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Chase Sapphire Terrace at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Chase just opened a lounge at Austin Airport that is exclusive to Chase Sapphire Reserve and JP Morgan Reserve cardholders and will feature an indoor-outdoor space, local beverages ( Austin Eastsiders and 512 brewery ), grab and go food, games, etc. If you hold a Chase Sapphire Preferred…you’re out of luck. Don’t forget that Chase Sapphire Reserve also comes with a generous Priority Pass membership as well.
Chase Sapphire Terrace Access:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders and 2 guests
- Authorized users get access + 2 guests as well
- You can add an AU for $75
- Outbound flights only, up to 3 hours prior to departure
- Located near Gate 1 of the Barbara Jordan Terminal
- Open from 10am to 8pm
Where else will Chase open lounges?
Technically, the Chase Sapphire Terrace is only for Chase Sapphire Reserve and JP Morgan Reserve cardholders, but Chase is also releasing, in partnership, with The Club at the following locations
- Hong Kong International (HKG) ( Open now )
- Boston (BOS)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- New York Laguardia (LGA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- San Diego (SAN)
- Washington DC Dulles (IAD)
- Dallas (DFW)
Chase is certainly lagging behind Amex in terms of lounge presence, but this is the first “premium” and exclusive lounge open to Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers and I’d love to see how it compares to Amex Centurion lounges as well as the Capital One Lounge at DFW.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.