Chase Sapphire Reserve is a Credit Card
With a credit card, you can carry a balance and accrue interest if necessary. Note this is not advised by me. The points game does not work well, if you are carrying a balance and accruing interest. See #4 in Let’s Get Started To Earning Free Travel.
Earn Ultimate Rewards with the card. Learn about the Chase Ultimate Rewards Program here.
$450 annual fee
Earn Points on Spending
2. Earn 3 points on Travel-Earn 3 points per $1 spent on travel when you use your card to pay for airfare, hotels, cruises, rental cars, travel agencies, train tickets, taxis, tolls and more. (Click here for a complete definition of travel from Chase)
3. In addition to earning 3 points per dollar at restaurants and on travel, you’ll earn 1 point for every dollar you spend on all your other purchases.
Earn Even Extra Points
1. ADDITIONAL POINT ON TRAVEL-Earn 1 additional point (total of 4 points) per $1 spent when you book airfare or hotel accommodations online through Ultimate Rewards. Note, this is impossible to find in the Chase terms. I confirmed this additional one point with a Chase phone rep.
2. EXTRA POINTS FROM PARTNER MERCHANTS-Earn extra rewards points from partner merchants when you shop online through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
No Foreign Transaction Fees
$300 Annual Travel Credit
Each year, automatically receive up to $300 in statement credits as reimbursement for travel-related purchases charged to your card.
Complimentary Priority Pass Select Membership
You can enroll in Priority Pass Select at no additional cost. This program gives you access to numerous airport lounges that are part of the Priority Pass Select Program. You can bring in unlimited guests as well.
Global Entry or TSA Pre✔ Fee Credit
50% More In Value When You Redeem Your Points For Travel
When you use points to redeem for cash, each point is worth $.01 (one cent), which means that 100 points equals $1 in redemption value. However, each point you redeem for travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards is worth $.0150 (one and a half cents), which means that 100 points equals $1.50 in redemption value, and points are worth 50% more than if redeemed for cash. For example, a $750 flight (or other travel purchase booked on the Chase Ultimate Rewards site) requires 50,000 points. (NOT 75,000) Note, compare this to the Sapphire Preferred card where points can be redeemed for 1.25 cents each. Read about how to redeem points through Ultimate Rewards here.
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Pay no foreign transaction fees when you use your card on purchases made outside the United States.
Point to Point Transfer With No Transfer Fees
Transfer points to participating frequent travel programs with no transfer fees and at full 1:1 value – that means 1000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1000 partner miles/points. Read about how to transfer points to travel programs here.
Special Benefits At The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection
Benefits at these properties may include complimentary room upgrades, complimentary meals, early check-in and late check-out, special discounts and credits and extra amenities.