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Which Purchases Qualify for the $300 Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

One of the best features of the Sapphire Reserve card is the $300 annual travel statement credit. This credit automatically applies to any qualifying travel purchase made with the card. But what qualifies as travel, according to Chase? Reader Jake sent me this question and I thought the answer was worth posting for all who wondered. Unsurprisingly, it’s a lot more than just your standard hotel charges and airline fees. There’s a very useful Flyertalk page that outlines various purchases confirmed to have been reimbursed:

Airline Purchases That Qualify for the $300 Travel Credit from Sapphire Reserve

  • Airline purchases, fees & gift cards
  • American Airlines e-gift certificate
  • Delta eGift cards
  • United Airlines in-flight beverages

Hotel Purchases That Qualify for the $300 Travel Credit from Sapphire Reserve

  • Airbnb and their gift card
  • Hotels.com (excluding e-gift cards)
  • Hotel restaurants not charged to room (at Renaissance LV)
  • Kruger National Park lodging reservation (booked on sanparks.org official site)
  • Marriott gift card and hotel charges
  • Priceline “opaque” hotel purchases

Transit Purchases That Qualify for the $300 Travel Credit from Sapphire Reserve

  • Ferries: Cape May to Lewes, DE
  • Parking meters in Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Atlantic City, Seattle
  • Public parking garages in San Francisco; Montgomery Co. MD
  • Shuttles: Jackson Hole WY Airport official shuttle to town
  • Taxi and rideshare fares: Uber, Lyft, Gett, Way2Ride, London taxi
  • Toll passes: E-Z Pass (MA, MD, NH, NJ, PA), Sunpass prepaid tolls, Washington State GoodToGo tolls, RiverLink tolls, TxTag, IPass (Illinois)
  • Train tickets: Trainline (UK train), Eurostar, 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.
  • Transit fees: BART, MTA, FastTrac, MetroCard, DC Metro (WMATA) SmarTrip farecard and commemorative cards, NJ Transit, Oyster card, Ventra, Las Vegas Monorail
  • Unlimited JR Pass for Japan purchased from japan-rail-pass.com

Other Purchases That Qualify for the $300 Travel Credit from Sapphire Reserve

  • ChargePoint for electric vehicle charging
  • Cruises and excursions booked prior to cruise 
  • Disney Vacation account funding
  • Interval International Exchange Fee + Upgrade Fee 
  • Lahaina Cruise Co.
  • MileagePlusX Uber GC
  • MIR Travel Agency
  • Rental cars (Avis)
  • Royal Caribbean drink package
  • Undercovertourist.com

Travel Purchases that DO NOT Qualify for the $300 Statement Credit from the Sapphire Reserve

It’s also important to note which purchases DO NOT qualify for the $300 travel credit from the Sapphire Reserve card. These are common travel purchases, some of which you wouldn’t expect to not be categorized by Chase as such:

  • AAA membership
  • Airport landing, parking and ground handling fees for private jets
  • Alaska Airline e-gift cards
  • Choice Hotel Points + Cash reservation
  • EZ-Tag 
  • Georgia Peach Pass
  • Hotel parking fees (e.g. Fairmont SF)
  • Hotels.com e-gift card
  • Hyatt e-gift card
  • Hyatt physical gift cards from Hyatt.com. 
  • IHG Ambassador recognition program
  • Meals at Fairmont Hotel not charged to room
  • Park tickets directly from Disney.com
  • Parking meters – Michigan State University, Phoenix
  • Points.com (Southwest)
  • Prince Resorts Hawaii Gift Card 
  • Southwest Airlines in-flight purchases
  • United in-flight wifi service purchased through the app
  • Vacation Rental by Owner/HomeAway

It was alleged on this Flyertalk thread that airline e-gift cards (except for those issued by Delta and American) were also excluded from the travel category. That particular statement was then crossed out, I imagine because there isn’t enough data to verify it. Regardless, it’s good to be aware of which charges may or may not count towards the annual $300 travel statement credit from the Sapphire Reserve. That way, if a particular airfare charge is confirmed not to count towards the $300 Sapphire Reserve travel credit, then you can explore your other options, including the Amex Platinum cards.

If you know of any purchases that are eligible for the $300 travel statement credit from the Sapphire Reserve but aren’t listed here, please share them in the comment section.

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Ariana Arghandewal

9 Comments

  1. UberEATS gets coded as Uber and is covered by the travel credit. Meals ordered from restaurants and delivered to your door for $5 delivery fee – it’s covered by the travel credit!

    I’m not sure if this is allowed, but if you sign up with my code you get $10 off your first order (and I get $5). Please remove this if this isn’t allowed to be posted. My code is: eats-briang395

    • That’s good to know. I always order Ubereats in lieu of room service (as I’m sure many others do). Also, yes to your question – feel free to share your codes in any relevant posts.

  2. I booked for parking near SFO through way.com and the travel credit did not apply.

  3. Thanks for this! Could you point me to the link or FT thread that discusses which trigger the Citi Prestige airline travel credit? Thanks!

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