The Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card is the new favorite credit card in the points and miles world, and for good reasons. One of the major benefits of the card is a Priority Pass membership, which allows you and your companions to access over 900 lounges in their network.
The membership is not automatic, however. You need a Priority Pass card to access these lounges, just showing up with your credit card will not do. If you were recently approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠, this is how you can activate your Priority Pass membership. You might be able to do this even if your Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ card has not yet arrived!
In order to do so, you will have to log-in to your Chase online banking account. Chase recently re-designed their website, so accessing the Benefits page might be a bit different depending on which version you have.
First, scroll down to your Sapphire Reserve card, and select “Go to Ultimate Rewards.”
On your Ultimate Rewards page, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, and select “Card Benefits.”
Finally, select “Activate now” under “Airport Lounge Access.”
Once you click on it, you should be greeted with a green check mark. Your card is set to arrive within 2 – 3 weeks, and judging by the fact that I requested it almost 2 weeks ago but have yet to receive mine, it looks like they are sticking to that timeframe. I am sure Chase and Priority Pass are overwhelmed with requests at this point.
You get a shortcut if you have the new version of Chase’s website. Simply select your Sapphire Reserve card on the left. Under “Things you can do,” click “Card benefits” to be taken directly to the sign-up page.
When Can You Start Using Your Membership?
Priority Pass launched a mobile version of their card earlier this year, and once you sign up for a Priority Pass account online, you can use the mobile card. However, signing up on Priority Pass’ website requires a PIN that is mailed to you with your card.
Since no one ever keeps the original letter (or…maybe it’s just me?), with Citi Prestige and AMEX Platinum, I had to call Priority Pass for the PIN for the sign-up process. They were able to get me verified and signed up. However, most people have not had luck with the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s version of the card, at least not before the physical card has arrived.
All in all, you might have to wait 2 – 3 weeks until your physical Priority Pass arrive in the mail. In the meantime, however, Chase has confirmed on Twitter that the Priority Pass membership with Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ essentially comes with unlimited guests. That’s reassuring!