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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 Aug 7, 17, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by catccc View Post
Any DP on vacation packages (hotel + tickets) purchased from Disney or other Disney authorized vacation planners? I see that people using park savers and undercover tourists are in good shape, but I already booked with another agent.
Packages purchased from Disney count as Travel. Don't know about the authorized vacation planner; depends on coding for the respective agents.


I'll tell my agent I want to make a small payment on the package to see what the coding is, and will report back, but I'm curious to see what others have found.
Depends on how your agent is coded.
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Old Aug 18, 17, 12:33 pm
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Has anyone tried to purchase AA miles from AA.COM directly?

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Old Aug 29, 17, 4:43 pm
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I've long exhausted my $300 credit, but using Apple Pay with the transit card readers in Salt Lake City counted as travel (didn't try the ticket machines, though those probably would have as well), along with an in-flight food purchase on a Delta flight. Adding a Wi-Fi day pass before the date of travel via the Fly Delta app, on the other hand, did not count as travel. Wiki updated accordingly.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 3:07 am
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Here's a good one: I rent a hangar for my Cessna at my local airport for about $300 per month. Because the expense shows up as "Regional Airport" on my Sapphire Rewards card, it's counted as a travel expense. So I essentially get a free month's hangar rental courtesy Chase!
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Old Aug 30, 17, 8:55 am
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I recently received my refund back to my card for my Airbnb reservation due to Hurricane Harvey. I checked my travel credit and it still shows I have already used my $300 travel credit. Will I get the travel credit back since I got a refund on my reservation? Who would I contact at chase for this? The concierge or chase directly?
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Old Aug 30, 17, 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by itsmejson View Post
I recently received my refund back to my card for my Airbnb reservation due to Hurricane Harvey. I checked my travel credit and it still shows I have already used my $300 travel credit. Will I get the travel credit back since I got a refund on my reservation? Who would I contact at chase for this? The concierge or chase directly?
Did Chase originally reimburse you for the $300? Did they reverse the reimbursement?
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Old Aug 30, 17, 9:13 am
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This illustrates why the issuers do this rather than simply lowering the annual fee:

Originally Posted by ridgebackpilot View Post
...With the $300 in travel credit annually, it's really a $150 AF card. And you can make that up easily in UR benefits alone.
Originally Posted by ridgebackpilot View Post
...I essentially get a free month's hangar rental courtesy Chase!
You are counting the same $300 twice. Once to reduce the annual fee, and again to claim that you are receiving a free month's hangar rent. It's one or the other, but not both.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by itsmejson View Post
I recently received my refund back to my card for my Airbnb reservation due to Hurricane Harvey. I checked my travel credit and it still shows I have already used my $300 travel credit. Will I get the travel credit back since I got a refund on my reservation? Who would I contact at chase for this? The concierge or chase directly?
Did you receive the $300 travel credit on your account? If so, then you'd do nothing.

You essentially paid zero and received $300 from Chase. That's your travel credit.

If you did not receive the $300 travel credit to your account, then you'd need to call Chase to get it reinstated.

(Since the travel credit posts almost instantly with the charge, I suspect you received the $300.)
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Old Aug 30, 17, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
This illustrates why the issuers do this rather than simply lowering the annual fee...

You are counting the same $300 twice. Once to reduce the annual fee, and again to claim that you are receiving a free month's hangar rent. It's one or the other, but not both.
Indeed. I will have to keep reminding myself--next month when I have to shell out $450--that I already got my credit 8 months ago, and that another one will be coming in January.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 10:02 am
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I got my card Nov 1, 2016 and used my credit immediately. Dec 1, 2016 I used my second credit as it was a new calendar year for me with that statement. Will my next travel credit be available Nov 1, 2017 on my anniversary or Dec 1, 2017 for the next calendar year?
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Old Aug 30, 17, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by Noctilum View Post
I got my card Nov 1, 2016 and used my credit immediately. Dec 1, 2016 I used my second credit as it was a new calendar year for me with that statement. Will my next travel credit be available Nov 1, 2017 on my anniversary or Dec 1, 2017 for the next calendar year?
You received the card prior to the changes (21 May 2017) so your travel credit renews after the December statement posts.

(See the wiki at the top of the page.)
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Old Aug 30, 17, 4:52 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
You are counting the same $300 twice. Once to reduce the annual fee, and again to claim that you are receiving a free month's hangar rent. It's one or the other, but not both.
Good point! Either way, the $300 travel credit matters and it makes the CSR card a lot more attractive.

Since I PC'd from the CSP to the CSR card when Chase announced the new rules, my calendar year anniversary is in December, the month I originally got the CSP. So I should get $300 now and $300 in December (I think)!
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Old Sep 1, 17, 4:47 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
This illustrates why the issuers do this rather than simply lowering the annual fee:


You are counting the same $300 twice. Once to reduce the annual fee, and again to claim that you are receiving a free month's hangar rent. It's one or the other, but not both.
I am surprised so many seemingly intelligent people do fall for such marketing scam.
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Old Sep 3, 17, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
Did you receive the $300 travel credit on your account? If so, then you'd do nothing.

You essentially paid zero and received $300 from Chase. That's your travel credit.

If you did not receive the $300 travel credit to your account, then you'd need to call Chase to get it reinstated.

(Since the travel credit posts almost instantly with the charge, I suspect you received the $300.)
Thank you. Yes I did receive the $300 travel credit right after I initially reserved the airbnb 1.5 months ago. Airbnb has refunded the total amount as of a few days ago.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 8:31 pm
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Applied in Aug 2016 and got renewal annual fee charged on Sept 1st. I made travel purchase that was posted on Sept 1 and I still didn't receive the travel credit.

Am I not getting travel credit on 2nd year after AF is charged or what?

THanks
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