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Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit

Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit

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Old Jan 12, 20, 8:55 am   -   Wikipost
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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 16, 17, 7:18 am
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South Florida Tri-Rail tkts do NOT count as travel

Not sure if this is reported yet.

Purchased TriRail tickets at the window not kiosk, at the Dania Beach (FLL) station to MIA. Posted as telephone, mail, or online purchase despite the description shown as Transit purchased at kiosk (in reality was at the window processed by a human).
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Old Jan 18, 17, 6:43 am
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NJ (New Jersey) EZPass Auto replenishment counted as Travel (3x) and got credit from $300 credit.

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Old Jan 18, 17, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by fligster View Post
NZ EZPass Auto replenishment counted as Travel (3x) and got credit from $300 credit.
New Zealand?
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Old Jan 18, 17, 6:03 pm
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This seems odd and I searched the forum but couldn't find an answer. I booked a prepaid hotel stay and saw the charge as pending. A couple of days later, the whole transaction disappeared. I called Chase and they said the travel credit was applied and the whole transaction disappeared. I don't see either the travel credit or original hotel charge in my list of transactions. Is this normal? Every other card I see posts the original transaction then a travel credit (E.g. amex PRG / citi prestige)
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Old Jan 18, 17, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by UCitiFlyer View Post
This seems odd and I searched the forum but couldn't find an answer. I booked a prepaid hotel stay and saw the charge as pending. A couple of days later, the whole transaction disappeared. I called Chase and they said the travel credit was applied and the whole transaction disappeared. I don't see either the travel credit or original hotel charge in my list of transactions. Is this normal? Every other card I see posts the original transaction then a travel credit (E.g. amex PRG / citi prestige)
This is not normal. You should see both the charge and the credit as separate line items.
It could be a timing issue. Check again tomorrow on the Chase website.

If not, I would check again with the vendor to make sure that your prepaid reservation is still intact.
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Old Jan 20, 17, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by pallhedge View Post
New Zealand?
Ughh .. I will blame it on old age. NJ (New Jersey)
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Old Jan 22, 17, 4:20 pm
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In the first few weeks of using CSR my wife has received credits for hotel stays and Lyft/Uber rides. We're very satisfied with how these credits are provided automatically. There's no having to file, risk rejection, or call to plead unlike with some other cards....
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Old Jan 25, 17, 9:50 am
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Dubai public transportation

All purchases for metro from loading the Nol card to buying a day pass as well as the water buses automatically triggered the travel credits.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 11:25 am
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Didn't know if I could/should add this to the Wiki...

My online, prepaid order for a London Visitors Oyster card did not count as a Travel credit charge.

In person Visitor Oyster card did count.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 7:36 pm
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Was I wrong to think that the $300 travel credit would be per calendar year and not per calendar billing cycle year?

I have not read through the 50 pages here but after speaking with Chase and reading the top of this thread I realize I am wrong but feel that I should not be wrong.

Because of the 5/24 rule I was denied online and in a branch in the fall. I opened the account the earliest I thought I could. I put $13k in travel spend the last 3 weeks of December and the credit was posted. Travel spend has been a lot less in January but nothing posted. I just thought their was a delay.

After getting the reserve card I downgraded the preferred to the freedom unlimited. 1.5 points on everything. Great for everyday spending. Last week I applied for an amex platinum and was approved. So I called to ask about canceling my united club card and getting the annual fee prorated refund. I was charged in December. I was told no they do not do prorated refunds. I guess I can live with that. Eventually the supervisor offered a $100 statement credit and I could downgrade to the united explorer card and prorate the refund.

But before that offer I asked about my $300 travel credit and was told that I already received my 2017 credit but for 2016 purchases and I received it in 2016. Apparently I am not the only one to be frustrated with this but Chase will not budge, It may not seem a big difference to not get the credit now but next December (especially since I want to keep the card more then a year) but it is annoying and I feel misled.

I wanted to get rid of the united club card as the freedom unlimited offers 1.5 mile back, I have american express platinum now and with the reserve I can add my wife and she will get priority pass. Once Copa left mileageplus the united club membership only allowed me to bring in one guest to copa lounges when flying on copa but I have a wife and 2 kids. They just turned 3 when we were denied the first time. A downgrade is coming for the Club card for sure now and it will remain in a drawer. After putting 6 figures spending on it for the last few years.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by copaflyer View Post
I have not read through the 50 pages here... I feel misled.

