Amtrak 5th Year Anniversary Bonus Promotion, Including Free Points

Amtrak is offering three bonuses for its 5th anniversary.

  • 200 points for registering for the promotion.

  • 2400 points for earning Amtrak Guest Rewards points with three partners by June 30.

  • 2400 points for spending $3000 on the Amtrak Guest Rewards Mastercard between April 15 and June 30.

The 200 points are a free gimme.

If you have the Amtrak credit card, $3000 in spending over two and a half months is easy to qualify for for most. I used to highly recommend the Amtrak credit card as indispensable because it has no annual fee, it charged only 1% on foreign currency transactions, and Amtrak points could be transferred 1:1 into United. However, Amtrak pulled the plug on United transferred and MBNA is increasing the foreign exchange transaction fee to 3%. I no longer recommend acquiring this card for most circumstances — but if you have it anyway it’s a good bonus.


Bonus points for partners are a bit more difficult since the number of Amtrak partners is small. If you’re not a Starwood elite member but are likely to have a hotel stay, you can credit your stay to Amtrak. Then credit a Hertz car rental to Amtrak. Then earn Amtrak points on a Hilton stay and you’ve earned your bonus. You can also use RewardsMall as a partner. But going out of your way to sign up for Nextel or Earthlink just for this 2400 point bonus doesn’t really seem worth it to me — perhaps for a bigger bonus like Northwest’s annual Fly Free Faster promotion.

(Hat tip to Free Frequent Flyer Miles.)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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