Full List of Airport Lounges at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport [IAH]

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston is the 15th-busiest airport in the U.S., having served over 45 million passengers in 2019. Of the 27 passenger airlines that operate from IAH, the airport is the second-largest hub for United Airlines and is a focus city for Spirit Airlines.

Update: Some of the lounges featured in this article may be closed or operating under reduced opening hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: If lounge access is important to you, see our detailed list of the best credit cards for getting into airport lounges.

IAH Terminal Map

George Bush International Airport Terminal Map
George Bush International Airport terminal map. Image Credit: George Bush Intercontinental Airport

IAH Airport Lounges by Terminal

TerminalLounges
Terminal A
  • American Airlines Admirals Club
  • United Club
Terminal B
  • United Club
Terminal C
  • United Club (North Concourse)
  • United Club (South Concourse)
Terminal D
  • Air France Lounge
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • British Airways First Lounge
  • Centurion Lounge
  • HAS Executive Club
  • KLM Crown Lounge
  • USO Lounge
Terminal E
  • United Club
  • United Polaris Lounge

Hot Tip: For information on airport facilities, connecting between terminals, hotels, and more, take a look at our ultimate terminal guide to George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Air France Lounge

Air France Lounge IAH
Air France Lounge IAH. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, opposite gate D12
Opening Hours: Daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Air France Lounge Facilities

  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Self-serve snacks, soups, and salads
  • VIP Area for La Première members
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Wi-Fi

Air France Lounge Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

Day passPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • $50 or 6,000 miles
  • Passengers must be flying on an Air France-, KLM-, or Delta-operated flight
Business classPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Valid when traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight
  • Guests may purchase a day pass
La Première
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
  • Valid when traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight
  • The guest must be traveling on an international Air France, KLM, or SkyTeam flight and must be departing from the same hall as the passenger
Flying Blue Gold and Platinum
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 child aged 2 to 17 years and 1 guest
SkyTeam Elite Plus
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
Priority Pass and Lounge ClubPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may access the lounge for a maximum of 3 hours
  • Cardholders must be 21 years old
  • Children under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Priority Pass membership: Standard $99, Standard Plus $299, Prestige $429

American Airlines Admirals Club

American Airlines Admirals Club IAH
American Airlines Admirals Club IAH. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal A, near gate A25
Opening Hours: Daily from 4 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Facilities

  • Buffet food
  • Full-service bar
  • Premium food and drink for purchase
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TVs
  • Business services
  • Seating with built-in power outlets
  • Conference room (fee applies)
  • Wi-Fi

American Airlines Admirals Club Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

Day pass
  • Access is permitted with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers can bring up to 3 children (under 18)
Admirals Club members
  • Access is permitted with a same-day boarding card
  • Immediate family members (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests are permitted as guests
AAdvantage StatusFee
AAdvantage$650 (65,000 miles)
AAdvantage Gold$625 (62,500 miles)
AAdvantage Platinum$600 (60,000 miles)
AAdvantage Platinum Pro$575 (57,500 miles)
AAdvantage Executive Platinum$550 (55,000 miles)
Valid with flights operated by American Airlines, any Oneworld partner airline, or Alaska Airlines
First and business passengersAccess is permitted with a same-day boarding card for an international flightValid for flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or a Oneworld partner airline
AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum
  • Access is permitted with a same-day boarding card for an international flight
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest
Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire
  • Access is permitted with a same-day boarding card for an international flight
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest
  • Valid for flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or a Oneworld partner airline
  • Access is not permitted for passengers traveling on North American routes
Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard cardmembers and authorized users
  • Cardholders receive a free Admirals Club membership with this credit card (see Admirals Club members details above)
  • Access is permitted with a same-day boarding card, along with immediate family (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests
  • $450 (annually)
  • Valid for flights marketed or operated by American Airlines, any Oneworld partner airline, or Alaska Airlines
Military
  • Uniformed military personnel with a same-day boarding card can access the lounge
  • Passengers can bring immediate family members (including spouse and children under 18) or up to 2 guests
Valid on an American Airlines-operated flight

American Airlines Admirals Club House Rules

  • Guests must have access to the applicable terminal or concourse as gate passes will not be issued for entry.
  • Infants under 2 years are admitted free of charge and do not count towards guest quotas.
  • Existing Admirals Club Lifetime Members may access the Admirals Club with same-day travel on any airline.
  • A government-issued photo ID is required along with the relevant access card (e.g., AAdvantage membership card or number).

