United Confirms January Opening Date for LAX Polaris Lounge

Dec 17, 2018

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United currently operates four Polaris Lounges — in Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) — and now we know when the airline will open its fifth, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Jan. 12, 2019, is the big day — as of that Saturday, Polaris customers and business or first-class Star Alliance flyers will be able to experience United’s top airport product before departing on long-haul international flights, or when flying Polaris and connecting at LAX en-route to another United destination.

United’s fifth Polaris Lounge will be located near gate 73 at LAX’s Terminal 7, just a few feet away from UA’s long-haul departure gates. As usual, United’s mum on details — while the lounge will almost certainly offer the usual Polaris amenities, like showers, a-la-carte dining and relaxation rooms, all United’s saying for now is that the LAX location “features signature California elements, including locally inspired food and beverages.” United’s scheduled a media preview event for Jan. 10, two days before the official opening — we’ll of course be sharing a sneak peek then.

As always, Polaris Lounge access is restricted to passengers traveling in the following cabins:

You’ll need to be ticketed for long-haul intercontinental travel — if you’re flying between the US and Canada, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean, you won’t be able to get in.

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United’s Polaris Lounges feature full-service bars and a-la-carte dining. Photo by Zach Honig.

While the lounge is also accessible to Star Alliance business and first-class customers, departing on airlines like Air New Zealand or Asiana, those flights leave from the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), roughly a 15-minute airside walk from United. It could certainly be worth the effort to travel to the Polaris Lounge if arriving on United or connecting with a long layover, though passengers with shorter connections may want to visit the existing Star Alliance Lounge at TBIT, instead.

For more on United’s US Polaris Lounges, see:

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