Review: United Club: Denver International – Concourse B


This post is one chapter on our trip to Atlanta, Georgia on United Airlines and Air Canada. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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I got off the plane and into the busy B terminal. I took the train up to Concourse C and had a meal at Timberline Steaks, courtesy of Priority Pass Select who offered a $28 USD credit. It was friendly and pleasant service. There were no issues using Priority Pass and despite being breakfast to lunch changeover, they had no issues with me waiting around seated in the restaurant for lunch menu to start at 10:45 AM. The restaurant credit is a great deal for leisure travellers not on expense and it is too bad that it is being concluded for us American Express Platinum card holders.

I left a tip in addition to paying for the extras.

Accessing the United Club:

The United Clubs have a variety of methods in order to gain access.

A boarding pass for travel in United Polaris business class: Customers in United Polaris business class may access United Club locations at departure, connecting and arrival airports, along their eligible same-day routing.

A boarding pass for travel in United Business (international): Customers traveling internationally in United Business may access United Club locations at departure, connecting and arrival airports along their eligible same-day routing. Customers traveling to and from Canada in United First are eligible for United Business access.

A boarding pass for travel in United Business (premium transcontinental): Customers on premium transcontinental flights may only access United Club locations at the origin and destination of their premium transcontinental flight. Premium transcontinental flights are only between New York/Newark and Los Angeles and New York/Newark and San Francisco.

A boarding pass for travel in first class on a Star Alliance member airline: Customers may only access a United Club location at the departure airport for their international first class flight. One guest is permitted.

A boarding pass for travel in business class on a Star Alliance member airline: Customers may only access a United Club location at the departure airport for their international business class flight.

Star Alliance Gold membership card: a valid Star Alliance Gold membership card and a same-day boarding pass for travel on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline and departing from the same airport or a same-day boarding pass showing Star Alliance Gold status, for travel on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline and departing from the same airport

A United Club Membership (including a Mileage Plus Credit Card Membership): A boarding pass for same-day travel with valid United Club membership number listed, or a valid United Club membership card and boarding pass for same-day travel, or a valid United Club membership number and boarding pass for same-day travel

A United Club One Time Pass: A valid mobile or paper United Club one-time pass and boarding pass for same-day travel, or a valid 15-digit one-time pass number and boarding pass for same-day travel.

Active duty US Military Members: Active duty United States military members with a valid military ID, boarding pass for travel within 24 hours on a United- or United Express-operated flight and one of the following:

  • Dressed in uniform
  • Leave orders
  • Rest and recuperation papers

Access is subject to United Club seating availability. Family members travelling on the same flight area are also permitted access.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Memberships: A valid Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership card and a boarding pass for a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline and departing from the same airport. Maple Leaf Club North America members can access United Club locations in the U.S. only. Maple Leaf Club Worldwide members can access all United Club locations.

Access was granted thanks to the class of service on the ticket given that it was an “International” ticket. The United Airlines access policies are much more generous than the American Airlines One World policies that don’t allow access based on Transborder or Caribbean first class. It’s a stark contrast from Canada where access is granted based on class of service of the ticket and selling annual memberships to airlines lounges isn’t a primary revenue stream.

Inside the Denver United Club:

The club is still the same as it’s old days of lore. Brown furniture mark most of the main areas with slightly newer chairs that are quite firm to sit on. As in the last time that I was here, the place was packed more reminiscent of a bus holding lounge than anywhere actually quiet or tranquil to be in.

Food and Beverage (mostly snacks):

At least the snacks looked a little better than the cereal silos of years past… I also picked up a Global Traveler magazine along with a glass of Copper Moon Chardonnay to keep myself entertained…

The best part about the lounge were the unobstructed views of the apron. Although, being the United concourse, there weren’t much in the way of unusual airplane spotting opportunities.

The United Club Overall:

You’ll never mix this place up for one of the world’s greatest lounges. It’s a packed and busy experience with only a few nibbled to snack on. Despite this, the lounge has some terrific airside views and I’d make a point of stopping by in the future; if only to pick up a Global Traveller magazine.


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