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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 Feb 17, 17, 4:23 pm
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There's nothing to lose, as the hotel will be refunding you the full cost of the reservation, even though you didn't pay all of it (Chase paid some of it).

For example, if you had booked a reservation for $1000, but you only had to pay Chase $700 for it because the travel credit covered the rest, when you get a refund from the hotel it will be $1000, not $700. You'll have turned the travel credit into cash.
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Old Feb 17, 17, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by kpfleming View Post
There's nothing to lose, as the hotel will be refunding you the full cost of the reservation, even though you didn't pay all of it (Chase paid some of it).

For example, if you had booked a reservation for $1000, but you only had to pay Chase $700 for it because the travel credit covered the rest, when you get a refund from the hotel it will be $1000, not $700. You'll have turned the travel credit into cash.
Your statement here is not exactly set in stone... just because the hotel would refund you $1000 does NOT mean Chase will be refunding you $1000, they could very well refund you $700 because they know they paid you $300 for the travel credit.

Unless you've done this yourself or have seen someone else's confirmation I think you'd have to go through it for a definitive answer (I wouldn't even trust what a chase rep might say).
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Old Feb 17, 17, 10:30 pm
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Originally Posted by 1353513636 View Post
I booked a hotel (pre-paid, refundable) with my CSR and it counted for 2016 travel credit, I may need to cancel this hotel reservation. Is there any way to preserve the 2016 credit or am I likely to loose it if I cancel the reservation?
Once you get a travel credit it will NOT be taken away. Been there, done that.
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Old Feb 18, 17, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by el aye View Post
Your statement here is not exactly set in stone... just because the hotel would refund you $1000 does NOT mean Chase will be refunding you $1000, they could very well refund you $700 because they know they paid you $300 for the travel credit.

Unless you've done this yourself or have seen someone else's confirmation I think you'd have to go through it for a definitive answer (I wouldn't even trust what a chase rep might say).
Originally Posted by philemer View Post
Once you get a travel credit it will NOT be taken away. Been there, done that.
I've also been there and done this too. Received the full travel credit. Many earlier in the thread have said the same thing.
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Old Feb 18, 17, 1:52 pm
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Will Delta airfare get reimbursed or only Delta gift cards? If it's only giftcards, does the same $50 limit apply as does with Amex?
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Old Feb 18, 17, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Toasterthief View Post
Will Delta airfare get reimbursed or only Delta gift cards? If it's only giftcards, does the same $50 limit apply as does with Amex?
Yes anything travel coded will receive the credit.
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Old Feb 21, 17, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by philemer View Post
Once you get a travel credit it will NOT be taken away. Been there, done that.
Interesting. Any solid ideas on how to quickly grab the $300 travel credit by doing something similar? Grabbing a refundable hotel stay off of expedia or something?
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Old Feb 21, 17, 7:39 am
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Originally Posted by mactrader View Post
Interesting. Any solid ideas on how to quickly grab the $300 travel credit by doing something similar? Grabbing a refundable hotel stay off of expedia or something?
Chase's travel category is so broad, I suspect most CSR cardholders don't need a way to game this particular credit. To answer your question, though, anything with the word "refundable" in it would be a fairly risk-free way to be your own data point.
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Old Feb 21, 17, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by pallhedge View Post
Chase's travel category is so broad, I suspect most CSR cardholders don't need a way to game this particular credit. To answer your question, though, anything with the word "refundable" in it would be a fairly risk-free way to be your own data point.
Fair enough, I just did that. Will report back to confirm.
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Old Feb 22, 17, 9:44 pm
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Anyone know if purchasing a 7-day JR Pass for Japan counts towards the $300 travel credit?

It looks like there are 2 places to purchase the JR Pass:
https://www.jrpass.com/buy_the_japan_rail_pass_online
https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/?ap=j0095g
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Old Feb 22, 17, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by yOyOYoo View Post
Anyone know if purchasing a 7-day JR Pass for Japan counts towards the $300 travel credit?

It looks like there are 2 places to purchase the JR Pass:
https://www.jrpass.com/buy_the_japan_rail_pass_online
https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/?ap=j0095g
There's a good chance it does... because i bought tickets to Hakone on the ODAKYU ELECTRIC RAILWAY and that counted as travel
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Old Feb 22, 17, 10:29 pm
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Originally Posted by pallhedge View Post
Chase's travel category is so broad, I suspect most CSR cardholders don't need a way to game this particular credit.
Indeed. We maxed the $300 travel credit within our first billing cycle with ordinary spending. Two moderately priced hotel nights and bam! we were done. We didn't even need the rental car bills and airline award fees, though we charged them to the CSR anyway because 3 UR/$ is a great rate. Anyone who's genuinely a traveler, the kind of person this card is designed and marketed for, should have no problem spending $300 on travel in twelve months.
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Old Feb 23, 17, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
Indeed. We maxed the $300 travel credit within our first billing cycle with ordinary spending. Two moderately priced hotel nights and bam! we were done. We didn't even need the rental car bills and airline award fees, though we charged them to the CSR anyway because 3 UR/$ is a great rate. Anyone who's genuinely a traveler, the kind of person this card is designed and marketed for, should have no problem spending $300 on travel in twelve months.
Same here. My very first statement had the travel credit on it. And then my January 2017 statement had the 2017 travel credit on it. Both for spending I was going to do anyway.
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Old Feb 23, 17, 4:56 am
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
Indeed. We maxed the $300 travel credit within our first billing cycle with ordinary spending. Two moderately priced hotel nights and bam! we were done. We didn't even need the rental car bills and airline award fees, though we charged them to the CSR anyway because 3 UR/$ is a great rate. Anyone who's genuinely a traveler, the kind of person this card is designed and marketed for, should have no problem spending $300 on travel in twelve months.
Definitely agree, I wanted to optimize the second CSR that I have as I only have that one for my spouse to get the bonus points. No need to carry both cards all year long. Will only keep the one once I get the 100K on hers.
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Old Feb 24, 17, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by mactrader View Post
Definitely agree, I wanted to optimize the second CSR that I have as I only have that one for my spouse to get the bonus points. No need to carry both cards all year long. Will only keep the one once I get the 100K on hers.
Why wouldn't you wait to cancel hers until after you get the 2018 travel credit in December?
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