Posted by William Charles on August 15, 2016
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Published on August 15th, 2016 | by William Charles


What Counts For The $300 Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers an annual travel credit of $300 each calendar year (or each cardmember year, for newer cardmembers), in this post we share what does and doesn’t count for this travel credit.

chase sapphire reserve $300 travel credit

The Full Fine Print

Below is the full fine print taken from the official page (no longer available at the moment):

$300 Annual Travel Credit

A statement credit will automatically be applied to your account when your card is used for purchases in the travel category, up to $300 in statement credits annually (“annually” means the year beginning with your account open date through the first December statement date of that same year, and each 12 billing cycles starting after your December statement date through the following December statement date). Purchases are when you, or an authorized user, use a card to make purchases of products and services, minus returns or refunds. Buying products and services with your card, in most cases, will count as a purchase; however, the following types of transactions won’t count: balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, overdraft advances, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. We do not determine whether merchants correctly identify and bill transactions as being of a certain type. For more information about Chase rewards categories, see Statement credit(s) will post to your account the same day your travel category purchase posts to your account and will appear on your monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles. Qualifying purchases made by authorized users on your account will be included in the $300 Annual Travel Credit. Maximum statement credit accumulation for the Annual Travel Credit is $300 annually. The Annual Travel Credit will be issued for the year in which the transaction posts to your account, through your December statement date. For example, if you pay for baggage fees, but the airline does not post the transaction until after your December statement date, the cost of the baggage fees will be allocated towards the following year’s Annual Travel Credit maximum of $300.

Important Pieces

  • $300 credit is for all purchases in the travel category
  • $300 annual credit is based on a calendar year and when your statement posts. For example if your December statements post on the 14th then purchases that settle on the 15th will count for the following year. So if you signed up in March, you should be easily able to get the credit twice. Update: Those who apply for the card on May 21, 2017 and after will get the travel credit based on the cardmember year, not calendar year.
  • Transaction needs to post before the end of your December statement to qualify for a credit, regardless of when the purchase was made (e.g last minute purchases in December are not a good idea)
  • Statement credit will be processed automatically and will appear on your monthly credit card bill within 1-2 billing cycles
  • Authorized users don’t receive the $300 travel credit, but their purchases will count towards the primary cardholders credit

What Will Trigger The Credit?

If you read the above, you’ll know that any purchase that falls under ‘travel’ will trigger the credit. Chase defines travel as follows:

Merchants in the travel category include airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, campgrounds, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, discount travel sites, and operators of passenger trains, buses, taxis, limousines, ferries, toll bridges and highways, and parking lots and garages. Please note that some merchants that provide transportation and travel-related services are not included in this category; for example, real estate agents, websites or owners that rent vacation properties, in-flight goods and services, on-board cruise line goods and services, sightseeing activities, tourist attractions, merchants within airports, and merchants that rent vehicles for the purpose of hauling. In addition, the purchasing of points or miles does not qualify in this category.

Confirmed As Working

  • Aeroplan:
    • Award fees: 1
  • Air India: 1
  • AirBnB: 1, 2, 3
  • Airport Parking:
    • DCA: 1
    • Denver 1, 2
    • Logan: 1
  • American Airlines:
    • Gift card: 1, 2, 3
  • 1
  • Clipper card: 1
  • Delta flights: 1
  • Disney Vacation Club dues: 1
  • Enterprise car rental: 1
  • Etihad Airlines: 1
  • EZPass: 1
  • Fasttrack: 1
  • 1
  • Greyhound buses: 1
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 1
  • Hop On/Hop Off Bus: Spain
  • Hyatt Hotels: 1
  • IHG stay: 1 (via e-mail on 1/15/17)
  • Illinois I-PASS (auto refill): 1
  • JetBlue:
    • Flight: 1
  • Lyft: 1
  • Marriott Gift Cards: 1, 2
  • 1
  • MGM grand: 1
  • NTTA: 1
  • NYC MetroCard: 1, 2
  • 3rd-party parking lots outside of PHL (express park): 1
  • Parkmobile street parking: 1
  • Philadelphia Parking Authority: 1
  • RadPad Through Android Pay: 1
  • Southwest
    • Flight: 1
    • Giftcard: 1, 2
    • Taxes on companion fare: 1
  • Taxi:
    • Austin: 1
  • Tolls:
    • EZPASS
      • northern Virginia, on 495 Expressway: 1
  • Uber: 1, 2, 3
    • UberEats: 1
    • Gift card through MPX: 1
    • Uber Pool Pass: 1
  • Undercover Tourist: 1
  • United Airlines:
    • Award: 1
    • First class upgrade: 1
    • Flight: 1
  • Washington D.C. Metro: 1
  • Viator: 1
  • Zip Car: 1

