Don’t Forget To Spend Your 2018 Chase Sapphire Reserve® Travel Credit Before Your December Statement Closes!

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve® card comes with a $300 annual travel credit. If you max that credit it drops the cost of the excellent card down from $450 to $150/year. Read more about why the Sapphire Reserve is a must have card in this post.

If you applied for your Sapphire Reserve on or after 5/21/17, the annual travel credit is based on your cardmembership year. In other words if you opened a card on 11/11/17 and your statement closes on the 1st of the month, you will get a $300 credit for travel spending from 11/11/17 through 12/1/18 and it will reset annually on 12/1.

If you applied for your Sapphire Reserve before 5/21/17, the annual travel credit is based on the calendar year.

It’s important to remember that Chase’s calendar year credit ends once your December statement closes, so a calendar year can end anytime from 12/1 through 12/28. You can call Chase to push off your statement close date to as late as the 28th of every month (which would impute a statement due date of the 25th of every month).

Once your December statement closes you can start getting credit for the next calendar year. In other words if your statement closes on 12/15/18, you can start spending your 2019 credit on 12/16/18.

Click here to view how much of your annual travel spend has already been credited:

Wondering where you can use your travel credit? These categories have been confirmed as working for automatic travel refunds. Just spent in any of these categories and you’ll get an automatic refund:



  • Uber Eats


Theme Parks and activities:


  • Amtrak
  • BART
  • Bridge tolls
  • Buses
  • Car rentals
  • Car2Go
  • Eurostar
  • Ferries
  • Greyhound
  • Jerusalem Light Rail
  • Limos
  • Long Island Railroad
  • Lyft rides
  • Megabus
  • Metra Rail Chicago
  • Muni/parking meters
  • NJ Transit
  • NYC MetroCard
  • Oyster card
  • Parking apps
  • Parking garages
  • Prepaid EZPass tolls loaded with the one-time payment option online or over the phone. If the system auto-loads then it may not count as travel, though it usually does.
  • Prepaid I-Pass tolls loaded via one-time payment
  • Prepaid FasTrak tolls loaded via one-time payment
  • Prepaid SunPass tolls loaded via one-time payment
  • Prepaid Washington DOT Good to Go tolls loaded via one-time payment
  • Postpaid 407ETR Toronto tolls
  • Subway travel
  • Taxis
  • Tolls
  • Trains
  • Trenitalia
  • Tunnel tolls
  • Uber gift cards only if they are bought from the MileagePlusX app for iOS or Android
  • Uber rides
  • Ventra Chicago
  • Zipcar

Know of other charges that will trigger a credit? Hit the comments!

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28 Comments On "Don’t Forget To Spend Your 2018 Chase Sapphire Reserve® Travel Credit Before Your December Statement Closes!"

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Haha. Spent my 2018 travel credit by December 2017.


Does buying anything in the MileagePlusX app work?


Thx, Dan> Happy Thanksgiving


Delete airbnb


Delete airbds I mean airbnb

Greatful reader

Thanks Dan


If i upgrade my freedom card now to the sapphire reserve card,then i am not really gaining an extra credit for 2018? Because it would be already considered as a card that earns cr. as a cardmembership year instead as a calendar year? am i correct with this?


Dan, why mention Airbnb?!


Happy to help anyone spend theirs if they’re not planning on using it themselves!!!!


Can I buy gift card?

Fuce Bys

@Dan if I don’t want to be paying the $450 fee what is the best car to downgrade to I’m not a traveler or big spender just for my daily expenses thanks

Amex guy

How can I spend amex platinum credit ?

Amex guy

i need help on speeding amex platinum credit


Delete airbnb


Why the airbnb hate?

Michoel H

Don’t have the time to study the whole thing in details. What I care to know now is if I am I at risk of losing my credits if I don’t spend them?


Hi Dan, this is what it says by me… whens the soonest I can get the credit bonus again? card was opened Jan 2017. Thanks!

You received your $300 Annual Travel Credit this year. (Your next year’s $300 Annual Travel Credit will begin after your statement closing date in 12/2018.*)


In Israel, Pango, kvish6, parking lots, Israel Railways, Egged all count as travel.


can it be used as gift card at


Disney Hotel reservation deposits also work and then can bee cancelled a week before use. (Ok, it’s 5 days but I try to cancel a week before).


Alaska Airline Gift Cards do not appear to be working anymore. Codes as “Personal”.


Does adding funds to “Uber cash” on your Uber your account work for the credit?


I stayed in a hotel and there were stores in the hotel. I took my kids to the candy store in the hotel-which came up on the credit card as its own store but it still gave me the travel credit!


Not sure where to ask this Q
Why did chase travel take off Alamo car rental from there car option in Miami intr airport
It was available yesterday
And today it doesn’t even come up in the search regardless what date u pick


Please delete Hawaiian Airlines. I called Chase after testing a $50 gift card purchase and they have informed me that they will not credit for it as it’s marked as “Hawaiian gift”. Tried to argue point but agent was very persistent that it won’t be credited off.