Chase Sapphire Reserve Lounge Policy

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve card comes with a hefty 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus along with a number of great perks.

But I want to share more about the Sapphire Reserve Lounge Policy (aka Priority Pass Select membership) that comes with the card.  It gives you access to over 1,200 lounges around the world!

Use Your Priority Pass to Relax and Enjoy Complimentary Snacks and Beverages at One of the Lounges in Washington, DC, (Photo Courtesy of LoungeBuddy)

Here are more details about this perk, including where you can use it and how it can save you money.

 Chase Sapphire Reserve Lounge Policy

With the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to use for $750+ toward travel after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.

You’ll also get:

That’s a lot of great perks from a single card!

What’s Included With Priority Pass Select Membership?

Priority Pass is the largest independent network of airport lounges.  And although many of the major airline lounges, like American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Delta SkyClubs, aren’t a part of the network, there are over 1,200 Priority Pass locations worldwide.

Lots of Airport Lounges Serve Free Hot Meals, Like Tallinn Airport Business Lounge in Estonia

Most airport lounges offer amenities like complimentary beverages, snacks, Wi-Fi, and magazines.  And some even offer full meals and a place to shower before or after a long flight!

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan will never forget the crazy full-body massage chairs in the Ethiopian Airlines first class lounge in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, airport!

Every lounge is a little different, so check the Priority Pass website for more specific information.

Do I Just Show My Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for Priority Pass Lounge Access?

With the Chase Sapphire Reserve, both the primary cardholder and any authorized users get a Priority Pass Select membership.  But you must activate your membership through the Priority Pass site to receive your membership card.

You’ll need to show your Priority Pass Select membership card for lounge access.  And even though you can add your membership to the Priority Pass app, some lounges still require the physical card for access.  So it’s best to carry it everywhere.

It could be worth adding a friend or loved one as an authorized user too, just for the Priority Pass membership, especially if they travel frequently.  Because it costs $75 to add an authorized user, and daily lounge passes can cost $40+.

Do My Travel Companions Get Lounge Access Too?

Lounge access isn’t worth much when the folks traveling with you can’t get into the lounge too.  But luckily, this perk from the Chase Sapphire Reserve allows you to take up to 2 guests into the lounge for free.  Additional guests will be charged $27 per visit.

Sapphire Reserve Lounge Policy
When You’re Traveling With Family, It’s More Fun When You Can All Enjoy Lounge Access Together!

Where Are Priority Pass Lounges?

You can check here to see a map of the 1,200+ Priority Pass lounges around the world.  Or search for participating lounges in a specific airport.

You can also use the Priority Pass app and type in the airport code on your phone to see if it’s worth going to the airport early or not.

Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan pointed out that some Priority Pass lounges are in locations you wouldn’t expect, like the Fiji International airport. 😉

In Los Angeles, for example, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge is included with a Priority Pass membership.

Hang Out at the Swanky Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Before You Depart Los Angeles

Or, if you’re traveling through New York (JFK), you’ll have your pick of 5 different lounges.  Including the Wingtips Lounge that offers full dinners!

How Long Is My Membership Good For?

You’ll be able to keep your Priority Pass Select lounge access as long as your Chase Sapphire Reserve account is open and in good standing.

If you travel a lot (and enjoy snack mix! ;)), this could save you hundreds of dollars per year!

Bottom Line

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card has an excellent sign-up bonus and incredible perks.

You’ll earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months, worth $750+ in travel.

Plus, you can save TONS with the Priority Pass Select membership offered to the primary cardholder and any authorized users.  But you must register through Priority Pass to get your membership card.

In most cases, you and your travel companions should be able to enjoy beverages, snacks, Wi-Fi, and comfy chairs, if you have to spend extra time in an airport!

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  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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Once activated through the portal, do you have to wait for a physical card to arrive, which you then present to the lounge? Or once activated online they swipe your reserve card = access granted??


I called to get my first card, then when my card expired, I got the renewed one mailed to me without having to request it.

I made an inquiry directly with Priority Pass in September, they stated that the Digital Membership Card was not available with the Sapphire Reserve because Chase administers the program directly. Does anyone know if this is still the case? If so it is a deal breaker for me. I’m looking to streamline things, not ADD things, and the Priority Pass card would just be another bulls**t card in my wallet.

If you look into the program, and you see how many lounges and restaurants have been added, you will change your tune.

I just activated my priority pass by logging into benefits section. I am wondering if i get a card after 2 weeks how can i share that with my authorized users? how do they get access..

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Authorized users can request their own Priority Pass cards.

You information is incorrect. To receive the priority pass card you either get it through the ultimate rewards /chase website or call the sapphire reserve number directly to activate. Nothing is needed to be done via priority pass.

Alaska Airline lounge is in the United Terminal #7

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