Confirmed As Not Working

  • Alaska Airlines inflight food: 1
  • American Airlines inflight food/drink (doesn’t code as dining or travel and earns 1x): 1
  • Frontier inflight drink (doesn’t code as dining either): 1
  • Homeaway: 1
  • Hornblower dinner cruise: 1
  • Gift Card: 1
  • Hyatt: eGiftcard: 1
  • JetBlue inflight food/drink (codes as dining): 1
  • NY EZPASS: 1 (see this post)
  • Parking lots in San Jose: 1
  • VRBO: 1

Our Verdict

This travel credit is significantly better than we thought it would be, it’s more in like with the Citi Prestige benefit than the Ritz-Carlton benefit. This benefit from Chase is significantly better though as it doesn’t just apply to airlines, but hotels and other assorted fees. I can’t wait for this card to officially launch.

138 Responses to What Counts For The $300 Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

  1. mark says:

    Do you have a similar post for Amex Platinum (i.e., what triggers the credit)?

  2. Ben says:

    Will the $300 that gets credited still count towards the $4k spending requirement.

  3. NinjaX says:

    I see what you did there chase… create a loss leader bait and switch… youre good…

  4. Eric says:

    Does MPX and/or airline gc purchases work for getting Chase travel credit like they do for Amex?

    • Dan says:

      How could anyone possibly answer this question at this point?

      • Gary says:

        One can certainly answer for MPX, which is a definitive no. People; MPX only can work for charges on the amex network, where it’s processed as a united purchase in the travel category. On Visa and MasterCard, it’s processed as a regular gift card purchase from a store, not a united purchase in travel. This applies to the prestige, the Barclay’s gold, the Ritz, and every other Visa/MC that has a travel credit.

      • Eric says:

        I assumed that Chase previously had cards that gave travel credit. Is that not correct? Either way, I should have asked if you think that it will count. Of course no one can know for sure since the card isn’t out yet. If it does count it makes the card a lot more attractive.

  5. Lrdx says:

    I assume the Visa Infinite portal (where the card gets a $100 discount on tickets with 2-5 travelers) should be coded as travel?

    Can someone who already used it through CNB or Ritz cards check the merchant code?

    If it is, using it even once can reduce this card’s AF to only $50, cheaper than the Sapphire Preferred..

  6. Gman says:

    How could you get excited about chase when just about all of is are way over the 5/24.

  7. rob says:

    any idea if airline gift cards will trigger the $300 credit?

  8. andy says:

    It talks about websites that rent vacation properties being exempt. Assuming that includes the more obvious VRBO and similar sites, as well as HomeAway and AirBnB?

  9. Meg says:

    So, does that mean that vending machines that sell MTA subway cards in NYC will count as a travel expense? We don’t travel, but I would be happy to buy $300 in Metrocards and sell them on Craigslist to get the credit.

  10. Veejay says:

    Hint: A refundable airfare purchase would also trigger the credit.

  11. Lucy says:

    For the $300 in travel purchases that trigger the credit, do you think they will still earn 3x points also?

  12. Andrew says:

    Would a passport renewal trigger the credit?