The terms are very clear, and even include example.

$300 Annual Travel Credit: A statement credit will automatically be applied to your account when your card is used for purchases in the travel category, up to $300 in statement credits annually (“annually” means the year beginning with your account open date through the first December statement date of that same year, and each 12 billing cycles starting after your December statement date through the following December statement date). Purchases are when you, or an authorized user, use a card to make purchases of products and services, minus returns or refunds. Buying products and services with your card, in most cases, will count as a purchase; however, the following types of transactions won’t count: balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, overdraft advances, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. We do not determine whether merchants correctly identify and bill transactions as being of a certain type. For more information about Chase rewards categories, see www.Chase.com/RewardsCategoryFAQs. Statement credit(s) will post to your account the same day your travel category purchase posts to your account and will appear on your monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles. Qualifying purchases made by authorized users on your account will be included in the $300 Annual Travel Credit. Maximum statement credit accumulation for the Annual Travel Credit is $300 annually. The Annual Travel Credit will be issued for the year in which the transaction posts to your account, through your December statement date. For example, if you pay for baggage fees, but the airline does not post the transaction until after your December statement date, the cost of the baggage fees will be allocated towards the following year’s Annual Travel Credit maximum of $300.
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Old Jan 26, 17, 8:22 pm
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I still do not like it or am happy with it. What does the big print say?

Chase freedom does quarterly for everyone not quarterly billing cycles. Chase explorer is calendar year. Not calendar year cycle.

Other then this I like the card but this frustrates me. Frustrates me enough to take even more spending to amex. Purchases over $5000 were already gone. Now it is a matter of what else is gone.

I still wonder why I need so many cards. Companies have great offerings but nothing spectacular. Why not a super chase card that offers the benefits of all cards in one?
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Old Jan 26, 17, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by copaflyer View Post
I still do not like it or am happy with it. What does the big print say?

Chase freedom does quarterly for everyone not quarterly billing cycles. Chase explorer is calendar year. Not calendar year cycle.

Other then this I like the card but this frustrates me. Frustrates me enough to take even more spending to amex. Purchases over $5000 were already gone. Now it is a matter of what else is gone.

I still wonder why I need so many cards. Companies have great offerings but nothing spectacular. Why not a super chase card that offers the benefits of all cards in one?
Well you are free to take your business wherever you want, but thats there terms and they have been very clear about it.

As far as why dont they offer a SUPER card that has all the benefits...because they are trying to find a middle ground of what you value and at the same time they can make money. At the end of the day they are in it to make money, not give away things without getting anything in return. Banks offer all the cards so you can choose whatever works best for you. If CSR doesn't meet your criteria, you don't have to open that card.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by copaflyer View Post
What does the big print say?
Receive up to $300 in statement credits annually as reimbursement for travel purchases such as airfare and hotels charged to your card*

...and the asterisk leads directly to the terms that I quoted in my previous reply. If you are not in the habit of reading the terms of offers from financial institutions you will continue to be disappointed.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by copaflyer View Post
I still do not like it or am happy with it. What does the big print say?

Chase freedom does quarterly for everyone not quarterly billing cycles. Chase explorer is calendar year. Not calendar year cycle.

Other then this I like the card but this frustrates me. Frustrates me enough to take even more spending to amex. Purchases over $5000 were already gone. Now it is a matter of what else is gone.

I still wonder why I need so many cards. Companies have great offerings but nothing spectacular. Why not a super chase card that offers the benefits of all cards in one?
Originally Posted by vm81 View Post
Well you are free to take your business wherever you want, but thats there terms and they have been very clear about it.

As far as why dont they offer a SUPER card that has all the benefits...because they are trying to find a middle ground of what you value and at the same time they can make money. At the end of the day they are in it to make money, not give away things without getting anything in return. Banks offer all the cards so you can choose whatever works best for you. If CSR doesn't meet your criteria, you don't have to open that card.
Good answer, what copaflyer didn't say or know is that this was discussed numerous times in early December.
Many people warned others to get their charges in before their Dec. statement closed.
I opened my card on 12/26 and I'm already planning on charging a trip after my Dec. statement closes in 2017. But I still plan on keeping this card because it's the best one out there imho.
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