Amtrak Weighs Shifting Credit-Card Portfolio Away From BofA

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Selfishly, I hope whatever negotiations happen, the end result is that somehow I'm able to transfer my Capital One points over to Amtrak. It's not an option now, and I kind of doubt it would happen, but with the Venture X card that I have now the ability to transfer those points over to Amtrak would be amazing.

I do wonder if Amtrak wants to go back to Chase or not. They do a lot of travel cards, but I'm not sure Chase would be clamoring to get the accounts. Maybe Citi or Barclays?
 
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Hmmm....my move from Chase to BofA was pretty trouble-free.
Mine was anything but. I seriously considered just canceling the whole thing. As it turns out I did retain the old Chase AGR card in the form of a Chase Freedom Card, which is what it was converted to by Chase.
 
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Mine was anything but. I seriously considered just canceling the whole thing. As it turns out I did retain the old Chase AGR card in the form of a Chase Freedom Card, which is what it was converted to by Chase.
The "replacement" BofA card had a lower credit limit than the Chase card (which I also retained - it became Freedom).
That gave me two Chase cards. When Chase wanted to close one of the cards, I was able to close it and that credit limit was added to the limit on the remaining card. Still have that card!
 

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Mine was anything but. I seriously considered just canceling the whole thing. As it turns out I did retain the old Chase AGR card in the form of a Chase Freedom Card, which is what it was converted to by Chase.
Ditto.
 

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Amtrak is considering ending its credit-card partnership with Bank of America
Oh, please? Pretty please? BofA is the only reason I don't have an Amtrak card.

I do wonder if Amtrak wants to go back to Chase or not. They do a lot of travel cards, but I'm not sure Chase would be clamoring to get the accounts. Maybe Citi or Barclays?
Barclays gets my vote. I have a Wyndham card with them, they are very easy to deal with. I have dealt with both Chase and Citi and would prefer not to again.
 

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BofA works fine for me but then I do have other accounts with them. But I’d be ok with a switch back to Chase where I have some airline cards.
 

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I find BofA's on-line payment system clunky. That is partly because it assumes that I should have other BofA accounts linked to it. I just want to pay my bill on time!
True, their credit card system is the only one of my recurring billers that won't automatically "pull" a monthly payment via an ACH transaction. Even when paying from a BofA checking account, you have to go into their Bill Pay system and set it up as an e-bill triggered "push" transaction.
 

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My BofA Amtrak card is set up to automatically pull my payment from my Chase Checking account.
 

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I never made the move to BoA, sticking with Chase Sapphire (and then Marriott when I started traveling heavily for work). I'd consider picking up a Chase card if that's where they go back to (being able to move points into Amtrak again would be mega awesome).
 
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I wonder if they will manage to screw up the transfer as bad as they did from Chase to BoA. 🤔
I don't recall having any particular problem with the transfer but it seems that it was several months between the time that the Chase Amtrak program was cancelled and the Bank of America program started. The transfer seemed to have taken far longer than it should have.
 

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My BofA Amtrak card is set up to automatically pull my payment from my Chase Checking account.
Must be hidden someplace. I just went to the website, and I still can't find "automatic payments" anywhere. At the very least, it's bad website design.

When I click on "Make Payment", it only shows my BofA checking as a source, and only offers a 1-time payment. When I click on "Make Transfer", it also shows only BofA accounts.
 

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Must be hidden someplace. I just went to the website, and I still can't find "automatic payments" anywhere. At the very least, it's bad website design.

When I click on "Make Payment", it only shows my BofA checking as a source, and only offers a 1-time payment. When I click on "Make Transfer", it also shows only BofA accounts.
BofA has the clunkiest web site for its credit cards of any that I use.

I did figure it out once how to set up my Chase Checking account as the source to pull from, though I don't think I can figure it out easily again. Maybe the fact that the BofA AGR card is my only relationship with BofA helped since they did not have anything to auto link to.

At one time my Home Mortgage was sold to BofA and they tried their darndest to get me to open a BofA account to link to. I persisted and got the payment linked back to my Chase Checking account. At the first opportunity I refinanced with a mortgage from Chase. So if the BofA AGR card goes that would end my mostly unwanted relationship with this miserable outfit.
 
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BofA has the clunkiest web site for its credit cards of any that I use.

I did figure it out once how to set up my Chase Checking account as the source to pull from, though I don't think I can figure it out easily again. Maybe the fact that the BofA AGR card is my only relationship with BofA helped since they did not have anythig to auto link to.

At one time my Home Mortage was sold to BofA and they tried their darndest to get me to opean a BofA account to link to. I persisted and got the payment linked back to my Chase Checking account. At the first opportunity I refinanced with a mortgage from Chase. So if the BofA AGR card goes that would end my mostly unwanted relationship with this miserable outfit.
I, too, have a Chase Checking account and my BofA credit card pulls from that account. I do not remember how I set it up, but I managed to do it. My AGR card is my only relationship with BofA.
 
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I've had very minimal problems with Bank of America. They have recently declined some transactions that seemed to them to be suspicious, but they are pretty good about texting/emailing you immediately, giving you the opportunity to verify the transaction or call the fraud department to clear things up. A few years ago, there was some kind of data breach, and they issued me a new card with a new number, but I was able to use the old card until the new one came. Of course, having a new card number was a pain because I had to change the card number in all of the places where I was using auto payments.

I've had similar situations with some other banks I've used. I once had MT&T Bank yank my card on me while I was traveling because I used it to buy lunch at a deli, and then almost immediately made another charge at the same place for deli meat I was packing to take along with me. I had to drive halfway up the Taconic Parkway to find a bank branch where I could see someone in person who could straighten things out. Then I had a situation with my USAA card that got hit with some real fraudulent transactions -- right before I was going to take a trip. They pulled my card and told me they were sending me a new one, but it didn't come before I left, so I was stuck with an ATM card and a Macy's American Express card with a $400 limit -- and I was planning to rent a car along the way. ATM cards aren't really the best things to use to secure a rental car, so that Macy's card was a lifesaver. That experience was the reason why I got the BOA card as a second credit card, by the way.
 
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