Amtrak: Every 2 (or 3) Northeast Corridor Roundtrips Earns a Free Roundtrip

Amtrak is running a new promo (registration required) in the Northeast Corridor (from DC through New York and up to Boston).

  • Every 3 roundtrips or 6 one-ways on Acela Express from January 10 through March 19 will earn a free Acela Express roundtrip.

  • And every 2 roundtrips or 4 one-ways on Northeast Regional trains will earn a free Northeast Regional roundtrip.

They’ve clamped down the ability to buy ultra-cheap segments and redeem them expensively by setting a minimum qualifying fare of $85 each way on Acela and $49 each way on regional.

Free travel can be taken June 1 – August 31. And Acela award travel can’t take place before 9am or between 2pm and 6pm Monday through Friday, in other words more or less off-peak only.

Not a huge bonanza, but a plus for folks taking the train anyway as it’s a bonus on top of normal points earning.

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