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Has anyone signed up for a the Chase Sapphire Reserve card? Right now, they have a 100,000 point sign-up bonus that is equivalent to $1,000 cash back or $1,500 worth in travel rewards if booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards site after spending $4k in the first 3 months. Other details of the card include:

1) $450 annual fee (I know it's hefty but read the other two points below...)
2) $300 annual travel credit good for airfares, hotels etc.
3) 3X points on dining and travel worldwide
4) Your UR points are worth 1.5X more if you redeem travel awards through their UR site.
5) Others: Reimbursement for TSA Pre-check program, complimentary airport lounge access.

We put all of our dining, groceries and travel charges on credit cards and pay our balances off every month. I'm thinking of signing up for this since we take one big trip a year. Any downsides to applying for this credit card?
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Yes. This is a good deal. You should also check out the following discussion from flyertalk.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chase-ul ... onths.html
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Yeah we got 2 cards. 200K points is too good to pass up! That's enough for 2 biz class trips across the Atlantic. :D
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It is actually $600 in travel credit since you receive $300 each calendar year.

This is a very very good deal, worth at a minimum $1150 if you do at least $600 in travel (which includes taxis and other transportation btw).
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sfchris wrote:It is actually $600 in travel credit since you receive $300 each calendar year.

This is a very very good deal, worth at a minimum $1150 if you do at least $600 in travel (which includes taxis and other transportation btw).
I think I'm missing something - I know it's $300/yr in travel credits. Why $600 in travel credit? Is there a 2-year commitment?
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MrsRoos wrote:
sfchris wrote:It is actually $600 in travel credit since you receive $300 each calendar year.

This is a very very good deal, worth at a minimum $1150 if you do at least $600 in travel (which includes taxis and other transportation btw).
I think I'm missing something - I know it's $300/yr in travel credits. Why $600 in travel credit? Is there a 2-year commitment?
If you get the card now, you get $300 for 2016 and another $300 for 2017. You could cancel before the second AF becomes due (I have the card and don't plan to cancel it unless the value proposition changes significantly), but no matter what the first AF covers two calendar years worth of travel credits.
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TravelGeek wrote:
MrsRoos wrote:
sfchris wrote:It is actually $600 in travel credit since you receive $300 each calendar year.

This is a very very good deal, worth at a minimum $1150 if you do at least $600 in travel (which includes taxis and other transportation btw).
I think I'm missing something - I know it's $300/yr in travel credits. Why $600 in travel credit? Is there a 2-year commitment?
If you get the card now, you get $300 for 2016 and another $300 for 2017. You could cancel before the second AF becomes due (I have the card and don't plan to cancel it unless the value proposition changes significantly), but no matter what the first AF covers two calendar years worth of travel credits.
This is correct, you should be able to do it once in 2016 and again in 2017. Same can be done with Citi Prestige and Amex Platinum.

I would definitely get this card if I could, unfortunately chase's 5/24 rules does not allow me to get it.
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I can attest the $300 credit per calendar year is currently working; however when I spoke with a rep recently, they said I wouldnt receive the credit until December of the year it was used (presumably to stop people from cancelling and taking $600 in a year). It's possible she didn't know what she was talking about, but changes may also be in the works.
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100000 points= 1k cash or 1.5k for travel through their portal

300 dollar travel credit once for this yr and once for next for one annual fee.

Truly free money assuming you can get approved and spend 4K in 3 months.
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Rotarman wrote:I can attest the $300 credit per calendar year is currently working; however when I spoke with a rep recently, they said I wouldnt receive the credit until December of the year it was used (presumably to stop people from cancelling and taking $600 in a year). It's possible she didn't know what she was talking about, but changes may also be in the works.
I have used the card for 30 days and have already received the $300.
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Yes this is a great card for those of us that travel and dine out frequently.

I can attest that the $300 travel credit is automatically applied and covers a range of travel-related expenses:
-Tolls
-Parking
-Uber

