Save Up to $300 On Cruise Excursions and More By Using This Travel Credit!

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SCUBA diving excursion in the Society Islands during a Paul Gauguin Cruise.
Exploring the beauiful waters near the Society Islands during a SCUBA diving excusion during a Paul Gauguin cruise! (©Christopher Carley)

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There’s a way you can earn back up to $300 on some purchases such as cruise excursions and other packages.

A Pleasant Surprise

While chatting with a very experienced cruiser, I discovered this person only recently discovered the Chase Sapphire Reserve®’s annual $300 travel credit works for excursions purchased through cruise lines.

And if this person didn’t know this little tidbit, then I’m pretty sure a few others are in the dark, too. So, let’s talk about it!

Chase Sapphire Reserve card members can earn up to $300 in statement credit each membership year (not calendar year) for eligible travel purchases charged to the card. (The statement credit can also be applied toward paying the card’s $550 annual fee.) Plus, travel purchases earn unlimited 3X Ultimate Rewards® points once the $300 threshold is reached.

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Speed Boat Tour and Snorkel Excursion in Cancun

What Counts As Travel on the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

A wide range of travel-related purchases code as travel. Airfares, hotels, and rental cars immediately come to mind for most of us. Rideshares, trains-subways, and taxi cabs also count. Some parking meters earned me 3X or some of the travel credit!

Per Chase, here’s the official word:

     Merchants in this category include airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, discount travel sites, campgrounds and operators of passenger trains, buses, taxis, limousines, ferries, toll bridges and highways, and parking lots and garages. Some merchants that provide transportation and travel-related services are not included in this category; for example, real estate agents, educational merchants arranging travel, in-flight goods and services, on-board cruise line goods and services, sightseeing activities, excursions, tourist attractions, RV and boat rentals, merchants within hotels and airports, public campgrounds and merchants that rent vehicles for the purpose of hauling. Purchases from gift card merchants or merchants that sell points or miles will not qualify in the travel category.

Let’s back up a minute. You might’ve noticed the “on-board cruise line goods and services, sightseeing activities, excursions” are explicitly mentioned in the “not included in this category” section.

Earning statement credit for a Norweigan Cruise Line excursion purchase.

If you want to earn the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel statement credit (or score 3X points), we recommend making excursion purchases (and other items such as drink packages, etc.) directly through the cruise line’s website prior to departure.

This could be a your-mileage-may-vary sort of thing, but you’re tempting fate by making these purchases on board and hoping they credit “correctly.”

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Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Image: ©Frequent Floaters)

Other Chase Sapphire Reserve Earnings and Benefits

The Chase Sapphire Reserve features a host of travel benefits and points earnings. In addition to the travel credit, you can enroll in Priority Pass Select and access more than 1,200 airport lounges around the world (and usually bring up to two guests with you).

Chase Sapphire Reserve members also have unlimited access to the growing networking Chase Sapphire Lounges by The Club. (A Los Angeles location was just announced.)

Plus, you can take advantage of Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection benefits at select properties.

    • Daily breakfast for two
    • Special benefit worth up to $100
      • i.e., resort credit, spa credit, etc. (determined by each property)
    • Complimentary WiFi
    • Room upgrade (if available)
    • Early check-in and late check-out (if available)

You also can take advantage of a one-time statement credit of up to $100 every four years for Global Entry, or TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS fee credit charged to your card.

Points earnings-wise, you earn:

  • 10X on hotels and car rentals purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 10X on Lyft purchases through March 2025
  • 10X on Chase dining purchases
  • 5X on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠ 
    • INCLUDING CRUISES, HELLO!
  • 10X on Peloton purchases
    • Purchases must be over $150
    • A maximum of 25,000 total points may be earned on this through March 31, 2025
  • 3X on dining
  • 3X on all other travel purchases
  • 1X all other purchases

You can redeem points for a 50% bonus when purchasing travel through Chase Travel℠!

Time to Set Sail

Booking excursions and making other purchases through a cruise line’s website before you depart on your trip should count toward your Chase Sapphire Reserve‘s annual $300 travel statement credit (or earn 3X points once you’ve already hit the $300 for the year).

Happy earning, cruising, and excursioning!

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