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Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit

Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit

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Sapphire Reserve Annual Travel Credit

How are the dates calculated?

For cards issued prior to May 21, 2017 it was Reimbursed per Calendar year, not membership year. Purchases must be posted (not pending) by your December statement (dated any time Dec 1 through Dec 31) to be credited against current year's $300 credit. Any travel spend that posts after the December statement will credit against the next year's $300 credit.

For cards issued after May 21, 2017, it will be reimbursed by membership year.

But my 2nd annual fee is after May 21, 2017, why didn't my travel credit reset?

Because if you got your card before that date, your travel credit will continue to reset after your December statement.

Does the travel credit count as minimum spend?

Spend is spend, the credit is the credit. The $300 reimbursement is a separate item from spending requirements( the $300 reimbursement on travel, $100 Goes all count towards the $4,000 only the $450 yearly fee doesn't). You must spend $4000 for your signup bonus UR points. If part of that spend is categorized as travel, a credit will post to your account accordingly. They are separate items.

Even if you return a purchase after you've met your $4000 initial spend it will not count against your spend.


Can I get two travel credit fees if I apply in the middle of the year?

Not for applications after May 21, 2017.


What counts as Travel?

The following items have been reimbursed:



  • Airline purchases, fees & gift cards:
  • AA e-gift certificate
  • Delta eGift Cards, in-flight food/drink purchases
  • UA in-flight bev
  • Moved from EC to EC+ on AA and credit posted 8/2017.
    Southwest gift cards do work! Just purchased a $40 emailed gift card and received the travel credit 3/2018
    Hotels:
  • Airbnb & their GC
  • Bellagio Las Vegas -- including restaurant charges signed to room (posted as BELLAGIO - FRONT DESK)
  • hotels.com (NOT hotels.com e-gift cert!)
  • Hotel restaurants not charged to room (verified at Renaissance LV)
  • Marriott GC and hotel charges
  • Priceline "opaque" hotel purchases
  • Kruger National Park lodging reservation (booked on sanparks.org official site)
  • Hilton Home2 Suites

    Transit, including parking, trains, ferries, toll roads, etc:
  • taxi fares: Uber, Lyft, Gett, Way2Ride, London taxi, RideAustin
  • Transit fees: BART, MTA, FastTrac, MetroCard, DC Metro (WMATA) SmarTrip farecard and commemorative cards, NJ Transit, Oyster card, Ventra (Chicago), Las Vegas Monorail,Short term parking at LAS, London, STIB/MIVB (Brussels), UTA (Salt Lake City), TriMet (Portland, OR)
  • Parking meters: Chicago; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Atlantic City; Seattle; Minneapolis; Raleigh; San Diego
  • Public parking garages: San Francisco; Montgomery Co. MD; Saint Paul; UC San Diego
  • Toll passes: E-Z Pass (MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA), Sunpass prepaid tolls, Washington State GoodToGo tolls, RiverLink tolls, TxTag, IPass (Illinois), Houston EZ-Tag
  • Train tickets: trainline (UK train tickets), Eurostar.com, Bahn.com (when using Paypal), Amtrak (cafe car purchases as well as tickets purchased from kiosks or the website), italirail.com, Train and bus travel in Scotland at ticket counter, SNCB/NMBS (Belgium--app or counter; chip-and-sign cards don't work in ticket machines), Euroshuttle (car train under the English Channel)
  • Ferries: Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE
  • Shuttles: Jackson Hole WY Airport official shuttle to town
  • Unlimted JR Pass for Japan purchased from japan-rail-pass.com
  • Bikeshare membership/usage fees in Washington, DC
  • Parking apps: ParkWhiz, SpotHero, ParkMobile
  • Presidential Limousine service in Las Vegas


    Misc:
  • Costco Travel
  • Disney theme park tickets physically purchased at Disney gate See post #1203
  • Disney Vacation account funding
  • Royal Caribbean drink package
  • Cruise bookings
  • Cruise Excursions Booked Prior to Cruise (and fully refundable)
  • MIR Travel Agency
  • ChargePoint for Electric Vehicle Charging
  • MileagePlusX Uber GC
  • undercovertourist.com
  • Rental cars (verified Avis on page 7 of this thread)
  • 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)
  • Cooking class/experience booked through Viator

What doesn't count as travel?