Read the full list of house rules on American Airlines’ website.

Hot Tip: Take a look at our full list of U.S. American Airlines Admirals Club locations to see which airports you can find lounges at.

British Airways Executive Club Lounge

British Airways Executive Club IAH
British Airways Executive Club IAH. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, near gate D9
Opening Hours: Daily from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

British Airways Executive Club Lounge Facilities

  • Snacks and hot and cold buffet food
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • TVs
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Wi-Fi
  • Business services

British Airways Executive Club Lounge Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

First class passengers
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner
Business (Club World) passengersPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding cardPassenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways
Executive Club Silver or Gold member
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest (when flying on a British Airways-operated flight)
  • Passenger must be flying on a scheduled flight operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner
  • When the passenger is flying on a scheduled flight operated by British Airways, the passenger may bring 1 guest (also flying on a British Airways flight)
Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire member
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner

British Airways Executive Club Lounge House Rules

  • Children over the age of 2 will be counted as a guest.
  • Passengers must display their boarding card and frequent flyer membership card (if applicable).

View the full list of house rules on the Oneworld website.

British Airways First Class Lounge

British Airways First Class Lounge IAH
Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, near gate D9
Opening Hours: Daily from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

British Airways First Class Lounge Facilities

  • Snacks and hot and cold buffet food
  • Self-serve bar with Champagne
  • Business services
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi
Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

First class
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest
Passenger and guest must be flying on scheduled flights operated by British Airways or a Oneworld partner
Concorde Room cardholders
Executive Club Gold member or Oneworld Emerald

Centurion Lounge

American Express Centurion Lounge IAH Bar
Centurion Lounge IAH. Image Credit: American Express

Location: Terminal D, near gate D6
Opening Hours: Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Centurion Lounge Facilities

  • Self-serve buffet with hot and cold dishes
  • Full-service bar
  • Day beds
  • Family room
  • Phone rooms
  • Business services
  • Showers with toiletries

Centurion Lounge Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 2 guests free of charge
  • $550 (annually)
  • See rates and fees
  • Valid flying with any airline
  • Additional guest passes may be purchased for $50 per person
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • $595 (annually)
  • See rates and fees
  • Valid flying with any airline
  • Additional guest passes may be purchased for $50 per person
Corporate Platinum Card® by American Express
  • $550 (annually)
  • See rates and fees
  • Valid flying with any airline
  • Additional guest passes may be purchased for $50 per person
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 2 guests at a charge of $50 per person
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
Centurion® Card from American Express
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 2 guests or immediate family (partner and children under 18) free of charge
  • Initiation fee: $10,000
  • Annual membership fee: $5,000
  • Valid flying with any airline
  • Additional guest passes may be purchased for $50 per person

Centurion Lounge House Rules

  • Guests and family members are not permitted to access the lounge or remain in the lounge without the relevant cardholder.
  • Complimentary guest access quota is per day.
  • Children under 2 years are admitted free of charge.

Hot Tip: As demand is so high, there are Centurion Lounges opening up all over the U.S. Check out the full list of where you’ll find Centurion Lounges here

HAS Executive Club

HAS Executive Club
HAS Executive Club. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, near gate D5
Opening Hours: Daily from 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

HAS Executive Club Facilities

  • Self-serve buffet with hot and cold dishes
  • Bar
  • TV room
  • Business center
  • Newspapers and magazines

HAS Executive Club Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

Business and First Class passengersPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding cardValid flying with Air China, Emirates, EVA Air, Lufthansa, or Qatar Airways
Elite tier frequent flyers for Air China, Emirates, EVA Air, Lufthansa, or Qatar Airways

KLM Crown Lounge

KLM Crown Lounge IAH
KLM Crown Lounge IAH. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, near gate D8
Opening Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

