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30,000 point Amtrak credit card bonus for some – get $800+ in value

by on Thu October 27, 2016 • 2 Comments


Update – this deal expired on December 31, 2016. See the latest offer here.

The Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard from Bank of America is offering some members a limited offer of 30,000 bonus points.

That’s up from the usual 20,000 points the card typically offers.

You get the points after you make $1,000 or more in purchases on your new card within 90 days of account opening.

“You will qualify for 30,000 bonus points if you use the World MasterCard® account to make any combination of Purchase transactions totaling at least $1,000 (exclusive of any fees, returns and adjustments) that post to your account within 90 days of the account open date. Limit 1 bonus points offer per new account. This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer. Other advertised promotional bonus points offers can vary from this promotion and may not be substituted. Applications must be received by December 31, 2016 to qualify for this offer.”

This deal is supposed to be targeted to select members, but you can try this link to see the details and an application page.

Here are other details about the card…

  • To welcome you to your new card, you’ll also receive a complimentary Companion Coupon, One-Class Upgrade and a single-day ClubAcela® pass for access to ClubAcela, Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge® or First class lounges upon account opening
  • Get a 5% Amtrak Guest Rewards point rebate when you book your Amtrak redemption travel.
  • 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs) every time you make at least $5,000 in purchases in a calendar year, up to 4,000 TQPs
  • $79 annual fee
  • There’s no limit to how many points you can earn and you can redeem them when you want since your points will not expire as long as your card account is open.
  • No foreign transaction fees

The upfront $79 fee isn’t cheap.

But you get the companion coupon, upgrade, and club pass upfront as well – you don’t have to wait for your card anniversary to get them.

The real deal here though is in the value of the points.

Amtrak points are based on the price of a train ticket, and generally they’re worth about 2.5 to 3 cents each toward rail fare. For example 30,000 points can get you around 10 one way trips in Coach from New York to Washington, D.C. at current fares.


That can save you over $800 on trains that don’t have the cheapest fares available…which is pretty often on weekends and peak weekday times. On trains with the very lowest ‘Saver’ fares your points don’t go as far to save you cash, because Amtrak calculates the points price on the somewhat higher ‘Value’ fare, but you can still squeeze out about $500 in value from the bonus if you tend to only ride trains with ‘Saver’ fares.


If you used to hold an Amtrak credit card from Chase and have been on the sidelines, now is a great time to give the card a try.




Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
Learn more

Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived


Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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