There are lots of great benefits to the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, including a $300 annual travel credit, triple points on dining and travel, extensive car rental and travel protection, a Priority Pass membership, a Global Entry fee credit, and more.
One of the things that makes the Sapphire Reserve Card so great is how straightforward it is. There’s not much of a learning curve to taking advantage of the card’s benefits. For example, the $300 annual travel credit is applied automatically to any purchases you make up to the limit, and covers all travel purchases, including parking, Uber, subway tickets, etc.
The one significant Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card perk that actually needs to be activated is the Priority Pass membership. I think this is worth specifically pointing out since some people don’t realize there’s an activation process. Earlier this week I was entering a Priority Pass lounge, and the person in front of me was being denied for trying to enter with a Sapphire Reserve card. “But I was told my card came with a Priority Pass membership.”
It does indeed, but you actually have to activate it.
What is the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s Priority Pass membership?
Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 member lounges around the world. Both the primary cardmember and authorized users on the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card are eligible for a Priority Pass membership. That can be an especially good deal, since you can add authorized users to the card for just $75 each, which is a cost at which it can definitely make sense to get someone a membership.
The Priority Pass membership offered with the card gets you access to unlimited Priority Pass lounges, and you can bring guests. There’s not a defined guest limit with the card, but rather individual lounges sometimes have limits (I know some only let Priority Pass members bring in two guests, for example).
Art & Lounge Newark Airport, which belongs to Priority Pass
How do you activate the Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass membership?
To activate your Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card Priority Pass membership, log into your Chase account. On the right side you should see a little section that lists how many Ultimate Rewards points you have. Click that, as it will take you to the Ultimate Rewards website.
There you’ll want to select the Sapphire Reserve Card from the list (as all your Chase cards should show).
On the next page you’ll be on the Ultimate Rewards homepage for your Sapphire Reserve. At the top click on “Earn Points” and then click “Card Benefits” (by the way, please don’t redeem your valuable Ultimate Rewards points for Domino’s gift cards).
On the next page you’ll see your Sapphire Reserve travel benefits listed, including information on the Global Entry fee credit, The Luxury Hotel & Resort collection, etc.
At the very left you’ll see the “Airport Lounge Access” section, where you’ll want to click on “Activate now.”
That’s it. There’s no form you have to fill out, or anything, but rather you’ll just see a green check mark, and you should receive your Priority Pass card in the mail within 2-3 weeks (though often it’s faster than that).
What about memberships for authorized users?
When you click the “Activate now” button on the Chase website, you’ll be sent Priority Pass memberships for the primary cardmember and all authorized users. All the cards will show up at your address, and then you can distribute them.
The only slight complication is if you request these cards and then later add an authorized user. The Chase website will still show the “Activated” button, so to get a Priority Pass membership for an authorized user added on after the facf you’ll need to call the number on the back of your card.
How to get a Priority Pass mobile membership
A couple of years back Priority Pass introduced mobile membership cards, which I appreciate, since it’s one less card you have to carry in your wallet. However, in order to activate this you first need to wait for your physical Priority Pass card to arrive in the mail, since it will come with a letter that has a PIN, and you need that PIN to activate your online membership. Make sure you don’t throw away the letter you get with the Priority Pass card, at least not before jotting down the PIN.
Once you have that you can download the Priority Pass app and then sign-up for an account, where you’ll get a mobile membership card.
Unfortunately there’s not a practical way to get access to Priority Pass lounges before your card arrives in the mail, so make sure you leave a few weeks between when you activate your membership through Chase’s website, and when you’re actually traveling.
The Priority Pass membership offered with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card is one of the card’s best perks. While there are a few premium credit cards that come with a Priority Pass membership, what makes the Sapphire Reserve pretty unique is that it comes with unlimited guesting privileges. This can be a great value both for the primary cardmember, and it can also be a way to get value out of adding authorized users of the card.
Just make sure you actually activate this benefit, or else you won’t have access to 1,000+ lounges around the world.