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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 Sep 12, 16, 12:20 pm
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Quick data point on how broad the definition of "travel" is for the $300 travel credit. I was just credited for two small charges related to payments at the regular (street) parking meter machines in Portland, OR.
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Old Sep 12, 16, 12:23 pm
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I have received my $300 travel credit, but the application was not how I expected it to be.

My 1st three charges on my new CSR were as follows:
Day 1: Singapore Air award taxes; over $100
Day 2: AA award taxes; two separate charges each over $100

Even though all three charges earned at 3x, the $300 credit was applied to the AA charges on Day 2.

Any idea why this would be the case?

Edit: It looks like all three of those charges were removed from pending on the same day, in which case it is plausible that the AA charges cleared first. Probably no mystery here.

Last edited by HPN-HRL; Sep 12, 16 at 12:31 pm Reason: Further research
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Old Sep 12, 16, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by HPN-HRL View Post
I have received my $300 travel credit, but the application was not how I expected it to be.

My 1st three charges on my new CSR were as follows:
Day 1: Singapore Air award taxes; over $100
Day 2: AA award taxes; two separate charges each over $100

Even though all three charges earned at 3x, the $300 credit was applied to the AA charges on Day 2.

Any idea why this would be the case?

Edit: It looks like all three of those charges were removed from pending on the same day, in which case it is plausible that the AA charges cleared first. Probably no mystery here.
next mystery would be what would happen if the original charge gets reversed (due to cancellation/refund)

1) original charge reversed
2) ??? $300 credit gets reversed
3) ??? $300 credit applies to next eligible item in history ??? (probably not if statement is already cut)
or next eligible item that gets charged on card?

Last edited by paperwastage; Sep 12, 16 at 1:14 pm
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Old Sep 13, 16, 6:40 am
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Didn't see a mention of rental cars (who would use those for travel when you have gift cards to buy ), but my recent prepaid Avis rental qualified for the credit:


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Old Sep 13, 16, 7:44 am
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Originally Posted by paperwastage View Post
next mystery would be what would happen if the original charge gets reversed (due to cancellation/refund)

1) original charge reversed
2) ??? $300 credit gets reversed
3) ??? $300 credit applies to next eligible item in history ??? (probably not if statement is already cut)
or next eligible item that gets charged on card?
They don't do reversals. Even if you cancel a refundable ticket with in the billing period. The credit works the same as the prestige.
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Old Sep 13, 16, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by cdog999 View Post
Anyone try any of the travel booking websites (expedia, hotels.com, etc.)? I'm assuming those would count... Need to book a hotel stay for December and they hotel I need to stay at is crazy expensive on UR, but cheap every place else.
Would like to know the same. Does hotels.com qualify for the travel credit?
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Old Sep 13, 16, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Aabey D'mello View Post
Would like to know the same. Does hotels.com qualify for the travel credit?
If it doesn't, we need to form a line to complain to hotels.com about their merchant code...
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Old Sep 13, 16, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Aabey D'mello View Post
Would like to know the same. Does hotels.com qualify for the travel credit?

Hotels.com definitely works!

Data point from me, wife and brother in law
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Old Sep 13, 16, 6:59 pm
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Marriott food and bev without stay worked. Budget rental car too.
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Old Sep 14, 16, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by teddy25 View Post
They don't do reversals. Even if you cancel a refundable ticket with in the billing period. The credit works the same as the prestige.
I suspect this is the case. I canceled my fully refundable flight and my $300 credit still remains.
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Old Sep 14, 16, 9:37 pm
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Used CSR for hotel booking on Expedia. Credit posted as soon as transaction posted.

Please feel free to add to wiki.
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Old Sep 15, 16, 2:46 am
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Seems like a given but in case not, the taxes on a BA Avios ticket just posted and received travel credit.

As an FYI, be careful if you are near the December billing date. BA does not post quickly. The pending transaction came through on 9/9/16 and fell off on 9/13/16. The charges posted on 9/15/16.
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Old Sep 15, 16, 8:02 am
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I know this has been said before, just another data point - NYC Subway reimbursed right away after transaction posted.
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Old Sep 15, 16, 12:13 pm
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CSR Travel Credit / IHG points+cash

FYI:

IHG points+cash shows up as a regular purchase on the Sapphire Reserve, so, no travel credit.

(I seem to recall IHG points+cash showing up in the past as a hotel booking...perhaps I'm mistaken).
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Old Sep 16, 16, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by vm81 View Post
Used CSR for hotel booking on Expedia. Credit posted as soon as transaction posted.

Please feel free to add to wiki.
Same here. Charge and refund same day
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