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LaGuardia’s New Chase Sapphire Lounge Sets a High New Standard For Stateside Airport Lounges

New York Airports + Flying
by Jori Ayers Mar 7, 2024

Aside from a select number of high-quality airport lounges in the United States, the best airport lounges worth going out of your way for are generally outside of the country. The comparison between US and international lounges is fairly one sided. The new Chase Sapphire Lounge in New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is a noteworthy exception.

Located in Terminal B within the central airside zone of the arrivals and departures hall, this lounge transports guests into another reality. So much so that you may forget you’re at the airport at all. It has two floors and is over 2,100 square feet, and is open daily from 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Primary and authorized cardholders with a Chase Sapphire Reserve card can access the Chase Sapphire Lounge for free and bring up to two guests. However, cardholders must have the priority pass associated with the card to enter the lounge, and bringing more than two guests will cost $27 per person.

The lounge has two levels. On the main level at the center of the lounge is a 360 degree bar area that serves specialty cocktails by Apotheke, a popular cocktail bar in New York City, alongside delectable dishes from its collaboration with Joseph Leonard, a notable restaurant in the city. In addition to the buffet-style spread, guests can savor a variety of small plates. Also on the main level are seating areas, workstations, booths, and a family area, which includes a children’s playroom, photo booth, and arcade.

Upstairs on the second floor are more seating areas and bar-style seating. There is also a wellness area with two relaxation spaces and two facial treatment rooms in partnership with Face Haus.

The second floor also hosts the new Reserve Suites. Three Reserve Suites are located in the lounge, and each is decked out with luxury furnishings. These luxe options are not included in entry and don’t come cheap: $3,000 for the larger suites for three hours, and $2,200 for the smaller suites for three hours. The two larger suites can accommodate up to eight guests and are equipped with a sofa, TV, private luxury bathroom amenities with a shower, and a four-top dining table. The two larger suites can be combined to accommodate up to 16 guests if needed. The smaller suite has the same layout and can accommodate up to four guests. When guests stay in any of these suites, they are also treated to an exclusive caviar service and a curated wine list to indulge in.

There’s no doubt that the Chase Sapphire Club in LaGuardia Airport has taken airport lounges to a whole new level, and if you’re a frequent New York City traveler and have been wondering if you want to be a Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholder, this may be your answer to get the ball rolling.

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