KLM Crown Lounge Facilities

  • Snacks and sandwiches
  • Self-serve soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee station
  • Business services
  • Luggage storage and closet
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi
  • Newspapers and magazines

KLM Crown Lounge Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

Day pass
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Valid flying with any airline
  • $35 fee
  • Can be purchased at the lounge reception, but is subject to capacity
Priority Pass
  • Passengers may access the lounge for a maximum of 3 hours
  • Cardholders must be 21 years old
  • Children under 2 are admitted free of charge
  • Priority Pass membership: Standard $99, Standard Plus $299, Prestige $429
Business class passengersPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding cardValid when flying on a KLM-operated flight
Flying Blue Platinum or Gold member
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Passengers may bring 1 guest free of charge
Valid when flying on a KLM flight, operated by a (SkyTeam) partner
SkyTeam Elite PlusValid when flying on a SkyTeam-operated flight
Flying Blue PetroleumPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding cardValid if transferring between 2 flights that are both marketed and operated by Air France and/or KLM

United Club

United Club IAH
United Club IAH Terminal A. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

George Bush Intercontinental Airport has 5 United Club Lounges, located at:

  • Terminal A, across from gate A9: Open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Terminal B, south mezzanine, above the United Express ticket desk: Open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Terminal C, near gate C1: Open from 5.30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Terminal C, near gate C33: Open from 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Terminal E, between gates E11 and E12: Open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

United Club Facilities

  • Self-serve snacks
  • Bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee station
  • Business services
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Children’s area (Concourse E lounge)
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi

United Club Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies

United Club membership
  • Members have unlimited access to United Club lounges with a same-day boarding card
  • Members may bring up to 2 guests
General member, Premier Silver, and Premier Gold$650 (85,000 miles) annual fee
Premier Platinum$600 (80,000 miles) annual fee
Premier 1K and United Global Services$550 (75,000 miles) annual fee
Valid on a United, Star Alliance, or contracted partner flight
United Club day passPassengers have single access with a same-day boarding card
  • $59
  • Valid on a United, Star Alliance, or contracted partner flight
United Polaris business classPassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at departure, connecting, and arrival airports (domestic arrivals only)Valid on a United Airlines-operated flight
United Business (international flights)Also applies to passengers traveling to/from Canada in United First
First class on a Star Alliance airline
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport of an international flight
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest
Passengers must be traveling on a Star Alliance airline
Business class on a Star Alliance airlinePassengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport of an international flight
United Premier Gold or Star Alliance Gold status
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card for an international flight
  • Access is possible at the departure airport, during connection, or on arrival
  • Passengers are permitted to bring 1 guest
Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership
  • Passengers can access the lounge with a same-day boarding card
  • Maple Leaf Club North America members can access lounges in U.S. locations only
  • Maple Leaf Club Worldwide members can access lounges in worldwide locations and may bring 1 guest
  • Passengers must be traveling on a Star Alliance airline
  • North America pass: $495
  • Worldwide pass: $665
Active U.S. military
  • Passengers must have a valid boarding card for a flight departing within 24 hours
  • Passengers must also be dressed in uniform, be on leave orders, or have rest and recuperation papers
Passengers must be traveling on a United Airlines or United Express flight

United Club House Rules

  • United Club members are permitted to bring a spouse and child under 21 into the lounge, or up to 2 guests.
  • Guests must be 21 to access a club with a self-serve bar in the U.S. unless traveling with another member that is over 21.
  • Day pass guests may bring 1 infant under 2 free of charge.
  • The lounge is subject to availability for day pass guests.

Read the full list of house rules on the United’s website.

