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