The end of the year is coming to an end so that means you want to make sure you use up any travel credits you have from credit card benefits, specifically the Chase Sapphire Reserve. If you applied for the card on or before May 20, 2017 you have $300 of travel credits to spend per calendar year. If you applied for the card after this date, the $300 travel credits is per cardmember year, not calendar year. You can learn more about this change here.
This means you have $300 to spend on anything travel related. But the one caveat is that this must be done by your December statement close date, you do not actually have until the end of the calendar year. So if your statement close date is December 4th, for example, any amount spent will count towards your 2018 travel credit. If your statement close date is not until December 12th or later, you still have time to make sure you spend the entire amount.
Of course, the best scenario is if you have a travel related purchase to make. But in case you do not have any travel purchases now, here are some ideas:
- American Airlines e-gift card
- Delta Airlines e-gift card
- Marriott gift card
- AirBnB gift card
- Disney Vacation account funding
- Purchase a Southwest flight – you can then cancel it for no fee and use the voucher towards a future flight (just remember that the voucher is not transferrable and expires one year from the date the ticket is purchased)
- Of course you can always purchase a fully refundable airline ticket and after receiving the travel credit cancel your flight. I am just not 100% if the travel credit is then revoked – anyone have personal experience?
Anyone have any other non traditional travel purchases that were reimbursed?
How to Find Your Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit
- Go to the Chase Ultimate Rewards site and sign in with your Chase username and password
- If you have multiple Chase Ultimate Reward earning credit cards, select your Chase Sapphire Reserve card
- Scroll down a little and on the right hand side you’ll see “Your Activity”
- If it says “$0 Received” or anything less then $300, you need to spend that travel credit (as long as your statement close date has not passed. It will actually tell you when you need to spend the travel credit by. In the example above you’ll see it says “Your next year’s $300 Annual Travel Credit will begin after your statement close date in 12/17.” That means you have until December 16 to spend the money. Your statement closing date will be different. You’ll need to look at your statement to see your specific date. In the example above it is 12/16.
How will you spend your Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit?