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Primarily designed for travelers, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® includes many benefits: select travel insurance, statement credits for travel, and generous pay rates for flights, hotels, rental cars and more. But of all the perks, access to the airport lounge stands out as particularly valuable. For frequent travelers, this one can pay off big.
Free snacks and drinks not only save you money, but can also save you a lot of time. Wi-Fi doesn’t come with time limits or advertisements, and bathrooms rarely have expectations. And, even when they’re most crowded, lounges tend to be quieter and offer more comfortable seating than the terminal itself. When not crowded, some can feel downright forgiving.
Once you get used to airport lounge access, it’s hard to go back. Luckily, with the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited access to partner club lounges, lounges and other airport facilities, all at no additional cost outside of the annual card fee: $550.
Does the Chase Sapphire Reserve offer lounge access?
Yes, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers airport lounge access to all cardholders through a Priority Pass Select membership. You’ll need to activate your Priority Pass subscription before you can use it, which is a simple, one-time requirement.
With your Priority Pass membership, you’ll have unlimited access to Priority Pass lounges and can admit up to two people traveling with you. Authorized members will also have access to the Priority Pass lounge, even if they are not traveling with the primary cardholder.
While many credit cards include lounge access, the Sapphire Reserve offers one of the most inclusive memberships by extending entry to guests and authorized users.
Priority Pass is the most common airport lounge membership offered by credit cards and a Priority Pass Select membership is one of Sapphire Reserve’s most valuable benefits. Purchased separately, a Priority Pass subscription with unlimited visits costs $429 per year and does not include any guest visits, which makes the Select subscription included in the Sapphire Reserve a better option.
Priority Pass lounge locations
The Priority Pass network has over 1,300 locations worldwide, covering most major airports. You can search for specific locations on prioritypass.com or by using the Priority Pass app to find out which lounges are participating. You can also research opening hours, amenities, and specific door locations in advance.
Most Priority Pass locations are traditional airport lounges, which typically include comfortable seating areas, free Wi-Fi, and a selection of food and beverages. Some locations may also have showers, printers, and other perks that make life easier when you’re on the road. However, in some cases, you can also benefit from free access to airport spa services, restaurants or sleeping cabins via Priority Pass. Chase Sapphire Reserve’s version of Priority Pass includes airport restaurants, while the American Express version does not. This benefit typically gets you $28 per person for food and beverages, although the amount and other details may vary.
Chase Sapphire lounge near the club
In 2021, Chase officially announced plans to open a new airport lounge, known as Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. Chase isn’t the first card issuer to do this – American Express has several Centurion lounges and Capital One has one with a few more on the way – but it’s great to see one dedicated to Chase cardholders . The clubs will be co-branded with The Club (which already has several Priority Pass locations) and operated by Airport Dimensions.
The first three locations have been announced for New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Hong Kong International Airport (HGK). Additional lounges are in the works for Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego airports. While all locations are a welcome respite for travelers, there are some big wins here. The Las Vegas airport lounge is planned to be built near the C gates of Terminal 1, away from the existing Priority Pass lounge near the D gates. The Phoenix location will be the airport’s first Priority Pass lounge.
Once open, Chase Sapphire lounges will be accessible to Sapphire Reserve cardholders. They should also be added to the Priority Pass network, meaning you won’t necessarily need to hold a Chase Sapphire Reserve card to enter.
How to Use Chase Sapphire Reserve Lounge Access
After activating your Priority Pass subscription, you should receive a physical card in the mail. You will need to present this membership card upon arrival at participating airport lounges. In most cases, you will also need to present a same-day boarding pass.
Most locations will also accept your digital membership card instead of the physical card. To use a digital card, you will need to download the Priority Pass app and link it to your member account. Then the salon can register your visit from the QR code in your app instead of swiping a physical card. Not all locations are set up for this yet, so find out beforehand, especially at restaurants or airport lounges where you’re otherwise charged at the end of the service.
Be aware that most lounges will require a signature upon entry, but there is no cardholder fee and up to two guests per visit. Additional guest access can be purchased for $27 per person.
Airport lounges offer travelers respite before or between flights and with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, access to airport lounges is free and easy. Their Priority Pass membership already covers hundreds of airports worldwide and the introduction of new Chase Sapphire lounge locations will provide even more options for cardholders.