Chase Sapphire Lounges (2023): Airport Locations, Access, Cost, & Credit Cards
Airport lounges are a growing trend as passengers with long layovers or who arrive at the airport early want a place to relax in privacy, enjoy a warm meal, and access other perks. The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is one of the newest networks available to eligible Chase members.
We look at the Chase Sapphire Lounge benefits, locations, and how to visit them for free.
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What is Chase Sapphire Lounge?
The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club has a small yet growing global footprint. Currently, there is one location in Hong Kong, another in Boston, and five additional locations are under construction.
Free unlimited membership is exclusive to select Chase premium credit cards, with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® being the easiest to qualify for. Priority Pass members receive one lounge pass per year (for U.S. lounges), but discounted access isn’t available to Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card members. The general public can buy day passes on the date of travel.
This private network is similar to American Express Centurion Lounge and Capital One Lounge programs, where you need a qualifying travel credit card to visit. This network is converting several Priority Pass lounge locations, so it’s not exactly starting from scratch as an independent network.
Lounge benefits include:
- Complimentary wifi
- Curated artwork, including local artists
- Local food and beverages
- Family room
- Nursing room
- Private bathrooms with showers
- Working spaces
You may consider this lounge network an alternative to the general lounge programs that can be more susceptible to overcrowding as it’s too easy to enter. Additionally, if you have access to several networks, a Chase Sapphire Lounge may can be in a nearby terminal and have desirable amenities.
Who Can Use Chase Sapphire Lounge?
There are three ways to access this lounge:
- Have a qualifying Chase credit card
- Are a Priority Pass member
- Buy a one-time day pass
Holding a participating credit card is better as you can have unlimited visits and bring two additional guests for free (unlimited visitors with the The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card).
Credit Cards with Chase Sapphire Lounge Access
Three rewards credit cards currently offer Sapphire Lounge access:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- J.P. Morgan Reserve
- The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card
Of these cards, the Sapphire Reserve is the easiest to qualify for as the J.P. Morgan Reserve requires being a Chase Private Client member and having at least $10 million in qualifying managed assets. Further, the The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card is no longer accepting new applications.
The only prerequisite is activating your Priority Pass Select lounge membership before visiting.
Guest Policy by Credit Card
Primary cardholders, authorized users, and up to two guests can visit for free with the Sapphire Reserve or J.P. Morgan Reserve. Each additional guest is $27 per visit. There is no additional charge for children under two.
Ritz-Carlton cardholders can bring in unlimited guests. If you still have this hotel credit card, you may decide to keep it for this perk and several additional benefits that most new premium credit cards no longer offer.
The Vacationer Tip
Those holding the Chase Sapphire Reserve, J.P. Morgan Reserve, and The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card now have an advantage over most Amex Platinum cardholders. American Express requires Amex Platinum cardholders to spend at least $75,000 in a calendar year to bring free guests to Centurion Lounges. Those holding the three previously mentioned cards can bring free guests (two guests for Sapphire Reserve and J.P. Morgan Reserve cardholders and unlimited guests for Ritz-Carlton cardholders) to Chase Sapphire lounges.
Priority Pass Members
Priority Pass members without one of the qualifying credit cards listed above receive one free visit to a U.S.-based Chase Sapphire Lounge each calendar year (there are no visit limits for international lounges). After the first free visit, Priority Pass members will be charged $75 for additional lounge visits. You can purchase an inclusive or Pay As You Go membership or use one of the best credit cards for airport lounge access.
That means you can easily visit a Sapphire Lounge by activating your Priority Pass membership through one of the following credit cards:
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
- Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
You are probably asking why Priority Members have access but Sapphire Preferred and other Chase cardholders don’t have discounted access. The simple answer is that the Sapphire Lounges are revamped Priority Pass lounge locations primarily catering to Sapphire Reserve members.
It’s important to point out that Priority Pass members can be denied entry if the lounge is at or near capacity, so eligible Chase cardholders can still visit the lounge.
The first visit for the Priority Pass member is free each year. Subsequent visits and guests are subject to a $75 fee.
All remaining guests without a premium Chase credit card or a qualifying Priority Pass membership can visit at $100 per person (subject to availability).
In peak periods, general travelers receive the lowest access priority. Other networks have a similar guest access policy to reserve spots for their most loyal members.
Chase Sapphire Lounge Access Policy
All eligible guests can enter a lounge up to three hours before their scheduled departure. To enter, show your physical or digital Priority Pass card and a valid boarding pass. You cannot enter after landing at your arrival airport and don’t have a connecting flight to catch. Several of the most popular networks have similar policies.
That being said, Chase is flexible with more extended layovers if the lounge visit is at an intermediate location. Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis, and you will need to speak with the concierge to see how soon or how long you can visit.
Children under age two are free to visit any lounges, and an adult must accompany all minors.
In busy periods, any available spots go to Sapphire Reserve, J.P. Morgan Reserve, and Ritz-Carlton Credit Card members first and Priority Pass members second. General passengers can purchase remaining spaces at $100 per guest (two years or older).
Current Chase Sapphire Lounge Locations
Two full-service lounges and a Sapphire Terrace with limited amenities are open.
