Notes: The United Airlines Red Carpet Club at MSP is small. Likely the smallest lounge I’ve seen at least in recent travels. And while I’ve never been here when it’s crowded, I’m assured by United faithful that it can get pretty tight now and then. It’s recommended that you ask the gate agent if you’re coming up on a glut of United flights or busier times…It should be easy to see if the lounge is full if you just walk in.
Wi-Fi:Yes/Free. Accessed with either Red Carpet Member # or with PIN code issued at front desk.
Service: The front desk agent seemed as if she were lost in the woods with nothing more than a basket of stale bread and crappy wine upon check-in. As it turns out that just about summarizes the service and the food situation in the lounge. She failed to mention that the lounge would be closing very shortly as the last United flight was boarding for the day. When I later asked why everyone was leaving she then mentioned that they close shortly after the final flight, despite what the hours on the United website told me. Something I would have LOVED to have known prior to wasting a Priority Pass visit on.
Convenience to gate: Easy if you’re flying United. A lot less easy if you’re flying from far-away gates, particularly those on the G or C concourses.
How I got in/Strategies:Priority Pass. If you’re not particularly loyal to a specific airline or don’t travel enough to use airport club rooms, I highly recommend joining. 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.