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I wrote last week that today (Monday December 7th) is the last day to do an Amtrak transfer of Ultimate Rewards points to Amtrak Guest Rewards points.  Also, keep in mind that the Amtrak Guest Rewards program is changing in mid-January, so you’re running out of time to really capitalize on the sweet spots on the Amtrak zone map.

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After our Amtrak transfer, here’s the trip our family is taking

I know that I mentioned after our last Amtrak trip that I never wanted to travel Amtrak again but…. after calling in to get a refund for our (13 HOUR!) Amtrak delay, we ended up with $1150 in vouchers.  And while that was going to put a pretty good dent in ONE cash reservation, we decided that we wanted to travel all together, which necessitated a SEPARATE points booking as well.

For some reason, checking Award Wallet (one of my Top 10 miles and points tools), I had 11,000 Amtrak points in my account already.

We decided that we were going to take the Empire Builder train out to Seattle, which is a 2 zone trip

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As you can see for 2 zone travel, 2 roomettes cost the same as the bedroom – 40,000 points.  Since both will sleep 4, we decided to book 2 roomettes, which required an Ultimate Rewards transfer of 29,000 points

Calling to book travel after doing an Ultimate Rewards transfer to Amtrak

You actually have until mid-January to book travel under the existing Amtrak Guest Rewards (zone-based) system, so although I needed to transfer Ultimate Rewards to Amtrak this weekend (technically by Monday), I didn’t NEED to actually BOOK the points redemption then, though I ended up just booking it on Saturday.  I’ll share a little more details on the actual itinerary in an upcoming post – I just wanted to make sure

Are you doing an Amtrak transfer from Chase today?  Where are you heading on your trip?


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