United Polaris Lounge Opening in Houston: Preview Event 2,500 Miles

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Ever since United announced their litany of Polaris upgrades to their premium cabin offerings I have been excited for a United Polaris Lounge to make its way to Houston. It has taken years longer than expected to get to this point, but there is a confirmed official opening date for the United Polaris IAH Lounge of June 29, 2018!

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There are already United Polaris Lounges located in Chicago, San Francisco, and Newark, with the Newark and San Francisco lounges having just opened within the last six weeks. You can read all about the San Francisco United Polaris Lounge here, but if you are a Houston-based United traveler, you can see the brand new Houston Polaris Lounge first-hand if you act quickly.

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United is hosting a United Polaris Lounge media preview day on June 26th, which I sadly probably can’t make as I am flying out of IAH earlier that morning. However, on June 27th, they will allow MileagePlus members to come and experience the lounge for the bargain price of 2,500 United miles per person via this MileagePlus Exclusives offering! This event is being held before the lounge even officially opens, so it is pretty unique access.

Based on reports from similar experiences at the San Francisco and Newark Polaris Lounges, those 2,500 miles to get into the pre-opening event are likely miles well-spent as you can not only check out the lounge before it opens, but enjoy samplings of the food and drink menu, too.

To access the United Polaris Lounges under normal circumstances, you must be flying on an eligible international United or Star Alliance business or first class tickets, so spending just 2,500 United miles is by far the least expensive route to get a taste of the lounge good life.

If you want to get in on this United Exclusives preview event, I would act quickly as some time slots are going fast. There are some additional slots for those who are United credit cardholders and United elites, so check those categories if you are eligible.

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  1. I have a 3.5 hour connection through IAH that day. I’m looking forward to checking it out. My layover doesn’t quite fit into the 5-7 pm or 7-9 pm time slots. Do you know if they’re strict about when one enters and exits the preview?


        • I’ve signed up for the 5-7 PM slot. Hopefully, my incoming and outgoing gates are near the lounge’s Terminal E location.

          Perhaps our paths will cross if you’re back in Houston that day.

          • If I make it it will be at the very end based on current schedule. We’ll see though!

  2. correction needed :

    “There already United Polaris Lounges located in Chicago, San Francisco, and Newark, with the Newark and San Francisco lounges having just opened within the last six weeks.”

    • No, this is a section of the old lounge in E, but it does not fully replace any lounge and outside of this preview event you have to be flying an eligible international first or business class flight no United or a Star Alliance partner to get access.

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