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United Club Fly “Lite” Lounge Concept Opens at Denver Airport

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United Airlines has opened a “Club Lite” lounge concept called United Club Fly at Denver International Airport (DEN) between gates B61 and B63 in Concourse B East. At just over 1,500 square feet, the lounge takes up as much space as a small apartment.

What Can You Expect in the New Lounge Space?

Based on the size of the lounge, there are no restrooms inside, though there will be a few amenities:

  • Agent assistance, especially valuable during irregular operations or severe weather.
  • Limited seatings — there are only 16 seats in the lounge, so this is not a lounge concept where you’ll be able to stick around and work or relax. Expect to come in, grab what you’d like, and then exit back into the terminal.
  • A grab-and-go food and beverage selection, including packaged snacks, fresh sandwiches, salads, and beverages. This includes barista-made coffee, which is a nice touch in a grab-and-go lounge.
United Club Fly Lounge Grab and Go
You’ll be able to grab food and drinks to go at the United Club Fly in Denver. Image Credit: United Airlines

Interestingly, if you’re a guest of a United Club member, or are Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer, you will not be allowed access. Full-fledged United Club members will have access, however.

The lounge is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT.

Hot Tip: In Denver, United passengers also have access to 2 United Club lounges — Concourse B West (near gate B32) and Concourse B East (near gate B44). Check out our full list of airport lounges at Denver International Airport [DEN] for more details.

Why a “Lite” Concept?

Airport lounges take up a lot of room — a traditional lounge needs a large amount of space, room for restrooms, long buffet lines, bars, and other amenities. In areas where there may not be room for a full-service lounge, United can offer a smaller grab-and-go concept, where passengers can quickly take food and drink to-go, which is especially great for people on tight connections.

This concept is the first lite-style lounge for a U.S.-based airline, though it certainly isn’t the first in the world. Capital One operates a takeaway section in its Dallas-based Capital One Lounge, and Air Canada offers an Air Canada Café concept in Toronto.

Final Thoughts

United has just opened its United Club Fly lounge concept at Denver International Airport (DEN), the first of its kind for an American airline. The space is compact and offers limited, to-go-like amenities catered to travelers on the move, certainly enhancing the United Club membership package.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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