Here's a thread dedicated to the topic: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chas...rrect-mcc.html


The following items have NOT posted as travel/been reimbursed:



  • e-gift card from Airline, except Delta Please list specifics.
  • AA in-flight food
  • AAA membership
  • Alaska Airlines: e-gift cards; in-flight food; Board Room membership (post 1152)
  • Blink Charging (EV charging network): shows up as Bills & Utilities
  • CLEAR -- annual membership fee and pro-rated $50 fee for adding a family member
  • Points.com (Southwest)
  • Not all parking meters - Michigan State University (MSU Police Dept. 1x), Phoenix
  • Parking citation payment (SF MTA)
  • Hotel parking fees (e.g. Fairmont SF)
  • Walt Disney tickets directly from Disney.com
  • Vacation Rental by Owner/HomeAway
  • Airport landing, parking and ground handling fees for private jets
  • EZ-Tag (Houston, TX) now DOES count per post 1109
  • Georgia Peach Pass
  • Hotels.com e-gift card
  • Hyatt e-gift card
  • Hyatt physical G.C. from Hyatt.com (coded as Online, Mail, or Telephone transaction or Card, Gift Novelty and Souvenir Stores) No manual adjustment.
  • IHG Ambassador recognition program
  • Southwest Airlines in-flight purchases
  • Southwest Airlines Wi-Fi purchase ("Bills & utilities" in Chase online banking)
  • Prince Resorts Hawaii Gift Card (Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Hotel, Hapuna Beach Hotel)
  • Meal at Fairmont Hotel not charged to room
  • Choice hotel Points + Cash reservation
  • Delta in-flight Wi-Fi purchased through app
  • MPX Amazon.Com
  • Not all public transit: Lisbon metro
  • Travel Insurance (Allianz)


Unclear/mixed results:




  • UA wifi purchased in-flight (no, yes)

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Old Nov 12, 16, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by MIPS64 View Post
Alright, I applied and was instantly approved. It gave me a due date of Dec 26, 2016. Does this mean I am safe if I were to immediately buy some Delta eGift cards when I receive the card and then immediately do it again in January?
Your December statement date will be very early in the month, likely between Dec 1 and Dec 3. Make sure your travel purchase posts before then to qualify as 2016.

The remainder of December will count towards 2017, so you won't need to wait very long to fire away again.
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Old Nov 12, 16, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by bullfrog23414 View Post
I don't have wiki editing capability - Purchased a Deutsche Bahn train ticket at Bahn.com and checked out via PayPal - success. Credit posted at same time as charge.
Originally Posted by gusg View Post
Orlando theme park tickets from undercovertourist.com code as travel and qualify for the travel credit. We're breaking up our purchase of four tickets to two before the December statement and two after to get the credit twice.

Done! Plus I reorganized the travel reimbursements into categories, so they will be easier to list and find. Cheers.
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Old Nov 13, 16, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by StartinSanDiego View Post
Done! Plus I reorganized the travel reimbursements into categories, so they will be easier to list and find. Cheers.
Thank you. One note - you may want to include on Bahn.com that you can (should?) check out with PayPal. Their website is weird with US credit cards - I've actually never had a credit card work paying directly (as opposed to PayPal checkout - which has worked every time I've tried).
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Old Nov 13, 16, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by bullfrog23414 View Post
Thank you. One note - you may want to include on Bahn.com that you can (should?) check out with PayPal. Their website is weird with US credit cards - I've actually never had a credit card work paying directly (as opposed to PayPal checkout - which has worked every time I've tried).
No kidding! The site uses 3D Secured verification which many US cards dont support. A couple years ago I had to have a 3-way call with Chase fraud dept and the Visa liason rep handled Chase cards to make my CSP "certified" so the card could be registered on DB site - not just for purchase but also for ID purpose - on board the train the conductor actually asked for the card and did something with his handheld - presumably to make sure the traveller is authentic. On subsequent rides, no such procedure was needed. The whole experience of dealing with DB site was bad enough that our subsequent trips including Germany we either got a rental car or just flew. PayPal was not an option back then.

That said, I believe Chase finally realized it had to participate in the 3D Secured verification program if it wanted its cards to be used for international online purchases, and to reduce the number of the very involved calls from very irritated customers. Last year I was able to buy Turkey domestic tickets on Turkish Airlines website which also used the 3D Secured. Though the pop up window went DARK for a brief moment and I thought, Oh, it failed again .... But it returned with positive purchase. So Chase cards should work now.
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Old Nov 13, 16, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
No kidding! The site uses 3D Secured verification which many US cards dont support. A couple years ago I had to have a 3-way call with Chase fraud dept and the Visa liason rep handled Chase cards to make my CSP "certified" so the card could be registered on DB site - not just for purchase but also for ID purpose - on board the train the conductor actually asked for the card and did something with his handheld - presumably to make sure the traveller is authentic. On subsequent rides, no such procedure was needed. The whole experience of dealing with DB site was bad enough that our subsequent trips including Germany we either got a rental car or just flew. PayPal was not an option back then.

