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Amtrak Guest Rewards is moving towards a revenue based program. As part of this overall revamp, redemptions will be based on the cost of the ticket and not their previous zone map. While some regional tickets may actually decrease in cost, long haul sleeper train service will become much more expensive when redeeming points.
Last year Amtrak dumped Chase as their co-branded credit card partner in favor of Bank of America. As part of that transition Ultimate Rewards points no longer transfer over to Amtrak. I know a lot of you speculatively transferred points over to Amtrak before the cutoff date. If you did that, keep in mind that starting on Sunday January 24, 2015 the new program kicks in.
This means that if you are looking to book long-haul Amtrak sleeper tickets then you need to do it before Sunday. If you forgot about how Amtrak’s old Rewards system works I have you covered. For more information on searching and booking under the old program (which is good through Saturday), see: A Complete Guide to Booking Train Travel with Amtrak Guest Rewards.
In 2014 my son and I took both the Coast Starlight and Empire Builder long haul trains. You can find my review here. We really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to take another trip this year with the points I transferred over from Chase before the cutoff date. With so much on my plate I still haven’t booked our trip so I better get to it before it’s too late!
If you haven’t yet booked your train tickets under Amtrak’s old program then now is the time to do it. The new program takes effect on Sunday January 24, 2016 so you only have a couple of days before your points will be worth significantly less for sleeper trains. Thankfully Amtrak makes it easy to search and book so you do have plenty of time. Just don’t wait too long!
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