Chase Sapphire airport lounge access provides comfortable seating, complimentary snacks and beverages and free wifi at lounges located in more than 1,200 airports worldwide. But it’s not available on Chase Sapphire Preferred or the discontinued Chase Sapphire Card (if you still have it). Only the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card gives free airport lounge access – for the cardholder, authorized user, and up to two guests.
If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, Priority Pass Select membership requires a one-time activation at no additional cost. Log in to your Chase.com account and click “Things you can do.” Then click “Account details,” and finally “Airport Lounge Access.” But before you rush out and apply for Sapphire Reserve just for entry into airport lounges, there are a few things you should know.
Chase Sapphire Reserve enables you to enroll in the Priority Pass Select airport lounge program for free. Sapphire Reserve also waives Priority Pass’s $32 guest fee, which allows for unlimited access for up to two guests per visit.If you were to purchase a standard Priority Pass membership separately, it would cost at least $99 a year, plus $32 per visit (not including guests). Higher membership levels give free visits but cost significantly more –for $429 per year, all visits are free.
Now here’s the kicker: Sapphire Reserve has a $450 annual fee. However, some of that is offset by a $300 annual travel credit. It’s important to take those types of things into account if you want to get the best deal.
Chase Sapphire Airport Lounge Math…
Sapphire Preferred:$99 airport lounge membership + $95annual fee = $194 per year for airport lounge access + $32 per person per visit.
Sapphire Reserve:$0 airport lounge membership + $450annual fee - $300 travel credit = $150 per year for airport lounge access.
As you can see, Chase Sapphire Preferred is more expensive than Sapphire Reserve when it comes to lounge access, especially if there are guest visits. You’ll need to take this into account before you decide if this benefit is worth the added expense.