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Why These Airport Lounges Are Revolutionizing Air Travel

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10.07.19

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United Polaris lounges are the new generation of airport lounges—and unlike anything you've experiened.

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The bartender puts your drink—a signature cocktail mixed with housemade oolong-steeped bourbon—on the bar, which is softly illuminated from underneath, giving the space a chill glow. You take a sip, order a charcuterie platter with all of your favorites, and enjoy the calm.

While you may feel like you’re in a hip new bar in the hot part of town, you’re actually waiting to board your United Airlines flight in one of the new United Polaris lounges. The ultimate destination for pre-travel relaxation, these lounges offer a range of experiences aimed at creating a tranquil and luxurious journey. Unlike a traditional airport lounge, the United Polaris lounges are exclusive, chic hideaways created exclusively for Polaris business class travelers, designed to erase the stresses that often come with travel.

Airport lounges have been around for decades, but the past few years have brought enormous enhancements to them. The revolutionary United Polaris lounges take these changes to the next level, including top-notch food and drinks, luxurious spaces for napping or freshening up, and all of the services and amenities that you might need. In fact, the United Polaris lounges are more like mini boutique hotels—modern, peaceful spaces for rest and rejuvenation. Each location is thoughtfully designed and includes subtle mood lighting, its own curated playlist, and even has its own custom scent.

The world has noticed. This year, the United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport was voted Best Business Class Lounge in the World by Skytrax, a highly coveted award voted on by more 21 million airline passengers worldwide. And the United Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport was named Best Business Class Lounge in the U.S. last year. 

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Besides these two award winners, United’s exclusive Polaris Lounges can be found at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, and most recently, Los Angeles International Airport. Four more will be opening soon, at Washington Dulles International Airport; Hong Kong International Airport; London Heathrow; and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Plan your layovers accordingly.

How To Enjoy United Polaris Lounges

Here’s what you can expect in these bastions of comfort.

• Deluxe drinking and dining. Start off at the contemporary bar and enjoy top-flight wines and beers, as well as a curated list of craft cocktails. Each United Polaris lounge also features a full-service restaurant with its own inventive, seasonal menu that includes local specialties as well as favorites from some of United’s most popular destinations. If you’re pressed for time, there’s also an extensive gourmet buffet—perfect for grabbing a quick snack before boarding.

• Comfortable workspaces. Forget about cubicles and too-bright lighting. United Polaris lounges offer private, divided spaces that place a premium on comfort. Settle into one of the cozy, oversized chairs with its own integrated table and personal side lamp and finish that report, catch up on email, or binge-watch your favorite series.

• Relaxation areas. Naps are encouraged. Private daybeds, outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue blankets and pillows, are available to recharge your body’s batteries in the way that only a peaceful sleep can. Afterwards, you’ll find spa-like shower suites where you can freshen up (try a cucumber-and-green-tea body wash from the botanically based skincare brand Sunday Riley) while a personal valet steams your clothes.

Experience the supreme comfort of the United Polaris lounge for yourself—book your Polaris business class ticket now at United.com.

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