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Global First Lounge (IFL / GFL) Access Questions and Experiences

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:-: United's Global First Lounges located at LHR, JFK, ORD, SFO, HKG and NRT are for the exclusive use of passengers traveling in United's Global First or in International First Class on a Star Alliance member aircraft with more than two classes of service departing that day from that airport.

:-: United's Global First Lounge located at IAD is for the exclusive use of passengers traveling in United's Global First. See
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20895856-post36.html for documentation of the exclusion of non-UA F pax from the IAD GFL.
10/31/2013
This has now been confirmed to be false and an incorrect denial by the IAD GFL staff per UA Insider - see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21700252-post535.html

Passengers must be holding a same day ticket for flights departing to/from a Trans Atlantic, Trans Pacific, Southern South America, Africa or a Middle East destination. Passengers connecting to/from other United/United Express flights will be admitted as long as the above requirements are met.

Global Services members can also use Global First Lounges when traveling in BusinessFirst or p.s. (JFK-LAX/SFO) BusinessFirst cabin.

A GS who arrives in BF or GF will be admitted to the GFL. A pax who arrives in GF (Global First - UA operated flight 3-class aircraft) will be admitted to the GFL. A GS or pax who arrives on other metal will not be admitted on that basis.

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United Global FirstSM Lounge

The United Global First Lounge is an oasis of service and privacy. Tailored to the needs of United Global First customers on long-haul international flights*, we offer personalized services, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and premium beverages.
Access policy

The following customers may access the United Global First lounge by showing their United boarding pass for a flight arriving or departing on a same-day (within 24 hours) itinerary.

United Global First customers traveling on long-haul international flights*
Star Alliance™ First customers departing on international flights

These eligible United Global First Lounge visitors are allowed one adult or child to accompany them as a guest.

*Long-haul international flights are between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East or South America.
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Old May 18, 14, 12:50 am
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Ya I'm here now and it's great! (As much as it can be at 6:45am)
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Old May 18, 14, 6:08 pm
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Originally Posted by bmwe92fan View Post
Sitting in the GFL at SFO now and must admit I'm quite impressed. Food / wine are average but this is my favorite GFL/IFL lounge so far (even more than HKG which isn't clear if that is real United IFL or not). Really enjoying the quiet elegance - much better shape than the other lounges I've been in.

Good job UA!
It's a nice lounge - I start many travels right there - a few more now with the GS benefit of travelling in C and getting GFL access.

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Old May 20, 14, 6:31 pm
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NRT-SFO first class lounge at SFO

Will be flying NRT-SFO on F class on United. 5 hour layover in SFO. Will fly business class to IAH on United. Can I use First Class Club at SFO?
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Old May 20, 14, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by imssc1 View Post
Will be flying NRT-SFO on F class on United. 5 hour layover in SFO. Will fly business class to IAH on United. Can I use First Class Club at SFO?
yes (the key is arriving on UA in GF. Arriving non-UA in International F would have been a no.)

Of course departing in *A International F also qualifies.
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Old May 23, 14, 12:33 am
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I'm flying SFO-YVR-MUC right now flying UA Y/LH F. Any chance I'll I be able to access the GFL in SFO? There's an AC J option too for SFO-YVR. If I switch to that, does that change anything? Thanks!!
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Old May 23, 14, 12:36 am
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Originally Posted by spikyone View Post
I'm flying SFO-YVR-MUC right now flying UA Y/LH F. Any chance I'll I be able to access the GFL in SFO? There's an AC J option too for SFO-YVR. If I switch to that, does that change anything? Thanks!!
Sorry, no GFL access either way.

To access SFO GFL, you must have either have a UA Global First flight on your itinerary or be departing SFO in F on a *A partner.
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Old May 23, 14, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Sorry, no GFL access either way.

To access SFO GFL, you must have either have a UA Global First flight on your itinerary or be departing SFO in F on a *A partner.
Ah thanks for the quick reply! No worries.. Will slum it in the UC
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Old Jun 3, 14, 8:38 pm
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LHR GF lounge

I was able to get a F saver back to Chicago in a few weeks on one of UA's Dino 767's. I didn't realize there is a GFL there in T2. Any reports on how it is? The last GFL I was in was last December at ORD and was pretty cramped.

