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Michigan Mom

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There's an email that gets sent shortly after the points bookings, that tells you how many points are redeemed, and, that you also get a 5% bonus put back in your points balance, which has been the standard procedure for a long time (I think...).
In terms of future significance, who the heck knows... I can't see them encouraging people to use points if they are planning to devalue the program. They'd make more money NOT doing this. I'm thinking it encourages people with points to book travel so they can get some accurate idea of what they can charge over the next year. Also Sept Oct are lighter months for leisure travelers so bookings might be down on some routes. Airlines also look at future bookings - which I felt was somewhat misguided and not keeping up with trends of last minute purchases. However it might make more sense for train customers, many of whom do seem to be able to plan trips far in advance. So I'm wondering if this has more to do with what they can charge, as opposed to, what they might be planning for the rewards program.
 

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It appears to be available to everyone, although Amtrak does little to identify affected trips other than showing lower points prices. Such a weird company.
I heard about the promotion via a post on The Points Guy blog (notified about via daily emails from TPG). The discounted fares are limited to travel before 09/30/2022, though, which isn't enough lead time for the hubby and I to plan trips (since we both still work and have to plan time off around his court dates as an attorney).
 

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I heard about the promotion via a post on The Points Guy blog (notified about via daily emails from TPG). The discounted fares are limited to travel before 09/30/2022, though, which isn't enough lead time for the hubby and I to plan trips (since we both still work and have to plan time off around his court dates as an attorney).
Read prior posts. Some members have reported success booking travel beyond that date. It's worth a try if you have the points now and are ready to book online. But you only have a few more days to book.
 

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I heard about the promotion via a post on The Points Guy blog (notified about via daily emails from TPG). The discounted fares are limited to travel before 09/30/2022, though, which isn't enough lead time for the hubby and I to plan trips (since we both still work and have to plan time off around his court dates as an attorney).
I was emailed the promotion directly from Amtrak. See Post #5 of this thread.

Even within the terms of the offer the numerous wiggle words and lack of confirmation mean we have no way of knowing which specific trips are affected.

Because Amtrak does nothing to confirm affected trips we can only go by the point cost, and it appears to affect far more than the advertised travel period.
 
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