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Review: Plaza Premium Lounge TPE Zone A1

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Review: Plaza Premium Lounge TPE Zone A1

As you can see in the feature image above, the Plaza Premium Lounge TPE Zone A1 sits right in the middle of everything. It’s upstairs, within view from the entrance of the EVA Air Infinity Lounge, and we thought we’d just take a quick look. It’s an open air lounge and is the smaller of two Plaza Premium Lounges on this level. I used my Citi Prestige Priority Pass to gain access.

A very friendly welcome

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The lounge has a great open air vibe

There is something fun about a lounge that overlooks the airport, whether it be in departures like this one, or near the gates overlooking airport traffic. People watching is always fun 😉 Finding a place to sit wasn’t a problem at all as the lounge was quite empty.

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Hot and cold food options

We had already had a bite in the EVA Air Infinity lounge so we weren’t really looking to snack on anything. The food looked fresh and was well tended to by the staff.

Free Wifi and plenty of places to sit.

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Another cool thing about this lounge’s location is it’s right next to the Blind massage center:

This center is staffed by the blind and benefits the Taoyuan County professional trade union to provide jobs for blind residents in the Taoyuan area. Pretty cool!

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This is a great quick in, quick out lounge.  Have under an hour or two? Grab a snack, glass of wine, or a cold coke and check your email. If you’re looking for place to spend a longer layover or delay, I’d suggest that you check out the other Plaza Premium Lounge in Zone A. There aren’t any restrooms, private work stations, or sleeping pods to accommodate those with significant time on their hands, and Zone A has all of those.

Many of our readers have access via a Premium Credit card, but if you don’t, you can buy discounted access using our partner link with Lounge Buddy. Check out their app too, it’s free, and very informative.

This review is a part of the Trip Report: Miles Traces his roots in Southeast Asia

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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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 including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

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Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
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  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 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℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

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.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

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. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

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.

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