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What counts as travel? [Sapphire, INK, Consolidated]

What counts as travel? [Sapphire, INK, Consolidated]

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What counts as Travel?
  • Airline purchases, fees & gift cards
  • AA e-gift certificate
  • Delta eGift Cards
  • UA in-flight bev

    Hotels:
  • Marriott GC and hotel charges
  • Airbnb & their GC
  • hotels.com (NOT hotels.com e-gift cert!)
  • Hotel restaurants not charged to room (verified at Renaissance LV)
  • Priceline "opaque" hotel purchases
  • Kruger National Park lodging reservation (booked on sanparks.org official site)

    Transit, including parking, trains, ferries, toll roads, etc:
  • Taxi fares: Uber, Lyft, Gett, Way2Ride, London taxi, Fasten (Austin)
  • Transit fees: BART, MTA, FastTrak, Clipper Card (Bay Area), MetroCard, DC Metro (WMATA) SmarTrip farecard and commemorative cards, NJ Transit, Oyster card, Ventra (Chicago), Las Vegas Monorail, Brussels (STIB/MIVB), Incheon Airport Bus tickets, Orca King county(Seattle area), Suica/PASMO (Tokyo IC transit card - Apple pay top up)
  • Parking meters: Atlanta; Chicago; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Atlantic City; Seattle, (Los Angeles but NOT Santa Monica)
  • Public parking garages: San Francisco; Montgomery Co. MD
  • Toll passes: E-Z Pass (MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA), Sunpass prepaid tolls, Washington State GoodToGo tolls, RiverLink tolls, TxTag, IPass (Illinois)
  • Train tickets: trainline (UK train tickets), Eurostar.com, Bahn.com (when using Paypal), Amtrak, italirail.com, Train and bus travel in Scotland at ticket counter.
  • Amtrak dining car purchases (YMMV, recent reports are below):
    • Pacific Surfliner, November 2016 (tmiw): yes, counted as travel with CSR.
      Pacific Surfliner, December 2018 (tmiw): did NOT count as travel (no travel credit), but did count as dining for 3x.
    • San Joaquin, December 2015 (serpens): counted as 3x on CSR, unknown if counted as travel.
    • unknown train/date (StanJazz): counted as dining on Freedom and CSP.
  • Ferries: Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE and NYWaterway (Belford-Pier 11)
  • Shuttles: Jackson Hole WY Airport official shuttle to town
  • Unlimted JR Pass for Japan purchased from japan-rail-pass.com

    Misc:
  • MileagePlusX Uber GC [NB MPX eBay did NOT count, so it appears to be only actual travel related items on MPX]
  • Royal Caribbean drink package
  • Cruise bookings
  • Cruise Excursions Booked Prior to Cruise (and fully refundable)
  • MIR Travel Agency
  • ChargePoint for Electric Vehicle Charging
  • undercovertourist.com
  • Rental cars (verified Avis on page 7 of this thread, Hertz)
  • Car Share (Car2Go) (ReachNow)
  • Lahaina Cruise Co. (Hawaii Ocean Project whale watch cruise)
  • Interval International Exchange Fee + Upgrade Fee
  • Aircraft title transfer registration fees with ICAO's International Registry of Mobile Assets (Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol)
  • Viator/TripAdvisor

Also, see THIS thread for additional locations.

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Old Feb 18, 21, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by serpens View Post
It wasn't a stupid question, it was a reasonable response to an addiction to using TLAs at the expense of clarity--something that is common. (TLA, in case it wasn't clear, means Three Letter Acronym.)
Thank you for your parenthetical comment (which saved me from ANOTHER [arguably] stupid question).
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Old Mar 3, 21, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by roberton View Post
Can anyone confirm whether or not moving companies count as travel with Chase? I would've guessed no, but when I looked up my moving company (Gentle Giant) in AwardWallet's merchant lookup tool, it came up coded as travel. But AwardWallet lists CSR 3x points as "unconfirmed" (i.e., based on the coding, it should get 3x points with the CSR, but they haven't confirmed that).
Same question here. Debating CSR or United Club, anyone?
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Old Mar 3, 21, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by DG206 View Post
Same question here. Debating CSR or United Club, anyone?
You can look up your specific moving company in the Visa Supplier Locator. https://www.visa.com/supplierlocator...pplier-locator
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Old May 13, 21, 12:18 pm
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Does Travel Bank at United Count for Chase Travel Spend?

Couldn't find this on the thread, but I got an offer today for 8 miles per dollar spent on my United card. Does anyone know if I can just spend $1,500 on Travel Bank and use that for flights later?

Thank you!

Your offer is activated.

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From 5/15/21 to 8/15/21, you'll earn 8 total miles on United purchases and 5 total miles for every $1 you spend on other travel purchases and at gas stations on up to $1,500 in total combined purchases with your United MileagePlus® Credit Card.*
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Old May 13, 21, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy Traveling Consultant View Post
Couldn't find this on the thread, but I got an offer today for 8 miles per dollar spent on my United card. Does anyone know if I can just spend $1,500 on Travel Bank and use that for flights later?

Thank you!

Your offer is activated.

Reminder:

From 5/15/21 to 8/15/21, you'll earn 8 total miles on United purchases and 5 total miles for every $1 you spend on other travel purchases and at gas stations on up to $1,500 in total combined purchases with your United MileagePlus® Credit Card.*
I can't tell you what will happen with Chase, but I can tell you that it did count as airline spending on my AmEx Aspire at the end of last year.
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Old May 13, 21, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Cledaybuck View Post
I can't tell you what will happen with Chase, but I can tell you that it did count as airline spending on my AmEx Aspire at the end of last year.
I did that as well with 2 Golds, Aspire, etc. My concern is that Chase and United are partners and I'm hoping to stack this (8 points on United spend) with the Travel Bank promo I got for $30/month where I spend $300 on the card. I could cover $1200 of the $1500 limit by spending $300 in May, June, July and August and for $1200 in spend I'd get $120 in Travel Bank cash plus 9,600 United miles. Really good return on that spending, given I value United miles at about 1.3 cents each, so close to $225 in value on $1,200 in spend.
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Old May 13, 21, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy Traveling Consultant View Post
I did that as well with 2 Golds, Aspire, etc. My concern is that Chase and United are partners and I'm hoping to stack this (8 points on United spend) with the Travel Bank promo I got for $30/month where I spend $300 on the card. I could cover $1200 of the $1500 limit by spending $300 in May, June, July and August and for $1200 in spend I'd get $120 in Travel Bank cash plus 9,600 United miles. Really good return on that spending, given I value United miles at about 1.3 cents each, so close to $225 in value on $1,200 in spend.
My advice would be to make a small travel bank purchase and see what happens.
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Old May 13, 21, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Cledaybuck View Post
My advice would be to make a small travel bank purchase and see what happens.
I'm going to, but the terms say the TB cash will show up in 8-12 weeks. Thinking I'll just roll the dice though. I can easily spend the TB balance, just not sure if I'll get the bonus.
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