Chase offer: 10% off Amtrak w/ $9.00 maximum, expires Aug 13

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diesteldorf

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This is probably targeted, but you can get 10% on Amtrak, up to $9.00, per card. I had it on 4 of my Chase cards. I may book some travel, and/or cancel and get e-vouchers, since I know I'll use any credits within the next 12 months.
 
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I’ve seen it on all my Chase cards and I think WF as well. Too bad it seems to be targeted to corridor or short distance travel since it’s capped at $90 tickets for a $9 discount. That being said I’ve seen some hotel deals on my Chase and WF that can save some real money if you need a hotel. Marriot and Hyatt have both had 15 and 20 percent offs up to $65 discount total. B of A has similar offers as well. If nothing the discounts can make up for the annual fee on cards that have one such as the AGR card. We also saved $20 bucks on our Disney Plus streaming service..
 

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For Chase to offer an Amtrak discount that might mean something. Perhaps they are thinking of coming back in the AGR program come Sept.
It means nothing. It's not a discount, it's a cash-back offer. I didn't get it on my card, but I have 60 other merchant-specific cash-back offers. My other credit cards have similar numbers of offers.
 

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For Chase to offer an Amtrak discount that might mean something. Perhaps they are thinking of coming back in the AGR program come Sept.
Already debunked:
I doubt it means anything. I got the exact same deal on both Chase (though, strangely, not all of my Chase cards, only one of them) and BofA (I don’t have an Amtrak card with BofA). I will often see those kinds of deals being offered by both Chase and BofA, and having multiple Chase cards (including two of the same type), I will sometimes get the same, sometimes get different offers on each card.

Not sure what triggers it, but it is almost 100% certainly not related to any kind of future branded credit card deal.
FWIW, I have it on my Chase SW card, not not Marriott/Freedom/United/Sapphire Preferred. Clearly that means that WN and 2V are merging and the airline people will be in charge forever.
 

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It means nothing. It's not a discount, it's a cash-back offer. I didn't get it on my card, but I have 60 other merchant-specific cash-back offers. My other credit cards have similar numbers of offers.

You get money back for what you spent, so that is a discount.
It is not a traditional "cashback" either since the money is not loaded into your cash back balance. A few days after the transaction, your account is credited for 10% of the amount. I have done that several times with Riteaid, Starbucks, and DD.

I don't think it is an indicator of anything, but something until they figure out what to do on launching yet another bank to handle their Amtrak-branded card. Rumor mill on AU was that it was to be Capital One. If I recall, this is the outfit that was issuing such branded cards many years with a credit line for some of a useless $500. I have never applied for such cards with Amtrak. They are too unstable switching banks too often, sometimes onto banks I can't stand like Cap-1 and BofA.
 

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You get money back for what you spent, so that is a discount.
It is not a traditional "cashback" either since the money is not loaded into your cash back balance. A few days after the transaction, your account is credited for 10% of the amount. I have done that several times with Riteaid, Starbucks, and DD.
As you said, you get money back. Money is cash -- cash back. Call it a rebate if you prefer.

A discount by definintion is applied at the time of purchase or payment. Percentage discounts generally are not limited to a certain dollar amount.

I don't think it is an indicator of anything, but something until they figure out what to do on launching yet another bank to handle their Amtrak-branded card.
There's a basic difference: the marketing purpose.
  • The cash-back offers are intended to attract new customers, or to nudge potential customers off the fence.
  • The branded credit card, also known as a loyalty credit card, is intended to promote customer loyalty, i.e., to encourage repeat business of existing customers.
 
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