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?