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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 18, 19, 10:36 am
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I'm planning to downgrade the CSR to Chase Freedom at the end of the month. I've already received my $300 travel for this year. For travel and dining purchases between now and the time I downgrade, would those transactions still earn the 3% CB?
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Old Jan 18, 19, 8:51 pm
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When I product-changed Sapphire Preferred to Freedom Unlimited, all purchases from the close of the preceding statement earned 1.5 points per dollar.
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Old Jan 18, 19, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by th79ft View Post
I'm planning to downgrade the CSR to Chase Freedom at the end of the month. I've already received my $300 travel for this year. For travel and dining purchases between now and the time I downgrade, would those transactions still earn the 3% CB?
Any travel/dining purchases that have already posted when you downgrade should earn the 3x UR. In addition, all of your gas station, drug store and tolls will earn 5x UR retroactively once you downgrade to Freedom and activate for the current quarter.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 8:01 pm
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Looks like San Diego changed the merchant coding for their parking meters; the UR portal seems to show a pending travel credit from when I used one the other day. (Previously they coded as something else and didn't count for the 3x points/travel credit; I used my CFU for those as a result.) Updated the wiki to reflect this.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 3:06 pm
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I expected that the Hoover Dam Visitor Center would not code as travel, so I used a Freedom Unlimited card. When I looked at the details of the charge on the web site, it said Travel.

I did not update the wiki because I don't know that would have coded as travel for SR. Perhaps someone with an upcoming visit could try it...and report.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by flymax77 View Post
Do uber gift cards purchased in app count as the travel credit?
I added funds to my Uber Cash account in the Uber app last week and it counted as travel credit.
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Old Mar 15, 19, 2:41 am
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I understand a Japan Rail Pass will trigger the credit, but what about say reloading mobile Suica inside Apple Pay or buying tickets at a JR Midori no Madoguchi (I.e. not ticket machine)?
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Old Mar 17, 19, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by msp3 View Post
I understand a Japan Rail Pass will trigger the credit, but what about say reloading mobile Suica inside Apple Pay or buying tickets at a JR Midori no Madoguchi (I.e. not ticket machine)?
I can confirm. Iím currently in Japan and reloaded mobile Suica to my apple wallet and it counts as travel credit on the chase reserve.

That means anything you can buy using Suica is 3% ultimate rewards.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 7:50 am
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Does anyone have experience with getting airline club memberships reimbursed? With the recent United mileage devaluation, I'm looking to switch from the United Club Card to something more useful. That said, I spend a lot of time in United Clubs and would like to keep the membership. Putting $300 toward that would be great as my cash outlay would only be an additional $150. Thanks!
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Old Apr 19, 19, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by timezone_trooper View Post
Does anyone have experience with getting airline club memberships reimbursed? With the recent United mileage devaluation, I'm looking to switch from the United Club Card to something more useful. That said, I spend a lot of time in United Clubs and would like to keep the membership. Putting $300 toward that would be great as my cash outlay would only be an additional $150. Thanks!
I assume that anyone on this web site wonít have any problem spending $300 on travel in a very short period of time. Thus, spending your Chase $300 annual travel allowance on your United Club membership wont actually save you $300......it just means you will have to spend $300 more of your own money on other travel costs.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Steve in Olympia View Post


I assume that anyone on this web site wonít have any problem spending $300 on travel in a very short period of time. Thus, spending your Chase $300 annual travel allowance on your United Club membership wont actually save you $300......it just means you will have to spend $300 more of your own money on other travel costs.


Huh? It doesn't matter whether the travel credit is used for item (a) or item (b). The net result is the same.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 4:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post

Huh? It doesn't matter whether the travel credit is used for item (a) or item (b). The net result is the same.
That is precisely my point. Being able to spend the travel allowance on United Club fees doesnít save anyone any money.....unless they have no other travel expenses for the entire year.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 6:06 pm
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I think, phrased differently, the point is that you shouldn't buy anything you wouldn't have bought anyway without the credit, because then you haven't actually saved the $300, you've bought something extra.

Or phrased yet another way, you shouldn't think of the credit as offsetting any one specific purchase or purchases but rather a $300 rebate on all of your travel spend over the year.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 6:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
.... but rather a $300 rebate on all of your travel spend over the year.
Or as a partial refund of the card's annual fee. This is a $150 card. The $300 is your own money, which you have deposited with Chase, and they will only let you use it for travel.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 8:44 pm
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I think we are all in agreement here!
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