How to Maximize the Chase Ink Card Lounge Program

Jul 24, 2013

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One nice lesser-discussed perks for Chase Ink cardholders is complimentary Lounge Club membership as well as two free lounge passes per year. Lounge Club membership is sort of like Priority Pass membership where you pay to join (that is, if your credit card doesn’t give you free membership) and then each time you visit a lounge, you pay a $27 day pass fee. Lounge Club has 350 VIP airport lounges worldwide and membership is priced at $150 per person per year (click here to browse the full list of lounges). Membership and the two yearly lounge passes are available to folks who have the Ink Bold, Ink Plus and Ink Classic cards so if you have all three cards, then you get six free visits per year.

The Lounge Club from Chase Ink
Chase Ink cardholders get two complimentary lounge visits per year.

Chase will mail you the code then simply click here to enter it and complete the enrollment form, then your membership card will be sent to you. If you didn’t get the promo code or accidentally threw it away, call the number on the back of your Ink card, and remember that you have to renew every year as it is not automatic.

Having access to an airport lounge over sitting on a cold plastic seat at a packed gate can make the world of difference to a trip, and there are more and more luxurious locations raising the bar opening up over the next few months, so I thought this was a good time to look at five ones that I recommend – or am excited about trying out – both in the US and abroad. The lounge pass allows you into a wide assortment of airline facilities even if you are not flying a specific carrier.

The Oasis at JFK is a great spot for plane and people watching.
The Oasis at JFK is a great spot for plane and people watching.

Oasis Lounge at JFK: This has long been my favorite spot for both great people and plane watching, and it is also more convenient than ever because the lounge has been moved post-security at the newly revamped T4 at JFK. Open 24 hours, the Oasis has shower facilities in the men’s and ladies’ rooms, complimentary WiFi, a cold breakfast until 10 am and then a lunch or dinner buffet, sandwiches, cheese plates and wraps, plus a complimentary bar, so it’s a good spot to kill some time before or between flights out of JFK.

Seating in the British Airways Galleries Lounge
Seating in the British Airways Galleries Lounge is made with Osbourne and Little fabric.

British Airways Galleries Lounge at Washington-Dulles: Located in Dulles’s B Concourse, the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge is open from 7 am-2 pm daily for Lounge Club members, it offers a tranquil escape and a comfortable place to sit on Osborne and Little-designed fabric while being served wine, champagne or light snacks. There are also showers to refresh before the flight and complimentary WiFi.

The Club at ATL.
The Club at ATL.

The Club at ATL: This lounge at the country’s busiest airport is a counterpoint to the various Delta and other airline lounges that populate this hectic waystation. It is located in the International Terminal, Concourse F, and is open from 5:30am – 9:30pm daily. Guests can enjoy beverages and snacks, well drinks (premium spirits must be purchased), showers, WiFi, a selection of newspapers and magazines office facilities and more.

The Admirals Club can cost up to $500 a year.
The Admirals Club can cost up to $500 a year.

American Airlines Admirals Club at Toronto: With annual memberships at the Admirals Club costing up to $500, and day passes going for $50 each, getting two free visits through Lounge Club is well worth it. One of 37 worldwide Admirals Club locations, the club at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport is situated at Terminal 3, Concourse A, immediately after the security checkpoint. It is open daily from 5 am to 8.30 pm and features showers, complimentary WiFi, coffee and soft drinks and snacks for purchase.

Next time I fly through Seoul I plan to visit Asiana's Hub Lounge.
Next time I fly through Seoul I plan to visit Asiana’s Hub Lounge.

Asiana Lounge at Incheon International Airport in Seoul: Asiana’s Hub Lounge is located at the main terminal of Seoul Incheon International Airport in the east wing after passport control. It is open from 7:00am – 9:00pm daily and offers guests showers, complimentary WiFi, free refreshments – including a tempting buffet and even ice cream! – a full bar and business facilities such as fax machines.

If you have used up your lounge passes or are looking for other ways to get airline lounge access, check out my post on the Top 10 Ways To Get Airline Lounge Access.

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