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  1. MisterToad

    Chase Sapphire Preffered - Changes to the program

    They actually removed the option to purchase points from the website last August. I guess you could still purchase them by calling. When you could buy them, they sold for 2.5 cents per point. You could purchase up to 5000 points per month.
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    Real Time Train Tracker

    I just use
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    Real Time Train Tracker

    The train tracker is looking for an HTTP Referer of There are browser plugins that allow you to specify the referer that you want to send to a particular site. I just tried one called Referer Control in Chrome that seems to work fine. If you want to try it, your...
  4. MisterToad

    Train status via text message

    TextMarks is discontinuing its free service on October 15, 2013, so after that date you will no longer be able to obtain train status via a text message to 41411. The 401-AMTRAK-1 service will continue to provide train status. Send a text message to 401-AMTRAK-1 (401-268-7251) containing...
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    AGR Redemption Guidelines

    AGR Insider did respond to that concern - For what it's worth, I redeemed points for a family bedroom a few minutes ago at the bedroom rate (25,000 points for a 1 zone trip).
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    American Express Points

    Go to Click the sign up button and fill out the form to create an account. On the right side of the screen is a list of loyalty programs. Click the add button next to Aeroplan. Click the add button next to Amtrak Guest Rewards. On the left side of the screen, Aeroplan...
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    American Express Points

    You exchange the points yourself from Aeroplan to AGR on Aeroplan has no involvement in the points transfer.
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    American Express Points

    The best way to transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to AGR that I've found is to transfer from Amex to Air Canada Aeroplan, and then exchange Aeroplan miles for AGR points on 25,000 Membership Rewards points become 25,000 Aeroplan miles, which become 14,166 AGR points.
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    Parking in Lynchburg

    Based on my past experience trying to park in Lynchburg, I would park in Roanoke or Bedford and take the SmartWay bus to the Lynchburg station ( Parking is free at the Roanoke Civic Center or Bedford Welcome Center, and the bus costs $4 each way. Parking...
  10. MisterToad

    Which Frequent Flier program gives AGR?

    Anyone can transfer 1:1 from SPG to AGR in 5000 point increments.
  11. MisterToad

    Earning AGR points...

    Yes, if you have the Sapphire Preferred card, you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points directly to United Mileage Plus.
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    Is there a points purchase discount available now...

    30% bonus through the end of the year.
  13. MisterToad

    Planning Advice

    I agree that flight options from the Bay Area are much more plentiful and generally less expensive than flights from Sacramento, but if you do happen to find a flight from Sacramento that works for you, there is a bus that runs hourly from downtown to the airport. It departs about 5 blocks away...
  14. MisterToad

    Forgot Text Message #.....

    I created the 41411 service first, using the free version of a service called TextMarks. In order to recoup the cost of providing the service for free, TextMarks adds an advertisement at the end of each message. The ads are not targeted to any particular user. The free version of TextMarks...
  15. MisterToad

    Train status via text message

    I just wanted to give an update on the 401-AMTRAK-1 service. Since my last post, there were still issues with the service not sending text messages consistently - it was only working about 75% of the time. However, a week ago I made some changes in how the service works, and in the last week...
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    Chase AGR card double points offer

    My wife and I both received an offer in the summer, and we both also received the new double points offer.
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    Train status via text message

    Thanks to everyone who has tested out the new service. I know some of you have gotten no response or a delayed response to your text messages - there have been some wrinkles that I've needed to iron out. I just put out an updated version that should hopefully have fixed most of the bugs.
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    Obtaining Current Train Status

    There's now an alternative available. See this thread for details.
  19. MisterToad

    Train status via text message

    As some of you know, I wrote a script that will provide the status of a train in response to a text message. You can send a text message containing amtrakstatus [station code] [train number] to 41411, and it will send you back the status of that train. For instance, amtrakstatus pdx 14 will...
  20. MisterToad

    Obtaining Current Train Status

    I'm currently looking into free/cheap alternatives to TextMarks. I'll let you know what I find.
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