Old Sep 12, 15, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Which begs the question, since the blog got that wrong, what does it mean by $20000 spend, does it mean $20000 spend on Amtrak travel, or on anything? Or does it have any of the facts right?
Let's go straight to the horse's mouth (now that the horse is publicly speaking, to awkwardly extend the metaphor). The new BofA $79 AF card terms state:

Points transfer. Members that are active cardholders of the Amtrak Guest Rewards® World MasterCard® issued by Bank of America with an annual Net Retail spend on the card of $20,000 or more per calendar year may redeem up to 25,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points per calendar year for hotel points and Audience Rewards points.
So, yeah, the $20K general spend requirement is definitely a significant, onerous change from the current terms, which require $200 in Amtrak spend:

Only Members with Amtrak Guest Rewards Select, Select Plus or Select Executive tier and Members that are active cardholders of the Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® issued by Chase Bank with an Amtrak travel spend on the card of over $200 per calendar year may redeem for hotel points and Audience Rewards points.
In any case, I'll be sitting all this out until the apparent IT issues are resolved with this rollout.
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