How to Activate Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Lounge & Car Rental Elite Benefits

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Activate
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Activating Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass & Car Rental Benefits

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is here and we are still sort of learning how it works. While most premium cards that have elite benefits require some sort of registration, generally Priority Pass Select lounge membership is automatically sent out. That is not the case with the Sapphire Reserve. Today I’ll show you how to activate your Priority Pass Select Lounge Membership along with benefits for National Car Rental and Avis.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Overview

Bonus:
  • 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points (worth $1,500 in travel) after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months.
  • Annual fee: $450
Earnings:
  • 3X Dining & Travel.
  • 1X Everywhere else.
Key Benefits:
  • $300 annual travel credit per calendar year (get it twice in your first cardmember year.)
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • Global Entry fee credit
  • 1:1 points transfers
  • Travel & purchase protection
  • Points worth 1.5 cents each when used to book travel.

Accessing Your Sapphire Reserve Card Benefits

To access your card benefits for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card, login to your account and click through to the Ultimate Rewards website. On the website, go to the “Use Points” menu and click “Card Benefits” as shown below.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Activate

Activating Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass

On this card benefits screen you will see a number of benefits including your Priority Pass Select lounge membership, Global Entry fee credit and rental car benefits. To activate your Priority Pass Select Membership, simply click “Activate Now”.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Activate

Once the benefit is activated, the website will indicate that you are good to go.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Activate

According to the site it takes 2-3 weeks for your new Priority Pass Select card membership to come in the mail. At this time it isn’t evident whether the card comes with free guests like the Citi Prestige or guests for a fee like the Amex Platinum. That information is generally on the letter you receive when you get the card in the mail.

Rental Car Benefits

In addition to the other benefits mentioned above, the Chase Sapphire Reserve card comes with complimentary National Emerald Club Executive Level membership and Avis Preferred membership. If you don’t already have these memberships from another premium card, then simply click the “Get Started” button below each company to enroll. You will be taken to the respective companies website where you can enroll immediately.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Activate

Additionally, you can save 30% on rentals of 2 days or more with the code VINFINITE. Since this appears to be a Visa Infinite offer, other cards like the City National Bank Visa Infinite and the new Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite may also get the discount.

Conclusion

Considering the Sapphire Reserve shows up in your online account almost immediately after approval, it is probably a good idea to activate these benefits right away. In the case of the Priority Pass, it makes sense to get that card in the mail so you can enjoy lounge access on your next trip. While Chase has sort of buried these benefits on their site, the system is easy to use, fast and intuitive. Enjoy your benefits!

Thanks to @VM4827 on Twitter for letting me know to check my account.


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Can you access the lounges without the membership card in the mail? Is there a digital version or something?

  2. You can check the guest policy online at Priority Pass official site. Can someone log in to see if allows guests?

    • The graphic above for Priority Pass mentions “you and your authorized users”. I wonder if that means AU of the cc (@$75 a pop)?

  3. How long after approval did your CSR show up in your Chase accounts? I was approved about 4pm pst and as of 7:30 pst I still cannot see it.

    • Sorry for the delayed response. It was within an hour or so. Others have had to wait longer. I am sure they were overloaded with apps and approvals yesterday. Has it shown up yet?

  4. I called PP directly and they don’t have access to the membership number for CSR users. It supposedly takes 2-3 weeks for Chase to mail you the membership card. When I contacted Chase Support on twitter they indicated that while they can’t provide the PP#, you can “expense” 2 visits in a 12 month rolling period. So you just go to the PP lounge and pay for entry and they will reimburse you. Seems a little unorganized to me, but I guess it’s better than nuttin.

  5. Has anyone confirmed the policy for guests? I travel with Co-Workers often and it would be nice to not leave them out in terminal while I am cozy in a lounge. I understand the authorized users, but not sure 75 bucks a year is worth access to a couple lounges a year.

  6. Just called chase and they were able to give me my priority pass account number. I was able to sign in both online and on the app however it does not include a digital card like my Amex priority pass account. Any word on the digital pass for priority pass?

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