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It’s no secret that the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of the best travel credit cards on the market. Aside from benefits like a $300 travel credit, Global Entry fee reimbursement, and 3x points on dining and travel, there’s a reason this card is better than the rest. Chase Sapphire Reserve offers travel protection benefits that go above and beyond the benefits of most other travel cards. Here’s a breakdown of the travel benefits included with Chase Sapphire Reserve card membership.

Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance
Jury Duty
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Trip cancellation provides reimbursement if you have to cancel travel arrangements, and trip interruption reimburses for events that disrupt your trip or fees incurred by having the set a new departure date. You can receive up to $10,000 per covered trip with a maximum limit of $20,000 per occurrence and $40,000 per year. This is all pretty vague so here are some examples of what might be covered:

  • Sickness or death
  • Weather
  • Jury duty

This benefit is great because it covers not only the cardmember, but the cardmember’s immediate family, even if they aren’t traveling together. You can receive reimbursement for prepaid, non-refundable expenses including airfare, tours, and hotels! That’s a pretty good reason to book any and all travel with your Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Baggage Delay Insurance

If you like to check a bag when flying, this is an important benefit for you. If your bag is delayed for more than six hours, you can receive reimbursement of up to $100 per day for 5 days for the purchase of essential items like toiletries and clothing. This applies for airlines, buses, cruise ships, and trains! This benefit covers the cardholder and their immediate family members.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement

This benefit provides reimbursement for costs incurred for repairing or replacing checked or carry-on luggage that was damaged, lost, or stolen during a covered trip on an airline, bus, cruise ship, or train. The cardholder and immediate family members (even if traveling without the cardholder) can received up to $3,000 per insured person per trip. This includes coverage for jewelry, watches, and electronics up to $500 per person.

Trip Delay Reimbursement

This is another benefit that can make unforeseen travel hiccups a little more bearable. If your trip (airline, bus, cruise ship, or train) is delayed more than 6 hours or requires an overnight stay, you can receive up to $500 per purchased ticket for expenses including meals, lodging, toiletries, and medication. This benefit covers the cardholder, cardholder’s spouse, and dependent children under age 22.

Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
Chase Sapphire Reserve in Box
It looks cool AND provides amazing benefits. What can’t the CSR do?

This benefit isn’t as financially useful as some of the others, but could come in handy if you if find yourself in a situation where you have no clue what to do. By calling the assistance services line, you can receive free assistance or referrals for various situations. Some of the services include:

  • Emergency message service for relaying information to travelers, family members, or business associates
  • Medical referral including English-speaking doctors, dentists, and hospitals
  • Legal referrals for English-speaking attorneys and U.S. embassies and consulates
  • Help with emergency transportation home or to a medical facility
  • Valuable document delivery arrangements

You still have to pay for the service yourself, but the phone line can help connect you to services that you otherwise might not know how to access.

Travel Accident Insurance

This benefit is a little morbid and I hope nobody actually has to use it. This benefit offers two types of accident insurance: Common Carrier Travel Accident Insurance and 24-Hour Travel Accident Insurance. Both provide coverage for accidental death or dismemberment, or a combined loss of speech, sight, or hearing experienced on a trip for the cardholder and immediate family members (even if the cardholder is not traveling with them). Common Carrier Insurance kicks in if the accident occurs when entering, exiting, or riding on an airline, bus, train, or cruise ship while 24 Hour Insurance provides coverage beginning on the departure date printed on an airline ticket and ends on the return date. With Common Carrier Insurance, you can receive up to $1,000,000 for loss of life and a percentage of the loss of life benefit for all other covered accidents. For the 24 Hour Insurance, the maximum payout is $100,000.

Emergency Evacuation & Transportation

If your trip includes travel on a common carrier (i.e., airline, bus, cruise ship, or train), you can receive up to $100,000 for emergency evacuation and transportation if you are injured or become ill. This benefit is included for the cardholder, their spouse, and legally dependent children under age 18 (or 25 if a full-time student at an accredited institution). In order to use this benefit, the situation has to be an emergency (think, helicopter ambulance) rather than travel to seek medical treatment.

Emergency Medical and Dental Benefit

If your trip includes travel on an airline, bus, cruise ship, or train, you can receive reimbursement for eligible medical expenses for emergency treatments that are not covered by your medical insurance. This benefit is included for the cardholder, their spouse, and legally dependent children under age 18 (or 25 if a full-time student at an accredited institution). Coverage of up to $2,500 (with a $50 deductible) includes services by a physician, surgeon, nurse, or dentist, hospital charges, and charges for medications, exams or treatments, labs, and ambulance services. You can also receive up to $75 per day for a hotel room if your physician determines you cannot travel immediately. Again, this benefit is only for emergency services, so you can’t decide to get your wisdom teeth out while you’re traveling just to have insurance cover it. However, I think this situation may count as an emergency…

Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver

With this benefit, you can save money by waiving the auto rental collision damage coverage offered by your car rental agency. You can receive reimbursement of up to $75,000 for damage due to collision or theft for the cardholder (listed as the primary renter) and any additional drivers on the rental agreement.

Roadside Assistance

No AAA, no problem! Chase Sapphire Reserve provides drivers with 24/7 roadside assistance when driving in the U.S. and Canada. This benefit only covers $50 per service event (up to 4 times per year), but it can be useful if you’re in a pinch. Services include battery boost, flat tire, fuel delivery, towing, and lockout assistance

 Final Thoughts

While I’ve been lucky enough to not need to use any of the above benefits, it’s nice to know that my Chase Sapphire Reserve can provide unparalleled travel reimbursement and protection in the event that something in my well-planned vacation goes wrong. By using the Chase Sapphire Reserve to book your vacation, you can rest assured that you won’t be out tons of money if something were to delay or cancel your trip. You also can feel safer knowing you have options in the event of a medical emergency.

Have you used any of the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel protection benefits?

2 thoughts on “Why You Should Always Book Expensive Vacations with Chase Sapphire Reserve”

  1. When you’re traveling on points is there a credit card you should put the purchases on? (taxes, airport fees, etc.) to get these benefits or are they only for paid travel?

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