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Travel is still on hold for most people, and almost every major travel company is trying to help customers, in at least some small way.  I just received an email from Amtrak that hopefully helps me (and some of you!).

Amtrak has opted to extend your points, coupons, and tier status:

  • All active coupons in your account will remain active through December 31, 2020.
  • Any Guest Rewards points you have are safe through December 31, 2020.  Make sure you have some activity on your account between now and the end of the year though, or you’ll lose them!
  • Tier Status has been extended for an additional year, through February 28, 2022.  Any status you currently have will get you through all of 2021 and the first two months of 2022.

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This is good news for Amtrak travelers.  Though to be honest, I would have liked to see the coupons extended further.  I won’t be doing much traveling the rest of this year, but we’ll see what happens.

Like many of you, I received my Amtrak coupons from holding one of the Amtrak co-branded cards from Bank of America.  Currently, the Amtrak Guest Rewards Mastercard offers an annual Companion Coupon, One-Class Upgrade, and Amtrak Lounge Pass.  These are all issued upon card opening, and again with each year’s renewal.

(Check out Dan’s review of the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago’s Union Station from a few years back!)

Have you guys traveled by train recently?  In response to COVID concerns, Amtrak has instituted additional cleaning measures and has blocked some seats, similar to airlines.  I really enjoy train travel – how about a trip on the Nor-Easter or the Vermonter to see some New England foliage?

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