Holiday Season VIP Lounges Returning for United Cardholders!

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For the last several years the Chase United co-branded credit cards have gotten cardholders complimentary access to temporary VIP lounges at select shopping areas during the busy holiday season. This year they will again offer the lounges in The Westfield San Francisco Centre and The Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. United MileagePlus Cardmembers and up to three of their guests can access the lounges for free if they bring their United card (or confirmation page of approval if they just applied) and a photo ID.

Chase VIP Lounge in San Francisco

Chase VIP Lounge in San Francisco

These lounges aren’t over-the-top luxurious or worth a trip to the mall that you weren’t otherwise going to make, but they do offer a place to sit, have baked goods, packaged snacks, soda, bottled water and coffee, and watch a little TV…or maybe your partner hangs out there while you knock out some shopping. They also offer complimentary gift-wrapping (two packages per guest) and host a special event for ticketed cardholders during the holiday season.

VIP Lounge in the Westfield San Francisco Centre

The Westfield San Francisco Centre
Dome Level adjacent to Tap 415
Open November 25 – December 24, 2016
11:00 am until mall closing
The Lounge will be closed on Monday December 7th after 2:00pm PST for a special event.

This lounge will host a special event with Tyler Florence and Cindy Pawlcyn on December 7th for $75 per person that will feature:

  • Wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and walk-around tasting stations
  • Pre-signed copies of one of Chef Tyler Florence’s and one of Chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s cookbooks (One set per party)
  • Photos with Chefs Tyler Florence & Cindy Pawlcyn
  • $75 per person

VIP Lounge in the Mall at Short Hills, New Jersey

The Mall at Short Hills
Located on the second level across from Macy’s and Restoration Hardware
Open November 25 – December 24, 2016
11:00 am until mall closing
The Lounge will be closed on Monday November 28th after 2:00pm EST for a special event.

This lounge will offer treats from Carlo’s Bakery on Mondays!


The Short Hills VIP Lounge will host a special event on November 28th with New York Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall for $50 per person that will include:

  • Interactive “Chalk Talk,” where fans can ask him about his career, and the current season while enjoying a tailgate-style spread
  • Opportunity to meet Mr. Marshall and take photos with him
  • Pre-signed autographed mini football.

Just like in previous years, the two lounges will collect new unwrapped toys in their original packaging with a retail value of $15 or more on Tuesdays in December (12/6, 12/13, and 12/20). However, unlike in previous years those who donate toys will not receive United Club passes. Instead, cardholders who donate eligible toys on those dates will receive a Chase United MileagePlus mobile device charger as a thank-you.

Massive toy donations for United Club passes in years past

Massive toy donations for United Club passes in years past

I’m glad they will continue to offer these VIP lounges this year for United cardholders, though I do hate to see the United Club passes disappear as a gift for donating toys and I wish they would bring back the Houston lounge that was offered in some years past!

Do you usually visit one of these VIP lounges during the holiday season?

Thank you to Mommy Points reader WingIt for letting me know the lounges were returning!

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    • Athomp, your United card will get you and up to three guests into these two VIP lounges in shopping malls for free for the duration they are open this shopping season.

      • Thanks for the response!

        Do you know if you need to make reservations for the paid events at the lounge? Or can you just show up and pay?

        • Yes, you need tickets for the special events. There is a link in the post to each. The max capacity was pretty small, so if you want to attend I would get your tickets sooner rather than later.

  1. Such a random, but useful perk. Glad I got to utilize in San Fran last year. Usually spend a night in the area once every winter. We brought gifts from home in Sacramento to have them wrap.

  2. Hi-

    I called the Short Hills Mall i NJ nd they said there is NO Chase/United VIP Lounge this year….is this true & would you happen to know why?

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