Have a Chase Ink Card? Here’s What You Need to Do Before You Lose an Important Benefit.

I returned to the country to a pileup of mail, including this from Chase:

    Someone has too many currently-open Ink cards.

Chase is removing the ‘Lounge Club’ benefit from their Ink products.

Lounge Club is the credit card version of Priority Pass, it’s a card that gets you lounge access though there are varying levels of membership. The basic free version just allows you to pay for entrance on each visit at participating lounges (American Express’ Hilton Surpass card gives you this.)

The major difference between Priority Pass and Lounge Club is that the former includes several United Club lounges while the latter does not, so it’s a product that several credit cards can offer without violating Chase’s exclusivity (the initial branding was Priority Pass Select, which I first saw offered by American Express Platinum).

The Chase Ink cards have come with Lounge Club which offers two club visits per year complimentary.

Here’s the key thing to know:

  • The benefit isn’t going away yet, it ends April 30, which means that is the last day to sign up and not the last day to use Lounge Club access.
  • You will have Lounge Club access for a year, i.e. until your annual benefit expires after April 30.
  • So if you have a Chase Ink card, and aren’t already registered, you can still do so and benefit from this perk for a year.

Enroll before April 30 using invitation code CHASEINK.

Many of the lounges that participate are international. In the US you’ll get access to various Air France/KLM lounges, The Club contract lounges, and Alaska Airlines lounges among others.

    Pancake machine at the Alaska Airlines Board Room Portland

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  1. Last year Lounge Club earned back the annual fee, but I guess too many members were costing Chase too much money.

    Time to move my UR points to my Sapphire card. I won’t be renewing my Ink card this year.

  2. “A $40.00 fee will be applied to the INK from Chase business card you used to enroll in the program.”

    Perhaps this fee is linked to Ink Bold and not other Ink products?

  3. Can you have multiple lounge club memberships at the same time? I have multiple cards with the benefit that each offer a limited number of free visits.

    Also note, when you cancel the credit card they cancel lounge club membership soon after (i.e. before the renewal/expiration date on the card).

  4. @Andrew – I have the same question about multiple loungeclub memberships through different ink cards.

    But I had a different experience with the cancellation. I canceled my Ink in Dec 2014 and successfully used my loungeclub card in Mar 2015.

  5. I’ve had multiple cards for multiple businesses. I’m going to miss the Lounge Club. Even after the two free visits, most of them were very good deals compared with the average American, Delta, United domestic clubs.

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