Best Airline Lounges At The Airports IAH & HOU in Houston, Texas


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I review the best airline club lounges available at the airports IAH & HOU in Houston, Texas. I have also reviewed the best hotel club lounges in Houston so that you know where to stay.

You are most likely to fly in and out of Houston from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (HOU), but there are actually two airports in Houston, Texas.

Houston-Hobby (HOU) which has no airline-specific lounges. The only lounge at HOU is the USO lounge, which is located post-security near gate 44. This lounge can only be accessed by military members (active, guard, reserves), retirees, and dependents. There is a selection of food, snacks, and soft drinks, along with lots of seating and some computers.

The other airport in Houston is George Bush Intercontinental Airport (HOU). The terminals in this airport are connected airside by the Skyway train and landside by the underground hallways and a tram. You can also walk airside between terminals B, C, D, & E without the Skyway. To reach Terminal A, you are forced to use the Skyway.

1. United Polaris Lounge Terminal E

The IAH Polaris lounge is the best lounge at the airport. This Polaris Lounge is located one floor above the Terminal E United Club with a separate entrance door. Passengers flying Polaris have access to the Polaris lounge.

2. Amex Centurion Lounge

IAH has an American Express, Amex Centurion Lounge in Terminal D. Recent reviews suggest that this is the second-best airport lounge at IAH. All Platinum and Centurion cardholders plus a guest (depending on the card you hold and which country it was issued). This lounge has a shower. Food and drinks are generally a higher standard in Amex Centurion Lounges than in United Clubs.

3. British Airways First Lounge Terminal D

British Airways runs two lounges in Terminal D IAH. Both are located in Terminal D. The First lounge is rather petite but excellent nonetheless. Food is hot soup, cold sandwiches, and nibbles, as well as a full bar with free spirits, beers, and wines.

4. British Airways Business Lounge

Also in Terminal D is the British Airways Business Lounge for flyers in Business Class. Again, this is a very good lounge, much like the First lounge, if slightly more crowded and less sophisticated. Alcohol is self-serve.

5. United Star Alliance Lounge Terminal C North

There are United Clubs in every terminal of IAH except D. The United Star Alliance Lounge Terminal C North is located near gate C1 and is a lovely lounge to look at, but it can get crazily overcrowded. This makes the Centurion lounge a much better choice if you have access.

None of the United lounges has showers except the Polaris lounge outlined above, but usefully, you will have access to all the United Airlines clubs if you are flying in International Polaris class. The Polaris lounge is always the one to pick.

6. United Star Alliance Lounge Terminal E

This is a crowded but recently renovated airport lounge. The best United lounge is the Polaris lounge, but if you are looking for nice decor, consider C North or E, which are similarly crowded but nice to look at. Be prepared for queues for seats at both.

7. United Star Alliance Lounge Terminal C South

This lounge is located near gate C33 and is not as nice a lounge as C North.

8. United Star Alliance Lounge Terminal A

United has a lounge in Terminal A that is the smallest United Airlines lounge at Houston Airport. It is convenient for Air Canada flights from A North and United Express flights using A North.

9. American Airlines Oneworld Admirals Club

There is a reasonable Admirals Club in Terminal A.

10. KLM Crown Lounge

The KLM Crown Lounge is also a Priority Pass lounge and is located in Terminal D. You can also access this lounge if you’re flying Delta or Skyteam. It is styled out of the 1990s it’s functional but canteen-like and the opposite to swanky. It offers clean, comfy chairs, very basic snacks & a self-serve bar. This lounge can get extremely busy.

11. Air France Lounge

The Air France Lounge is also a Priority Pass lounge and is located in Terminal D. Similar to the KLM lounge, the food is very basic here, and the lounge is in need of a remodel.

There are currently also two Priority Pass restaurants in IAH, the Cadillac Mexican in Terminal A and Landry’s Seafood in Terminal C.

12. USO lounge

There’s also a refurbished non-airline USO lounge near gate D2, which can be accessed by military members (active, guard, reserves), retirees, and dependents.

The image above is actually the view from a takeoff over London Heathrow.

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