Chase Sapphire Reserve® Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access: How it Works
Of the many benefits the Chase Sapphire Reserve® credit card touts, its lounge access is the most intriguing.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve ($450 annual fee) gives you complimentary access to the Priority Pass Select program, which gets you into 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide.
But what does that mean for you when you're actually at the airport? Read on to find out how this perk works -- and whether it’s worth it to you.
Which airport lounges can I access with the Chase Sapphire Reserve?
You'll have access to lounges in the Priority Pass Select program, which is a network of lounges worldwide (more than 1,000). Some of these lounges are airline alliance-network lounges, some are airline lounges, while others are restaurants where Priority Pass members can get free food.
Amenities vary by lounge location, but expect most lounges to offer complimentary snacks, soft drinks, free Wi-Fi, comfortable chairs, work spaces and a generally more pleasant atmosphere than most of the airport.
Priority Pass lounges are spread throughout the world, with a slightly higher concentration in Europe and Southeast Asia. Some notable examples include include:
SkyTeam Lounge at London Heathrow: Amenities include food, drink and showers.
[email protected] Lounge at Helsinki Vantaa: Amenities include complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks, regional food and showers. However, this lounge limits you to a maximum three-hour stay.
Ahlan Business Class Lounge at Dubai International: This lounge has a five-hour-stay limit. It features a separate children’s play area (children under one year of age get in free), refreshments, Wi-Fi and showers.
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at New York JFK: Priority Pass has been partnering with restaurants, and this is just one example. Cardholders can use their lounge access to get $28 off their restaurant bill. They can also get $28 off for one additional guest (for a total of $56 off the bill).
Can I bring guests into the Priority Pass lounges with my Chase Sapphire Reserve access?
The Chase Sapphire Reserve allows you to bring in any guests who are traveling on your itinerary, with no limit.
That said, individual lounges may limit the number of guests you can bring in. Be sure to check the requirements of the lounge you are visiting to see if all your travel buddies will be allowed to accompany you.
How to activate Priority Pass with Chase Sapphire Reserve
You can't just walk into a lounge and flash your Chase Sapphire Reserve card to gain access. You must activate your Priority Pass card, which will get you into the lounges:
- Log in to Chase online banking.
- If you have multiple Chase cards, navigate to the benefits page for the Chase Sapphire Reserve specifically.
- On the card's benefits page, you'll see links to your various benefits, including airport lounge access.
- Click or tap "Activate Now."
- You'll receive your Priority Pass card in the mail. Your mailing will also contain instructions for creating your Priority Pass account online -- and creating a mobile membership card if you don't want to carry around a physical card.
Do authorized users on my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card get lounge access?
Yes, they do -- with all the same privileges. When you activate your own Priority Pass membership, authorized users listed on the account will receive access cards as well. Note that you must pay a $75 annual fee per authorized user you add.
Are there limitations to my Chase Sapphire Reserve Lounge Access?
Because Priority Pass is a lounge network that includes individual lounges around the world, expect each of these locations to have their own rules and limitations, including:
- Proof of same-day travel: You generally must show your same-day boarding pass.
- Limited hours for cardholders: Some lounges may have time limits of three to five hours.
- Denial of access due to crowds: Popular lounges may have capacity controls and will deny you entrance if they've reached them.
Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve lounge access worth it?
The Chase Sapphire Reserve carries a $450 annual fee. That fee pays for many other perks (read our full review to see all the Chase Sapphire Reserve benefits). But, if you’re particularly interested in the lounge access, consider these things:
- How often you travel: Airport lounge access is valuable only if you use it. If you fly infrequently, it's not a benefit you'll use much.
- Which airports you travel out of: Not all airports have lounges in the Priority Pass network. And, even if your airport of choice does have one, it may not be located in your terminal. Or it may be located outside of security, meaning you won't be able to enjoy the lounge as long as you'd like.
- How often you have long layovers: If your travel style usually involves domestic travel with quick layovers, you may not even have time to relax in the lounge.
If you're a frequent traveler (especially if you travel internationally), often have long layovers, fly out of airports that have Priority Pass lounges and need a quiet place to get work done, the Chase Sapphire Reserve lounge benefit could well be worth the card's price tag.
If you're looking for a similar card but don't need lounge access, check out the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which has a lower annual fee. Like the Reserve, it's also part of the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, earns points toward travel but doesn't have lounge access.
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