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Access all United Clubs and over 600 more lounges for $319 – great for solo fliers

by on Mon April 13, 2015 • 3 Comments



United Club membership is expensive. A standalone membership can set you back $550 your first year if you’re not a Premier member of United MileagePlus, and $450 if you’re a top tier Premier 1k. But if you pick up the United Club credit card from Chase, you get full United Club membership for a $450 annual fee.

And there’s even a targeted deal that waives the annual fee the first year, so you effectively get United Club access free.

But if you’ve used that up and you’re in the market for the cheapest access to United Clubs, consider this:

A full, un-neutered Priority Pass membership.

This is not the half-baked version that comes with The Platinum Card from American Express and won’t get you into United Clubs.

It’s the full standalone version, which gives you unlimited access to all United Clubs, as well as over 600 other airport lounges worldwide.

There’s a special deal for $319 (versus the usual $399 price) that’s being offered in conjunction with the ‘Freddie’ frequent flier awards that the MapHappy blog found last year and is being renewed again this year. There’s also another landing page with the same pricing, but via a different promotion.

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The catch is, you don’t get any free guest privileges like you do with regular United Club membership.

Guests are $27 per person, per visit.

But you can access United Clubs with the Priority Pass even if you’re not flying United.

If you’re a solo traveler this can be a great option to get access for less.

And if you’re a United Premier Gold or higher who already gets access to Star Alliance Gold lounges when traveling abroad, this is a perfect complement that lets you access United Clubs on all your domestic trips, and adds even more lounges in places where you won’t find a Star Alliance Gold lounge.



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3 thoughts on Access all United Clubs and over 600 more lounges for $319 – great for solo fliers

  1. Timmy

    Great post. I applied for the Club Card for the United club access for one year free. Ya can’t beat free. After the free 1st year, correct me if I’m wrong but you’re saying that as a United Gold member my cost for United Club would be $395 right? After the free one year if sounds like the $319 Priority Pass might make more sense. Is there a credit card that subsidises the price as part of its membership? Seems that would be the way to go if it’s offered.


      @Timmy – Unfortunately this just changed today and we’ve updated the post. No more access after May 15th at any United Club for Priority Pass.

      But for you that Club Card deal works out well this year.


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