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Not wanting to forfeit my passes from the Chase MileagePlus Explorer card, I stopped by the United Club Lounge Boston just before the passes expired for some dinner.
Getting through security at Boston Logan International on a Wednesday in January is a breeze, and even easier with Global Entry. By the time I hopped off the Silver Line at Terminal B, to the time I was munching on cheese cubes in the lounge, it couldn’t have been more than 15 minutes.
Directly across from Gate B24, there’s a small sign on the wall, “United Club” just noticeable enough for those in the know. Upon exiting the elevator and checking in, I was greeted by an almost empty lounge! I found a table to set up camp, grabbed some food, and hunkered down to type this up.
United Club Boston Seating
The Boston United Club has ample seating – there’s a good mix of high-top counter space and worktables alongside comfortable armchairs. Honestly, it seemed cavernous while I was there, but I’m sure that’s a function of the number of people in the lounge with me. Boston is by no means a hub for United, so I’m not surprised the United Club is slow this time of night.
Counters line most of the window wall, which lends itself to a great view of the runway. If you’re with other folks, you have plenty of options to sit and chat over a few snacks. I’d happily come back to this lounge (and I just might with this year’s MileagePlus Explorer Passes!).
United Club Boston Refreshments
My only other experience at a United Club Lounge was at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport outside of Austin, Texas. My girlfriend and I hung out there after a Companion Pass-fueled long weekend to the capital city last summer.
The Boston United Club was very similar to Austin’s Club. The food was identical, consisting of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cheese cubes, bread rolls, greens and mixed veggies, tomato vegetable soup, and a corn salsa. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the salsa, having enjoyed the same blend of jicama, corn, black-eyed peas, and peppers while waiting for our AUS-BOS flight this past summer.
The United Club at Boston Logan does have a decent bar selection, but you’ll have to order it from the bartender. No self-serve here! I opted to grab a beer, and while they have Budweiser, Coors Light, Blue Moon, and Heinecken on tap, only the former two options are free to guests. If you’re not interested in adult beverages, you’re welcome to snag a soda or juice from the bartender or grab water and coffee by the food station.
You’ll also find Illy espresso machines next to the brownies. Quite a few options there for the coffee lover, as well as hot chocolate packets. I didn’t give it a shot, but I know if we come back my son will flip over the snazzy hot chocolate machine!
United Club Boston Amenities
For those that have been to Terminal B at BOS, you know it’s big (by BOS standards at least) and takes roughly the shape of a horseshoe. The United Club is at the very bottom of the horseshoe. The carrier has made the best use of its position with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the runways. Although too dark to get any good pictures while I was there, I happily listening to the hum of airplanes taking off while I keyed this post into cyberspace.
If you need a little more privacy, the United Club Boston also has two “phone booths” near the back of the lounge. For those that don’t work in corporate America, phone booths are not the things superheroes jump into before fighting the bad guy. The rooms are essentially mini-conference spaces. They offer a great opportunity for some quiet workspace, or for, you know, an actual phone call.
The United Club was totally empty by about 7PM, despite having an official close time of 7:15. I turned in my pint glass, closed down my laptop, and took the elevator back down to the terminal, which also happened to be almost empty.
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