How to Maximize the Chase Ink Card Lounge Program

by on July 24, 2013 · 32 comments

in British Airways, Delta, Lounges

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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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  • LarryInNYC

    Hey Brian:

    Flying to Reykjavik on Sunday night, presumably from T4 with my family (two adults, two kids 12 and 14). I have the two passes from Lounge Club which would get me in to Oasis (although I assume I’d have to pay the $27 for the kids?), and I also have an offer from Delta of 30 days of SkyClub membership for $90 (which I think would admit me and my immediate family).

    My chief interest in this case would be dinner for the family before the midnight flight. Not too concerned about drinks since we’re then heading for a 5 hour flight after which I’ll have to drive into Reykjavik and find the Radisson 1919.

    Any thoughts on choosing between using the Lounge Club passes and the Delta 30 day membership?

  • sfomsp

    Dinner is very limited – last time in there it was chicken curry, some salad greens, and sandwich wraps. Left it to buy something at the Panda Express – yes it looked that bad.

  • Joseph

    Just a clarification, the Ink Classic only offers 2 free visits for the FIRST year per the t&c., the Bold and Plus 2 free visits every year.

  • Evan

    Hi Brian,
    Since Oasis at JFK is post security do you think I can access if I am flying Jet Blue out of T5? Thanks

    LarryInNYC I found this on the Lounge Club website for the Oasis not sure if this means the whole family can get in on one pass:
    Maximum 3 hour stay – All immediate family members can enter the Lounge with the cardholder, but the number of persons who are not immediate family will be limited to two at any one visit – Non-smoking.

  • Evan

    Oasis had been a nice lounge, but three weeks ago I forgot my Priority Pass and couldn’t get in. I asked the front desk employee if she could look up my name and was told ‘don’t have that kind of access’. I find it hard to believe in this age.

  • Guest

    Can you show me where in the T&C’s it says this? All the information I could find led me to believe that all the cards were only first 2 visits free (not first 2 per year). Thanks.

  • Jasmine

    The Galleries Lounge is only open until 2pm? Is that a typo?

  • Joseph

    You can click on TPG Classic link above and then click offer details… at the end: After the first two visits, cardholders simply pay $27 per person per visit for themselves and any accompanying guest(s) when visiting a participating lounge. This offer is only valid for the first year

  • june123

    Does the Ink Bold provide 2 passes per calendar year or each year one has the card? If I received my card in July 2013, does this mean I could get two visits in 2013 and then 2 in January of 2014?

  • miffSC

    How do you contact Chase to get the Lounge Club card?

  • LarryInNYC

    Thanks, will check that out. If so, that may be the deciding factor.

  • sidepocket1

    I have the Ink Plus and two free passes, but my question is this–will my wife and daughter be able to get in the lounge for free as well or will I have to pay for them?

  • LarryInNYC

    Which lounge are you referring to?

  • Ben Price

    Go for Lounge Pass. Besides the outdoor area, I’m not that impressed with T4. Same craziness and same shit food.

  • Diamond Vargas

    In my experience it’s calendar year. But they should easily confirm that if you give them a call.

  • sfomsp

    The free food at the Oasis lounge.

  • Kimberly Rotter

    Every time I have gone to a private club they let my child in without issue. I never pay extra. But I have never been to the lounge you mention.

  • Kevin

    If you have the Ritz Carlton Card then you get the full Lounge Pass, where you AND 2 guests get free unlimited entry and won’t have to pay after your first two visits. Just like priority pass select but you don’t need additional cards for guests. Great deal if you are traveling international

  • steve

    If you want to get into like a participating Air France or KLM lounge using lounge club, do you have to have a boarding pass for a skyteam flight? Or if you have say… a United ticket, can you access those lounges?

  • Kevin

    Simple Question: I have the lounge club card from Ink(got it in the mail) Does this automatically get me two uses at the lounge or do I need anything additional.Thanks

  • robert

    i went in heathrow and they charged me for my kids!

  • LA2NYC

    I think you get 2 visits per card, which extends to AUs. Increase the AUs, increase the visits…

  • Mike

    The Club at ATL is not included in the Lounge Club program. I used their App to check it again. Nothing can be found in Atlanta Airport. Please clarify. Thanks

  • Matt

    Is the $27 reimbursable under the Skyguide Promo — I’m guessing you can pay with Amex

  • Matt

    Rather Skyguide lounge program, not really a promo

  • trey
  • elledee

    Is it true they do not allow children?

  • ND

    I was charged $27 for the 3rd lounge use despite having both the Ink plus and Bold. I called Chase to inquire and was told that I’m entitled to 2 visits per year period, not two visits per year per card.

  • Jung

    I just booked with miles flying from lax to atl with delta first class, and they no longer offer club access…..

  • Espan

    Some of these questions are repeats of others below, but haven’t seen the clarification yet:

    Got the Ink Bold about 3 months ago and applied, received Lounge Card recently. Just got Ink Plus a few days ago, still need to apply for this cards’ perk.

    Questions are:

    Will I get a separate card/membership number? Both are biz versions w/ same company name.

    Are the 2 free entries automatically applied, or should I have received some sort of voucher?


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  • Jason

    I am going to try this: I have a Chase Ink Classic card and my wife has one but a different number, but on the same account. Since it is a different card number, I believe I should be able to get another Lounge Club access?

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