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Chase is joining American Express and Capital One in launching its own set of branded airport lounges. Although originally announced in June 2021, details are still slim about the forthcoming Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club.
Let's review what we know so far about how to get into Chase lounges, which airports will have a Chase lounge and what to expect from them.
Have a qualifying Chase card in your wallet
Chase Sapphire airport lounges are being developed by Airport Dimensions — the same group that develops and operates The Club lounges. In fact, "The Club" is included in the formal name of these new lounges: The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
As a Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholder, you’ll have access to all locations of the Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. This is in addition to the card’s complimentary Priority Pass Select membership with access to over 1,300 other Priority Pass lounges around the world.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders and authorized users will each be able to bring two guests for free into the Chase Sapphire Lounge. Additional guests will cost $27 each.
Other Chase cards
Chase hasn't shared any details about whether other Chase cardholders will be able to access Chase Sapphire Lounges. So, we can only speculate about how these cardholders might be treated.
Chase could opt to provide limited lounge access to certain cardholders — similar to what Capital One does at its lounges. For example, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card holders could get a couple of complimentary lounge visits each year plus the ability to pay a discounted rate for access at other times.
However, we are still waiting on lounge access details like this to be announced by Chase.
Carry a card with built-in Priority Pass membership
Unlike AmEx Centurion Lounges, Chase Sapphire airport lounge access isn't restricted to just Chase cardholders. Like other The Club lounges, Chase Sapphire airport lounges will be accessible to all Priority Pass members.
From what we know so far, Chase Sapphire Lounges will work just like any other Priority Pass lounge. Any Priority Pass member should be able to access the lounge by presenting their Priority Pass card and showing a same-day boarding pass.
That includes Priority Pass Select members who have a complimentary membership through AmEx, Citi or U.S. Bank cards — such as holders of the following cards:
The Platinum Card® from American Express — full Priority Pass Select membership. Enrollment required.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card — full Priority Pass Select membership. Enrollment required.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card — full Priority Pass Select membership. Enrollment required.
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card — 10 complimentary Priority Pass lounge visits per year. Enrollment required.
Citi Prestige® Card — full Priority Pass Select membership.
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card — four free Priority Pass lounge visits per year.
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Purchase a day pass
One key detail was slipped into the Phoenix airport Chase Sapphire Lounge announcement: Travelers will be able to purchase a day pass.
That said, it remains unclear if travelers will be able to purchase a day pass at all locations or just at the Phoenix lounge.
Which airports will have Chase lounges
At the time of writing, Chase hasn't yet opened any Chase Sapphire airport lounges. However, details reveal that six airport locations are currently in the works in the following airports:
New York-LaGuardia — Terminal B.
Boston — Terminal B to C Connector.
Hong Kong — Terminal 1.
San Diego — Terminal 2 West.
Phoenix — Terminal 4.
Las Vegas — C gates.
Chase has only officially announced three of these locations: New York, Boston and Hong Kong. The other three locations were unveiled through public filings made by the airport.
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What to expect from Chase Sapphire airport lounges
In announcing the initial Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club locations, Chase highlighted that lounges "will draw inspiration from its host city, and will provide access to exceptional food, drink, art, entertainment, and wellness."
Public filings give a few more details about Chase Sapphire airport lounges. For example, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport press release notes that the Chase Sapphire Lounge will be 3,500 square feet. For comparison, that's just over one-third the size of the combined AmEx Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounge in Phoenix airport.
However, the San Diego location is expected to be much larger at 11,000 square feet. That size rivals several of AmEx's Centurion Lounge locations — and is bigger than the 9,665-square-foot lounge that AmEx bid for in the same San Diego location.
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If you want to know how to get into a Chase lounge
Details are still slim about Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. Only three of the six known locations have been formally announced by Chase and opening dates are still unclear.
However, one of the few details that Chase has confirmed is that Priority Pass members will be able to access Chase Sapphire airport lounges. That includes Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders as well as travelers that have Priority Pass memberships through other cards.
In addition, Chase unveiled that its Phoenix lounge location will allow travelers to purchase a day pass. This access policy might also apply to other Chase Sapphire Lounge locations as well.
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How to maximize your rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2022, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card