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

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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 www.Chase.com/RewardsCategoryFAQs. 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
  • check24.de: 1
  • Clipper card: 1
  • Delta flights: 1
  • Disney Vacation Club dues: 1
  • Enterprise car rental: 1
  • Etihad Airlines: 1
  • EZPass: 1
  • Fasttrack: 1
  • Gotobus.com: 1
  • Good to go toll reloads: 1 (via DM on 01/29/18)
  • 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
  • Keisei Skyliner: 1 (via DM on 01/29/18)
  • Lyft: 1
  • Marriott Gift Cards: 1, 2
  • Megabus.com: 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
  • Turo: 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
  • Vanilla Air baggage fees: 1 (via DM on 01/29/18)
  • 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
  • Hotels.com 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.



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

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

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

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

How could anyone possibly answer this question at this point?

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.

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.

No, only Amex

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..

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

The apps that went through today were NOT subject to 5/24 so there is hope

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

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?

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.

Try it with a small purchase and see.

The DC Metro DID get credited, so I assume NYC’s would also.

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

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.

Sorry, replied to wrong post.

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

Nevermind — I just did the math and who cares; it’s only $9. (Or $13.50 if you value the points at 1.5x).

Would a passport renewal trigger the credit?

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.

Thanks for the tip JT about CardPool and Marriott. This is definitely the best redemption I see compared to other cards/websites.

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

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.

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.

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.

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