Have you recently been approved the the Chase Sapphire Reserve? If you’re still waiting for your physical card to come into the mail, here are some things you can do now:
Activate Priority Pass Select Membership
The Chase Sapphire Reserve card provides a Priority Pass Select membership. This gives you access to hundreds of airport lounges across the world. You need to enroll online and Priority Pass will send you a physical card that you can show to the lounge to get access. It usually takes them about 1-2 weeks to send you the card.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to get to the Priority Pass enrollment page:
Step 1: Click on your Ultimate Rewards account on the left hand side of your Chase account page. It should look something like the picture below.
Step 2: Select your Sapphire Reserve card.
Step 3: Select Card Benefits from the drop-down menu.
Step 4: Under Airport Lounge Access. Activate/enroll in Priority Pass. As you can see from my screenshot below, we’ve already activated our Priority Pass Select membership.
Transfer Ultimate Rewards (UR) to Travel Partners
If you already have Chase UR from another UR-earning credit card (like the Freedom, CSP, etc), you can now transfer UR to your brand new Chase Sapphire Reserve account. You can then transfer UR from there to a variety of different travel partners (Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, etc). You can transfer in increments of 1,000 points at a 1:1 ratio.
Use UR for 1.5 Cents Per Point
Now that you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can also use the Chase UR Portal to book airfare and hotels at 1.5 cents per point. Every UR point equals 1.5 cents. Therefore, if a flight normally costs you $200, you can book it for 13,333 UR.
I have yet to use this benefit because I typically find better value transferring to travel partners. However, if there’s a revenue flight deal, you can typically use the Chase UR portal to book it instead of paying cash.