Introducing Points & Cash!
As an Amtrak Guest Rewards® Mastercard® cardholder, we’re telling you the news first. You can now book Amtrak® travel with Amtrak Guest Rewards points and cash. With more redemption options and fewer points needed, it’s easier than ever to use points for travel.
Points and Cash is available now on Amtrak.com, and will be on the Amtrak app later this month upon the next update. Book your next trip with Points & Cash today.
Reporting over on Flyertalk are it is 0.04 to 0.06 on Points Plus Cash, so your experience is consistent with that.I just checked a trip I'm actually interested in, Charlottesville to Chicago. For a roomette I'm short 5000 points. AGR offers to make up the difference for $294 (plus all of my 14,300 pts). Is that 294/5000 or nearly 6¢/pt? That's more than double the usual charge isn't it?
I can buy 4000 pts +1200 bonus for $151.
Pretty much, yeah.I think they actually hate us and wish we'd go away.
Yes but it seems that if you do this the value of the points is a lot less than it would be if you just used points based on other posts here and around the internet and you can't just mix any value of cash and points but there are certain break pointsAm I reading all this right? I can now combine points with cash to buy tickets? I have been asking them for a few years why I cant mix cash with points.
Yes.Am I reading all this right? I can now combine points with cash to buy tickets? I have been asking them for a few years why I cant mix cash with points.
Yep, that works, but I suggest you call AGR instead of booking on line, since you can pick your room( using points for Coach is not value concious) and get assistance from a more knowledgeable agent than the usual Amtrak phone agents!I received my guest rewards statement today and they announced you can now book travel with points and cash.
When you do not have enough points for a trip you can pay cash difference.
Precisely. I was just checking this combination and it's exactly as you mentioned.Here's a link to the FAQ: https://www.amtrak.com/guestrewards/ways-to-redeem/points-cash.html
The points seem to be worth less than if used for an award trip: about 1.54 cents/point for cash and points versus 2.67 cents/point for an award booking. I guess it's useful if you have a small number of points that would otherwise go unused, which doesn't apply to anyone here!
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