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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 Jan 2, 17, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by glu800 View Post
Frustrating situation here. Applied and approved for the card on Dec 2, 2016. Immediately saw on account details that the first payment date would be Jan 26, 2017 - meaning the statement close date should be Dec 29, 2016. Went ahead and spent and received the $300 travel credit in mid-Dec.

Just yesterday noticed that the first statement was actually generated on Jan 1, 2017. Called into Chase and was told that no statements are generated after the 28th of each month due to only 28 days in February. Thus, we missed the cut-off by one day and the $300 travel credit already received would apply to 2017 instead.

Argued for a bit on the phone, but 3 different agents wouldn't budge. You win some, you lose some. But still frustrating that we had no idea 28th is the last statement date for every month and we missed it by one day.

At least I should still get the $300 for 2018 I suppose
Yes you can still get it for 2018 you just need to do it in 12/2017. Most people don't think of Feb and the 28th day being the last it could post.

This was discussed in post 750, it missed being on this page by 1 post. Also people had some luck changing closing date to 12/28 by calling Chase on the 27th.

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Old Jan 3, 17, 2:39 am
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Well I'm a fool and didn't realize my December statement ended on December 2nd! So yeah I only got to spend $50 of travel credit for 2016

Question about travel credit for 2018: If you cancel a card, they will prorate and refund the annual fee. If I spend $300 at the beginning of of 2018, then cancel the card, do I keep the $300 travel credit or will they prorate the travel credit and do a claw back? Genuinely curious, I don't have much experience with travel credits.

(I noticed comment #632 says they don't do claw backs...)

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Old Jan 3, 17, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by winampman View Post
Well I'm a fool and didn't realize my December statement ended on December 2nd! So yeah I only got to spend $50 of travel credit for 2016

Question about travel credit for 2018: If you cancel a card, they will prorate and refund the annual fee. If I spend $300 at the beginning of of 2018, then cancel the card, do I keep the $300 travel credit or will they prorate the travel credit and do a claw back? Genuinely curious, I don't have much experience with travel credits.

(I noticed comment #632 says they don't do claw backs...)
Humans make mistakes that just what we do, we don't like to but it happens. I would be disappointed in missing the total credit also.

There's been zero reports of Chase claw backs.
You can still get $300 credit for 2017 and imho you could get 2018 by doing it in 12/2017 and then if you need to cancel do it then. But I think this is a keeper and even though my wife got her's in early 10/2016 and me late in 12/2016 we both plan on keeping them for the travel insurance.
After you add in the 100k UR's I can pay the $150 per year. $450-$300 travel credit for a few years. We'll use it for travel so $1,500 total for us.

The only chance of cancelling would be a down grade, which is always out there. ps time to leave for my Goes interview lol.
My Goes # was on email before I got home.

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Old Jan 3, 17, 3:10 pm
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2017 credit has already posted. AS tickets bought after my 12/20 statement closed - combined my AS Companion Pass from BofA with the $300 CSR credit.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 10:43 am
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Anyone buy Avis or National gift cards using CSR?
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Old Jan 4, 17, 4:00 pm
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I just got a secure message saying fastrak metro express lanes in socal does not qualify for travel but wiki states it does. Did anyone get credit for fastrak toll in socal?
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Old Jan 4, 17, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by monet33 View Post
I just got a secure message saying fastrak metro express lanes in socal does not qualify for travel but wiki states it does. Did anyone get credit for fastrak toll in socal?
I recharged my account last month and got the credit.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by monet33 View Post
Did anyone get credit for fastrak toll in socal?
If you use Search this Thread with the keyword fastrak you will locate three relevant posts:

August 30

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Old Jan 4, 17, 5:33 pm
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I called chase and they informed me that fastrak was charged under a different category "government services" instead of toll/freeway. So metro express lanes messed up my travel credit. Not sure what could be done now.
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Old Jan 6, 17, 2:40 pm
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will a card rental charged to the card be eligible for a credit?
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Old Jan 6, 17, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by monet33 View Post
I called chase and they informed me that fastrak was charged under a different category "government services" instead of toll/freeway. So metro express lanes messed up my travel credit. Not sure what could be done now.
Maybe it depends on the local agency? I-15 Express Lanes in San Diego County definitely counts as travel if you reload through the website.

Originally Posted by navatwal View Post
will a card rental charged to the card be eligible for a credit?
Yes, car rentals count as travel.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 2:07 pm
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Maybe it depends on the local agency? I-15 Express Lanes in San Diego County definitely counts as travel if you reload through the website.
It definitely does, and it'd make sense that LA Metro would be the agency that does it wrong--LACMTA is mainly a transit agency but also runs the 10 and 110 express lanes, so they probably run all their payments through a single account. It's been a few years since I lived in LA, but I seem to recall LACMTA transit fares not getting the points bonus for travel either.

NorCal FasTrak counts as travel, or at least did when I had one. Another poster reports that the OC toll roads charges also count as travel.

FasTrak is like EZPass: the tags are all interoperable, but multiple agencies administer the accounts. Whether you get the travel credit depends on whether the agency with which you have an account codes its charges as tolls or as 'government services'.

(Useless amusing trivia: New Hampshire's state liquor stores used to code their charges as 'government services' which always made me laugh.)
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Old Jan 9, 17, 11:56 am
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I don't have wiki-editing capabilities. There's a similar one on the "didn't work" list, but Vacation home rentals by Twiddy & Company (Outer Banks, NC) did not code as travel and therefore did not trigger. Posted as real estate.
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Old Jan 9, 17, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by navatwal View Post
will a card rental charged to the card be eligible for a credit?
Yes.
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Old Jan 9, 17, 10:55 pm
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Originally Posted by der_saeufer View Post
It definitely does, and it'd make sense that LA Metro would be the agency that does it wrong--LACMTA is mainly a transit agency but also runs the 10 and 110 express lanes, so they probably run all their payments through a single account. It's been a few years since I lived in LA, but I seem to recall LACMTA transit fares not getting the points bonus for travel either.

NorCal FasTrak counts as travel, or at least did when I had one. Another poster reports that the OC toll roads charges also count as travel.

FasTrak is like EZPass: the tags are all interoperable, but multiple agencies administer the accounts. Whether you get the travel credit depends on whether the agency with which you have an account codes its charges as tolls or as 'government services'.

(Useless amusing trivia: New Hampshire's state liquor stores used to code their charges as 'government services' which always made me laugh.)
I live in So Cal and have a Bay Area fastrak, which posts as travel. The Bay Area one doesn't have a monthly fee which is useful for me as an infrequent user unlike the So Cal one.
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