  13. JT says:

    I assume a gift card to an airline or hotel would trigger the credit. What’s the best way to liquidate to get as close to 300 in cash as possible. So far, the best I’ve found is a $264 offer from CardPool for a Marriott gift card.

  14. Daniel says:

    I had two purchases get reimbursed already:

    1) UberEats (so I would assume “real” Uber rides do too)

    2) Washington, D.C., Metro online fare load

    • Red says:

      Confirm that Uber (ride) works. I even got it credited when I upgraded my CSP to the CSR after the ride, but before the charge finalized.

      Wondering if travel charges from earlier this month will get credit on my next statement? Stay tunes.

  15. Daniel says:

    Do these reimbursed charges count towards the $4,000 minimum spending requirement to get the 100,000 bonus points? I’m assuming not, but am curious. Thanks.

    • Maria says:

      It actually does. Reimbursement has nothing to do with the $4k spend. In other words, if you charged $4k in the first month (not including $450 annual fee) and was reimbursed $300 for travel spend, you will still get the 100k bonus.

  16. Daniel says:

    Also, a JetBlue onboard drink purchase did NOT get credited. That was coded as dining.

  17. Gotham says:

    Uber ride gave 3x and travel credit was applied same day the charge posted

    • sonia says:

      So the credit posted after the charge posted or was the uber transaction still pending?

      • Andrew says:

        it will show up as a credit even before the charge gets posted if you check your Chase UR page for reserve. Once it posts, itll auto post the credit as well.

  18. Jeff says:

    Denver Airport parking Rrimbursed on Tuesday

  19. Brendan says:

    One would wonder if tickets from undercover tourist (a la ArrivalPlus card back in the day) could work, so I’m interested to see if anyone tries…anyone know what Chase codes Undercover Tourist purchases as? I know Amex codes it as “Entertainment – General Events”, but maybe Chase codes it differently…

    • Cheapblackdad says:

      I like the way you think. We have a Disney purchase coming soon so will follow up. So you know what it codes as if directly through Disney?

      • Brendan says:

        No, have only ever purchased tickets through Underground Tourist. Might be taking the plunge as well in the near future, so will report back if/when we turn over another small fortune to the mouse (on a positive note, will make a good dent in the min spend requirement).

        • Brendan says:

          Via TPG (The Points Guys) post, it appears that buying directly from Disney won’t work, at least from how it was coded for CSP: “When TPG used his Chase Sapphire Preferred to purchase Disney World Park tickets, the transaction was categorized as “Amusement Parks, Circuses, Carnivals, Fortune Tellers,” so it wasn’t eligible for the 2x rewards for travel”

          • April says:

            I would like to know about WDW tickets as well. I have an ArrivalPlus card that counted it as a travel purchase when purchased through Undercover Tourist. I know purchasing directly through Disney didn’t work with that card either.

    • alamp says:

      Looks like Chase codes Undercover Tourist* as Travel.

      Ken reported 17 days ago that “Purchase of walt disney world tickets on was coded as travel for me (and I got the $300 credit).” Source:

      I called Undercover Tourist and the agent told me that even though their company is considered a ticket broker, purchases from their company post to Visa as “travel”.

      *I assumed that’s what you mean instead of Underground Tourist.

      The bummer for me is that they said they have not been able to carry Disneyland tickets (yet, at least). Maybe we’ll just need to go to Disney World!

      Hope this helps!

  20. Andrew says:

    Already reimbursed ~$200 and credited on my card:

    ~127 for a restaurant which was located in a hotel, coded as hotel
    32 for parking at logan airport
    40 for uber pool pass for spet

    Amex needs to step up their game and make it the same.

  21. Derek says:

    Southwest taxes on Companion Fare of $11.20

  22. Rick says:

    Already maxed out the $300 between two purchases! (Credit posted same day as transactions)
    1. United Airlines – Flight (booked online via United’s website)
    2. United Airlines – First Class upgrade (also done via United’s website)

  23. DogsOfWar says:

    AA inflight food does not work. It doesn’t even code as travel or food (earns 1 point per dollar).

