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Chase just sent a letter to Chase Ink cardholders informing them of upcoming changes to the Lounge Club program. Currently, new Chase Ink customers receive 2 complimentary passes to airport lounges through the Lounge Club program; however, this benefit will be discontinued effective April 30, 2015.

As Chase is removing their Lounge Club benefit, Amex is building their own Centurion lounges.
As Chase removes the Lounge Club benefit, Amex is building its own network of Centurion lounges.

If you’re currently a Chase Ink customer — including the Ink Plus Business Card, Ink Bold and Ink Classic — and haven’t already signed up for this benefit, you can still do so through April 30, 2015 by heading to this site and entering the invitation code chaseink. You’ll receive two complimentary visits with your membership, and will then be charged $27 per additional visit after that.

Chase doesn’t own or operate lounges itself, but instead contract with lounges in airports throughout the world to provide access to members. In some cases, these are lounges operated by airports or third parties, and in others, the lounges are run by airlines themselves. Lounge Club offers access to over 350 airport lounges in dozens of countries.

For example, the Alaska Airlines Board Rooms in airports such as Anchorage, Seattle, and Portland are part of the Lounge Club network, while members receive access to third party lounges in airports like Raleigh-Durham and Dallas-Fort Worth.

As Chase is removing the Lounge Club benefit, American Express is building more Centurion Lounges for those with The Platinum Card from American Express, the Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, and other Amex cards. Naturally I’d rather have the Lounge Club benefit than not, but I don’t think it’s a big loss. Hopefully Chase is pursuing other ways to provide lounge access to its cardholders.

What’s your favorite Lounge Club that you’ve been to?

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