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Old Oct 16, 18, 9:48 am
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ORD United club with showers & access

Iím sorry for the noobish question. I have been googling and canít figure out if I can have a shower at ORD after my international flight. Iím flying ZRH-ORD-AUS tomorrow on Swiss, award flight booked through United. Iím in Business for the international leg, but not the domestic one. I donít think I can get into the Polaris lounge on arrival via a partner flight, or can I? Unfortunately I donít have any status anymore. Do any of the other United lounges have showers? Thanks!
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Old Oct 16, 18, 9:53 am
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Unless you have United Gold status or better, you will have no United Club access for an arrival on Swiss (even if booked w/ United). An arrival on United from Europe would have gotten access to Polaris Lounge w/ showers or a United Club. There are no showers in United Clubs. Sorry for bad news.

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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:04 am
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Well shoot, I have a 5 hour layover at ORD. I used to be Plat. but not anymore Oh well.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:15 am
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Well shoot, I have a 5 hour layover at ORD. I used to be Plat. but not anymore Oh well.
You wouldn't gain access to the Polaris lounge even with status. You would gain access on departure, even on partner flights, but with arrival, only UA metal international long haul Polaris routes would qualify.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:27 am
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You wouldn't gain access to the Polaris lounge even with status. You would gain access on departure, even on partner flights, but with arrival, only UA metal international long haul Polaris routes would qualify.
yes, I figured I wouldnít get Polaris, and probably no shower. But for some reason I thought I could at least get into the regular lounge on arrival.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:39 am
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.....But for some reason I thought I could at least get into the regular lounge on arrival.
For departure lounges (which is most *A lounges), the basic access is based your departure flight.
There are additional access provisions for those with status or those arriving via the lounge operator's flights or those having lounge memberships (note while these can apply to UCs, the Polaris lounge only exception is lounge operator's arrival flight)
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Old Oct 16, 18, 11:06 am
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If you REALLY need to shower, there is the day room rate at the O'Hare Hilton.
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Had you looked into changing to a Polaris Lounge-eligible itinerary, i.e. ZRH-LHR-ORD-AUS?
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Had you looked into changing to a Polaris Lounge-eligible itinerary, i.e. ZRH-LHR-ORD-AUS?
@pseudoswede’s suggestion is probably less expensive and easier all the way around.
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Not going to help with a shower, but you may be able to access the Swiss lounge in Chicago based on your arrival in their business class - the Swiss forum might be a better place to ask to confirm access but I think the do allow access on arrival if you can physically get to the lounge (just like UA do).

It's in T5 which is the terminal you'll arrive into, but you'll need to clear security to get in (using your UA boarding pass), and then re-clear security in the United terminal again before your flight as there's no air-side connection/transport in that direction.

Debatable if it's worth the effort, but if you've got 5 hours it might be just to kill the time...
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Old Oct 16, 18, 12:24 pm
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If you REALLY need to shower, there is the day room rate at the O'Hare Hilton.
or, maybe buy a day pass at another lounge........
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Old Oct 16, 18, 1:42 pm
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Instead of a day room, a couple-year-old thread here on FT mentioned you could get a day pass to the spa/pool area for $10.

The hotel's direct number is +1-773-686-8000

With 5 hours, you could also head to a blue line neighborhood like Logan Square, walk around, have a nice meal, and head back.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 8:45 pm
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Not going to help with a shower, but you may be able to access the Swiss lounge in Chicago based on your arrival in their business class - the Swiss forum might be a better place to ask to confirm access but I think the do allow access on arrival if you can physically get to the lounge (just like UA do).

It's in T5 which is the terminal you'll arrive into, but you'll need to clear security to get in (using your UA boarding pass), and then re-clear security in the United terminal again before your flight as there's no air-side connection/transport in that direction.

Debatable if it's worth the effort, but if you've got 5 hours it might be just to kill the time...
I don't think that'll work -- they don't let you go over to T5 unless you have an international departure.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:04 pm
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I don't think that'll work -- they don't let you go over to T5 unless you have an international departure.
You'll just need to exit security and enter T5 landside.

ORD won't allow use of the airside shuttle to T5 unless you have an INTL boarding pass.

But TSA should, by policy, not care about the terminal on your boarding pass. If your boarding pass is valid for some terminal at ORD, it is valid for all terminals at ORD. The agent at the podium will probably tell you you are in the wrong terminal but you can say it's fine you are there to use the lounge.
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Old Oct 16, 18, 10:12 pm
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Hilton Dayroom or Spa Day Pass will make your stay a lot more enjoyable. The Hilton is connected to the airport.
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