  24. Kevin says:

    I got credit for the Clipper Card in the SF Bay Area.

  25. Chucky No says:

    Does anyone know if I purchase gift certificates from 3rd party travel sites (ie., expedia, orbitz….) will I get reimbursed towards $300? Thanks in advance.

    • Michael says:

      Wondering this myself…we’re getting close to the end of the year and my statement closes on the 8th, so I only have until Dec. 8th unfortunately. Don’t have any travel plans before then.

    • Pauline says: gift card doesn’t work. I purchased a gift card on their website as a test and it wasn’t coded as travel because they use a third party company.

  26. Vall says:

    Data Point –
    It seems the Parking Lots in San Jose code as Government Services instead of Travel for CSR. I have tried this on:
    1) Happy Hollow Zoo Parking garage
    2) San Jose downtown convention center parking garage

    Didn’t get the Travel credit

  27. Chris says:

    “Transaction needs to post before the end of your December statement to qualify for a credit, regardless of when the purchase was made (e.g last minute purchases in December are not a good idea)”

    I’m curious if someone could elaborate on this for me. I was rejected for Reserve for too many cards, but I’ll be below the 5/24 in December. I wanted to see if I could get the travel credit for a trip around New Years and most of my statements with Chase close on the 28th, which is what I plan on setting that close date to as well. However, I’ve never had a annual credit from a card before and wanted to understand this two credits in one more thoroughly, but for some reason it just isn’t clicking. Would someone mind elaborating please.


  28. Jim says:

    This is just a straight credit, right? It doesn’t seem to expire. So, if I signed up now and made a qualifying purchase by December, I would get 300 that would carry over to next year and be able to get the credit again?

    just want to make sure that I shouldn’t be waiting for some time next year to apply and take advantage of the credit.

  29. Drew says:

    Has anyone found a good way to liquidate this benefit easily? I’d rather make $150 than spend that kind of money at a hotel restaurant. Will it trigger for an airline gift card that I could just resell?

  30. Dan says:

    Any refundable purchases that could be made?
    Not travelling this year, but don’t want this credit going to waste…

  31. Craig says:

    Marriott e-gift cards worked for me

  32. Daniel says:

    Hyatt gift card online worked for me

  33. Jake says:

    Currently in Paris right and booked a food tour via Viator. Codes as travel

  34. Shawno14 says:

    EZPASS toll fees in northern Virginia, on 495 Expressway.

  35. JRM says:

    Aeroplan award fees were reimbursed but the fee for booking over the phone (charged separately) wasn’t reimbursed.

  36. Mist Soalar says:

    I used for RadPad payment few days before they shut down. It’s a dead data point and my landlord didn’t like checks from 3rd party anyways.

  37. Jeff says:

    Hey, I know this is a small point but I read that usually the credit posts the same day. Does anyone know approximately how long after you make a travel purchase will the credit show up? Just added money to EZPass in NY and wondering.


  38. Earl Co says: confirmed as working!

  39. Mike says:

    American Airlines gift card just posted as “Other” x1 point for me. Is there anything I can do to get the travel credit applied or will I have to purchase another GC?

  40. Ryan says:

    Any idea if buying SPG points would trigger it?

  41. JN says:

    VRBO does NOT count as a travel related expense.

  42. paandemic says:

    Southwest gift card works

  43. Harrison says:

    Anyone know if Uber eGift cards would work?

  44. paandemic says:

    AA gift card works.
    Airbnb gift card works.

  45. Ny says:

    American Airlines gift card purchase was just credited back to me. I tested with the minimum amount of $50.

  46. CopperHog says:

    Data point: Philadelphia Parking Authority works to trigger the travel credit. Used it at both PHL airport short term parking and a center city parking facility.

  47. paandemic says:

    Uber gift card via MPX app works.

