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Star Alliance Lounge Access at EWR & ORD

Old Dec 6, 2014, 6:51 am
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Star Alliance Lounge Access at EWR & ORD

I will be traveling frequently in December through EWR and ORD on domestic itineraries. I do not have United Club Membership, but do have Star Alliance Gold status. I understand that SA Gold gives me access to some of the international SA lounges, even if I am on a domestic UA ticket.

Does anyone know if there is airside access from EWR Terminal C to EWR Terminal B to get to the Lufthansa/SAS Lounge? I know there is the Airside Shuttle Bus at C71 that runs to Terminal A, but just wondering if it also goes to Terminal B? If so, how difficult is this process?

On the same note, does anyone know if there is airside access from ORD Terminals 1 & 2 to Terminal 5 to get to the Swiss/SAS Lounge? If so, how difficult is this process?

I will have significant downtime at both EWR and ORD so it will be a great opportunity for me to check out these lounges... if I can get to them!

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Dec 6, 2014, 8:38 am
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Which airline is your status on?
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by COElite
I will be traveling frequently in December through EWR and ORD on domestic itineraries. I do not have United Club Membership, but do have Star Alliance Gold status. I understand that SA Gold gives me access to some of the international SA lounges, even if I am on a domestic UA ticket.

Does anyone know if there is airside access from EWR Terminal C to EWR Terminal B to get to the Lufthansa/SAS Lounge? I know there is the Airside Shuttle Bus at C71 that runs to Terminal A, but just wondering if it also goes to Terminal B? If so, how difficult is this process?

On the same note, does anyone know if there is airside access from ORD Terminals 1 & 2 to Terminal 5 to get to the Swiss/SAS Lounge? If so, how difficult is this process?

I will have significant downtime at both EWR and ORD so it will be a great opportunity for me to check out these lounges... if I can get to them!

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
I think the agents at C71 check your boarding pass to make sure you have a legit flight at A/B, so "using lounge" may not suffice to get past those shuttle bus dragons
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 9:46 am
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no airside access to Terminal B unless you depart from it. You can go to B via the train, go through security again and use the lounge. Only worth it if you have a lot of time.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by 787fan
I think the agents at C71 check your boarding pass to make sure you have a legit flight at A/B, so "using lounge" may not suffice to get past those shuttle bus dragons
Yeah the shuttle bus dragons are almost as bad as some lounge dragons
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by COElite
On the same note, does anyone know if there is airside access from ORD Terminals 1 & 2 to Terminal 5 to get to the Swiss/SAS Lounge? If so, how difficult is this process?
No at ORD, you have to exit security to get to Term 5 and go through security again, and in many cases, will only allow you through if you actually have a flight in that terminal.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 11:43 am
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To summarize... enjoy the terminal you land in or buy some UC passes...

Getting to the international terminals in either of those locations is not really a viable proposition.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by arctikjon
To summarize... enjoy the terminal you land in or buy some UC passes...

Getting to the international terminals in either of those locations is not really a viable proposition.
I would actually by a DL pass (in ord) over the UA day pass.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70
I would actually by a DL pass (in ord) over the UA day pass.
Yeah, if you're in E or F DL is the way to go. The new UC in F is amazing, but suffers the amenities problem that the rest of the clubs have. If we could just take the DL lounge and make it the UC, all would be well in the world.

But regardless, you'd need a *G from an international airline to access any of the UCs, and the international arrival gates are not connected to the domestic ones behind security.
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For more discussion, please follow the thread as it moves to the Star Alliance forum, where access to *A lounges as a *A Gold is discussed. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, United forum.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 3:37 pm
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IAD is your best choice, that is, the LH lounge in terminal B. It is not convenient, but you do not go through security twice.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 4:25 pm
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Thank you to everyone for your information and suggestions.
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Old Dec 6, 2014, 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70
I would actually by a DL pass (in ord) over the UA day pass.
Would that require that you be on a DL itinerary? I saw a blurb on DL's website that one day passes required an itinerary. Don't know if they mean any itinerary or DL issued.
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Old Dec 7, 2014, 7:12 am
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As long as your gold status is NOT with UA, you have access to all UC's on any
itinerary. I don't understand the question.
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Old Dec 7, 2014, 9:35 am
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Would that require that you be on a DL itinerary? I saw a blurb on DL's website that one day passes required an itinerary. Don't know if they mean any itinerary or DL issued.
In reply to your question, the current DL Sky Club One Day Pass T&C require usage to be "in conjunction with same-day ticketed air travel on ANY airline." [emphasis added]
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