• From showers to sushi: designing United’s new Polaris lounges

    United Airlines is ramping up the opening of new Polaris airport lounges as it plays catch-up to not only arch-rival American Airlines and its expanding Flagship Lounge network but to its own schedule, which proved to be overly optimistic . Following the debut of the first Polaris lounge at...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 7 Comments

  • United Airlines says "no plans" to close San Francisco Arrivals lounge

    United Airlines has denied reports that it intends to close its Arrivals lounge at San Francisco following this week's opening of the airport's new Polaris lounge. Located on SFO Terminal 3's lower level near the baggage claim area, the spartan Arrivals lounge is certainly not in the same league...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • United details Polaris lounges for Newark, Houston, LAX, Washington DC

    United Airlines will follow this week’s opening of its new Polaris lounge at San Francisco with three more upscale lounges at Newark, Houston and Los Angeles across 2018. However, the next wave of premium Polaris lounges – including Washington, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo – are...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • United Airlines defends banning frequent flyers from Polaris lounges

    United Airlines says its decision not to allow frequent flyers into its new Polaris business class lounges was made “to protect the integrity” of the upmarket lounges.  Instead, it plans to satisfy MileagePlus and Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers with improvements to its Unite...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787-10 to get Polaris business class, premium economy

    United Airlines will turn the Boeing 787-10 into a flagship for the US carrier on its debut later this year, with the stretched Dreamliner boasting its latest Polaris business class as well as all-new premium economy seats. A leaked seatmap for United's Boeing 787-10 shows 44 of the staggered di...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • Star Alliance Gold status match for Qantas, Virgin Australia

    Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyers can take advantage of a generous status match to top-tier Gold status across all Star Alliance airlines. Your Gold or Platinum membership in the Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Frequent Flyer schemes is all it takes to unlock 90 days of Gold-grade be...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2018 27 Comments

  • United's San Francisco Polaris business class lounge opens April 30

    United Airlines will open its new Polaris business class airport lounge at San Francisco on Monday April 30, with travellers set to enjoy a sprawling split-level space with its own dining room and tended bar. The Polaris lounge incorporates the old United Club as well as the former Singapore Air...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • United, American move ahead with Chicago's US$8.5bn overhaul

    A US$8.5 billion expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport got a lift on Thursday after the airport's two major carriers, American and United, settled a dispute that had clouded the project. United Airlines and American Airlines said in a joint statement they had reached an agree...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines plans 'premium economy' for domestic US flights

    United Airlines is considering whether to add an upgraded economy section to domestic U.S. flights – a feature typically reserved for overseas markets. The Chicago-based carrier for months has been readying a new Premium Plus section with bigger seats and improved dining options. While th...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 22 Comments

  • American Airlines slams United 'gate perks' in US$8.5bn O'Hare revamp

    American Airlines. is crying foul over a planned US$8.5 billion renovation of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, claiming a “secret provision” awards additional gates to United in a terminal slated to be torn down. The arrangement favoring Chicago-based United was &l...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

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