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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
  • 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

  • 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 Dec 14, 16, 11:16 am
Join Date: Aug 2016
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My 2017 credit was available since my statement closes in Jan.

Used and it posted very quickly.
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Old Dec 14, 16, 2:52 pm
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I was caught a little off guard when noticing that I got new travel credits in this months online account activity (already had my $300 for the year several months ago). This forum and wiki helped explain, thanks (my next statement is in Jan).

However I'd thought I'd share what triggered the latest credits, I found it somewhat interesting what they counted as travel. We just got back from New Zealand and they gave me credit for HOBBITON MOVIE TOURS (great tour of the LoTR Hobbit village) and WAIOTAPU THERMAL WONDERLA (very neat thermal nature park). Also got the 3x credit for them. Fun data points!
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Old Dec 14, 16, 3:12 pm
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I have enough points that I couldn't justify buying airline or hotel gift cards. So instead I just prepaid the $180 or so I had remaining for 2016 into my toll account. That'll get me through pretty much all of next year, so it seemed like the best option for me. Just an FYI if anybody else is struggling what to spend theirs on in the next few days.
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Old Dec 14, 16, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by DaVanillaGorilla View Post
...prepaid the $180 or so I had remaining for 2016 into my toll account....
We have mixed reports on tolls coding as Travel, many code as Government Services or similar. Which toll system did you pay, and have you previously made such a payment to verify that it coded correctly?
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Old Dec 14, 16, 5:50 pm
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I booked a room with hotels.com but the charge is still showing pending. How long until it clears? Thanks
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Old Dec 14, 16, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by rbednarski View Post
This is my first message so I am obviously a newby, but I HAVE read enough to be pretty sure about this, but I just got my card and my first billing date s Feb. 4. So it seems like I'm out of luck on the 2016 travel credit, right?

And if I decide not the keep the card beyond a year (although I doubt that will happen - we eat out a LOT), I should be able to pick up the second travel credit on the back end, right?

So do I have this right?

Thanks to all you experts out there, who provide so much info to newnies like me.

I'm by no means an expert, but I had the exact same situation as yours this past week. My first billing date was Feb 4. I called Chase and asked to have it moved back to Dec so I could get the 2016 credit. The lady told me there was no way she or anyone there could do it. I then asked if she could do anything for me, as I was under the impression I could receive the credit.

5 minutes later on hold, she comes back on and tells me somehow she was able to move the first closing date to Dec 28. Her exact words were "I think I somehow found a glitch in the system, but I'm glad I could do it for you!"

So 2 travel credits, 1 this week and another in January. Call and see what happens.
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Old Dec 15, 16, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by sighos999 View Post

5 minutes later on hold, she comes back on and tells me somehow she was able to move the first closing date to Dec 28. Her exact words were "I think I somehow found a glitch in the system, but I'm glad I could do it for you!"

So 2 travel credits, 1 this week and another in January. Call and see what happens.
It's always worth a couple of tries to see if one rep can find the "glitch" that another one couldn't find.
HUCA: Hang up, call again.
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Old Dec 15, 16, 1:50 pm
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The same happened to my wife last week when she received her card. She was told at first that it wasn't possible because "for a closing date change you could only go forward from her billing cycle which was Jan 1st". The rep said the change to the 28th would not apply to this month's bill but only going forward to future bills.

After HUCA, the next rep took care of it and moved the December closing date to the 28th no sweat. Called again a few days later to verify and it was indeed done properly.
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Old Dec 15, 16, 4:57 pm
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This is my current predicament for my partner and I.

We received our cards on 12/14 and want to reap the 2016 award too.

What are some of the arguments/persuasion techniques being used on the phone to convince the rep to move the bill to December instead?
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Old Dec 15, 16, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by crazytravelguy View Post
My 2017 credit was available since my statement closes in Jan.

Used and it posted very quickly.
Yep, I've already tapped out my 2017 travel credit (as of today) thanks to a prepaid hotel stay.
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Old Dec 15, 16, 10:17 pm
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Any particular phone number to call to request that the closing date be moved to Dec on a new CSR, or just the standard number?
I missed this nuance and just applied day's ago. Card is in the mail now and I was counting on getting the 2016 and 2017 bonus..

Thanks for the great info in the posts; just didn't catch this point.
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Old Dec 15, 16, 10:59 pm
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I assume it is post date that matters, not charge date, correct? My statement closes on the 22nd and I've already used up my 2016 credit. Thinking of doing a 7 day UA fare lock so that the purchase will fall after my statement date to get the 2017 credit
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Old Dec 16, 16, 3:29 am
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I tried paying california fasttrack in los angeles but it did not qualify as reimbursement
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Old Dec 16, 16, 7:55 am
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Worked for United Travel Bank.. personally confirmed this morning!
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Old Dec 16, 16, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by happyvoid View Post
I tried paying california fasttrack in los angeles but it did not qualify as reimbursement
Wiki up there said it does. Lucky I didn't try to fill up mine to get the last $25!
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