Go Back   > > >
    Hide Wikipost
Old Mar 25, 17, 8:53 pm   -   Wikipost
FlyerTalk Forums Thread Wiki: Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Last edit by: Mary2e
Wiki Link
Sapphire Reserve Annual Travel Credit

How are the dates calculated?

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.

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 2 travel credit fees if I apply in the middle of the year?

Yes, you can get reimbursed for $300 in calendar year one and another $300 in calendar year two, before your membership year is up, for the payment of a single annual fee.


What counts as Travel?

The following items have been reimbursed:
  • Airlines:
  • Airline purchases, fees & gift cards
  • AA e-gift certificate
  • Delta eGift Cards
  • UA in-flight bev

    Hotels:
  • Marriott GC and hotel charges
  • Airbnb & their GC
  • hotels.com (NOT hotels.com e-gift cert!)
  • Hotel restaurants not charged to room (verified at Renaissance LV)
  • Priceline "opaque" hotel purchases
  • Kruger National Park lodging reservation (booked on sanparks.org official site)

    Transit, including parking, trains, ferries, toll roads, etc:
  • taxi fares: Uber, Lyft, Gett, Way2Ride, London taxi
  • Transit fees: BART, MTA, FastTrac, MetroCard, DC Metro (WMATA) SmarTrip farecard and commemorative cards, NJ Transit, Oyster card, Ventra (Chicago), Las Vegas Monorail
  • Parking meters: Chicago; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Atlantic City; Seattle
  • Public parking garages: San Francisco; Montgomery Co. MD
  • Toll passes: E-Z Pass (MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA), Sunpass prepaid tolls, Washington State GoodToGo tolls, RiverLink tolls, TxTag, IPass (Illinois)
  • Train tickets: trainline (UK train tickets), Eurostar.com, Bahn.com (when using Paypal), Amtrak (cafe car purchases as well as tickets purchased from kiosks), italirail.com, Train and bus travel in Scotland at ticket counter.
  • 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

    Misc:
  • MileagePlusX Uber GC
  • 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
  • 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?

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 Airline e-gift cards
  • Points.com (Southwest)
  • Not all parking meters - Michigan State University (MSU Police Dept. 1x), Phoenix
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Prince Resorts Hawaii Gift Card (Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Hotel, Hapuna Beach Hotel)
  • UA in-flight wifi service (purchased through app)
  • Meal at Fairmont Hotel not charged to room
  • Choice hotel Points + Cash reservation
Print Wikipost

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Aug 29, 16, 8:55 am   #1
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: KSTP KSPG
Programs: AOPA
Posts: 808
Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit

Let's list what charges are automatically reimbursed.

United - travel bank
Southwest - refundable ticket
teddy25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 9:01 am   #2
  
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: SFO
Posts: 1,308
Prob easier to list what's NOT reimbursed.
Troopers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 12:21 pm   #3
  
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: lost
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by Troopers View Post
Prob easier to list what's NOT reimbursed.
Exactly.

Chase has made every indication that what constitutes "travel" hasn't changed and there's no evidence to the contrary. The list of MCCs is pretty long and seems to include almost everything one could imagine being "travel" (no car stuff except rentals, though)

I suspect a lot of us CSR holders have (or had until recently) a CSP, so it's pretty easy to see what got double points. All airline spend, hotels, rental cars, rail (including CTA/WMATA/etc) fare, etc etc.

The one "non-travel" charge I disagreed with was a hotel in Japan whose MCC must have been something odd. Chase gave me the points no questions asked when I pointed out the business name was XYZ HOTEL ABCVILLE on the statement. Same story with a couple restaurants in Japan and Indonesia that weren't "dining" but I don't bother over 15 points. In 4 years with CSP I never saw a single US or Canadian charge that I thought should've gotten classified as travel but didn't.

Also, I have to ask... is there anyone who intends to use the CSR who's actually worried about not spending $300 on travel in a year (or even between now and December)?

ETA this thread on CS(P) double points for travel: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chase...solidated.html

Last edited by der_saeufer; Aug 29, 16 at 12:35 pm
der_saeufer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 1:00 pm   #4
  
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Los Angeles California
Posts: 912
I booked a $365 USD tour (paid in NZD) on a New Zealand website last week...and I got the $300 credit immediately the day it posted.
MNSWEEps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 1:04 pm   #5
  
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 56
honestly, this thread has more value with the unobvious ideas.

Such as on-line travel agencies that will sell you non-travel gift cards (like gas/dining/etc...)

