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New Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard arriving Fall 2015

New Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard arriving Fall 2015

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Beginning September 12, 2015, two new Amtrak-branded credit cards are available through Bank of America:
  • World MasterCard (20K pts for $1K spend in 3 months; $79 AF, not waived)
  • Platinum MasterCard (12K pts for $1K spend in 3 months; no AF)
Both cards offer the following benefits:
  • Earn 1 AGR point for non-Amtrak purchases
  • Earn a bonus for Amtrak ticket and on-board purchases
    • World MC earns a total of 3 AGR pts/$
    • Platinum MC earns 2 AGR pts/$
  • Receive a 5% points rebate on award redemptions for Amtrak travel
  • No forex fee on purchases outside the US
  • Your AGR points will never expire as long as you hold either card
The World MasterCard offers these additional benefits:
  • Earn 2 AGR pts/$ on non-Amtrak travel purchases
    • Per the T&C, this includes "airlines, car rental agencies, hotels, motels, inns, resorts, steamship/cruise lines, and travel agencies"
    • Program Rules insert mailed with card by BofA states that eligible travel purchases do not include Merchant Category Codes (MCC) for
      • Passenger Railways (MCC 4112)
      • Transportation-Suburban and Local Commuter Passenger (4111)
      • Bus Lines (4131), or
      • Transportation Services not classified elsewhere (4789).
  • Earn 1,000 TQPs for every $5,000 in eligible purchases, up to 4,000 TQPs in any calendar year
    • Purchases are credited for the year of the statement on which they are billed. For an account that closes on the 20th of each month, purchases after Dec. 20 will count in the following year.
  • On account opening, receive a single-day pass for access to ClubAcela, Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge or First class lounges
    • Per T&C, "ClubAcela pass valid for bearer and one guest, or bearer's spouse/domestic partner and children under the age of 21. No same-day ticket required for use."
  • On account opening and at each anniversary renewal, receive a Companion Coupon and One-Class Upgrade
    • "Companion Coupon valid for one (1) free companion rail fare with the purchase of one (1) regular (full) adult rail fare. Free companion and paying passenger must reserve at the same time and travel together at all times. Valid for travel as one (1) one-way or one (1) roundtrip on one reservation per coupon. For roundtrip usage, both directions of travel must be reserved at the same time. Travel blackout dates apply."
      • Blackout dates for 2016: Jan. 2-3; Feb. 12; Feb. 15; Mar. 24-25; Mar. 28; May 27; May 30; Jul. 1; Jul. 4; Sept. 2; Sept. 5; Oct. 10; Nov. 22-23; Nov. 26-28; Dec. 21-24; Dec. 26-30.
      • Blackout dates for 2017: Jan. 1-2; Feb. 17; Feb. 20; Apr. 13-14; Apr. 17; May 26; May 29; Sept. 1; Sept. 4; Oct. 9; Nov. 21-22; Nov. 24-27; [other dates TBD].
      "Regular (full) adult rail fare" excludes Senior/AAA/etc. discount fares. AGR Insider has asserted at one time that "full fare" includes Saver & other unrestricted fares, but two separate FTer reports indicate that Saver fares are in fact excluded.
    • "One-Class Upgrade Coupon valid for one (1) space-available, one-way, one-class upgrade. Valid only from Coach to Business class, or from Acela Business class to Acela First class, on a single travel segment or leg. Not valid for upgrade to sleeping car accommodations. Travel blackout dates apply."
If my application is not instantly approved, is there a special contact number for Bank of America?
Try calling 888-221-6262 or 866-811-4108. (M-F 8am-7pm EST)
When will I receive my World MC Companion Coupon/Upgrade Coupon/ClubAcela Pass?
"Companion Coupon and One-Class Upgrade Coupon are available online through your Amtrak Guest Rewards account. Your ClubAcela pass will be mailed to you within 2 weeks of account opening."
How soon will my AGR points post after I complete the required spend?
Bank of America transfers your signup bonus points to Amtrak a day or two after the end of the monthly billing cycle in which you complete the required spend.
Are these cards churnable?
TBD
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Old Aug 7, 15, 11:01 am
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New Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard arriving Fall 2015

The new Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® credit card arrives Fall 2015. More information will be coming soon about the new benefits and features that will make our card even more rewarding.

