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Amtrak point transfer from Chase Sapphire / Ultimate Rewards ending

by on Mon September 28, 2015 • 1 Comment
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This month, after a long relationship with Chase, Amtrak launched two new credit cards from Bank of America that earn Guest Rewards points.

And the old Chase Amtrak credit cards are being converted to generic Chase Freedom cards.

Now, today on Flyertalk, Amtrak has confirmed that Chase Ultimate Rewards points will no longer be transferable to Amtrak Guest Rewards points effective December 8th.

So December 7th will be the last day you can transfer points out of Ultimate Rewards into Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

This affects all Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer eligible cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Plus Business Card.

Are there other options?

Unfortunately there won’t be any backdoor ways to turn Chase Ultimate Rewards points into Amtrak points after December 7th. None of its hotel or airline programs offer direct transfer into Amtrak points (aside from using Points.com to convert IHG Club points into Amtrak points at a dismal exchange rate).

There are other programs that let you transfer points into Amtrak…

  • Starwood Preferred Guest lets you transfer at an even exchange of 5,000 Starwood points = 5,000 Amtrak points, and lets you transfer to dozens of other point programs as well.
  • Wyndham Rewards lets you transfer at a rate of 5:1, so 6,000 Wyndham points = 1,200 Amtrak points
  • Hilton HHonors has a pretty bad 6.7:1 exchange rate, so 10,000 Hilton points = 1,500 Amtrak points

And you can see more on Amtrak’s site.

Should you transfer now?

Amtrak is changing its rewards program in early 2016 in a way that will be generally bad if you like to use Amtrak points for expensive Sleeping Car tickets, and might be a bit better than today if you tend to use points for cheap tickets on the Northeast Regional trains.

We wouldn’t transfer out unless you have an award you are ready to book on the spot.

There will be plenty of options to build up more Amtrak points thanks to the two new Bank of America cards, though having all the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards as options will be missed.

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