First look: United’s amazing next-gen United Club lounge at Newark

The fresh design showcases a new direction for United’s frequent flyer lounges.

By Matt Lennon, May 20 2022
First look: United’s amazing next-gen United Club lounge at Newark

Blending a contemporary ‘lounge room’ look with an upmarket bistro and cafe vibe, United Airlines’ newly-opened United Club at the New York-adjacent Newark Liberty Airport raises the bar for its next generation of lounges.

And it’s fortuitous timing for Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers, who will gain access to United Club lounges when Virgin’s partnership with United Airlines roars to life on May 24.

Newark's new T3 United Club is bathed in natural light.
Newark's new T3 United Club is bathed in natural light.

With the United Club perched on the upper level of Newark’s Terminal 3, travellers will be greeted by a massive space flooded in natural light – a huge step up from its dated and dark predecessor at gate C74, which was regularly overcrowded during afternoon and evening peaks.

Barista-made coffee is a staple of the new United Club service.
Barista-made coffee is a staple of the new United Club service.

On a clear day they’ll enjoy panoramic views stretching beyond the runway to the distant Manhattan skyline, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows.

The lounge boasts views of the 'city that never sleeps'.
The lounge boasts views of the 'city that never sleeps'.

And on any day they’ll be able to tuck into a variety of sandwiches, sweets and savoury snacks from the self-serve delicatessen, order a barista-pulled brew from the cafe area or sink a beer or wine from the 25-seat tended bar, dressed with a tiled mosaic channeling the signage you’d find in a New York subway.

Talented local artists were commissioned for several pieces.
Talented local artists were commissioned for several pieces.

Alongside quirky post-modern murals, exposed brickwork and commissions from local artists, it’s part of a unique design which confidently gives the United Club a ‘sense of place’, rather than be just another cookie-cutter lounge cast from the same template as all the rest.

Feature walls are bright and colourful.
Feature walls are bright and colourful.

“This design theme and commitment to creating a locally-inspired experience will set the precedent for future club openings and renovations across our network,” explains United Airlines Managing Director Hospitality and Planning, Aaron McMillan.

The lounge features seating for nearly 500 people.
The lounge features seating for nearly 500 people.

For now, the United Club at Newark is one of a kind – and at nearly 2,800 square metres it’s the largest in United’s network, with room for 480 people and seating options spanning from café-style tables and executive armchairs to leather sofas and black-walled individual workstations.

Solo travellers can set themselves up in one of these compact booths.
Solo travellers can set themselves up in one of these compact booths.

No seats are far from a power outlet, with AC, USB-A and USB-C ports to keep your travel tech humming.

After a long day or ahead of a long flight, passengers can freshen up in one of six shower suites stocked with Sunday Riley amenities and Saks Fifth Avenue-branded towels; or wind down in the library or by challenging a fellow traveller to a game of foosball.

Anyone for foosball?
Anyone for foosball?

Located in Terminal C3 near gate 123, the new United Club is open from 5am to 10pm daily, and complements the terminal’s Polaris Lounge which is reserved for flyers in business class (or first class with a Star Alliance partner).

This is the latest in a series of lounge upgrades from major US airlines, with Delta Air Lines cutting the ribbon on a show-stopping Sky Club at LAX and announcing its own network of Delta One business class lounges beginning with New York JFK in 2023.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Look good and beats the old lounges at EWR.  JFK Lounges were great with tarmac view for transcon P.S.  Hope the showers are still the same as they were massive!

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

06 Nov 2015

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I think Polaris lounges are open to Star Alliance flyers in business class. The SFO one certainly was when I flew out on Air NZ the other week. 

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 333

Polaris SFO is indeed a nice spacious lounge, great showers, ala carte dining and also buffet and lots of space, but as this is one of United's US hubs they need the space.  The slumber area is the only let down becasue for taller people it is more comfortable to sleep on the carpet than the loungers, and there is a spotlight of airport lighting directly into the slumber area and no way to obstruct the light


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