Free Pass to New San Jose Lounge Club For Ink Bold and Ink Plus Cardholders

by on January 23, 2013 · 14 comments

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Both the Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards come with a variety of great perks including big sign-up bonuses (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points each when you spend $5,000 in 3 months), category spending bonuses like 5 points per dollar at office supply stores and on wireless/telecommunications services, cable and satellite television and radio services and 2 points per dollar on gas and hotels and all the benefits of being World MasterCards. You can read my detailed look at these benefits in this post.

SJC Lounge

Another little-discussed perk is that both cards also give cardholders complimentary Lounge Club membership. It’s sort of like Priority Pass membership where you pay to join and then each time you visit a lounge, you pay a day pass fee. Lounge Club has 350 VIP airport lounges worldwide and membership is priced at $150 per person per year. Ink Bold and Ink Plus cardholders get two free lounge passes per year and then after that, they will have to pay the usual $27 per person per visit fee.

Lounge Club just opened up a new lounge at the San José airport (SJC) located in Terminal A across from Gate A15 on the 3rd level, and to celebrate, Lounge Club members may bring a guest for free when visiting the new club between February 1-March 31, 2013. All you have to do is present your Lounge Club membership card at the time of entry and one of your guests will be admitted free of charge, saving you $27.

The amenities in the new lounge include snacks and beverages including beer, wine and liquor; high-speed WiFi, a selection of newspapers and magazines, televisions throughout, up-to-date flight information displays, workstations with PC’s and printers and shower facilities.

My west coast hub tends to be Los Angeles, but I know a lot of other transcontinental flyers transit through San Francisco and San José, so if your travels take you to NorCal this spring and you have either the Ink Bold or Ink Plus, might as well check out the new lounge, and report back to me!

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  • gym rat

    Hello TPG – Do you know if we can get into this lounge with the AMEX Plat card?

  • Jason

    I saw this benefit with my welcome packet for the Ink Plus. I wondered why none of the blogs ever mentioned it. I guess you guys all have lounge access via status or Amex Plat. Glad you finally pointed out this feature. I just signed up and got my lounge card in the mail last week. Looking forward to trying out the lounge at MCO on my next trip.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- with the Amex platinum you get priority pass select which gets you free access to this lounge

  • Tyson

    The “free extra guest” special offer also applies to Priority Pass members! :D

  • PAS

    I have never used a lounge before. How does it work? Do I just show the Ink card to the host? Do they have to swipe it? How do they know how many times I have used it this year?
    ..and finally..any lounge recommendations at SEA airport?

  • gym rat

    Thanks for the quick response TPG! This is great!

  • TheOtherSobeBrian

    no, look in your welcome package (or google) you need to sign up for lounge club and then they send you a special card. you need to bring that card with you

  • TheOtherSobeBrian

    Darn, I was excited. I am going to San Jose (Costa Rica) tomorrow and I was contemplating using the lounge there, though I haven’t heard good things about it.

    Additionally I fly out of MIA so I am going to be on the look out for any planes with the new design tomorrow.

  • thepointsguy

    This post gives instructions on how to use the Ink Bold Lounge Club Benefit:

  • Brandon Leong

    This would be useful if anyone flew out of Term A.

  • That Bee Girl

    The posted fee for the Club at SJC is $35…

  • JAG

    hmm, already have Lounge Club account from my Ink Bold; also recently got the Ink +; wonder if I can get “another” Lounge Club membership based on the Ink + ? (just used the Lounge Club card in Frankfurt – went smooth as silk!)

  • Sam

    If you use Lounge Club you’ll be charged $27, instead of the posted fee. :-)

  • StockShooter-SIN+BKK-bound

    Thanks for blog subject! Signed up yesterday — Weds. Said card mailed from Dallas in 3 days. Anyone know if I will get by Monday’s mail in Miami? Flying out Tues AM — can’t use lounge without LoungeClub card, right?

    Off-topic, but hey, another suggested blog:
    is it a fact of churning that miles are easier to accumulate than hotel points?

    My case: about 5 international flights annually, each about 14 nights;
    5 x 14 = 70 hotel nights;
    5 x ~65K miles = 325K award miles
    Obaining 325K miles annually via sign-up & spend bonuses is not too hard;
    but obtaining enough points annually for 70 hotel nights (3* level) very hard?;

    (miles can be used for hotel, but mile value reduced to 1 cent or less?)

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