Here’s a perk that isn’t reported on all that often but is a pretty solid amenity…
Not every airline operates aircrafts that feature a shower onboard (well, the vast majority don’t), though some airlines, like Cathay Pacific, offer arrival lounges at their hubs or focus cities. However, in most cases, if you arrive at a destination without an arrival lounge, you don’t really have many options if you want to grab a shower and freshen up. Well, here’s a little known perk that United provides to its GlobalFirst or BusinessFirst (their international First or Business Class) passengers.
At certain airports, like London-Heathrow and Frankfurt, United has arrival lounges available (sometimes via a partner) and GlobalFirst/BusinessFirst passengers are entitled to access the lounge. However, at other airports, like Brussels, there are no arrival lounge facilities. In these instances, United will get you a room (or access to a gym) at a nearby hotel, so that you can freshen up. For example, in Brussels, United will provide a room at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel.
Here are two caveats. First, you have to ask for it before you depart on your international flight. This means that if you are flying BusinessFirst from Newark to Brussels, you have to ask for this amenity when you check-in for your flight at Newark. Second, it is not available at all airports. All of the available hotels and lounges are in Europe, see the full list below, or via this link.
I think it’s a great perk that United should publicize more, though I can understand that if it becomes too well known, it may not be a sustainable benefit. Of course, the perk not being highly advertised also means that when you check in for your flight, you might have to talk to a few agents before you find someone who knows what the heck you are talking about.
Have you taken advantage of this benefit before?
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