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United Club: A Special Treat for Weary United Airlines Travelers

Updated on September 28, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Snack bar set up at the United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois.
Snack bar set up at the United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. | Source


As I was snapping pictures in the United Club Room at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, a man just looked at me and shook his head. My husband smiled patiently as I excitedly told him I had been so looking forward to our spending five hours together in this special place and wanted to take pictures. He is a seasoned traveler so spends many hours in United Club rooms all over the world. I am not a seasoned traveler but am just starting to be able to accompany him on business trips and reaping the many benefits of travel. This includes spending time in the United Club Room at the O'Hare airport.

My life is quite busy so it is not often that I have five hours to spend, in one place, where I am not distracted by everyday necessities that need tending. Imagine if you could have 5 hours uninterrupted by all of these everyday activities. Now imagine you could spend those 5 hours entertaining yourself by surfing the Internet, getting work done in a quiet area, writing articles for publication, writing in a journal, reading, talking on the phone to your friends and relatives you haven't had time to catch up with and to top it all off having refreshments available to you that didn't cost a cent while you were in this magical place. Well, I take that last part back. It does cost to obtain a membership. Membership is available to United Airlines travelers.

Cost

The cost runs approximately $500 annually depending on many variables. If a traveler racks up less than 25,000 miles in a year on United Airlines, the cost is $500 for an annual membership. For United travelers who rack up many miles, there are discounts as follows:

Premier Silver Member ( traveled 25,000 or more miles in one year): $450

Premier Gold Member ( traveled 50,000 or more miles in one year): $425

Premier Platinum Member ( traveled 75,000 or more miles in one year): $400

Premier 1 K Member ( traveled 100,000 or more miles in one year): $375


There is also a $50 one-time registration fee. But, as a member, you are allowed to bring one guest with you. And that means for me, being able to come in with my member husband, this treat is totally free. You may balk at the cost to join, but for someone who travels a lot for business, the cost is well worth it. And I can vouch for the fact that it is also totally worth it for their guests! As a member, you must be 21 years of age. If a traveler is interested in just visiting the United Club Room for a one-time visit, the cost is $50 per individual visit.

Perks

The United Club room in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is filled with over 100 chairs and 25 tables with chairs, as well as a business office. The main lounge area is separated into 2 or 3 rooms. Travelers have their choice of sitting in chairs or at tables. Free WiFi is provided airport-wide so travelers can check their email or complete work. There are tables near outlets so if someone needed to charge up a laptop, cell phone, etc. they can do so. There are flat screen televisions in each room, and flight schedule boards so travelers can check the status of their flights as needed.

There is a plethora of snack type refreshments available for weary travelers which include packaged crackers and a choice of three cheeses,fresh fruit such as apples and bananas, small packages of baby carrots with individual containers of ranch dressing for dipping, canisters of chocolate covered pretzels, and cheese crackers, and individually packaged short break cookies from Mrs. Walker, as well as Pepperidge Farm packages of Milano cookies. These treats all combine to make this a snack food lover's delight.

There are also stations for coffee, tea, including herbal tea, and an espresso/latte machine. There is a bar inside the Club Room, and wine, beer and alcohol and soda are free for the asking. The business office has cubicles for people to use in a quiet environment to conduct business either on the Internet or on the phone. Free photocopies and faxes are available for business needs. It is separated from the main lounge area. Free newspapers and current magazines are available on stands near the door.

The United Club Room is a much more comfortable and relaxing place to spend time in an airport than the uncomfortable lightly padded airport seating next to each gate. This is especially true if a person has a long layover. Many of the other United Club Rooms in other airports are set up similarly.

Availability

United Club rooms are available in airports in twenty-four major cities in the United States, as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guam, Hong Kong, China, Melbourne, Australia, Mexico City, Mexico, Osaka, Japan, Panama City, Panama, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tokyo, Japan.

How to Become a Member

To become a member of the United Club, contact United at unitedclub@united.com, call 1-866-822-5827. Or when traveling, you may stop in at any United Club Room in a major airport you happen to be in at the time.

Coffee/tea bar at the United Club, O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois
Coffee/tea bar at the United Club, O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois | Source
Snack food options at the United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
Snack food options at the United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois | Source
Business office area at The United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois.
Business office area at The United Club Room, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. | Source
Comfortable chairs in the United Club Room at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois.
Comfortable chairs in the United Club Room at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. | Source

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      ExpressoTransp,

      I would LOVE to go to France. Paris is a dream of mine...someday. I think I will only get to Morocco on a cruise but I would like to spend more time in France. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am crazy about the benefits and it is great for people who travel a lot. Where have you traveled this year? Have you written hubs about it? I am having a ball writing about all the places I have traveled this year. Perfect subject matter for new hubs.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      After traveling this year, a club membership looks pretty good. I would really enjoy the perks when traveling. Good post and very interesting to read.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      ExpresscoTransp,

      Thanks for dropping by the United Club Room and for leaving your comment. It seems like I have recently started to write hubs about most of my experiences which is fun. I have some travel coming up this year to Las Vegas, Italy and Denmark and Georgia and each trip should be worth at least 5 hubs so I am excited about that!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. Yes, it does seem that almost anything I do lately, I seem to get a hub idea from it. My husband laughs at me, but is joining in the fun by suggesting I do a hub on whatever we are doing at the time. And he did give me a new camera for my birthday so I could take clear pictures for my hubs. I am fortunately in a time of my life where a lot is going on. Prior to this, I wasn't doing much except going to work and living with teenagers...well that in itself did provide some material for hubs. But the material is coming much more fast and furious now that I am traveling more. So, hopefully I will have no trouble hitting another 150 over the next year! Thanks again for your comment. I always appreciate whatever comments you leave.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Karen, I really like the fact that you find potential Hub ideas virtually anywhere you're at. Brilliant, my friend! Every once in a while, my credit card issues me a free limited time offer to utilize one of these airline courtesy rooms. Thus far, I haven't taken advantage of such offers, but after reading your piece, I've changed my mind. I didn't realize the amount and quality of perks were so customer-beneficial. Thank you for sharing. Even the man who shook his head gained instant notoriety by virtue of your inclusion of him in your article. : ) As a fellow writer, kudos to you for following your gut instinct about potential hub opportunities. As ever, a faithful follower of yours--Hawaiian Odysseus.