Best United Club at EWR?

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United Club locations and lounges
United Club pop-up location. A new United ClubSM pop-up location is now open in Terminal C, near Gate C93. This location offers beer and wine, as well as light snack options.
One-time passes. We may not be able to accept or sell United ClubSM one-time passes at United Club locations in Terminal C during peak afternoon and evening travel times when these locations are at or near capacity. We will continue to accept one-time passes in our Terminal A United Club location, space permitting, as well as throughout the United Club network.
Additional United Club locations. We welcome travelers to our United Club locations in Terminal A and Terminal C. For travelers departing from Gates C70-115, we recommend the United Club location near Gate C74 or the United Club pop-up location near Gate C93. For travelers departing from Gates 120-138, we recommend our United Club pop-up location near Gate C124. Our pop-up locations offer beer and wine, as well as light snack options.

Alternative options. We anticipate these United Club locations may be full, particularly during peak afternoon and evening travel periods. For those traveling through New York/Newark during these peak periods, our OTG partners offer many dining options that you can explore instead if your schedule allows. United MileagePlus® Credit Cardmembers even enjoy a 20 percent discount.
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Terminal A - A2 concourse -- one-time access passes may be accepted
Terminal C UCs (one-time access passes may be an issue at peak periods)
C1 - near gate C74, upper level.
C2 - Pop-up location near C93 - only serves beer, wine & limited pre-packaged snack
C3 - Pop-up location near C124 - only serves beer, wine & limited pre-packaged snack




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Old Feb 3, 12, 12:46 pm
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Best United Club at EWR?

Flying phx-erw-fra tomorrow. I have 3.5 hours to kill at EWR. What is the best United club to hang out in? Are there other Star alliance lounges there that have better catering options/free drinks?

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Old Feb 3, 12, 12:55 pm
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There are two that you can use. Both get very busy in the evening, the one in the central area just after security has better views. All UCs have free drinks now, plus some additional "premium" drinks that you can pay for.

You can't use the other *A lounges in Terminal B without a boarding pass for the relevant terminal / concourse.
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Old Feb 3, 12, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by star_world View Post
...You can't use the other *A lounges in Terminal B without a boarding pass for the relevant terminal / concourse.
Is the airside A-B-C shuttle an option?

Additionally has not the TSA expanded the use of any valid BP (for that airport) for any security checkpoint.
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There have been plenty of reports here that the staff at the gate for the shuttle require a boarding pass for Terminal A. Regardless, the offerings there are pretty bad in comparison with the UCs in C (that's saying something!)

Last I heard TSA in EWR wouldn't let you into B without a boarding pass for the specific concourse you were going to - haven't heard of that changing but I may have missed something.
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Originally Posted by star_world View Post
There have been plenty of reports here that the staff at the gate for the shuttle require a boarding pass for Terminal A. ....
last week went A>B and changed bus then B>C, with no BP check. (need not try to enter B but appeared possible) as sbm12 pointed out it was A1>A2>C, not B. {my excuse, it was my first time using the shuttle and it was after a long transcon with delays}

Originally Posted by star_world View Post
...Last I heard TSA in EWR wouldn't let you into B without a boarding pass for the specific concourse you were going to - haven't heard of that changing but I may have missed something.
There have been reports the TSA has generically dropped this requirement in the past few months. My recent experience at other airports AUS, PBI, .... and bring folks to UC that were flying on other airlines but had long wait ... supports that lack of strict requirement. But who knows about the EWR folks

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last week went A>B and changed bus then B>C, with no BP check. (need not try to enter B but appeared possible)
You sure you didn't go A1->A2 and then to C? I don't think the shuttle stops at B airside as there are no CO/UA departures at B.

The C2/3 lounge has showers and better views of the field but otherwise they're basically the same.
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Originally Posted by star_world View Post
There are two that you can use. Both get very busy in the evening, the one in the central area just after security has better views. All UCs have free drinks now, plus some additional "premium" drinks that you can pay for.

