited-service Premium Lounge location

American Express Centurion Lounge

(Photo of PHL Centurion Lounge by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.)

All Centurion Lounges will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays. Unfortunately, American Express stopped surprising guests with holiday gifts on Dec. 17.

Delta Sky Club

(Photo of SEA Sky Club by Darren Murph / The Points Guy.)

All domestic and international Sky Clubs will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays, with the following exceptions:

Location Christmas New Year’s
Atlanta (ATL) Concourse A (in center) Dec. 24: 6am – 7pm

Dec. 25: 6am – 8pm

Dec. 31: 6am – 8pm

Jan. 1: 6am – 8pm

Atlanta (ATL) Concourse D (near gate D12) Dec. 24: 6am – 2pm

Dec. 25: 6am – 2pm

Dec. 31: 6am – 2pm

Jan. 1: 6am – 2pm

Atlanta (ATL) Concourse T (near gate T6) Dec. 24: 5am – 7pm

Dec. 25: 5am – 7pm

Dec. 31: 5am – 7pm

Jan. 1: 5am – 7pm

Boston (BOS) Terminal A (main terminal, near gate A7) Dec. 24: 4:30am – 6:15pm Dec. 31: 4:30am – 6:30pm
Boston (BOS) Terminal A (satellite terminal, near gate A18) Dec. 25: 11am – 7:30pm N/A
Detroit (DTW) Concourse A, North (across gate A68) Dec. 24: CLOSED

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 31: CLOSED

Jan. 1: CLOSED

Detroit (DTW) Concourse A, South (across gate A18) Dec. 24: CLOSED

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 31: CLOSED

Jan. 1: CLOSED

New York-LaGuardia (LGA) Terminal C (across food court) Dec. 24: 5am – 8pm Dec. 31: 5am – 8pm
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) Terminal C (near gate 28) Dec. 24: 8am – 5pm

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 31: 8am – 5pm

Jan. 1: CLOSED

New York-LaGuardia (LGA) Terminal D (before gate 2) Dec. 24: 5am – 8pm Dec. 31: 5am – 8pm
Minneapolis (MSP) Concourse C (next to gate C12) Dec. 25: 6am – 4pm N/A
Seattle (SEA) South Satellite (near gates S9 and S10) Dec. 25: CLOSED Jan. 1: CLOSED

Airport Lounge Development’s The Club

All domestic and international “The Club” lounges (which are all a part of the Priority Pass network) will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays.

United Club

(Photo of LAX United Club by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.)

United’s website states, “on select holidays, the hours of operation at some United Club locations may be different.” TPG reached out to United to gather more information specifically regarding special hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and received the following response: “Any deviation from standard hours are always posted locally. However, if a United flight is operating out of the airport then the lounge will remain open. Regarding specific holidays for example, because demand is high during the Thanksgiving travel period, especially Saturday and Sunday, we adjust United Club operating hours to accommodate the added flights (not typically flown) at some hubs.”

United Polaris Lounge

(Photo of EWR Polaris Lounge by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.)

All Polaris Lounges will be open during regular operating hours throughout both holidays. In case you missed it, United will open its Polaris Lounge at Los Angeles (LAX) on Jan. 12, 2019.

Credit Cards That Offer Airport Lounge Access

Having certain credit cards can provide discounted or complimentary access to some airport lounges. the Platinum Card® from American Express gets you access into the most lounges, including Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when you’re flying Delta) and the more than 1,200 lounges a part of the Priority Pass network. But if you’re looking for Admirals Club or United Club access, you’ll need the United MileagePlus Club Card or Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, respectively.

Bottom Line

Although this list of lounges with special hours is extensive, unless you were planning on visiting an Alaska Lounge, you shouldn’t expect too significant of disruptions. All of American and Delta’s full-day lounge closures are at hub airports that have other lounges that will be open. And even if you aren’t planning on getting your fix of cheese cubes and crudités before your flight, I still recommend keeping this guide on hand since security lines will probably be shorter than other holiday travel days and you may very well end up with more free time before your flight than initially accounted for.

Featured photo of LAX Admirals Club by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

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