  48. chris says:

    Has anyone tried the website for Disney tickets and received the credit?

  49. ERIC says:

    Marriott giftcards purchased online are eligible. I bought a $301 card, and got a $300 reimbursement.

  50. DD Daddy says:

    Eric, can you confirm if Marriott gc was physical or e-gift?

  51. James D says:

    Illinois I-PASS (auto refill) coded as travel, reimbursed.
    3rd-party parking lots outside of PHL (express park) coded as travel, reimbursed.
    Parking garages in Manhattan coded as travel, reimbursed.

  52. Earl Co says: also works!

  53. Raul says:

    Has anybody had any luck with buying gift certificates from Hawaiian Airlines for the travel credit?

  54. LLXC says:

    Works on Fastrak.

  55. Paul H says:

    Gift cards from Hawaiian Airlines (processes as HAWAIIAN GIFTS) took 3 days to post, but counted for the travel credit.

  56. JR says:

    I just was credited for $300 Ritz GC via Ritzcarltongiftcards dot com

  57. Andrew says:

    I bought a drink on Frontier airlines, and it did not code for neither travel or restaurants.

  58. Jorge says:

    I know most people usually fly, but Amtrak tickets count as travel.

  59. sam says:

    Delta Air Gift cards count for the credit. TSA pre does not (bought it twice: got $85 known traveler’s credit, other $85 not credited at all).

  60. Jake Lenihan says:

    I don’t suppose putting a down payment on a car would code as travel????

  61. RT says:

    Can confirm that IcelandAir gift certificates counted towards travel credit

  62. Sara says:

    Just tested United Gift Registry ‘Travel Bank’ – worked towards travel credit. Have to set up a Gift Registry which is connected to a United account. The registry money can be used from that United account.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks Sara. On the surface it sounded like one could liquidate the funds toward gifts on the registry placed there by the account holder. I don’t know If I missed something, but unfortunately for me, it states that it requires spending the money on Airfare from them after your FF makes deposits to your account:

      It’s just what you wanted – receive the gift of travel with a gift registry

      It’s easy for recipients to create and easy for gift-givers to use. Simply sign up at and create your registry. You’ll then be allowed to create and send announcements to several friends and family members, which will include instructions on how they can make deposits into your TravelBank. You can use the money in your TravelBank to purchase airfare on United.

      It’s the perfect gift for any occasion, including holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and graduations.

  63. Mia says:

    Just got the card this month. Wondering if I purchase travel really quick will it count towards this year $300 credit? I know my first statement will not be until Jan 2017. If it’ll count just once I can wait.

    • Kevin says:

      My statement closed on 12-11-16 and a recent parking meter counted as 2017 credit. I already fullfilled the 2016 credit of $300.

    • Kevin says:

      You can try calling Chase to see if you can move your billing statement to end 12/31/16, then it might work as 2016 credit. Good luck if you try.

  64. Matt says:

    DCA Airport Parking is reimbursed

  65. Erik says:

    Just wondering, in order to get to the $4,000 mark, could you just buy $4,000 worth of gift cards at walmart?

  66. Michael says:

    Paying for my NTTA bill (toll roads in North Texas, Dallas Area) triggered the travel credit.

  67. rake says:

    MGM grand, Air India, Denver Airport parking, Etihad Airlines triggered travel credit for 2016 and 2017 years.

  68. Devin says:

    Homeaway does not get credited. I spoke to a rep and unfortunately that company codes their transactions as “real estate” (bullshit). It’s a bummer because not only do I not get my travel credit, but I only get 1x points as opposed to 3x, causing me to miss out on thousands of points.

  69. JV54 says:

    Confirmed on 5/12 that the travel credit works for Bay Area Fastrak. Also, it is a good way to meet minimum spend if you use the tolls anyway, as you can add large amounts of funds upfront with no fee. Credit posted almost immediately.

  70. Ajay says:


    If i booked a plane ticket worth $1000, does the $300 statement credit get applied immediately?


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