I recently signed up for the Lounge Club membership through my Chase Ink Plus and thought it would be a good time to remind people to use the benefits the card has to offer, especially the two Lounge Club passes. You get a free membership with the Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards, but you have to register with Lounge Club and it can take 2-4 weeks to get the membership card, so you will want to do it before an upcoming trip, sooner the better.
Whether you like to use lounges for a convenient way to catch up on work, use WiFi if you need it or rest on cushioned couch rather than in the crowded terminals before continuing on to your next destination. With more than 350 locations around the world, access to Lounge Clubs can be a great alternative to killing time in the airport terminal while waiting to catch your next flight. Plus, you get two free passes with each authorized user on you Ink credit cards.
What’s great about accessing Lounge Clubs is that while it may be a business lounge operated by a particular airline like Alaska Airlines, you don’t have to be flying with that airline or be a loyalty member flying first class. As long as you are a Lounge Club member, you can have access to their participating clubs around the world.
Airports that have Lounge Clubs are listed in a PDF that you can find here. If you type in the airport or city you want to look up in the search bar, you’ll find the details of what the lounge permits and which company or airline runs the club lounge. There is also a Lounge Club app you can download for a list of the Club Lounge locations for an iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry. In the US there are 20 airports within the US with Lounge Clubs in various international terminals. If you frequently travel internationally you will find much better and nice lounges with the remainder of the 350 Lounge Clubs spread out in different international airports.
Get Two Free Lounge Passes with the Chase Ink and Bold Credit Cards
If you sign up using your Chase Ink Plus or Ink Bold credit card, you get two free Lounge Club passes. Any visits after that will be $27 and charged to your credit card on file. If you are traveling with a spouse or friend, you can use your 2nd pass for their entry. Generally each person that enters counts as a visit.
You can also add an authorized user to either Chase Ink cards and in that case, both you and the authorized user will be able to receive a Lounge Club membership plus two passes. So, adding an additional authorized user is an easy way to get two more free passes. If you have a Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold you will received two Lounge Club memberships and four free passes (double that if you add authorized users).
How to Get Lounge Club Access using Chase Ink?
Lounge Club membership is usually $99, but if you use a Chase Ink Plus or Chase Bold credit card, then your membership is free. One thing to note is that if you have a Chase Ink Classic credit card your membership will expire after 12 months, however with the Chase Ink Plus and Bold your Lounge Club membership is valid every year you pay the annual fee for your credit cards.
Even though you have the credit cards that allow you to have free membership, you are required to become a member of Lounge Club and have your membership card with you when you want access at an airport. You should receive your membership card around two weeks after you sign up, so be sure to do so in advance of a upcoming trip!
How to Enroll Using Your Chase Ink Cards
1. Go to: https://www.loungeprogramenroll.com/inkcard/ and enter the invitation code ‘CHASEINK’.
2. Next all you have to do is fill out the contact and billing information forms.
After using your two free Lounge Club passes, your following visits will be charged to the account you have on file. After you use the first two free passes it will cost $27 per visit.
3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation and message confirming that the membership materials will be in your mail box within 14 days.
What do you Have Access to?
No two Lounge Clubs are the same because they are not run by Lounge Club, but instead by different airlines or lounge companies so their services and amenities that are different. While most international Lounge Clubs offer showers, alcoholic beverages, fax service and free-wifi, etc. Before deciding to use your free access pass on a certain Lounge Club, check to make sure it has the amenities that would make it worth the $27 you would otherwise be spending.
Lounge Club Rules and Regulations
Each Lounge Club has its own set of rules and regulations, basically what’s allowed and what isn’t. One fairly obvious and common recurring rule is that you have to have a valid boarding pass that is set for departure with you upon entry.
Some club lounges also have a dress code to keep up with the business-lounge environment, but this seems to only be a rule for international airports more so than for airports in the US.
Another rule you should look out for if you are traveling with young children is age restriction. Every Lounge Club has different rules for age restriction as far free entry or any entry all. Alaska Airlines Board Room allows children only under the age of 2 to enter for free, whereas in Paris Icare Lounge children under 12 can enter for free.
Is Lounge Club Membership Worth the Cost?
Paying to be a part of the Lounge Club, a $99 membership, is probably out of the question for most people considering that on top of the membership cost , you have to pay $27 to enter a Lounge Club. However, having either the Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold has the perk of a free membership plus two free entry passes every year that you have the card and pay the card’s $95 annual fee.
Aside from the two free passes you get per year, I don’t consider paying $27 each time I want access to a Lounge Club to be a great deal unless I absolutely need to use it for its amenities. For one, there are other ways to get free Lounge Club access (e.g. Ritz Carlton credit card) can also be a good reason to hold off on using the free ones from Chase. Flying on a First or Business Class award will also get club access to begin with. If you fall into an upper elite or platinum frequent flyer tier, you should also receive free lounge access in that case as well.