Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
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The Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard from Bank of America is now offering 30,000 bonus points.
This deal, spotted by Reddit users, is up from the 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, including the annual fee, returns and adjustments) that post to your account within 90 days of the account open date. Cash advances and balance transfers do not apply for purposes of this offer. 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.
Here are other details about the card…
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 cash 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, though 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 the very cheapest ‘Saver’ fares.
Even if you don’t live in the Northeast, there’s great value to be had from Amtrak points.
In California, local trains from Oakland to Sacramento and Los Angeles to San Diego are pretty consistently available for less than 1,500 points, which can get you over 15 rides with just one sign on bonus. That nets you almost 3 cents per point in value compared to the cash price of around $40 for a Los Angeles to San Diego trip.
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.
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