If you have the Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® credit card from Chase, you can continue to use your card and will continue to earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points. You will receive communication in advance prior to any changes being made to your Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card from Chase.

Anthony Rizos
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Amtrak
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Old Aug 7, 15, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by AGR Insider View Post
The new Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® credit card arrives Fall 2015. More information will be coming soon about the new benefits and features that will make our card even more rewarding.

If you have the Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® credit card from Chase, you can continue to use your card and will continue to earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points. You will receive communication in advance prior to any changes being made to your Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card from Chase.

Anthony Rizos
Director, Member Experience Solutions
Amtrak
Washington, D.C.
Thank you Anthony!
I hope it is a 1.5 to 2x card
10% rebate I'm hopeful for too.
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Old Aug 7, 15, 11:32 am
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Is it still a Chase product?
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Old Aug 7, 15, 11:33 am
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Is it still a Chase product?
My guess is no, based on the wording of his statement…
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Old Aug 7, 15, 11:39 am
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My guess is no, based on the wording of his statement…
My guess is Citi. They've done a bit of partner raiding lately. AGR would bolster the TY points program, which seems like even more incentive for Citi to make a winning offer.
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Old Aug 7, 15, 12:37 pm
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I'm hoping that there is a small chance it's a Barclays or BOA product! I'm mostly Chased out and close to maxed out with Citi
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Old Aug 7, 15, 12:44 pm
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This would be terrible for me if it really is a move away from Chase and it also means that Chase Ultimate Reward points will no longer be transferrable 1:1 to AGR points.
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Old Aug 7, 15, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by AGR Insider View Post
You will receive communication in advance prior to any changes being made to your Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card from Chase.

Anthony Rizos
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Does this include advance notice of any changes to Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer options?
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Old Aug 7, 15, 1:14 pm
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Does this include advance notice of any changes to Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer options?
This. We need to know this before it stops.
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Old Aug 7, 15, 1:49 pm
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This. We need to know this before it stops.
Same It will change $10,000 trip I have planned (thats 20,000 AGR points) to sapphire preferred
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Old Aug 7, 15, 2:50 pm
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read here too link

don't know why it was necessary to create a new tread


also I've received a snail-mail from Amtrak that if I'd go to my AGR account and subscribe to e-mails they will give me 500 pts
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Old Aug 7, 15, 5:35 pm
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don't know why it was necessary to create a new tread
Easy -- the older thread was rumor-based; this one is based on facts, from "the horse's mouth."
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Old Aug 7, 15, 5:51 pm
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This. We need to know this before it stops.
Another request for a heads up of the Ultimate Rewards transfer is going to go away.
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Old Aug 8, 15, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by AGR Insider View Post
You will receive communication in advance prior to any changes being made to your Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card from Chase.
My plan when getting this card was to keep it forever. I am doubting that will be possible in the future based on above comment and Amtrak shutting down the former BOA card. Holding out (very slim) hope that we can keep our current card like we are able to Barclay's US Air/AA MC.

Perhaps reading/speculating too much into it, but it appears to me it will be another issuer for the new card. My guess like others is that it is Citi but prefer it to be Barclay or BOA if not Chase.
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Old Aug 8, 15, 5:55 pm
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read here too link

don't know why it was necessary to create a new tread


also I've received a snail-mail from Amtrak that if I'd go to my AGR account and subscribe to e-mails they will give me 500 pts
I got that 500 point notice in the mail as well

http://www.pointswithacrew.com/500-b...ails-targeted/
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