These Chase-issued credit cards currently offer airport lounge access:
Chase Sapphire Reserve® – Chase’s most feature-rich travel credit card currently offers airport lounge access through the Priority Pass network, and eventually will also offer cardholders access to Chase’s own airport lounges (currently planned to open in 2022 and beyond in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Phoenix, San Diego, and Hong Kong). Your Priority Pass Select membership gives you access to over 1300 lounges in over 600 cities worldwide, and in some cases it will offer food and drink credits at certain airport restaurants when the airport doesn’t have a Priority Pass lounge.
Beyond the lounge access, there’s plenty more for the frequent traveler to like with this card, including yearly travel reimbursements of up to $300, good travel insurances, a 50% boost in reward point value when booking travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards, and a great list of travel transfer partners, allowing you to transfer points into the loyalty programs of Southwest, United, Hyatt, JetBlue, Marriott, and a number of international airlines.
NEW CARDHOLDER BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
In terms of everyday rewards, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on flights purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 10x points on hotels and car rentals through Chase Ultimate Rewards, and 3x points on other travel. Also, you’ll earn 3x points on dining, including restaurants, eligible delivery services, and takeout (and earn 10x if dining is reserved through Chase Dining), and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. (Note that travel purchases made with the card will only earn points after you’ve maxed out the yearly $300 annual travel credit.) Annual Fee: $550.
Does the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Have Lounge Access?
Chase’s other Sapphire-branded credit card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card does NOT offer airport lounge access. There is speculation that once Chase begins opening its own Chase-branded lounges that Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card cardholders may have some sort of access to those lounges, but today this card (though appealing in many other ways) does not get you in to any lounges.
United Club℠ Infinite Card – United Club airport lounge access is the star of the show with United Airlines’ most luxurious travel credit card, giving you access to all United Club locations as well as participating Star Alliance lounges worldwide.
Its other perks are pretty nice, too, including 4 MileagePlus miles per dollar on United purchases, 2 miles per dollar on non-United travel as well as on dining, free checked bags (first AND second) on United flights, multiple travel insurances to protect you when trips don’t go as planned, status with certain hotels and car rental companies, and more. Annual fee is $525, but a standard United Club membership could run you $650, so the card is the way to go for Club access. NEW CARDHOLDER BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Earn 80,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
United℠ Explorer Card – Your lounge access is more limited with this United credit card — You’ll get 2 United Club℠ one-time passes after you open your card account and then each year on the card’s “anniversary” of being opened. (At current rates, a one-time pass is $59, so two of them would have a $118 value.)
However, if you’re not a super frequent traveler, you might prefer this card to the one above, because it offers a lot while having a $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 each year after that. Your perks include your first checked bag free on United flights, Priority Boarding, strong travel insurances/protections, and the ability to earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, including eligible delivery services, 2 miles per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases. NEW CARDHOLDER BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
Chase Business Credit Cards with Airport Lounge Access:
Author: Adam Jusko