I went to Chase's brand-new airport lounge and saw firsthand how pampered I could feel before a flight
10.02.2024 - 13:35
/ John F.Kennedy
Imagine spending your final hours before a long flight getting a hydrating facial, blasting your favorite songs in a retro arcade, and lounging among nature.
That's the reality at the Chase Sapphire Lounge, an exclusive airport club in Boston, Hong Kong, and, most recently, New York City.
The credit-card company launched a new location in NYC's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on January 16, followed by another at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) just a week later, according to the company's website.
Chase is just one of many credit-card companies making airport lounges far more accessible than they once were for those willing to hold a premium travel credit card.
The Chase Sapphire Lounge is free and unlimited for $550-per-year Chase Sapphire Reserve credit cardholders, who can bring up to two more travelers for free, according to the company's website. Any additional guests of the cardholder come with a $27 fee per person.
The cardholder must also activate their Priority Pass airport lounge membership — complimentary through Chase Sapphire Reserve — to access the space. Those with a Priority Pass membership who do not have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card can visit the lounge once a year for free and $75 per visit after that.
As a travel reporter, I fly a lot and know how taxing it is to maneuver through airports from security to your gate, only to squeeze into a plane and sit in the turbulent air for hours.
So, the idea of feeling relaxed up until moments before boarding seemed like something I'd be into. That's why I ventured to LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B on a Friday morning to get a tour of the Chase Sapphire Lounge from general manager Ioannis Tzielekis.
I spent three hours in the 21,850-square-foot space and saw firsthand how pampered I could feel before my flights. And honestly, I wish I could hang out there even if I didn't have a plane to catch.