so far very happy with it and has now become my de-facto card to charge unless I am getting 5% reward thru my freedom card for select categories.
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Sold! I'm probably going to visit a Chase branch tomorrow. I assume I can have additional cards for the hubby?
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MrsRoos wrote:Sold! I'm probably going to visit a Chase branch tomorrow. I assume I can have additional cards for the hubby?
I believe a second card is $75/yr
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bta15 wrote:I would definitely get this card if I could, unfortunately chase's 5/24 rules does not allow me to get it.
First credit card I've ever been denied and it was due to the 5/24. Might apply under my spouse's name. It's a great deal.
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Just signed up for it, instant approval. Seems like great deal.
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sfchris wrote:
Rotarman wrote:I can attest the $300 credit per calendar year is currently working; however when I spoke with a rep recently, they said I wouldnt receive the credit until December of the year it was used (presumably to stop people from cancelling and taking $600 in a year). It's possible she didn't know what she was talking about, but changes may also be in the works.
I have used the card for 30 days and have already received the $300.
To be clear, I did as well. Hopefully it continues in its current form.
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NoGambleNoFuture wrote:
MrsRoos wrote:Sold! I'm probably going to visit a Chase branch tomorrow. I assume I can have additional cards for the hubby?
I believe a second card is $75/yr
Correct!

It might make better sense for the hubby to have one of his own. Depends upon your personal circumstances, of course.

And I think that if you make him an AU on your card that will count against him for Chase's 5/24 "rule." You could probably get that undone, but it would be easier to avoid it altogether if he might eventually pursue getting his own card.
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Doom&Gloom wrote:And I think that if you make him an AU on your card that will count against him for Chase's 5/24 "rule."
That is good to know; I am an authorized user on my wife's CSP, but not on her CSR because of the $75.
I couldn't get approved for either because of 5/24, but it is annoying not being AU on the CSR, which will become our primary card for at least the next ~10 months.
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batpot wrote: I couldn't get approved for either because of 5/24, but it is annoying not being AU on the CSR, which will become our primary card for at least the next ~10 months.
Just curious, why would CSR be a primary card? For travel/restaurants at 3%, sure. But it is just 1% for other purchases, worse than very many other alternatives (e.g. 2% cash back cards like Citi Double Cash, or 1.5% on Chase Freedom Unlimited that you can sweep to your CSR and thus get 2.25% on the rewards portal)?
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Most of the time redeeming UR through the portal is going to be a poor use of points. You'll probably get much more value transferring points to airlines (other than Southwest) or Hyatt. I usually transfer to Hyatt and end up getting about 2.1 cents per point on average.
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Da5id wrote:
batpot wrote: I couldn't get approved for either because of 5/24, but it is annoying not being AU on the CSR, which will become our primary card for at least the next ~10 months.
Just curious, why would CSR be a primary card? For travel/restaurants at 3%, sure. But it is just 1% for other purchases, worse than very many other alternatives (e.g. 2% cash back cards like Citi Double Cash, or 1.5% on Chase Freedom Unlimited that you can sweep to your CSR and thus get 2.25% on the rewards portal)?
Short answer: simplicity.
But someone else had the idea to convert the CSP to the Freedom Unlimited, and that probably makes more sense.
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I have a question about the $300 credit for those in the know. If you meet the requirements for the bonus, and once that bonus posts, will the $300 credit be applied to a booking through the Chase Rewards program where you spent more than you had points?

Example: Trip costs $3000 - Use 1000 pts/$1500 = Balance on credit card $1500 -$300 credit =$1200 + $450 fee = $1650 total cost
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hard wrote:I have a question about the $300 credit for those in the know. If you meet the requirements for the bonus, and once that bonus posts, will the $300 credit be applied to a booking through the Chase Rewards program where you spent more than you had points?

Example: Trip costs $3000 - Use 1000 pts/$1500 = Balance on credit card $1500 -$300 credit =$1200 + $450 fee = $1650 total cost
Edit (3rd time): A posted on flyertalk said they got travel credit for a car rental booked through the UR portal. So in theory you should get the travel credit for $300 for the cash portion of your purchase through the UR portal...
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Cool thanks
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What's even better with that travel credit is you still get full value of the points.
so $300 hotel stay, nets you 900 points, PLUS the $300 credit gets applied instantly.

