[Update: Initial Locations Announced] Chase Will Operate Sapphire Airport Lounge Network!

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Update, 8/10: Chase has confirmed to me that the initial locations for these lounges will be New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Access will be free for Sapphire Reserve cardholders and Priority Pass members at launch and additional locations are planned as well.


Originally posted on 6/3:

Is the airport lounge the next credit card battlefield?

Once upon a time premium credit cards opened the doors to most airline lounges, but airlines realized they would do better operating their own co-branded lounge credit cards.

That led to AMEX opening a network of their own Centurion lounges, though they have been a victim of their own success with lounge overcrowding. To combat that, effective 2/1/23 AMEX Platinum cards will no longer come with free guest access unless you spend $75K annually on your Platinum card.

Capital One is opening their own network of airport lounges, starting with Dallas/DFW , Denver/DEN, and Washington/IAD. There’s no word on access requirements yet.

And now Chase announced they will operate Chase Sapphire Lounge® by The Club.

Chase says that they will offer a fresh approach to the lounge experience with a network of locations that will be announced in the future. Chase is working with Airport Dimensions, which operates “The Club,” to build their lounge network.

While The Club lounges are accessible with a Priority Pass membership, it’s not yet known what the Sapphire Lounge access rules will be. Based on the name I’d guess that having a Sapphire Reserve card or a Sapphire Preferred card will help. 😀

Chase acquired cxLoyalty’s travel and rewards business in December as they look to offer a full travel network that will compete with AMEX, and based on this announcement they will continue that travel expansion.

It’s great to see that Chase will build out their own lounge network, where do you hope they will open a lounge?

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Steve

some say there’s going be a special section for all dansdeals readers

Baruch

I hope so!

Shmoe joe

In tlv

Joe6speed

Will thet structure the preferred similar to how United Mileageplus only allow a few passes per year for holders of the explorer card, or will they allow unlimited access?

CtownBin

Probably something like that for the Preferred, a few visits per year- but for the Reserve, you get unlimited access, like the Platinum at Centurion Lounges.

Stephen

Bitter sweet. If they get rid of priority pass membership then we lose out on using international lounges as well

davidmal

I just hope this doesn’t lead to Chase cheapening their priority club access like amex did.

JW

Agreed! While Centurion lounges are great, they are limited, but I’ve been able to take great advantage of the Priority Pass food and drink credits. It doesn’t get you a private Oasis, but often the restaurant you are at is just as relaxing and the food and drinks are usually better than most lounges. Getting two credits for me and my wife on my card, and then two from her card means we can get almost anything to eat and drink and just pay tax and too out if pocket. That can really be a nice benefit when you have to eat in an airport.

Moshe

Any thoughts on when Chase will convert their Ultimate Rewards travel booking engine from Expedia to cxLoyalty?

Michael

Not meant to be a challenge, but in all seriousness, what is so special about these exclusive lounges?

simcha

free sodas, those cost $6 at the airport

Ddrabk

Please put a lounge in ORD!!!

Bhanik

Most likely exsisting the Club will be converted to Chase Sapphire lounges

DG

They need a lounge in terminal C in EWR.

PGF

Yes I agree!!! Most departures for me out of EWR terminal C so priority pass lounge is useless unless I’m traveling internationally out of terminal B.

Sammy

They need to level all of EWR and start over, beginning with JetBlue Terminal ‘A’

O.S.

Amen.

Mordy13

Having been to The Club in Orlando (Terminal A) (MCO) , Atlanta (ATL) and Dallas (DFW ) as well Centurion Lounges In Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas (DFW) The quality of Centurion Lounges are far superior to The Club Lounges .

Tom

Some of them are really nice, like The Club PIT. I agree that MCO is not very good.

simcha

What are the odds that the plain old Sapphire card will get access?
(I down graded my Preferred to the no-fee card;))

Dan\'s the man

EWR

mike

will sapphire or private client banking be eligible also?

Chesed

Jfk

Maifriend

I went to The Club in Vegas in concourse D near gate D33. I would give that lounge one star out of 5. There was barely any food, salad and soup plus a good 15 minutes wait on 5/31 at around 2:30PM.

After visiting that lounge I went to the Centurion lounge that is across D1 and it was the opposite, asparagus, meat, penne pasta and so on. Wait time was also around 15-20 minutes. So far I haven’t been disappointed by the Centurion lounges.

I have priority pass from my Amex business plat and the Chase Sapphire reserve.

Chaim

I hope they open lounges in JFK, EWR, LGA, and TLV and serve kosher food there.

Hoping holders of csp can enter.

Kosher

Dan, can you start a petition to Chase to request they include some Kosher food options, as they plan their new lounges. I’m sure you can supply them with some data on an estimate Kosher – Sapphire card holders.

S/O

+1

Joe

Please put a lounge in EWR (C), LHR, ZRH, KEF

Avi

If I am a Priority Pass member through Amex can I get in?

disapoint

Still no love for chicago 🙁

Winger13

Any idea when the LGA location will start up?

Q

+1
Approximate Dates?

BT

How about CSP holders?

A S

Hope this does two things for Sapphire card holders:

1. Gives us higher priority admittance – in some busy airports Priority Pass lounges get crowded and we aren’t even allowed in, unless we wait for 0.5 to 2 hours (or more!).

2. Gives us a better lounge experience – Priority Pass lounges in the US can be a very sub-par experience, especially compared to the lounges in some foreign airports.

CtownBin

Wow, I’m surprised they are letting in Priority Pass members- that means that holders of the premium card to Chase’s biggest competitor- ie the AMEX Platinum- get free access to Chase’s lounges?? Seema bizarre. I’d have thought it would be unlimited free for Reserve cardholders, like the centurion for Platinum cardholders, plus maybe a few visits for Preferred cardholders, and that’s it. Definitely a curious move by Chase.

Melech

Why can’t I sort the comments by newest/oldest anymore?

Levy

hope they open at JFK

Elaine KAUFMAN

Newark airport

Mee

Are lounges so important at Domestic airports where transfers are limited and flight times short?

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