New Chase Sapphire Terrace Opening in Austin Airport on March 20 New Chase Sapphire Terrace Opening in Austin Airport on March 20

New Chase Sapphire Terrace Opening in Austin Airport on March 20

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AvGeeks rejoice: A new outdoor terrace lounge is coming to Austin airport. This new “Sapphire Terrace” location will only be available to Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders, plus up to two guests. The new terrace is scheduled to open on at 10:30 am Central Time on March 20. Here are the details of the first-of-its-kind Chase Sapphire Terrace lounge.

The New Chase Sapphire Terrace in Austin

In February, we announced the new Chase Sapphire Lounges opening in the near future. Currently, only one Chase Sapphire Lounge is open (in Hong Kong), but ten more locations are in the works. The location of these lounges will be in the following airports:

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)Terminal 1 International Departures, West Hall, Level 7, Departures Level, near Gate 407:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)Terminal B/C ConnectorFuture Location: TBA
Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)Terminal 1, C GatesFuture Location: TBA
New York-LaGuardia (LGA)Terminal BFuture Location: TBA
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)Terminal D/E ConnectorFuture Location: TBA
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)Terminal 4 SouthFuture Location: TBA
San Diego International Airport (SAN)Terminal 2 WestFuture Location: TBA
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)Terminal AFuture Location: TBA
Austin Bergstrom International (AUS)Near Gate 110:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)Terminal D, near Gate 35Future Location: TBA

However, one lounge will be a different experience altogether. On March 20, the Chase Sapphire Terrace is scheduled to open near gate 1 at Austin airport (AUS). Unlike other Chase Sapphire Lounges — which are accessible to anyone with the Priority Pass — the Sapphire Terrace will be exclusive to Sapphire Reserve cardholders.

The Sapphire Terrace will be both indoor and outdoor, taking over a public terrace — which might not be the most popular decision. Amenities include complimentary snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as shuffleboard, giveaways, and artwork.

The new Chase Sapphire Terrace will be located in the new Austin airport gate area.
The new Chase Sapphire Terrace will be located in the new Austin airport gate area.

Some local choices of alcoholic beverages will be cider from Austin Eastcider and beer from (512) Brewing Company.

After the Chase Sapphire Terrace opens on March 20, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day for Sapphire Reserve cardholders departing from Austin. Cardholders can also bring up to two guests with them into the lounge. Unfortunately, arriving passengers can't visit the lounge.

Our Take

While we wait for more Chase Sapphire Lounges to open, it's nice to see Chase getting creative with new lounge-like (and lounge-lite) offerings. Although a different concept, the Chase Sapphire Terrace will be managed by the same company as Chase Sapphire Lounges: Airport Dimensions.

We will have to see if the Sapphire Terrace ties into Sapphire Lounges in the future or if other Sapphire Lounges are also limited to solely Sapphire Reserve cardholders and without access to Priority Pass members.

There are probably going to be some opinions about an outdoor terrace in Austin, Texas. Temperatures can remain in the triple digits for several months of the year. There's also the matter of an overabundance of Sapphire Reserve cardholders, which means there's a good chance the lounge will be overcrowded. Only time will tell.

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