You can't use the other *A lounges in Terminal B without a boarding pass for the relevant terminal / concourse.
Thanks for the info star_world, appreciated.
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You sure you didn't go A1->A2 and then to C? ....
Duh! you are correct.
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On the subject of the A to C shuttle: in my limited experience it appears to be a complete... well, the board will censor me if I use the word I think is appropriate, but let's just say it's a mess.

When I got there, there was a huge mass of people standing by the door -- maybe sixty or so. Not in any kind of organized line, just a huge mass. I waited at the back of the mass for about five minutes, then the extremely detached-looking airport employee at the front let a handful of people through the door. Someone expressed surprise at the small number of people going through, to which she droned "It's a twelve-person bus".

I groaned loudly and walked off through security (apparently leading a small exodus in the process), caught the train to terminal C, got back in the premium security line, waited around for a few minutes, figured out that the non-premium security line was moving a lot faster, and switched to that one (I kept pace and noticed that I got through a lot faster than the guy who had been ahead of me in the premium line).

Anyway, if I'd actually hung around to catch the A-C interterminal bus I estimate I'd probably still be there.

On the upside, once I got through to Terminal C I found that the United Club just to the left was perfectly fine and had good seating options and free Sam Adams to go with the usual extremely limited food selection. Couldn't complain.

Have other people had better experiences? Is it always a twelve-seater bus? Is there always a huge mass of people?
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....Have other people had better experiences? Is it always a twelve-seater bus? Is there always a huge mass of people?
Getting a bit OT but on my recent first time experience. The first leg (A1>A2 - not B) was a smaller vehicle (typical smaller rental car lot shuttle size), probably about 12 -- I was the last on and there were 6-8 others. No line at A1.
The second leg A2>C was in a larger bus (the typical larger rental car lot shuttle) -- bus was about half filled.
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Originally Posted by Jorgen View Post
On the subject of the A to C shuttle: in my limited experience it appears to be a complete... well, the board will censor me if I use the word I think is appropriate, but let's just say it's a mess.

When I got there, there was a huge mass of people standing by the door -- maybe sixty or so. Not in any kind of organized line, just a huge mass. I waited at the back of the mass for about five minutes, then the extremely detached-looking airport employee at the front let a handful of people through the door. Someone expressed surprise at the small number of people going through, to which she droned "It's a twelve-person bus".

I groaned loudly and walked off through security (apparently leading a small exodus in the process), caught the train to terminal C, got back in the premium security line, waited around for a few minutes, figured out that the non-premium security line was moving a lot faster, and switched to that one (I kept pace and noticed that I got through a lot faster than the guy who had been ahead of me in the premium line).

Anyway, if I'd actually hung around to catch the A-C interterminal bus I estimate I'd probably still be there.

On the upside, once I got through to Terminal C I found that the United Club just to the left was perfectly fine and had good seating options and free Sam Adams to go with the usual extremely limited food selection. Couldn't complain.

Have other people had better experiences? Is it always a twelve-seater bus? Is there always a huge mass of people?
No, it should take more people than that. I have noticed that it doubles as an employee shuttle back and forth between A and C, so that may have played a factor in your case.

I've gone from A to C with an "A" boarding pass and never had a problem - I just pointed out before they looked at the BP that I knew what I was doing.
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I prefer C3 of the 2 clubs in C but that's because I am usually looking for a shower. The C3 bar area is pretty big too, which I enjoy. Even when it's really crowded I'm usually able to find one stool somewhere at the bar, even if it's crowded between 2 other people
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Originally Posted by greathustle View Post
I prefer C3 of the 2 clubs in C but that's because I am usually looking for a shower. The C3 bar area is pretty big too, which I enjoy. Even when it's really crowded I'm usually able to find one stool somewhere at the bar, even if it's crowded between 2 other people
I'm there right now, and I agree with your assessment. Crowded, but sizeable bar area and not difficult to get a drink.

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Does anyone know for sure

if going to Terminal B lounges with a CO boarding pass is legit?
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Which is the Best C Club??

Originally Posted by Continental250K View Post
Better size in C by Starbucks towards 113 and up.

More intimate environment over by 90.
Hi there, dont understand the reply. Which is the best C club in the C Terminal? Anyone would like to share? I will be there on Tuesday..
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