That said, I believe Chase finally realized it had to participate in the 3D Secured verification program if it wanted its cards to be used for international online purchases, and to reduce the number of the very involved calls from very irritated customers. Last year I was able to buy Turkey domestic tickets on Turkish Airlines website which also used the 3D Secured. Though the pop up window went DARK for a brief moment and I thought, Oh, it failed again .... But it returned with positive purchase. So Chase cards should work now.
Wow, that's all pretty nuts. So my experience last week was that I couldn't get a US card to work at all (my Chase card wouldn't work, nor would my Citi Visa card which is a corporate charge card specifically designed to work in Europe (it has real chip+PIN)). None of my cards would work in their ticket machines either (even the ones that specifically said they took credit cards - which isn't all of them).
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Old Nov 13, 16, 12:23 pm
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Just had a great convo with a Chase CSR. Just applying/receiving my card in NOV, I called to determine the end of the first statement period (fingers crossed it would be late DEC, maximizing the length of time I would have to spend $300 on travel to trip the credit). He talked in detail about the travel credit's parameters, when I should spend to ensure it hits, what I will see on the online statement, and some of the applicable travel spend categories. He also helped me activate the PP, which, IIRC, I did not have to call to do for my wife's card (application in SEP). Great service all around--and happy I have well into DEC to spend / credit the $300.
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Old Nov 13, 16, 7:13 pm
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Hey all,

A few pages back some members confirmed that Hyatt.com gift cards were covered by the CSR Travel credit. I bought one on 11/11 and selected "e-gift card" and not physical. Payment is still pending. I couldn't find a post confirming if "e-gift cards" particularly are covered. Anyone know? Thanks in advance!
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Old Nov 13, 16, 9:11 pm
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hotels.com

Bought a Hotels.com e-gift card and it coded as "other purchase", no reimbursement. Didn't try a physical card.
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Old Nov 14, 16, 6:00 am
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Just signed up

Thanks for bringing this card to my attention. Just signed up. My chase app says that the first payment is due January 8, 2017.

Does this mean there won't be a December statement this year, and I won't be eligible for the $300 credit in 2016? Any travel purchase I make now will be credited against my 2017 allotment?

If so, any tips to milk the second travel credit out of the card before I get hit with the second annual fee?

Thanks for any guidance!
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Old Nov 14, 16, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by Mako171 View Post
Thanks for bringing this card to my attention. Just signed up. My chase app says that the first payment is due January 8, 2017.

Does this mean there won't be a December statement this year, and I won't be eligible for the $300 credit in 2016? Any travel purchase I make now will be credited against my 2017 allotment?

If so, any tips to milk the second travel credit out of the card before I get hit with the second annual fee?

Thanks for any guidance!
That's your 1st payment date. More important is when is your closing date on your Dec. statement. Statements usually close about ~3 weeks before payment is due.
Best thing to due is SM Chase or call and find when the closing date will be.
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Old Nov 14, 16, 7:48 am
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I wanted to take a quick consensus, are people buying (airline or hotel) e-gift cards to use for future use or reselling? I still have about $200 left, I don't have any big travel costs coming up and wanted to know how other people in the same boat have been utilizing the credit for 2015.
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Old Nov 14, 16, 9:59 am
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I can confirm Hyatt.com e-gift cards do not code as travel
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Old Nov 14, 16, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by meraki View Post
I wanted to take a quick consensus, are people buying (airline or hotel) e-gift cards to use for future use or reselling? I still have about $200 left, I don't have any big travel costs coming up and wanted to know how other people in the same boat have been utilizing the credit for 2015.
I can't comment on the CSR travel credit, since I had expenses lined up, but I did e-gift cards for my Amex Biz Plat to get the $200 credit for this year. Applied them for a trip next year just recently, so it's a good plan if you don't have anything else scheduled.
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Old Nov 14, 16, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by 42kansas View Post
I can confirm Hyatt.com e-gift cards do not code as travel
Second that. Bought e-gift card and did not code as travel.
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Old Nov 14, 16, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by SF1K View Post
Second that. Bought e-gift card and did not code as travel.
Can we assume the physical gift cards purchased on the same site will code as travel? Does anyone know if this is no longer true?
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