There are more ways than ever to gain access to an airport lounge, away from the masses: frequent-flyer status, credit card perks, day passes, subscription services.
Those won't get you through the door at United Airlines' new 27,000-square-foot Polaris lounge, which opened on Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Polaris lounge is reserved for travelers with tickets aboard Polaris, United's new international business class, and international first- and business-class passengers booked on its Star Alliance partners. Booked in first class on a domestic ticket or short-haul business class? You're off to the more basic United Club lounges.