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
The Chase Sapphire Lounge at Boston is the network’s first domestic location.
- Location: Terminal B near Gate B40 (airside in the Terminal B to Terminal C connector)
- Size: 11,640 sq. feet
- Hours: 5 am – 11 pm
- Cuisine: Fresh and seasonal chef-inspired meals
- Beverages: Coffee bar, tap room with local draft beers, craft cocktails, and local wine list
- Featured Amenities: Premium bar, shower suite, and wellness services
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Hong Kong is the only international Chase Sapphire Lounge location (for now). You can visit it from the West Hall or East Hall.
- Location: Terminal 1 near Gate 40 (Airside – International Departures. West Hall, Level 7, Departures Level, near Gate 40. It’s also accessible from the East Hall by a 10 to 15-minute shuttle ride.)
- Size: 12,000 sq. feet
- Hours: 6 am – 12 am
- Cuisine: Fresh and seasonal dining options
- Beverages: Local coffee and teas, artisanal cocktails, and a curated wine list
- Featured Amenities: Premium bar, shower suite, and business lounge
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
The Sapphire Terrace at Austin, TX, is a scaled-down airport lounge with minimal amenities. For instance, you can get grab-and-go food, local beverages, games, and indoor or outdoor seating.
Admission is restricted to Sapphire Reserve and J.P. Morgan Reserve cardholders and up to two guests. No day passes are available, nor can Priority Pass members use their annual free visit here. You can enter up to three hours before departure.
- Location: Mezzanine level in Barbara Jordan Terminal
- Size: 4,000 sq. feet
- Hours: 10 am – 8 pm
- Cuisine: Grab-and-go food options
- Beverages: Local beverages
- Featured Amenities: Outdoor terrace, games, light food and beverages
Future Chase Sapphire Lounge Locations
There are a handful of planned Sapphire Lounge locations that will open in the future. You can anticipate similar dining and wellness amenities as the current locations with a flavor of local inspiration.
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- New York City (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Diego (SAN)
Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
This lounge will be located in Terminal C near the entrance gates. The location will be approximately 4,500 square feet and easy for Southwest Airlines passengers to reach.
New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
The New York Chase Sapphire Lounge is opening in Terminal B with approximately 12,000 square feet. Its operating hours are from 7 am to 11 pm daily.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
The PHL Chase Sapphire Lounge will be located in the connector between Terminal D and Terminal E at 20,000 square feet.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
This location is relatively small at 3,500 square feet. It will be located in Terminal 4.
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
The Chase Sapphire Lounge at San Diego International Airport is one of the network’s largest at 20,000 square feet. It is accessible from Terminal 2 West.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
As a potential bonus, public reports indicate that Chase may build a Sapphire Lounge at Dulles International Airport to serve Washington, D.C. passengers. The financial institution has yet to make a public statement and doesn’t include the location on the list of upcoming lounges. As a result, it’s best to take a wait-and-see approach at the moment.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve lets the primary or authorized user and two guests visit Priority Pass, Sapphire Lounge, and Sapphire Terrace locations at no extra cost. This is the only Sapphire card to offer airport lounge access.
No, Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders do not have any complimentary or discount airport lounge benefits. Members can buy Sapphire Lounge day passes at the front desk at $100 per person (age two and under are free) but cannot buy entry to Sapphire Terrace locations.
Day passes are available to the domestic and international Sapphire Lounge locations at $100 per guest, with children under age two being free. Priority Pass members get one free visit per calendar year, but subsequent visits and all guest passes cost $75 per person per visit.
You won’t need to buy a day pass if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, J.P. Morgan Reserve, or Ritz Carlton Credit Card.
There are a total of seven Sapphire Lounge locations, although only Boston and Hong Kong are currently open:
Hong Kong (HKG)
Las Vegas (LAS)
New York-LaGuardia (LGA)
San Diego (SAN)
There is the possibility that a Sapphire Lounge will open at Washington Dulles (IAD) just outside the nation’s capital. Additionally, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas has a Sapphire Terrace with basic lounge amenities.
Travelers can find current locations using the Priority Pass app or website. Additionally, Sapphire Reserve, J.P. Morgan Reserve, and Ritz Carlton Credit Card members can find lounge and terrace locations using the Chase mobile app.
No, you will need to check in at the lounge’s front desk to verify your credentials and upcoming flight departure time. Depending on current capacity, premium cardholders gain entry first. Priority Pass members and general guests have secondary priority.
Visitors can enter a lounge up to three hours before the initial departure or a connecting flight is scheduled to depart. Passengers with an extended layover might be able to enter sooner than the standard three-hours-before-boarding threshold but must inquire with the front desk.
The Vacationer’s Final Thoughts
Having more airport lounge options makes it easier for frequent flyers to improve their airport experience. Now that many cards offer complimentary access to airline-operated and independent networks, credit card-specific lounges are becoming more popular to avoid overcrowding.
The Chase Sapphire Lounge network is small but growing with planned locations at some of the nation’s busiest airports for long-haul flights.
This network can be worth a visit if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or have one free visit through an existing Priority Pass membership, but the entry fee can be expensive if you cannot visit for free.
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