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Old Jun 3, 2018, 2:29 pm
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Access to Polaris lounges (source):


update 29 Sept 2017, effective 1 Oct, 2017

Departure: The airport you are leaving on an international J/F flight* from, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT
Connecting: The airport to or from which you have a short-haul flight to connect to a longer flight, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT or NRT-ORD-EWR
Arrival: The airport you arrive at after your long-haul flight, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT

Hours- 4:30a - 10:45p

*Currently it appears that any departing international flight on an *A partner qualifies (except AC operated transborder flights ), but only United flights with the premium cabin class listed as 'Polaris Business' or 'Polaris First' will qualify for entrance after arriving off a United Polaris flight.
UA premium cabin flights not marketed as Polaris, such as Domestic First or International Business (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean ... ) are not eligible for Polaris lounge access.

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EWR Polaris lounge -- Reviews, Experiences, Q&A, ..

Old Jun 5, 2018, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
Handles are Guinness, Modelo Especial, Stella, Ommegang Witte, Yuengling, and Miller Lite. Eh. Good news is there are still two openings.
Arguably a worse draft selection than the regular UCs at EWR offer. They can definitely do better!
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
Poked through pigx5's pictures and found this:


Handles are Guinness, Modelo Especial, Stella, Ommegang Witte, Yuengling, and Miller Lite. Eh. Good news is there are still two openings.
But presumably the only free beer is the Miller?
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by LimeyFlyer
But presumably the only free beer is the Miller?
Polaris Lounge isn't supposed to have any 'premium' charge.
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by LimeyFlyer
But presumably the only free beer is the Miller?
In a Polaris Lounge you don't pay for beer, or wine, or champagne or any hard alcohols.
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
Handles are Guinness, Modelo Especial, Stella, Ommegang Witte, Yuengling, and Miller Lite.
Originally Posted by PsiFighter37
Arguably a worse draft selection than the regular UCs at EWR offer. They can definitely do better!
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Actually, that selection works pretty well for me. Surprisingly so.
I guess I don't have a very sophisticated beer taste, then.
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 4:19 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik
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Actually, that selection works pretty well for me. Surprisingly so.
I guess I don't have a very sophisticated beer taste, then.
No shame if that does it for you. I have some fond memories with pitchers of Yuengling, but as things are, it is a tap list would have me asking about the wine.
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik
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Actually, that selection works pretty well for me. Surprisingly so.
I guess I don't have a very sophisticated beer taste, then.
You and me both. Guinness, Stella, Yuengling, what more could I ask for. Though I try not to drink yuengling since they donated to Trump. Still, a solid beer selection, though maybe a Brooklyn Lager would be appropriate, given how they're trying to go local with each of these lounges.
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Old Jun 5, 2018, 4:41 pm
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They could add an IPA for sure. Demented IPA (which they have in their UCs at EWR) would more than suffice. I would be interested to see if they offer other crafts besides Ommegang in bottle or can.
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 6:31 am
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Nice.

Visited on Monday and was pretty impressed. They've obviously done some good training with the staff but it is still a work in progress.

Upsides:

1. Lots of room. It's very spacious.
2. The isolated work desk/seat combo units are really well designed, with very comfortable seats, well-placed power outlets and lighting.
3. The giant jar of M&Ms.
4. The menu in the "Dining Room" is pretty interesting. I had the Moroccan Lamb and it was pretty good-it was slightly under-seasoned for my taste.
5. Lots of shower rooms.
6. The buffet had some very interesting small plates and entrees. It looks like they have a good imaginative chef in charge.

Downsides:

1. Very slow service and confusion with floor management and order flow in the "Dining Room".
2. Coke Zero not available.
3. Shower room thermostat set to a default 88 degrees. I thought that it might be a mistake, so I checked several other shower rooms and they all had the same default setting. This is way too hot.
4. The space is very relaxing overall and pretty quiet, but my calm was interrupted by several extremely loud cell calls. I think that they should have a designated cell area and ban them in the general area and the "Dining Room".
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by zombietooth
Downsides:

4. The space is very relaxing overall and pretty quiet, but my calm was interrupted by several extremely loud cell calls. I think that they should have a designated cell area and ban them in the general area and the "Dining Room".
In my experience, it won't help. People (Americans) tend not to realize how loud they are until you get in their face and confront them.

Polaris is meant to be a 'business' lounge and unfortunately, people conduct 'business' in these lounges. I don't see them banning the use of cell phones. At most, maybe a reminder to not use them in the "nap areas".
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by zombietooth
6. The buffet had some very interesting small plates and entrees. It looks like they have a good imaginative chef in charge.
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Interesting indeed. Do you recall any particulars?
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by cesco.g
Interesting indeed. Do you recall any particulars?
Sorry, I can't remember many of them (I couldn't sleep at all on my Tokyo flight and showed-up at the club as a virtual zombie), but one that stood out was a delicious fingerling potato salad with watercress and scallions, served in individual large ramekins, not from a bowl. There was also a Chicken Parm that seemed very popular-I didn't try that one though.

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Old Jun 6, 2018, 11:48 am
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Ha ha....
on the menu, United doesn't tell you anything either
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 2:42 pm
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i'm pretty sure the answer is no, but this isn't open to PS operated flights right? I was just looking at my app for my flight tonight and the PS flights state United Polaris Business class in the amenities section
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Old Jun 6, 2018, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jasonp622
i'm pretty sure the answer is no, but this isn't open to PS operated flights right? I was just looking at my app for my flight tonight and the PS flights state United Polaris Business class in the amenities section
Correct - no access for p.s.

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