Don’t Forget To Spend Your 2020 Chase Sapphire Reserve® Travel, Grocery, Or Gas Credit Before Your December Statement Closes!

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve® card comes with a $300 annual travel credit.

Due to COVID-19, Chase is also allowing cardholders to use their $300 credit on gas and groceries through 6/30/21.

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 3/1/19 and your statement closes on the 1st of the month, you will get a $300 credit for travel spending from 3/1/19 through 4/1/20 and it will reset annually on 4/1.

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 while AMEX uses a true calendar year, 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 or go on 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 12/15/20, you can start spending your 2021 credit on 12/16/20.

Click here to view how much of your annual travel spend has already been credited. Click on “Your Dashboard” on top of the page.

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:

  • All gas stations and grocery stores through 6/30/21.



  • 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
  • Turo
  • Uber add funds in Uber app (plus get 5% off).
  • 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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30 Comments On "Don’t Forget To Spend Your 2020 Chase Sapphire Reserve® Travel, Grocery, Or Gas Credit Before Your December Statement Closes!"

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After I see the annual charge for $450 I assume I can start spending toward the new $300? Is that right?

True caller

Thanks Dan, this post gave me an additional $107. Thanks allot!


the link to activity only brings me to the login screen. when I log in, I can go to a summary of travel benefits but see no summary of activity.

Jessica Schuman

Can you see this on the app?


For groceries, will Chase automatically apply it to the $300 credit instead of 3x points? Since the 3x points on groceries is limited to $1000/month I would rather groceries be used for the 3x points first than for the credit.

Quick Q

Does the $60 annual credit to DoorDash end once your December statement closes (like the Travel Credit) or once your true calendar year ends (like Amex)?


Chase is also handing out $150-$250 statement credits for select Sapphire Reserve accounts that call in and ask for a retention credit. Free money for a 5 minute phone call.

Big G

What’s that

Thanks Mark

Thanks just got $250!


Mark can you explain more about this retention credit?


I have a sapphire preferred card, if I upgrade now will I be able to double dip the travel credit?


@Dan Car2go is pretty much history
First off they’re “Share Now” now and are no longer available anywhere in north america


How do I use this credit? Or does it post back 300 dollars to my account?


Current statement day is the 28th and due on the 25th.
If I change due date to the 5th will my statement close on Dec 8th?


If i have additional users do i get 300 each or 300 per account?


Wish chase would update their SUB offer for the Reserve. Holding my last 5/24 slot for them.


If I sign up sometime this month, is it possible to triple dip the travel credit (plan on canceling after 1 yr)?
I assume like with other cards, have 38 days from statement (w/ annual fee) close date to cancel and get refund on AF.


I used to enjoy the airport lounge benefits. Considered the extra couple hundred annual fee beyond the travel credit as payment for the privilege. Now, just not sure anymore what I’m getting for it for next year that justifies the fee?


Benefit Overview

Through June 30, 2021, gas station and grocery store purchases will also count towards earning your $300 Annual Travel Credit – and will both earn points. As always, you’ll immediately begin earning 3X points on travel after your first $300 in travel purchases annually (net returns). See Terms & Conditions for details.

looks like you don’t get the 3X on groceries until after the $300 credit.


It seems from the wording that gas and groceries do earn points and count toward the $300 credit. But travel is the category that you only earn points on after you pass the $300 mark. My Dec statement closes tonight so I guess I’ll see what happens.


So groceries give you 3x points and they count toward the $300 travel credit. BUT there is wording that says that your first $300 of travel purchases will not earn points, no matter how you previously got the $300 travel credit. So you end up in the same place: $300 credit, 3x points on groceries, and no points on travel until you reach $300. Only way you end up ahead is if you earn the credit through groceries and then never end up charging $300 of travel.