It looks like United Airlines might be planning a new lounge concept, which I’m sure many frequent flyers will appreciate.
United Club Lite planned for Denver
Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major hub for United Airlines, and the airport is currently expanding Concourse B. @xJonNYC notes an interesting observation from an airliners.net user, regarding a new lounge concept United has planned here. The Denver City Council has published United’s lease agreement, and it contains some interesting insights.
Specifically, it looks like there are plans for a United Club Lite, which is a concept we’ve never seen from United before:
- The lounge would be located between gates B61 and B63
- The lounge would be 1,563 square feet
- The lounge would feature a very limited amount of seating, plus grab & go packaged food and self-serve drinks
United hasn’t publicly announced this concept, so it remains to be seen if this comes to fruition. I see no reason it wouldn’t, given how carefully airport space is planned in advance, but who knows…
This is an awesome concept
United Airlines would be the first US airline to offer a grab & go food concept in a lounge:
- 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.
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.
A United Club Lite concept is planned for Denver, whereby the airline would have a roughly 1,500 square foot lounge with grab & go items. It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition, but the concept has at least been planned for the expansion at Denver Airport.
United would be the first major US airline to offer this, though it wouldn’t be the first lounge in the US to have something like this, as the new 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.
What do you make of the new United Club Lite concept?