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Presidential Plus card — no need to wait for club credentials to use United lounges

by on Fri November 18, 2011 • 4 Comments

We recently applied for and received the Presidential Plus credit card from Chase, which includes a full membership to the United Club airport lounges.

You are supposed to access the club with a separate membership card mailed from United, rather than Chase. However this card takes several weeks to deliver versus a few days for the credit card itself. In the past, legacy Continental lounges let you use the credit card itself to gain entry, but legacy United lounges weren’t able to handle this. They needed the club membership card.

But, don’t despair — that recently changed. We just tried using our credit card itself to enter a United Club (and it was a legacy United lounge, not ex-Continental) and had no problems. The agent just asked for the frequent flyer number associated with the card, a form of ID, and that was it. They now have the lookup built into their system with United and Continental clubs merged under the new ‘United Club’ name as of this fall.

So, if you sign up for this credit card, you’ll have access to all the United Clubs from the day you receive the credit card. But note to use partner lounges internationally, you’ll need to wait for the club membership credentials to arrive.

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4 thoughts on Presidential Plus card — no need to wait for club credentials to use United lounges

  1. Nancy

    I have a Continental Pres Plus card that I have had several years. Also have a Continental President’s Club card which I just discovered expired end of February! I have not received a new card. Will United be sending replacements out? Thanks!

    1. MileCards

      @Nancy – You can ask them to use your Mileage Plus number to look up membership. But for a new card, suggest calling the United Club service line at 800 322 2640.

    1. MileCards

      @Sue- Unfortunately no….only the primary card holder receives the travel benefits. You can purchase a spouse membership to the United Club at a discounted rate though.


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