United Airlines has discounted single-entry lounge passes at U.S. airports, offering the $50 passes for only $19.
For those without lounge access, this offer is quite appealing. Sure, United Clubs are no comparison to clubs like a Lufthansa Senator Lounge or Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, but if I had a long layover or arrived at an airport a couple hours before my flight, $19 for a comfortable seat away from the crowds, wi-fi internet, drinks, snacks, and newspapers would be a very reasonable exchange.
Curiously, United is only offering these discounts for walk-in guests and does not appear to be advertising the special prices. Consequently, I cannot tell you how long the deal will last or why United is even running it. United has not extended the discount to passes purchased on united.com: they are still $39 (a discount from the normal $50 rate). Furthermore, you cannot purchase a pass at the $19 price for use on a later date–the discount is only good if you enter the club immediately.
Next time you are at an airport with a United Club (the new name for what were formerly United Red Carpet Clubs and Continental President’s Clubs) keep the discount in mind–with the high price of junk food at U.S. airports, you just might get your money back on cheese and crackers alone.