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As I was making an Amtrak reservation last night, I stumbled on an increased offer for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard that includes the usual 20K points after minimum spend but also sweetens the deal with a $100 statement credit after meeting the same spending requirement. Amtrak is a niche program, but for those who value the points this increases the value of the offer nicely (though we have in the past seen it as high as 40K + statement credit).
The Offer & Key Card Details
|Card Offer and Details|
30K points + 2x coupons ⓘ Non-Affiliate
30K points after $1K spend in the first 3 billing cycles + 2 companion certificates, 2 upgrade certificates and 2 lounge passes$99 Annual Fee
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Earning rate: ✦ 3X Amtrak ✦ 2X qualifying travel, dining, transit, and rideshare ✦ 1X elsewhere
Card Info: Mastercard World issued by Other. This card has no foreign transaction fees.
Big spend bonus: Earn 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points towards elite status for each $5K spent in a calendar year. Limit 4,000 TQPs per year. Ability to transfer up to 25,000 points to hotel partners after $20K calendar year spend.
Noteworthy perks: ✦ 5% Amtrak Guest Rewards point rebate on redemptions ✦ Complimentary companion coupon ✦ One-Class Upgrade and a single-day ClubAcela pass each year. ✦ 20% rebate for onboard food & beverage purchases as a statement credit
See also: Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card review
Until about two years ago, I’m not sure I’d ever been on an Amtrak train despite the romanticized image in my mind of what train travel is like. I love the idea of train travel, it just doesn’t frequently meet my needs. Still, I’ve taken the train a few times in these past couple of years and really enjoyed it.
Amtrak points are decently valuable, yielding up to 2.9c each toward fares, so this welcome bonus is quite valuable compared to the minimum spend required. The addition of the statement credit more than offsets the $79 annual fee for the first year, which is a nice bonus.
Keep in mind that we have occasionally seen an offer for 40K on this card, so if you don’t need the points for a near-term use you may want to wait and see if that offer returns.
Amtrak points can be interesting even for those not interested in train travel, though it’ll require you do get spendy on your Amtrak card. See: Loyalty alchemy. Turn Amtrak coal into United gold, and more….