Travel Credit Reminder: CSR, Amex Platinum, Citi Prestige, and Other Travel Credit Cards

Last year around December 2016, a handful of subscribers commented that they completely forgot to use their travel credits. By the time they realized this, it was already too late. 

Chase Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Sapphire Reserve has a $300 travel credit. Depending on when you applied, the travel credit is either based on the calendar year or your cardmember year.

If you are an existing CSR cardholder that applied before May 21, 2017, your travel credit is based on the calendar year. Important: the calendar year is calculated when your December statement closes, which could be as early as the first of the month. After the statement closes, you will not have access to the 2017 credit. Also, be sure to include some buffer time for pending transactions to settle. 

If you applied for the CSR after May 21, 2017, then your travel credit is based on your cardmember year schedule. 

To see how much travel credit you have left, login to your Ultimate Rewards portal and the balance should be displayed. 

American Express Platinum and PRG

The Amex Platinum has a $200 airline incidental credit, and the PRG has a $100 credit. The airline incidental credits for both cards function the same way.

If you haven't used it yet, you need to login to your American Express account and select an airline.

On a side note, if you don't have the Amex Platinum or PRG and want to see if you're targeted for any special offers, check out our post about CardMatch here

The travel credits for 2017 are on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31, 2017. Be sure to make the transactions a few days before the deadline, so they have time to post. 

Chase Ritz-Carlton

The Chase Ritz-Carlton has a $300 airline incidental credit that can be used towards upgrades and baggage fees. The credits are on a calendar year basis and expire at the end of the year. 

FNBO Travelite

The FNBO Travelite card comes with a $100 travel incidental credit that is based on a calendar year. 

CNB Crystal

The CNB Crystal card offers $250 travel incidental credits that are based on the calendar year for the primary cardholder, as well as $250 in credits for each authorized user.

Be sure to use the credits before December 31, 2017. 

Bank of America Premium Rewards

The Bank of America Premium Rewards card comes with a $100 airline incidental credit, and it's based on the calendar year. There is some speculation that it may expire at when your December statement closes, so be sure to check and use it asap. 

Citi Prestige

The Citi Prestige comes with a $250 airline credit based on the calendar year. The credits expire when your December statement closes. Be sure to give some leeway time for pending charges to post.