The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is a decent addition to Hong Kong’s pack of lounges. And it’s Priority Pass-accessible! Which is neat if you have it, but less neat if you also have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card (competing with more passengers for lounge access). Note: the Chase Sapphire Reserve card comes with a Priority Pass card.
By the way, for those familiar with Hong Kong, you might get a kick out of the Chase Sapphire Airport Lounges website:
It’s Jumbo Kingdom. You know, the boat that used to be a restaurant in Aberdeen, but now calls the South China Sea bed home? Just don’t ask Malaysia Airlines to help in the search.
Back to lounge access ….
What about my Chase Sapphire Preferred card? Can I enter just with that? No dice.
Even though the name is 2/3 of the way there, it’s a no-go. Heck, even Capital One Venture and Spark Miles grant Cap. One lounge access twice a year. (just make sure you are flying through Dallas-Fort Worth, as Denver’s will open when Halley’s Comet next comes ’round)
Anyway, let’s take a look at the the Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club.
As you may have seen above, the lounge is open daily from 06:00 – 24:00. After the clock strikes midnight, the Plaza Premium doldrums await you. (IME, you’re better off beelining to your gate)
Back at this lounge, I’ve got a few photos of seating options for you:
I can’t say that the seating arrangements took privacy into much consideration, but that could also depend on your departure time. I had a flight leaving around 1am, so I had the room behind the dining area to myself.
Once I realized that my flight was delayed, I went over to the bartender.
In spite of the ubiquitous obnoxious passenger yapping on speakerphone, I eventually got the attention of the nice Filipina bartender. I asked her to prepare a non-alcoholic something or other. Whatever she made was darn good; it had ginger, passion fruit, and lychee, and probably some orange juice as the base. The glass rim was salted, with an orange slice placed on it. The taste buds were in overdrive.
Speaking of which, how was the food selection?
It completely escaped my mind to take a photo of the main dish area of the buffet. In spite of that, I reckon the better stuff was at the smaller yet amply-stocked salad/appetizer bar. There were raw vegetables, BLTs, and some fun Cantonese tapioca pudding with mango.
In all, food-wise I’d say it’s one of the better Priority Pass lounges in the region. It also had a clean look, plus the lack of other guests helped. And don’t forget to ask (and thank) the bartender for a drink!