Chase Ink Plus/Bold Lounge Club Membership Going Away
The Chase Ink Plus card has a number of useful benefits, but most people get and keep the card because of its 5x bonus categories and the ability to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to travel partners. But did you know that the Ink Plus also has a lounge benefit as well?
Every Chase Ink cardholder (including authorized user cards) gets a Lounge Club membership. This Lounge Club Membership includes two complimentary entries per year with additional visits costing $27 each. I have found that most of the 350+ Lounge Club facilities overlap with lounges in the Priority Pass network. (Although Priority Pass has many more it seems.)
Years ago when I didn’t have an Amex Platinum card, elite status or any other benefits, I relied on the Lounge Club membership to save me from the traveling masses. At the end of the year if I still had a free visit, I would check out new lounges like The Club at LAS. Of course this was all before I became spoiled by the Centurion Lounge just across the corridor.
The End of Lounge Club
Perhaps it was too costly or people just weren’t utilizing the benefit, but Chase is discontinuing Lounge Club memberships for holders of their Chase Ink Plus (and presumably for legacy Ink Bold) cards. One of my readers sent me the following letter yesterday afternoon. Doctor of Credit also covered this topic last night as well.
Register Before April 30, 2015
Thankfully Chase seems to be proactively sending out letters to members who aren’t currently enrolled. If you haven’t enrolled yet, you can go here and sign-up until April 30, 2015. (The Invitation code is: CHASEINK) Your membership will be good for one year before it terminates.
Should You Do It
If you have a Chase Ink card this is a benefit you are paying for and I absolutely recommend signing up. Since I have added the Amex Platinum card to my wallet, I have not used my Lounge Club membership, however I am not sure if I am going to pay the fee this year, so I plan to get one for each of my Ink cards.
Remember, even if you have lounge access or a Priority Pass membership, this might be a way to get friends, relatives or colleagues into a lounge for free as well. At the very least you can get people in for $27 which is normally cheaper than the walk up entry price.
It always stinks to see companies remove benefits from cards. Will this make me give up my Chase Ink card? Absolutely not! Perhaps that is why Chase is discontinuing the benefit or maybe they are planning on launching something new. One can only hope!