Best card.
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How long did the card take to arrive assuming instant approval? Did anyone call and ask for overnight?
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Inverted Pyramid wrote:How long did the card take to arrive assuming instant approval? Did anyone call and ask for overnight?
Cards have been going out as fast as they could send them. Chase declined requests for overnighting as there was no point. Things may have changed recently, but I have not heard of that happening.
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Inverted Pyramid wrote:How long did the card take to arrive assuming instant approval? Did anyone call and ask for overnight?
They automatically send it overnight. But they don't email you. The following info is from flyertalk:
"According to many reports, the card is not activated until it is shipped, which happens to be UPS Next Day Air Saver (if shipped on Friday, you will not receive the card until Monday or the next business day). To find out when it is shipped, go to My UPS and sign up for a free account. You'll be notified when a shipment is destined to your address."
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I was originally declined, I called the reconsideration number and the rep moved some of my credit limit from CSP to CSR and approved me. I'm also over the 5/24.
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Drew777 wrote:Most of the time redeeming UR through the portal is going to be a poor use of points. You'll probably get much more value transferring points to airlines (other than Southwest) or Hyatt. I usually transfer to Hyatt and end up getting about 2.1 cents per point on average.
Why other than Southwest? I've been getting 1.5-1.6 cents per point with them. I realize it's possible to do better with Hyatt but that has never been my experience, maybe we're booking at different types of properties.
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OP here. Just applied for this online and no immediate answer yet as they need to review it. Perhaps we should have walked into a branch...
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MrsRoos wrote:OP here. Just applied for this online and no immediate answer yet as they need to review it. Perhaps we should have walked into a branch...
I just got the same response.
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Rotarman wrote:I can attest the $300 credit per calendar year is currently working; however when I spoke with a rep recently, they said I wouldnt receive the credit until December of the year it was used (presumably to stop people from cancelling and taking $600 in a year). It's possible she didn't know what she was talking about, but changes may also be in the works.
I don't think she knows what she's talking about. The terms are pretty clear:

Statement credit(s) will post to your account the same day your travel category purchase posts to your account and will appear on your monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles.
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What's the best way to use the $300 credit if no travel is planned until December ? I know certain airlines are more flexible in terms of itineary changes and no change fee etc. Could I just book some random flight in one of those airlines costing close to $300 and then change the flight later ? Any other ideas ?
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joyanni wrote:What's the best way to use the $300 credit if no travel is planned until December ? I know certain airlines are more flexible in terms of itineary changes and no change fee etc. Could I just book some random flight in one of those airlines costing close to $300 and then change the flight later ? Any other ideas ?
I think if you search the various flyer forums you can find lots of ideas. What worked for me was prepaying $300 onto my New Hampshire EZPass. Lots of folks are using it on metro/commuter rail/etc. But it is varied whether it works as it depends on how the merchant codes it, so if it is questionable using a small purchase first to see that the purchase is coded as travel is important...
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joyanni wrote:What's the best way to use the $300 credit if no travel is planned until December ? I know certain airlines are more flexible in terms of itineary changes and no change fee etc. Could I just book some random flight in one of those airlines costing close to $300 and then change the flight later ? Any other ideas ?
Airline or Hotel gift cards. You could turn around and sell them on ebay or cardcash if you wanted cash, figure 75% of value.
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BW1985 wrote:
Drew777 wrote:Most of the time redeeming UR through the portal is going to be a poor use of points. You'll probably get much more value transferring points to airlines (other than Southwest) or Hyatt. I usually transfer to Hyatt and end up getting about 2.1 cents per point on average.
Why other than Southwest? I've been getting 1.5-1.6 cents per point with them. I realize it's possible to do better with Hyatt but that has never been my experience, maybe we're booking at different types of properties.
You're better off paying through the UR portal if you want to use UR to fly Southwest. That way you get 1.5 cents per point AND earn miles on the flight. International business class redemptions are really better than transferring to Hyatt too, but I just haven't needed to do that yet. Last time I already had enough miles in my United account to fly business. You can get 3-4+ cents per point that way. Granted there's more to redeeming miles than just chasing the highest cent per point redemption, but transferring to Southwest is certainly suboptimal since you're sacrificing the miles earned on the flight.
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Drew777 wrote:
BW1985 wrote:
Drew777 wrote:Most of the time redeeming UR through the portal is going to be a poor use of points. You'll probably get much more value transferring points to airlines (other than Southwest) or Hyatt. I usually transfer to Hyatt and end up getting about 2.1 cents per point on average.
Why other than Southwest? I've been getting 1.5-1.6 cents per point with them. I realize it's possible to do better with Hyatt but that has never been my experience, maybe we're booking at different types of properties.
You're better off paying through the UR portal if you want to use UR to fly Southwest. That way you get 1.5 cents per point AND earn miles on the flight. International business class redemptions are really better than transferring to Hyatt too, but I just haven't needed to do that yet. Last time I already had enough miles in my United account to fly business. You can get 3-4+ cents per point that way. Granted there's more to redeeming miles than just chasing the highest cent per point redemption, but transferring to Southwest is certainly suboptimal since you're sacrificing the miles earned on the flight.
Do you get the same benefit on UR portal as you do paying with points on SW.com of being able to cancel/change flights for full refund on 'wanna get away' fares?
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My credit is frozen in all 3 bureaus.

