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The Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card are two of the best travel cards available, thanks to the valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points they earn, the travel protections they offer, and their valuable travel credits, which reset annually. Those earnings and benefits are often considered best in class for high-fee and low-fee travel credit cards, respectively.
However, the Platinum Card® from American Express beats Chase—by far—as the best credit card for airport lounge access, thanks mainly to Amex’s collection of highly coveted Centurion Lounges. To up its lounge game—and in the spirit of competition—Chase announced in June 2021 plans for its own collection of branded airport lounges, accessible to Reserve cardholders. One year later, details began to emerge on the arrival of those Chase airport lounges—dubbed Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club. In October 2022, the first Chase Sapphire Lounge opened in Hong Kong. Then the smaller-scale Chase Sapphire Terrace at Austin airport opened in March 2023, followed by the first full Chase Sapphire Lounge in the United States at Boston Logan International Airport in May. Here, details on these new Chase-branded lounges, plans for future ones (including where they’ll open), plus cardholder accessibility.
Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club
In late October 2022, the first Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club opened in Hong Kong airport in the West Hall of Terminal 1 (near gate 40). The nearly 12,000-square-foot lounge is a redesign and rebrand of the Club Lounge that existed in the space pre-COVID. The new version of the lounge has snazzy dining pods, plenty of sleek-yet-comfy couches, Asian-forward dining menus, a curated wine list, fast Wi-Fi, and more.
In May 2023, the United States opened its first Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club at Boston Logan International Airport. Located in the airport’s recently unveiled Terminal B to C Connector, between gates B40 and B39, this lounge measures a generous 11,640 square feet and has plenty of nooks for preflight relaxation and layover refueling.
Future Chase-branded lounges are planned for several more U.S. airports. While design details are scarce and exact dates unknown, consensus in the points blogosphere is that Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) is next and opening later this year.
We do know with certainty that Chase plans to open at least seven more airport lounges. It has revealed the locations of five more so far. They are:
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), located in Terminal D
- Las Vegas (LAS), located in Terminal 1, C Gates
- New York (LGA), located in Terminal B
- Phoenix (PHX), located in Terminal 4 South 1
- San Diego (SAN), located in Terminal 2 West
Chase Sapphire Terrace
Besides full-scale lounges, Chase has also launched a new concept, Chase Sapphire Terrace, a smaller lounge alternative. The first terrace opened on March 20, 2023, in Austin, Texas, at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) near Gate 1, where Delta Air Lines regularly departs. The terrace is a transitional indoor-outdoor space of nearly 5,000 square feet with southbound runway views and shuffleboard outside and eye-catching art by local muralist Rex Hamilton inside. Visitors can enjoy complimentary grab-and-go snack selections plus beverages, including local favorites like cider from Austin Eastciders and beer from (512) Brewing Company.
What to expect at future Chase Sapphire airport lounges
Chase’s foray into the airport lounge arena is a collaboration with Airport Dimensions, which currently operates the existing airport lounge group, “The Club.” (Hence, the name Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club.) “The Club” lounges are currently in 16 U.S. airports and two U.K. airports and are accessible to Priority Pass members. Having visited several existing locations of “The Club” and finding them just meh (or standard Priority Pass fare, shall we say), we initially approached the Chase-Club partnership with trepidation. However, Chase has stated that its lounges “offer a fresh approach to the lounge experience,” indicating its newcomers shall be more elevated than current locations of “The Club.” Indeed, the Hong Kong debut is a testament to this, and it’s anticipated that the upcoming Chase lounges will include facilities of a higher-end lounge, such as showers and wellness areas in addition to appealing food and beverage offerings.
In terms of lounge size, current plans range from the boutique-size 3,500-square-foot lounge in Phoenix to the more generously spaced 12,000-square-foot lounge in Boston.
How to access these new Chase Sapphire airport lounges
The Chase Sapphire Terrace is exclusive to holders of the Chase Sapphire Reserve and J.P. Morgan Reserve Card. You’ll need your card to enter and can bring two guests, free of charge.
The entire new network of Chase Sapphire Lounges by the Club will be part of the Priority Pass network. Chase Sapphire Reserve® provides cardholders with Priority Pass Select membership, meaning with certainty that Reserve cardholders have access. That said, a Reserve Card alone is not enough for entry; a Priority Pass needs to be shown.
However, Priority Pass Select membership and access to the network’s 1,300-plus lounges is a benefit of numerous other high-fee cards, too, including Capital One Venture X Rewards Card ($395 annual fee), Chase Sapphire Reserve® ($550 annual fee), Hilton Honors Aspire Card ($450 annual fee), Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card ($450 annual fee, see rates and fees), and the Platinum Card from American Express ($695 annual fee, see rates and fees), as well as the low-fee Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card ($95 annual fee, see rates and fees).
Typically, Priority Pass members can enter lounges on their flight date, regardless of airline or class flown and bring two guests, free of charge. At the new Boston and Hong Kong lounges, this still holds true for Priority Pass holders with a Chase Sapphire Reserve. However, Priority Pass members through other credit cards or outright paid membership will be able to enter a Sapphire Lounge by the Club location only once per calendar year at no cost (with no guests). Any subsequent visit (or guest) will be charged an entry fee.
Note that Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders do not have access to the lounge.
This article was originally published in 2022; it was updated on June 9, 2023, with current information. While the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time, and may have changed or may no longer be available.