With ongoing construction on a new Polaris Lounge at Newark’s Liberty International Airport, United faced a critical overcrowding issue in its only other Terminal C United Club. The solution? A new “Pop-up” United Club near Gate C-124.
United’s lounge near C-74 is chronically overcrowded and far more so now that the main international lounge is under closed for renovation. To alleviate this overcrowding, United opened a “Pop-up” lounge near Gate C-124.
Although the club is temporary in nature and stuck in the corner of a busy concourse, United did a nice job of making it feel as enclosed as possible. The Pop-Up United Club has a real door and check-in desks like any other United Club.
Unfortunately, though, the lounge faces severe overcrowding issues. The pictures below were during a relatively “light” period in the middle afternoon before the evening bank of international departures to Europe. Even when I returned at 10pm for my delayed departure to Los Angeles, the lounge remained crowded and I had trouble finding a seat.
This “pop-up” club does not offer the full spread of food and alcohol that normal Untied Clubs offers. Instead, there is coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine–but no hard liquor. Instead of soups, salads, and other more substantial food items, there is only packaged snacks and whole fruit.
Wi-Fi works well, but the terminal also has its own relatively fast network.
Thus, I’d say this Pop-Up United Club is better than nothing but not anything you need to avail yourself too unless you run into an unexpected delay.