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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


    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)

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)
  • 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 12, 18, 8:05 pm
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I am guessing the AA e-gift cards are still working for travel credits if purchased on the desktop website. Any recent experience anyone?

While we are at it, please also post if mobile AA website also gives travel credits or not.

Thanks.
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Old Jan 15, 18, 2:52 am
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Has anyone had any success using the travel credit when buying train tickets in Japan? In this case the charge would come from a JR ticket office physically in Japan (not planning to buy any passes).
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Old Jan 15, 18, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by msp3 View Post
Has anyone had any success using the travel credit when buying train tickets in Japan? In this case the charge would come from a JR ticket office physically in Japan (not planning to buy any passes).
Way back in the thread someone used it to purchase Train tickets in Japan. But if memory serves me right it was from a train station?
If it's a travel agent it should be good or purchased at a Station counter.
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Old Jan 16, 18, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
Did you purchase the eGift cards using a mobile device? Does your billing transaction state that the vendor is CashStar? If so, that's why you didn't get the travel credit - Delta has apparently outsourced gift cards sold via its mobile website to a third party vendor that does not code as travel.
It was purchased through the full Delta website, not via the mobile browser (and thus not through CashStar). The AA purchase was likewise through their full website.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by newporttiger View Post
I am guessing the AA e-gift cards are still working for travel credits if purchased on the desktop website. Any recent experience anyone?

While we are at it, please also post if mobile AA website also gives travel credits or not.

Thanks.
Yes, still working, just purchased one a few days ago.
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Old Jan 20, 18, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by jjmiller69 View Post
Way back in the thread someone used it to purchase Train tickets in Japan. But if memory serves me right it was from a train station?
If it's a travel agent it should be good or purchased at a Station counter.
I bought some train tickets from the JR office at the rail station in Japan on the day of travel. Those tickets and the payment for my rail pass earned 3x so I would assume they will count as the travel credit (i used mine up on a hotel stay before arriving in Japan).
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Old Jan 21, 18, 7:00 am
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Originally Posted by uws.flyer View Post
Unfortunately, Delta eGift Cards no longer count as Travel spending. I purchased a $100 Delta eGift 1/3/18. After not seeing the travel credit on my account, I contacted Chase customer service, and they confirmed it is classified as a Business expense. However, I subsequently purchased an AA e-gift certificate, which did still qualify as Travel, and got the credit as soon as the charge posted.

As this is my first time posting, I am unable to update the wiki, so I hope someone else is able to remove Delta eGift Cards as eligible. Thanks.
Confirming this as well. Delta Egift card did not code as travel for me. First time posting also, anyone able to update the wiki?
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Old Jan 21, 18, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by farewellgravity View Post
Confirming this as well. Delta Egift card did not code as travel for me. First time posting also, anyone able to update the wiki?
Did you purchase it from a desk top. if not see post #1155
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Old Jan 21, 18, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by jjmiller69 View Post
Did you purchase it from a desk top. if not see post #1155
Ah you're right. My mistake. Purchased it using my iPad. Transaction was processed through "CSTAR".

But it also sounds like desktop does not work according to uwsflyer?
Anyone have DP to confirm that?
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Old Jan 21, 18, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by farewellgravity View Post


Ah you're right. My mistake. Purchased it using my iPad. Transaction was processed through "CSTAR".

But it also sounds like desktop does not work according to uwsflyer?
Anyone have DP to confirm that?
There are plenty of DPs in the Amex forum that Delta gift cards purchased from the desktop site trigger the Amex incidental credit while the mobile cstar ones do not.

With how wide ranging and easy to redeem the CSR travel credit is, I always find it a bit surprising people resort to buying gift cards, but it should still work if you use the desktop site.
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Old Jan 21, 18, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post


There are plenty of DPs in the Amex forum that Delta gift cards purchased from the desktop site trigger the Amex incidental credit while the mobile cstar ones do not.

With how wide ranging and easy to redeem the CSR travel credit is, I always find it a bit surprising people resort to buying gift cards, but it should still work if you use the desktop site.
This. (Or why people who don't travel much pay to use a travel rewards credit card.)
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Old Jan 21, 18, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
This. (Or why people who don't travel much pay to use a travel rewards credit card.)
or why they are buying a airline gift card that locks the funds into a more restrictive category.
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Old Jan 21, 18, 10:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
This. (Or why people who don't travel much pay to use a travel rewards credit card.)
Yeah... I mean I used up my 2018 travel credit before Jan 1, 2018 rolled around.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
Yeah... I mean I used up my 2018 travel credit before Jan 1, 2018 rolled around.
Same here. Though I can understand some may have changes in life that prevent them to travel as planned. So the gift cards might be their last resort not to lose the benefit.
I am not sure how Chase treats a fully refundable ticket that is subsequently canceled? If this works like Barclays A+, that might be a better solution.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:33 am
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Since we're all about data points... I found a transit system that didn't count as travel: Lisbon. The transaction is coded as "legal services/attorneys", which is a service the fare vending machine didn't provide (but at least it didn't reject my CSR for lack of a PIN)
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