AGR Credit Card change (October 2022)

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MccfamschoolMom

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Points earned for purchases on the card should show up in your AGR account on Amtrak.com a day or 2 after the FNBO statement is available on their website. Points earned directly from Amtrak (like for completed travel) have nothing to do with FNBO statement dates.
Mine shows credit card points earned 12/08/22 but not 1/8/23 which were indeed posted. Log in to your AGR account and take a look. The e-statement is not necessarily up-to-date.
Just logged into my AGR account, and it isn't showing any transactions since 12/22/22. The Amtrak tickets were purchased with the FNBO card on 1/6/23. The transaction appears in my FNBO account on their website, but no points showing yet from that transaction in my AGR account on that website - which is why I assume the points (including the bonus points) will post at the end of the current billing period.
 

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Just logged into my AGR account, and it isn't showing any transactions since 12/22/22. The Amtrak tickets were purchased with the FNBO card on 1/6/23. The transaction appears in my FNBO account on their website, but no points showing yet from that transaction in my AGR account on that website - which is why I assume the points (including the bonus points) will post at the end of the current billing period.
Yes, they only post after the statement is “cut”.
 

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Well here’s a fun fact…. I went to buy a bottle of wine and used the AGR card, which has been working fine since I received it in October. The card was declined as being “prohibited for this type of merchant” or language to that effect. So the card is a prude and won’t work in a NY liquor store. Go figure 🤷🏻‍♀️

ETA: Must be the specific store not taking reward cards, hubby said he recently used his card at a different liquor store and it worked fine.
 
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Bob Dylan

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Well here’s a fun fact…. I went to buy a bottle of wine and used the AGR card, which has been working fine since I received it in October. The card was declined as being “prohibited for this type of merchant” or language to that effect. So the card is a prude and won’t work in a NY liquor store. Go figure 🤷🏻‍♀️

ETA: Must be the specific store not taking reward cards, hubby said he recently used his card at a different liquor store and it worked fine.
😱WOW, they must not want to pay the % ( Vigorish) thar Card Companies charge Merchants for Credit Transactions.( there's places here that give Discounts for paying Cash, mostly Mom and Pops but Gas Stations do this too!)
 

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My wife reports the local Chicago suburban Jewel Foods (big supermarket chain) cashier machines reject her AGR card every time and she has to use another card. We use the AGR card for everything else and it works fine. Can't figure out why Jewel hates AGR. In another development, In our neck of the woods more and more businesses are going cashless only and the city council of the suburb where we live is planning to make that illegal because it discriminates against poor people with no credit.
 

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😱WOW, they must not want to pay the % ( Vigorish) thar Card Companies charge Merchants for Credit Transactions.( there's places here that give Discounts for paying Cash, mostly Mom and Pops but Gas Stations do this too!)

I once wondered out loud why more businesses don't offer discounts for cash, and my former neighbor (who managed DC's three public golf courses on behalf of the National Park Service) pointed out that cash, too, has costs. It poses a risk of theft, both violently (from the public) and quietly (from in-house), has to be counted, has to be transported to the bank. Food for thought.

As a former church treasurer, too, I remember that we had all sorts of protocols about handling the weekly cash collection; basically having two ushers lock it up securely, then two "counters" unlocking it and ensuring nobody was alone with it till tallied and verified. Frankly it was a chore. Checks and automatic bank transfers were simpler. I don't think we took the AGR card ;).
 
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My wife reports the local Chicago suburban Jewel Foods (big supermarket chain) cashier machines reject her AGR card every time and she has to use another card. We use the AGR card for everything else and it works fine. Can't figure out why Jewel hates AGR. In another development, In our neck of the woods more and more businesses are going cashless only and the city council of the suburb where we live is planning to make that illegal because it discriminates against poor people with no credit.
I shop at Jewel often (1-2 times a week, at a city and a suburban location) using my AGR card. The machine usually gives a chip-misread error the first time, but I wipe it on my coat (sometimes reject-and-wipe twice) and it invariably goes through. It never occurred to me that it could be anything BUT a chip misread. ;)
 

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Haven't yet received my January statement from FNBO yet, but expecting it soon -- because the latest email from AGR this morning showed the 12K bonus points I had earned for buying roundtrip tickets on the California Zephyr earlier this month (plus the points for the dollar amount of the ticket price). Hubby has suggested that we redeem points by buying Son #1 a ticket on the Amtrak route of his choice (as a solo journey later this year). I assume this would be OK, as long as I make the purchase-with-points on his behalf?
 

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I believe you have to speak with an AGR representative. If you book online, the names on the ticket and the AGR account must match. (I think.)

I know that if a voucher is redeemed online, the name has to be same on ticket and voucher.

Sorry admins, I know this is not a credit card question, but a points redemption question. Please move if neccessary.
 

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I believe you have to speak with an AGR representative. If you book online, the names on the ticket and the AGR account must match. (I think.)

I know that if a voucher is redeemed online, the name has to be same on ticket and voucher.
So there is a workaround to do as hubby has suggested, but with a little more work involved than booking tickets online by oneself. The only other alternative I can think of would be for our son to order the tickets online (with or without his own AGR account) and use our FNBO AGR credit card as the payment method. (Probably wouldn't do that, though, as it'll take long enough to pay off the charge for our own CZ tickets, even after doing a balance transfer to a 0% interest credit card.)
 

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I shop at Jewel often (1-2 times a week, at a city and a suburban location) using my AGR card. The machine usually gives a chip-misread error the first time, but I wipe it on my coat (sometimes reject-and-wipe twice) and it invariably goes through. It never occurred to me that it could be anything BUT a chip misread. ;)
Jewel works fine for me by tapping my AGR card. I have never tried inserting to use the chip.
 
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