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Chase is opening its first U.S. airport lounge in Boston — here's how you can get in

The new Chase Sapphire lounge features complimentary food, drinks, massage chairs and more.

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Airport lounges offer a welcome respite from the often crowded and noisy terminals. And travel credit cards are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting into the best lounges.

Major airlines like American, Delta and United have operated their own branded lounges for a long time. But over the last decade, credit card issuers have been following suit — American Express, Capital One and Chase all have branded airport lounges now. And come May 16, Chase will open its first domestic location of a full-scale Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club at Boston Logan International Airport.

This announcement comes on the heels of Chase opening a "lounge-like" experience, the Sapphire Terrace at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, back in March. The Sapphire Terrace isn't considered a part of the Chase Sapphire Lounge network and is only open to Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders. Until now, the only other Chase Sapphire Lounge was at Hong Kong International Airport.

Below, CNBC Select shares everything we know about the new Chase Sapphire Lounge in Boston and how to access it.

What to expect at the Chase Sapphire Lounge Boston

The new Chase Sapphire Lounge is located between Boston Airport's Terminals B and C between gates B40 and B39, and features locally inspired design, artwork, food and beverages. It will be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Airlines that operate out of Boston's Terminals B and C include, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest and United. Although it's a longer walk, passengers flying out of Terminal E can also access Terminals B and C without exiting security.

Courtesy of Chase

This lounge measures a spacious 11,640 square feet and is filled with everything you need to recuperate before your flight. Guests have access to rest pods, shower rooms and treatment rooms with anti-gravity massage chairs. Those traveling with children can take advantage of nursing and family rooms.

Rather than stuffing the space with only tables and chairs, Chase added little touches to make it more relaxing, such as "micro-living rooms" with more comfortable seating.

The food and beverage offering includes an array of local craft beers, coffee and both made-to-order and ready-to-eat dishes. You can easily order made-to-order items by scanning the QR code at your seat. Signature menu items include a Sapphire burger, Miracle dandan noodles and a cheesy bao bun.

The rotating menu features seven dishes created by Douglass Williams, a Bostonian and James Beard Foundation-nominated chef. The dishes take inspiration from William's local restaurants, MIDA and APIZZA, and include shrimp risotto Milanese, chilled gazpacho and sticky buffalo chicken. Craft brews are available from Downeast, Wormtown, Castleisland and more. And you can satiate your caffeine craving with coffee from the Massachusetts-based Atomic Coffee Roasters.

Courtesy of Chase

Who can access Chase Sapphire Lounges?

To access any Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club, you'll need to have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card or a membership with Priority Pass — or be invited as a guest of someone who meets those requirements.

Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders who have activated the card's Priority Pass membership receive unlimited access and can bring up to two guests at no charge.

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

On Chase’s secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 5X total points on flights and 10X total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠ immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3X points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases plus, 10X points on Lyft rides through March 2025

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

  • Annual fee

    $550

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    22.49% - 29.49% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    5%, minimum $5

  • Foreign transaction fee

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent

  • Terms apply.

 

If you don't have a Sapphire Reserve card, there are a variety of small business and consumer credit cards that come with a complimentary Priority Pass lounge membership. However, Priority Pass members without a Sapphire Reserve card can only access a Chase Sapphire Lounge once per calendar year for free (no guests) and will pay a $75 fee for each subsequent visit.

The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, both come with a Priority Pass membership and grant you access to American Express Centurion Lounges and Delta Sky Clubs as well. Terms apply.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel, 1X points on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.

  • Annual fee

    $695

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    See Pay Over Time APR

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fee

    None

  • Credit Needed

    Excellent/Good

  • See rates and fees, terms apply.

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

On the American Express secure site
  • Rewards

    Earn 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on AmexTravel.com and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases. Also, earn 1.5X points (that's an extra half point per dollar) on each eligible purchases at US construction material, hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of card membership

  • Annual fee

    $695

  • Intro APR

    N/A

  • Regular APR

    19.49% - 28.49% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    N/A

  • Foreign transaction fee

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

If you'd rather have a Priority Pass membership and access to Capital One Lounges, the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (see rates and fees) is the right card for you. With the card, you have unlimited access to Priority Pass, Capital One and Plaza Premium lounges.

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

  • Rewards

    10 Miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars, 5 Miles per dollar on flights when booked via Capital One Travel; unlimited 2X miles on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

  • Annual fee

    $395

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    19.99% - 29.99% variable APR

  • Balance transfer fee

    $0 at the Transfer APR, 4% of the amount of each transferred balance that posts to your account at a promotional APR that Capital One may offer to you

  • Foreign transaction fees

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent

  • See rates and fees. Terms apply.

Other Chase lounges that are opening soon

Besides Boston, the only other Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club location that's currently open is at Hong Kong International Airport. However, Chase has six lounges in the works:

  • New York – LaGuardia Airport: Terminal B
  • Washington Dulles International Airport: Terminal A
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: Terminal 4 South 1
  • Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport: Terminal 1 near C Gates
  • San Diego International Airport: Terminal 2 West
  • Philadelphia International Airport: Terminal D to E connector

While not considered a full-scale Chase Sapphire Lounge, Chase also offers the Sapphire Terrace at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, exclusively for Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders.

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Bottom line

The newest Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club will open at Boston Logan International Aiport on May 16, 2023. This marks the second Chase Sapphire Lounge opening and the first location in the U.S.

The lounge features local artwork, food and beverages. It also has some unique amenities you might not find at the average airport lounge, including massage chairs, showers and rest pods.

To receive unlimited access to Chase Sapphire Lounges you'll need to be a Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholder and have activated your Priority Pass membership. All other Priority Pass members — including Priority Pass memberships available through non-Chase premium credit cards — receive one complimentary visit to a Sapphire Lounge per calendar year.

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For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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