To apply for this card, I will need to unfreeze first. Do I inform all 3 or does anyone know which bureau Chase is exclusively using?
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MrsRoos wrote:OP here. Just applied for this online and no immediate answer yet as they need to review it. Perhaps we should have walked into a branch...
Call the reconsideration line. More often than not you will get an answer on the spot. I was also told they need to get back to me. I called and was told they wanted to approve me but since I had 3 other cards they needed to reallocate the credit line I had on the other cards. They gave me a suggestion how to do it, I agreed and then she told me I was approved. This was on a Saturday and I had the card in my hands Tuesday.
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My credit is frozen, too. You won't know which agency until the credit is pulled. I applied in person so they did the credit pull and told me which agency and gave me a toll free # to call after I unfroze it. I got my approval w/in seconds after I released my credit and called the toll free #.

PS If you have CSP, you can transfer the points to CSR so they will be worth 1.5x. If you paid the annual CSP fee w/in the 90 days, you can get it refunded if you cancel CSP. CSR is an amazing card if you travel or eat out. The pointsguy has a nice article about the breakeven.
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When signed up for a dining program you can get up to 3 points and 5 miles per dollar posted for dining if you dine 10 + times
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Drew777 wrote:You're better off paying through the UR portal if you want to use UR to fly Southwest. That way you get 1.5 cents per point AND earn miles on the flight. International business class redemptions are really better than transferring to Hyatt too, but I just haven't needed to do that yet. Last time I already had enough miles in my United account to fly business. You can get 3-4+ cents per point that way. Granted there's more to redeeming miles than just chasing the highest cent per point redemption, but transferring to Southwest is certainly suboptimal since you're sacrificing the miles earned on the flight.
Perhaps I'm missing something, but as I understand it Southwest flights can't be booked directly through the UR portal. One has to transfer UR points to Southwest and then book flights from the Southwest website. Can you explain what you mean by "paying through the UR portal...That way you get 1.5 cents per point..."
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I have never seen such enthusiasm for a card.I got a letter from them saying my credit was frozen and to unfreeze equifax.I called equifax and they lifted the freeze for Chase only,using a pin.I immediately called Chase and gave them the pin and my card arrived in the mail 2 days later.Pretty impressive timing.Chase really wants these cards out there.
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When I first heard about this card I had assumed that the main point was to brag that you were rich enough to pay a $450 annual fee. But after looking closer it seemed like a very good deal with at least $1000 signup bonus so I applied for it. I was initially given the "wait 7-10 days" response to my application ... after a while I called in about it and it turns out that they only wanted some identity verification information, after which I was approved right away, and with a much higher credit limit than I expected.
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I've had the card for a few weeks and I've already gotten my free TSA pre-check, received my Priority Pass that will get me and my traveling companion free access to over 900 airport lounges, and I see I've gotten the $1 it cost me to park at the airport for my TSA pre-check interview refunded on my first statement. With a 3-week trip to the Mediterranean scheduled in December, probably no difficulty using the other $299 travel credit! :wink:
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Two questions on the travel credit:
1) do you have to spend first to get the travel credit?
2) if you don't use your travel credit within a calendar year, can you roll it forward to next year? I'm assuming the answer is no.
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MrsRoos wrote:Two questions on the travel credit:
1) do you have to spend first to get the travel credit?
2) if you don't use your travel credit within a calendar year, can you roll it forward to next year? I'm assuming the answer is no.
1) Not exactly sure what you mean but yes, you spend on a travel related item (hotel, ez pass, parking, tolls, etc.) and the credit is automatically applied.
2) No rollover. However, the travel category is so broad, it is easy to spend the credit. Additionally, you can do things like buy gift cards from airlines that can qualify (research this online).

I'm not into the points game but this taking on this card is a no brainer if you naturally hit the spending requirement.
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JaneyLH wrote:I've had the card for a few weeks and I've already gotten my free TSA pre-check, received my Priority Pass that will get me and my traveling companion free access to over 900 airport lounges, and I see I've gotten the $1 it cost me to park at the airport for my TSA pre-check interview refunded on my first statement. With a 3-week trip to the Mediterranean scheduled in December, probably no difficulty using the other $299 travel credit! :wink:
Please note that to get the credit for this year, the charge must be posted on your December statement rather than until December 31.
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This isn't for us, but WSJ wrote that in 2 weeks they
surpassed first year sales projections and cannot physically
make the card fast enough to meet demand
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