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What counts as Travel?
  • Airlines:
  • Airline purchases, fees & gift cards
  • AA e-gift certificate
  • Delta eGift Cards
  • UA in-flight bev

    Hotels:
  • Marriott GC and hotel charges
  • Airbnb & their GC
  • hotels.com (NOT hotels.com e-gift cert!)
  • Hotel restaurants not charged to room (verified at Renaissance LV)
  • Priceline "opaque" hotel purchases
  • Kruger National Park lodging reservation (booked on sanparks.org official site)

    Transit, including parking, trains, ferries, toll roads, etc:
  • taxi fares: Uber, Lyft, Gett, Way2Ride, London taxi, Fasten (Austin)
  • Transit fees: BART, MTA, FastTrak, Clipper Card (Bay Area), MetroCard, DC Metro (WMATA) SmarTrip farecard and commemorative cards, NJ Transit, Oyster card, Ventra (Chicago), Las Vegas Monorail, Brussels (STIB/MIVB)
  • Parking meters: Chicago; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Atlantic City; Seattle, (Los Angeles but NOT Santa Monica)
  • Public parking garages: San Francisco; Montgomery Co. MD
  • Toll passes: E-Z Pass (MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA), Sunpass prepaid tolls, Washington State GoodToGo tolls, RiverLink tolls, TxTag, IPass (Illinois)
  • Train tickets: trainline (UK train tickets), Eurostar.com, Bahn.com (when using Paypal), Amtrak, italirail.com, Train and bus travel in Scotland at ticket counter.
  • Amtrak dining car purchases (YMMV, recent reports are below):
    • Pacific Surfliner, November 2016 (tmiw): yes, counted as travel with CSR.
    • San Joaquin, unknown date (serpens): counted as 3x on CSR, unknown if counted as travel.
    • unknown train/date (StanJazz): counted as dining on Freedom and CSP.
  • Ferries: Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE and NYWaterway (Belford-Pier 11)
  • Shuttles: Jackson Hole WY Airport official shuttle to town
  • Unlimted JR Pass for Japan purchased from japan-rail-pass.com

    Misc:
  • MileagePlusX Uber GC
  • Disney Vacation account funding
  • Royal Caribbean drink package
  • Cruise bookings
  • Cruise Excursions Booked Prior to Cruise (and fully refundable)
  • MIR Travel Agency
  • ChargePoint for Electric Vehicle Charging
  • undercovertourist.com
  • Rental cars (verified Avis on page 7 of this thread)
  • Car Share (Car2Go)
  • Lahaina Cruise Co. (Hawaii Ocean Project whale watch cruise)
  • Interval International Exchange Fee + Upgrade Fee
  • Aircraft title transfer registration fees with ICAO's International Registry of Mobile Assets (Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol)

Also, see THIS thread for additional locations.
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Old Oct 8, 12, 9:40 pm #1
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Chase Sapphire - what counts as travel? [Consolidated]

Can somebody tell me or point me to info on what counts as travel on the Chase Sapphire card? For instance, I'm planning to buy Annual Passes to Disney World and I'm not sure if that will count.
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Old Oct 8, 12, 10:08 pm #2
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From the UR Terms and Conditions:

"You will earn an additional 1 point for each $1 of Net Purchases made at merchants that classify their merchant location for Visa/Mastercard in any of the following categories: dining establishments ..., airlines, airports, car rental agencies ..., cruise ships, hotels and motels, timeshares, local and commuter transportation ..., travel agencies." (Parenthetical explanations of categories omitted.)
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Old Oct 9, 12, 12:09 am #3

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It is actually pretty wide, I even have had parking charges earning the extra point.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 5:37 am #4

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It is pretty broad, but I doubt that an amusement park is coded as "travel". You might just call Chase and ask specifically about Disney World. One of the very best things about Chase is that when you call a human being is on the line within seconds.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 10:14 am #5
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Thanks for the replies.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 12:12 pm #6

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Taxis earn double also.

I doubt Disney will though. Much more like a theater or movie ticket than "travel."
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Old Oct 9, 12, 12:25 pm #7
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Can somebody tell me or point me to info on what counts as travel on the Chase Sapphire card? For instance, I'm planning to buy Annual Passes to Disney World and I'm not sure if that will count.
I have found that anything charged at Disneyworld counts as travel - at least on my UA Presidential Plus card.

To be extra safe, since those annual passes are expensive, just charge them to your room.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 4:26 pm #8

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The only "travel" thing you don't get 2x on is gas
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Old Oct 9, 12, 6:48 pm #9

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i have noticed that lots of foreign transactions that are restaurants and travel do not receive the bonus
what can be done about this?
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Old Oct 9, 12, 7:50 pm #10

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i have noticed that lots of foreign transactions that are restaurants and travel do not receive the bonus
what can be done about this?
If the merchant name is very very obvious (has "Hotel" or "Restaurant" in the name), then I call in to Chase. I've gotten customer service points out of that.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 7:52 pm #11

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If the merchant name is very very obvious (has "Hotel" or "Restaurant" in the name), then I call in to Chase. I've gotten customer service points out of that.
not always so easy in asia, seems like this happens a lot with foreign trans
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Old Oct 9, 12, 10:04 pm #12

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The only "travel" thing you don't get 2x on is gas
...which drives me absolutely crazy. Even the lesser card, Chase Freedom, gives its cardholders 5 points/$ in two quarters per year, but us CSP cardholders get the lousy regular 1pt/$ for buying gas.
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Old Feb 23, 13, 7:57 am #13
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Is Homeaway/VRBO considered a travel category by Chase

Hey all:
looking to book a vacation rental house via Homeaway/VRBO and I have the option to use their site for payment via CC. Just curious if anyone has had an experience using a Chase Sapphire card via this site and if it triggers the travel bonus. if not then I'll use my SPG card

thanks

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Old Feb 23, 13, 11:10 pm #14

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Unfortunately it's not.
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Old Feb 23, 13, 11:16 pm #15
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This should have gone in one of the many existing Chase Sapphire threads.
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