The Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit automatically reimburses cardholders for up to $300 in travel-related expenses each year. The credit applies to flights, hotels, trains, cruises, taxis, parking, Uber and Lyft. It can also help pay for vacation packages and airline fees. The Sapphire Reserve travel credit does not apply to in-flight goods and services (e.g. Wi-Fi, food), tourist attractions, or merchants within airports. But the $300 annual credit does cover two-thirds of the card’s $550 annual fee.
Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credits are applied to the account the same day qualifying purchases post. This happens until you hit $300 total for the year. For example, if you make a $100 travel purchase, Chase will apply a $100 credit as soon as the purchase processes. And you will have $200 remaining for other purchases during the year. On your monthly statement, your transactions will include both the original purchase and an extra item that says, “Travel Credit.” The credit subtracts the purchase amount from your balance. Chase determines whether a purchase is eligible for the travel credit based on a 4-digit code that businesses use to categorize transactions. Anything coded as “travel” qualifies.
Remember that the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit resets every 12 months on the first statement date after your account anniversary. If you submitted an application before May 21, 2017, the credit will reset on your December statement’s closing date. If you’re unsure when your credit will reset, you can call customer service at 1 (800) 432-3117 or the number on the back of your card. Simply enter your account number and ask a representative.
Unused credit does not roll over from year to year, so make sure to keep track of how much of the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit you’ve used. That way, you’ll be able to make sure you take advantage of the whole thing.