Real Food Coming to United Clubs

United Airlines is upping the food service offerings in its United Club lounges. The company is adding oatmeal, bagel sticks(!?!?) and hardboiled eggs during breakfast hours. Afternoon and evening service will include hummus, sliced salami, soup and “healthy salads” along with Shelia G’s Brownie Brittle for those with a sweet tooth. Worth noting, I suppose, that the menu card in the photo calls out the eggs and salami as “limited time offering” items but no further details are listed.

The official announcement is coming on Wednesday but United hosted an event in Chicago on Tuesday where some folks got to taste the new options. A bit unfortunate that the company isn’t answering questions as part of the “sneak peek” given the conflicting info coming out from the event, but I suppose much of that will clear up tomorrow.

Best I can tell from the mixed info I’ve seen is that Chicago gets the new food first and that it will be rolling out across the system from there. But no one at the company will confirm that yet.


The new items will be available at United Clubs at ORD beginning this week; at IAH, DEN, EWR, LAX, SFO and IAD by the end of summer; and at all other United Clubs worldwide by the end of the year.

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This is definitely United playing catch-up to Delta, and to a lesser extent American, in terms of free “food” offerings in the clubs. I still wouldn’t depend on it for a real meal but it does offer the potential for snack time to be a bit healthier and tastier than the prior set of options.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. So UA is copying DL again with “upgraded bagels, salads, and oatmeal”?

    I guess the Limited Edition Salami is something new… I’m switching my loyalty now!

    On a more serious note, did UA follow DL into degrading elite lounge privileges (dropping guest access)? Yet?

  2. Perfect.. now we’ll have the opportunity to spend the flight in a sealed metal tube with people who have spent the last hour loading up on hard-boiled eggs. What’s next, baked beans & cabbage?

  3. the Chicago clubs have had the oatmeal for a few weeks. Trust me, this is not exciting news…….

    1. The T2 club at ORD has had oatmeal since it opened. My UC membership expired in Dec 2013 and I fondly recall having several bowls of oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, yellow raisins, and nuts over multiple visits.

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