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Travel Credits Post Instantly With Chase Sapphire Reserve

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Last week, Chase introduced the much-anticipated Sapphire Reserve Card, and I was fortunate enough to receive my card a couple days later. The perks are absolutely fantastic (we detail them here), and include a $300 travel credit issued each calendar year.

Unlike with competing premium travel rewards cards, however, the Reserve card’s $300 credit applies to any travel purchase, so I decided to take it for a spin with United’s “award accelerator” option. I ended up purchasing 45,000 United miles for $900 (a reasonable 2 cents per mile), which I could end up using toward a redemption in United’s soon-to-be-released Polaris business class (pictured above).

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Much to my surprise, the credit posted instantly — as in, it hit my account the very same day the $900 purchase posted. That means you won’t need to make an eligible purchase and pay it off only to get the credit a few weeks later. And while a potential delay wouldn’t be a “make it or break it” detail, it’s certainly better to have your credit sooner than later.

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How have you used your $300 annual travel credit?

Chase Sapphire Reserve℠

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  • New! Earn 100K bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,500 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases such as airfare and hotels charged to your card
  • 3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Plus, no foreign transaction fees
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 100,000 points are worth $1,500 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 900+ airport lounges worldwide with complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre√®
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable $450 0% Excellent Credit