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How to use your $60 Sapphire Reserve DoorDash credit in 2021

Jan. 12, 2021
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About a year ago, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® added DoorDash benefits to its line-up, which turned out to be more fortuitous than anyone could have imagined given what would unfold in 2020. These benefits include complimentary DashPass membership (normally $9.99 per month) and up to $60 in DoorDash credit both in 2020 -- and now again for 2021.

If you've been a little busy and forgot about this perk, now is a good time to brush-up on it as those with a Sapphire Reserve now have a fresh set of $60 credits awaiting them for 2021.

For those not familiar, DoorDash is a food delivery service, much like UberEats or GrubHub. You place an order from a restaurant in your area via the DoorDash app. A DoorDash driver then picks up the meal from the restaurant and can leave the order on your front porch for a "contactless" delivery. Alternatively, you could use the app to place an order that you go and pick-up, if you prefer.

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While it will vary from area to area, DoorDash has a wide variety of restaurant options in some areas. Thankfully, using the Sapphire Reserve's DoorDash $60 credit is extremely simple and doesn't require any special or complicated actions on your part, but here are the basics.

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How to use the Sapphire Reserve DoorDash credit

To use this year's $60 in DoorDash credit, valid until Dec. 31, 2021, simply use your Sapphire Reserve card to pay for your DoorDash order. That's it. You should then see offsetting statement credits up to the $60 max within a few days.

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If you lose count of what you've spent, you can check your spending toward the 2021 allotment of the card's $60 DoorDash credit by heading to the online card benefits section of the Chase website and checking the spending total as shown below. Once you go over that $60 credit, you'll have to pay for your orders like normal, but at least you'll earn 3x points per dollar on the charges as dining expenses.

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If you're using DoorDash for the first time, you can also likely stack a new customer referral credit to your savings. I was referred by a current customer for an offer that provides a new customer credit of up to $30, though the exact amount varies at times.

How to use the complimentary Chase DashPass membership

While you don't have to take any advance action to just use the Sapphire Reserve's DoorDash credits, the same is not true for the card's complimentary DashPass membership.

You don't have to use this perk to use up your credits but if you plan to use the credits, you may want to activate the membership before placing an order as it may save you a few bucks. DashPass provides you lower service fees and free delivery on all DoorDash orders of more than $12.

According to DoorDash, DashPass members save an average of between $4 and $5 per order by having a membership. In my area, not all restaurants are eligible for free DashPass delivery, but many are options. The noneligible restaurants typically have a $3.99 to $5.99 delivery fee.

You can activate the DashPass membership offer by heading here or you can download the DoorDash app and enter your Chase card information there. Even if you don't have a Sapphire Reserve, other Chase cards, such as a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card also convey some level of DashPass membership. A DashPass membership now unlocks free delivery via Caviar, too.

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Bottom line

It's fair to say that most of us didn't use our premium travel rewards credit cards the way we initially intended in 2020. Luckily, many premium cards have pivoted to provide benefits in new ways, including offering built-in credits we can use from the safety of our home. Now that we've reached 2021, we hope some of the traditional travel benefits will become more relevant in the coming months, but until then, enjoy that fresh $60 set of DoorDash credits for 2021.

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