American Express is known for its Centurion Lounges, Capital One will soon get into the airport lounge game, and now you can add Chase to the mix as well.
Basics of Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club
JPMorgan Chase has announced plans to introduce airport lounges, which will be known as Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. Chase describes this as offering a “fresh approach to the lounge experience.” No locations have (formally) been announced yet by Chase, but we can expect them to be introduced in “select markets” over time.
Fortunately we know the first expected lounge location through other sources. A recent Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board Meeting showed that the first Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club will be at Boston Logan Airport. It will open in 2022, will be 12,000 square feet, and will be located in the Terminal B & C connector.
Chase’s entry into the lounge space is being done in collaboration with Airport Dimensions, which operates existing airport lounge group “The Club” (which are perfectly fine, but aren’t particularly remarkable).
Who will have access to Chase Sapphire Lounges?
While Chase hasn’t revealed this officially, Massport’s meeting on this suggests that Chase Sapphire card members and Priority Pass members will have access to these lounges, and day passes will also be for sale.
I’m curious to learn more details of this:
- Will only Chase Sapphire Reserve card members have access to these lounges, or also Chase Sapphire Preferred card members? If so, what will access and guesting restrictions be like?
- Will all Priority Pass members have access to these lounges, including those with Priority Pass memberships through the Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige?
What should we really expect here?
While details are very limited as of now, this is a pretty confusing concept:
- It doesn’t sound like Chase is going as premium as Amex here with airport lounges
- Since these lounges will have “The Club” in the branding, it’s not entirely clear how different they’ll be than typical “The Club” lounges
- Is this just a mutual marketing opportunity of sorts between “The Club” and Chase, or is there more to this?
- I can’t even imagine how crowded these lounges will be, between Chase Sapphire and Priority Pass card members, so I’m curious if other restrictions are put in place to limit access
It’s awesome to see Chase get into the airport lounge game, though at the end of the day I think you can only get so excited about credit card lounges in the United States, given how many people have access. The broad access requirements here also realistically limit how nice these will be.
The concept of the “Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club” has been announced. With this, we’ll see Chase partner with Airport Dimensions to open some lounges. At least unofficially, it seems that the first lounge will open in Boston in 2022, and it will be 12,000 square feet. The lounges will be open to those with the Chase Sapphire, as well as Priority Pass members.
What are you expecting from Chase’s new airport lounge concept?