United Airlines has today opened a new lounge concept, which I think many frequent flyers will appreciate, especially those with short connections.
“United Club Fly” opens in Denver
Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major hub for United Airlines, and the airport is expanding Concourse B. As part of this, United has just opened a completely new lounge concept, known as United Club Fly. This has officially opened its doors to guests as of today (Saturday, November 5, 2022).
What should guests expect from United Club Fly Denver?
- The lounge is located between gates B61 and B63
- The lounge is 1,563 square feet
- The lounge has very limited capacity, with room for just 16 guests to sit, and room for eight guests to stand at a bar
- United Club Fly is open to anyone who has United Club access, but you can’t bring guests with you; you scan yourself into the lounge using your eligible boarding pass
- In terms of food, the lounge features grab & go sandwiches, wraps, salads, yogurt, fruit cups, cereal, chips, sweet treats, etc., all of which are complimentary
- In terms of drinks, the lounge features self-serve coffee, barista made coffee, cold brew, iced tea, soft drinks, juice, and water, all of which are complimentary
- The lounge doesn’t have any bathrooms
This is an awesome concept
United Airlines is the first US airline to offer a grab & go food concept in a lounge, though it’s not the first time we’ve seen this concept in North America:
- In 2019 we saw the introduction of the Air Canada Cafe in Toronto, which is the same idea; it’s a small lounge with a selection of food & drinks that you can take to-go
- More recently in the United States we saw the opening of the Capital One Lounge Dallas, which also offers a grab & go selection, including complimentary food & drinks
This is such a great idea, especially for an airport that’s a heavily banked hub, where passengers may often only have a connection of under an hour. That’s not really enough time to enjoy a meal at a restaurant or eat a whole lot in a lounge, so being able to grab something for your connecting flight is useful. This should also help alleviate crowding in some other United Clubs.
The one challenge with the grab & go concept is that some people lack self restraint, and they view a grab & go selection as an invitation to cater their pantry for the next month. I mean, I’ve seen people bring Ziploc bags in order to empty out those stale snack towers, so I can only imagine what some people might do if they had access to something better than that. I suspect all of these grab & go concepts will eventually come with some sort of an official limit on how much you can take, with staff members monitoring.
The United Club Fly concept has debuted at Denver Airport. United now has a roughly 1,600 square foot lounge for those who have United Club access, offering grab & go items. From salads, to sandwiches, to cold brew, to barista-made cappuccinos, this lounge seems to have an impressive complimentary selection.
United is the first major US airline to offer this, though it won’t be the first lounge in the US to have something like this, as the Capital One Lounge DFW also has a grab & go selection. Furthermore, the Air Canada Cafe in Toronto was the first lounge in North America to feature this concept.
I’m curious to check out this concept for myself sometime, and hope to see it expand to more airports.
What do you make of the new United Club Fly concept?
And by "C61" I mean "B61"... Plane brain...
The photos in this article are not, I repeat, not of the new Lounge at C61. At best, the C61 Lounge an old conference room that United repurposed with some furniture from the now-closed East Lounge. There is no fire place, no 'wall of food'... There are some tables and chairs, a walk up bar (think 'trade show cash bar' style, some chips, bananas, a glass door cooler for some prepackaged food (the same sandwiches...
The photos in this article are not, I repeat, not of the new Lounge at C61. At best, the C61 Lounge an old conference room that United repurposed with some furniture from the now-closed East Lounge. There is no fire place, no 'wall of food'... There are some tables and chairs, a walk up bar (think 'trade show cash bar' style, some chips, bananas, a glass door cooler for some prepackaged food (the same sandwiches you'd find in the regular Lounge just in plastic containers), and a glass door cooler for soft drinks (Coke, Sprite...). It's not a bad idea but this is not a 'new concept' nor is it really 'grab and go'. It's just a temporary (the pull up sign outside literally says "temporary") Lounge to take up some if the stress off the West Lounge during the three year renovation.
The location of this really isn't great considering it's way down one end of the B concourse. It seems the bulk of people who qualify to access it have to be traveling international Polaris/business class, and those flights don't typically leave from anywhere near there.
Great idea!!! Love United, especially their exclusive Polaris Lounges in Chicago and Newark which are on par with some of the best international airlines in the world. The grab and go is perfect when making tight connections. I hope they bring the concept to all their hubs and maybe some focus cities like Cleveland.
Not open yet, but with the same expansion, they're opening a new United Club in A, plus the Capital One lounge that is in progress, too (and the one United club remodel in B). The lounge options at DEN are definitely improving.
For those of us with *A gold through SQ, seems like the only way to access these is by actually having the SQ FF on the ticket at the time of entry, which is a bit unfortunate. I've used SQ *A gold to enter a handful of UA Clubs but it always requires an agent to check the *A status separately.
Re stuffing bags. It can be observed sometimes in YYZ with OPM flyers whose companies clearly dont give them enough for food.
I was wondering the same thing. So far, I've been successful using * Alliance Gold from Singapore at United lounges around the country as well as the * Alliance lounge at LAX. Never been turned down yet though sometimes it takes a bit of work when I say I want to credit to United and just use * Alliance Gold to get into the lounge.
What’s a cold brew?
A millennial way of telling you that you should start looking for a nursing home.