More and more credit card companies are planning to offer this popular travel benefit
While waiting for your flight, visiting an airport lounge is a good way to make yourself comfortable and enjoy free food and drink. And as these lounges are so popular with travelers, access to airport lounges has become a common benefit of credit cards.
Credit cards with this benefit generally provide access to specific networks of salons. For example, many travel credit cards include a Priority Pass subscription. But now we are seeing card issuers branching out and offering their own airport lounges.
American Express was the first to do this with its high-end Centurion lounges. This year, Chase and Capital One announced plans to jump into the airport lounge game. Here’s what we know about each credit card company’s upcoming lounges.
Capital One Lounges
Capital One is preparing to launch three airport lounges in the following locations:
- Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Terminal D
- Denver International Airport (DEN) in Hall A
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the main terminal
The Dallas show is slated to open this fall and the other two are slated to open in 2022. Admission will most likely be chargeable. A Capital One press release announcing the lounges mentioned that cardholders would be eligible for special entry rates based on the Capital One card they have.
Since Capital One credit cards don’t have a high annual fee, it’s understandable that the card issuer doesn’t include free lounge access.
Capital One provided quite a bit of information on the show’s amenities. While these may vary by location, here’s what you can expect at Capital One lounges:
- high-speed Internet
- Take-out dining options
- Dining stations with foods that meet dietary restrictions, including vegan and gluten-free options
- Bars with craft beers and signature cocktails
- Shower rooms
- Cycling and yoga rooms with Peloton bikes
- Relaxation rooms with blankets, pillows and eye covers
Based on the listed amenities, Capital One lounges look promising. All dining, exercise and relaxation options could put them on a par with American Express Centurion lounges.
Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club
Chase works with Airport Dimensions, which operates The Club lounges. Three locations should have a Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club:
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in the connector for Terminals B and C
- New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Terminal B
- Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in Terminal 1
All three lounges are slated to open in 2022. They will be accessible to Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders and as part of the Priority Pass network.
Since many credit cards offer Priority Pass membership, these lounges will not be exactly exclusive. You can even access it with cards issued by other credit card companies. Travelers do not need Chase credit cards to enter.
The Boston lounge is expected to feature showers, relaxation and wellness areas, a family section and a business section. Other than that, there isn’t a lot of information available on the show’s amenities yet. Club lounges are usually in the middle of the pack when it comes to airport lounges. They have everything travelers need, but they probably won’t impress you.
New airport lounges are on the way
While only six new lounges are planned to date, they will all be at large, busy airports. It is also likely that there are more to come. Other credit card companies may want to join in on the action, and Capital One and Chase will almost certainly add to their lounge networks.
At the moment, the Capital One lounges are the more exciting of the two. The amenities look fantastic and the entrance fee should help keep the number of guests down. Chase seems to be going for a more accessible salon product. These can be a good way to pass the time before a flight, even if they don’t quite grab people’s attention like a luxury lounge does.