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When I was planning my business trip to southern Utah, I took into consideration the fact that I still had two unused one-time United Club passes, a perk from my MileagePlus Explorer Card. I was never able to use the original two I was given for my first year of membership, and I was given these second two after my first card anniversary. I have since recently canceled the card as the second annual fee drew near, but the passes are still good through June.

Since McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) has a United Club, I figured that I would make this my inaugural trip to an airport lounge. Having read a lot about lounges on travel blogs, I was quite curious about the experience. I planned my return flight out at 1:00 p.m. rather than 10:00 a.m. for the select purpose of giving myself a full 4 hours or so in the lounge. The ticket price was the same either way, and I would still arrive home at a reasonable hour.

The United Club is located in Concourse D, between gates 33 and 35. It was only a short walk down one of the “wings” of the concourse, and an elevator ride up to the 3rd floor. I approached the desk and was greeted warmly by the receptionist, to whom I presented my one-time pass and my I.D. She then gave me a few tips, and sent me on my way in.

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Cheese cubes, pita wedges, and hummus. Decent light lunch.

The club was fairly nice, and about what I was expecting. There were some breakfast foods available, as well as plenty of coffee, but not a full meal or buffet. The coffee was surprisingly good, and I had a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit as part of a late second breakfast, having already eaten a couple hours earlier in the hotel. This tided me over until the lunch spread came out, which consisted of crackers, pita wedges, garlic hummus, cheese cubes, and veggies. Nothing was top notch, but nothing was bad. I snacked all day as I worked and waited for my flight.

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The view from where I was working.

The work space was nice: a tall counter with comfortable, hard-back stools, and it easily beat working from a chair or bench in the concourse below me. There were plenty of other more comfortable seats, most of which had easy access to outlets for device charging. The whole United Club atmosphere was worlds better than the terminal. My work area also provided a great view of the Las Vegas strip.

Once thing I didn’t investigate was the bar. I watched several other people order a beer or glass of wine, but the most I asked for was an orange juice. I can’t really comment on the quality or selection of the alcoholic beverages. There should have been a few complimentary selections of wine and beer, and there were a lot of other options you could purchase from what I could tell.

Overall, I had a good experience. While I definitely wouldn’t pay the one-time fee of $50 to use the club (it was worth maybe $20 to me), I am completely happy with the use of my free United Club one-time pass for the experience. I have one more that I hope to use in April on another work trip, and it will likely be in a lounge at either SFO or LAX.