Everyday stuff you can buy at places categorized as travel (activities/tickets/gift cards that you can buy through a hotel, make sure they are charged to the room or at least the hotel is the merchant).

Does AAA online or in store count as travel?

Like said above, the generic has been covered. What are the useful, but non-obvious buys for someone looking to get the full $300 by November if they don't have any travel planned for the rest of this year.
gatzdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 1:07 pm   #6
  
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: NJ
Programs: United Silver, Hyatt Diamond, Marriott Gold, HHonors Gold, Amex Plat, Founders Card, Global Entry
Posts: 612
Quote:
Originally Posted by MNSWEEps View Post
I booked a $365 USD tour (paid in NZD) on a New Zealand website last week...and I got the $300 credit immediately the day it posted.
Good to know....Without sounding too nosy, what kind of tour?

I think this thread could become a long standing thread with a WIKI...it could become very valuable on what is accepted and what isn't...
elg26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 1:08 pm   #7
  
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Los Angeles California
Posts: 912
Quote:
Originally Posted by elg26 View Post
Good to know....Without sounding too nosy, what kind of tour?

I think this thread could become a long standing thread with a WIKI...it could become very valuable on what is accepted and what isn't...
http://www.greatsights.co.nz/new-zea...ay-of-islands/
MNSWEEps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 2:11 pm   #8
  
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: SBA and LAX
Programs: AA, Soon to be free ranger
Posts: 251
Quote:
Originally Posted by der_saeufer View Post
Exactly.
Also, I have to ask... is there anyone who intends to use the CSR who's actually worried about not spending $300 on travel in a year (or even between now and December)?
LOL. My very first transaction will make sure I get that $300 back (once I get the card delivered that is)
daKav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 2:30 pm   #9
  
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: SFO
Posts: 1,308
Side note, I wish the credit was not automatic. I rather select the credit applied to airfare or lodging, rather than some bucks here and there on toll, parking, uber, etc.
Troopers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 3:00 pm   #10
  
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Troopers View Post
Side note, I wish the credit was not automatic. I rather select the credit applied to airfare or lodging, rather than some bucks here and there on toll, parking, uber, etc.
It's funny cause its the same money at the end of the day, but I agree with your thought on this. If you rack up $300 in ubers and parking before you purchase something like a flight, you don't have that same feeling of the flight being free (or discounted) since you already received your travel credit.
smurov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 3:15 pm   #11
  
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SFO
Programs: SPG Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 301
anybody try united mileage plus X? i used to buy $200 a year in amazon.com gift cards through them and it was refunded as part of the AMEX Plat $200 travel free credit

here is how it looked on my account before I closed it:
MPX*AMAZON.COM 1-800-421-400586762 WWW.UNITED.COM 320160050402161145
richiezc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 3:23 pm   #12
  
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by richiezc View Post
anybody try united mileage plus X? i used to buy $200 a year in amazon.com gift cards through them and it was refunded as part of the AMEX Plat $200 travel free credit

here is how it looked on my account before I closed it:
MPX*AMAZON.COM 1-800-421-400586762 WWW.UNITED.COM 320160050402161145
Yes, I've tried it at Red Robin already. It coded as Dining.
smurov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 3:25 pm   #13
  
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by richiezc View Post
anybody try united mileage plus X? i used to buy $200 a year in amazon.com gift cards through them and it was refunded as part of the AMEX Plat $200 travel free credit

here is how it looked on my account before I closed it:
MPX*AMAZON.COM 1-800-421-400586762 WWW.UNITED.COM 320160050402161145
On my CSP last week it coded as a regular purchase, not travel.
ncast2523 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 4:15 pm   #14
  
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: BAY AREA
Posts: 367
Quote:
Originally Posted by ncast2523 View Post
On my CSP last week it coded as a regular purchase, not travel.
Others said AMEX codes it as travel but chase as a regular charge
trikotret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 29, 16, 4:47 pm   #15
  
Join Date: Jun 2011
Programs: AA EXP, SPG Plat, HH GLD (thanks Citi), former DL silver
Posts: 2,672
Quote:
Originally Posted by richiezc View Post
anybody try united mileage plus X? i used to buy $200 a year in amazon.com gift cards through them and it was refunded as part of the AMEX Plat $200 travel free credit

here is how it looked on my account before I closed it:
MPX*AMAZON.COM 1-800-421-400586762 WWW.UNITED.COM 320160050402161145
This is a quirk specific to Amex. It does not work on Visa/MC.
nall is offline   Reply With Quote
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Thread Tools
Search Thread
Go to Top
Forum Jump
Contact Us - FlyerTalk - Archive - Top