I also just noticed it says on UA's site "eligible GF customers welcome". If your in GF I would think you are welcome. As an award flyer do I get access?

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Old Jun 3, 14, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
I was able to get a F saver back to Chicago in a few weeks on one of UA's Dino 767's. I didn't realize there is a GFL there in T2. Any reports on how it is? The last GFL I was in was last December at ORD and was pretty cramped.

I also just noticed it says on UA's site "eligible GF customers welcome". If your in GF I would think you are welcome. As an award flyer do I get access?
It (T2, GFL) opens tomorrow (June 4th). Previews look nice.
Yes if you're flying GF you get access, whether $$ or award. (Nonrevs/employees do not, but that likely doesn't apply)

Originally Posted by 787fan View Post
If I'm arriving LHR on UA F and departing CA F , can i still use the GF lounge ?
Will be different terminal for CA until 18 June. After that, yes. Pax flying First on *A international flights get access to GFL.

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Old Jun 3, 14, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj View Post
It (T2, GFL) opens tomorrow (June 4th). Previews look nice.
Yes if you're flying GF you get access, whether $$ or award. (Nonrevs/employees do not, but that likely doesn't apply)



Will be different terminal for CA until 18 June. After that, yes. Pax flying First on *A international flights get access to GFL.
Thanks for the info.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 1:17 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
I was able to get a F saver back to Chicago in a few weeks on one of UA's Dino 767's. I didn't realize there is a GFL there in T2. Any reports on how it is? The last GFL I was in was last December at ORD and was pretty cramped.

I also just noticed it says on UA's site "eligible GF customers welcome". If your in GF I would think you are welcome. As an award flyer do I get access?
Pics and report of the new GFL in LHR T2: http://thedesignair.net/2014/04/11/u...-first-lounge/
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Old Jun 4, 14, 2:28 am
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Just sat down in the new LHR GFL, the pics above do it justice, so no need to post any more here... No doubt the friendliest airport experience of my life at the new T2 today. The GFL (and UC) are right next to the UA departure gates, but about a 15 minute walk from the main terminal where duty free is...

Hands-down nicest GFL I've been to architecturally, though you can't beat the Udon soup in LAX after a long inbound flight.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 9:11 am
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In a month, I will be:

- Arriving LHR in United Global First
- Departing to DUS in LH Business (still in T1)

What's the route to access the Global First lounge? What would I follow sign wise to find it (flight connections for B gates?) I think I will arrive, have to go through security again, and then be able to access the lounge and then there would be a way to get over to T1 for the LH flight?

I've got a 3 hour connection so I think it would be enough time to see the lounge, so I definitely would like to.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by villox View Post
In a month, I will be:

- Arriving LHR in United Global First
- Departing to DUS in LH Business (still in T1)

What's the route to access the Global First lounge? What would I follow sign wise to find it (flight connections for B gates?) I think I will arrive, have to go through security again, and then be able to access the lounge and then there would be a way to get over to T1 for the LH flight?

I've got a 3 hour connection so I think it would be enough time to see the lounge, so I definitely would like to.
I'm thinking you'll be stuck with T1 lounges, as you proceed to Transfer desks on arrival. With the fact that the UA gates are the same as when in T1, maybe there's some kind of connection, so I could be wrong, but would imagine it's closed off based on SOP at LHR.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj View Post
I'm thinking you'll be stuck with T1 lounges, as you proceed to Transfer desks on arrival. With the fact that the UA gates are the same as when in T1, maybe there's some kind of connection, so I could be wrong, but would imagine it's closed off based on SOP at LHR.
What do you mean by "SOP at LHR". Aren't all the departure gates in a secure zone I would enter after passing through security again? What would it matter if I were going to a T1 gate or a T2 gate?

Forgive me, I have rarely transited LHR, and obviously not in the new configuration. I'm usually passing through FRA.
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