(Originally reviewed May 11, 2009. Updated text and video May 22, 2011)
Airline/Club Name: United Club
Location: LGA (New York. LaGuardia)
Terminal/Concourse: Central Terminal (Land-side) near “C” Concourse.
Notes: This Red Carpet Club at LaGuardia is decidedly business-like and caters well to that end. You’ll find an array of business newspapers and magazines, a full service (cash) bar, lots of power ports for plugging in laptops and a conference room for you pre-flight meetings. For those of us just looking for a snack and some quiet it delivers with the standard coffee, soda and snack-mix…The “quiet” depends mainly on what time you’re there (as with any airline lounge), but was library-like on my visits.
Wi-Fi: Yes/Free. Accessed with either Red Carpet Member # or with PIN code issued at front desk.
Service: Friendly greeting, quick check-in. Snack/beverage area was well stocked. Breakfast items were minimal but sufficient. Speedy clean-up.
Convenience to gate: Being a land side club, it’s a little more complicated as you’ll still have to deal with security on your way to the gate. You’ll need to allow an extra 15 to 30 minutes (or maybe more) to get there which is inconvenient (to say the least), but the lines have been fairly speedy on my recent visits. Check with the club reps to see what the average wait is during the time/day of your flight.
How I got in/Strategies: If you’re not particularly loyal to a specific airline or don’t travel enough to use airport club rooms, I highly recommend joining Priority Pass. You can also access this room with annual Red Carpet Club memberships and by purchasing day-passes either online in-advance at United’s website for $39 or at the club upon your visit for $50 (prices are per-person). You may also use miles to enter the lounge, but at 7,000 I think it’s a bit steep.
Rating: 3 hops (of 5)