United Polaris Lounge

United Polaris Lounge, IAH
United Polaris Lounge. Image Credit: Alex Miller

Location: Terminal E, near gate E12
Opening Hours: Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Full-service bar including beer, wine, spirits, and barista coffee
  • Self-serve buffet with hot and cold options
  • À la carte dining
  • Work stations
  • Shower suites with amenities
  • Daybeds with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • Business services
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Wi-Fi

United Polaris Lounge Access

Access TypeDetailsFees and Policies
United Polaris business classPassengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card, departing for a flight or connectingValid for international flights on a United-operated flight
Star Alliance international first class
  • Passengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport for an international flight
  • Passengers may be accompanied by 1 guest
Valid for international flights on a Star Alliance-operated flight
Star Alliance international business classPassengers may access the lounge with a same-day boarding card at the departure airport for an international flight

United Polaris House Rules

  • United Polaris is available on transpacific or transatlantic flights and on flights from the U.S. to Buenos Aires, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Santiago.
  • Passengers flying on discounted industry fares or staff travel tickets are not permitted in the lounge.
  • For Star Alliance admittance, long-haul international routes are classed as the U.S. to Asia, Australia, Europe, and select South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru).

Read the full list of house rules on United’s website.

USO Lounge

USO Lounge IAH
USO Lounge IAH. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Location: Terminal D, near gate D2
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

USO Lounge Facilities

  • Snacks
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-Fi
  • TVs
  • Children’s room
  • Gaming
  • Books and magazines
  • Work areas with computers

USO Lounge Access

The USO Lounge is available to active duty, guard, reserve military and their dependents, and retired military.

Connecting Between Terminals for Lounge Access

George Bush International Airport Skytrain
George Bush International Airport Skytrain map. Image Credit: George Bush International Airport

Connecting between terminals at IAH is pretty easy by riding the Skytrain. As it operates inside the secure area, passengers are not required to reclear security, which is ideal for hopping over to another terminal to use a lounge. This excludes passengers arriving on international flights or those that need to collect luggage between flights.

Best Credit Cards To Access Priority Pass Lounges

Frequent travelers know that a Priority Pass Select membership is one of the best airport lounge memberships you can have thanks to its over 1,300 airport lounges worldwide. From free food to free drinks, plus a comfortable and quiet place to relax, who wouldn’t want Priority Pass lounge access?

If you want to get Priority Pass lounge access via a credit card, in our view the very best card to do so with is the Amex Platinum card. Why is the Amex Platinum card our top-pick? Because in addition to Priority Pass lounges, the Amex Platinum card grants you access to 5 other airport lounge networks including Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta), Plaza Premium Lounges, Airspace Lounges, and Escape Lounges.

Depending on what you’re looking for out of a credit card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card might be a better fit for you. Plus, the Chase Sapphire Reserve card takes your Priority Pass access a step forward by giving you access to Priority Pass restaurant locations where you’ll receive a $28 dining credit, or $56 when dining with a guest. IAH has 2 such locations, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar and Landry’s Seafood, where non-Amex Priority Pass Select members can enjoy a free meal before their flight.

Curious what other option you have? Here are several other credit cards that offer access to Priority Pass lounges:

Final Thoughts

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is Houston’s busiest airport, so the demand for lounge options from business and leisure travelers is high. As United’s second-largest hub, it’s not surprising that the airline has a United Club in every concourse that it operates out of and a Polaris Lounge for premium passengers and elite frequent flyers.

Passengers flying on any airline may pay to access the KLM Crown Lounge in Terminal D, and a few other lounges allow day access, depending on whether you’re flying with a Star Alliance or SkyTeam airline.


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Frequently asked questions

Does Houston Airport have a Centurion Lounge?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport has a Centurion Lounge located in Concourse D near gate D6 that is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Does Houston Airport have a United Club?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport has 5 United Club lounges, located at:

  • Terminal A, across from gate A9: Open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Terminal B, south mezzanine, above the United Express ticket desk: Open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Terminal C, near gate C1: Open from 5.30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Terminal C, near gate C33: Open from 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Terminal E, between gates E11 and E12: Open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Does Houston Airport have showers?

Showers are available in the United Polaris Lounge and the Centurion Lounge for eligible passengers to use.

How many lounges does IAH have?

There are 14 lounges at George Bush Intercontinental Airport:

  • Admirals Club
  • Air France Lounge
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • British Airways First Lounge
  • Centurion Lounge
  • HAS Executive Club
  • KLM Crown Lounge
  • United Club (5 locations)
  • United Polaris Lounge
  • USO Lounge
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