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Should I bet on Choice?

Choice

In March, I wrote that the Chase Amtrak card was no longer being offered to new customers.  This was disappointing because the credit card is key to unlocking a special redemption option:  Once you’ve racked up $200 in Amtrak charges, the credit card gives you the ability to convert Amtrak points to Choice Privilege hotel points at a terrific 1 to 3 ratio (5,000 Amtrak points become 15,000 Choice points).  Even without Amtrak points, one…

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Amtrak Guest Rewards 2016 — Better than expected. My take and recommendations.

Amtrak Guest Rewards 2016

Last week, I travelled with family and friends to a number of national parks: Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion.  We used Amtrak points (transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards) to make the journey west from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The first leg of our trip was in business class on the Wolverine route to Chicago.  The next leg was aboard the California Zephyr where we enjoyed private sleeper cars — all meals included.  We detrained in…

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Amtrak to tie award prices to ticket prices. Sigh.

Amtrak revenue based

In the points & miles world, Amtrak (yes, Amtrak) offers some of the best bang for your buck when it comes to redeeming points.  Currently, points can be transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards, SPG, or Diner’s Club to Amtrak, and from there you can book sleeper car trips for as little as 25,000 points for two people – all meals included.  Another great option is to spend only 1,500 points for Amtrak’s special routes.  Due…

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Rail running: pursuing Amtrak status to save on hotels

In a recent post I discussed the end of the Chase Amtrak credit card.  The reason most readers should care about this is that the Amtrak credit card was one of the few ways to unlock the ability to transfer Amtrak points to Choice Privileges points at an awesome one to three ratio.  And, while Choice Hotels may not be the most exciting chain, they do have some very nice properties around the world.  Plus,…

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The Other Way to get cheap Choice points is almost here (Daily Getaways). Should you buy?

Last week I reported that Chase was no longer offering the Amtrak credit card (See:  Chase kills the Amtrak card. Why you might care…).  Then, I reported that working signup links had been found (See: Amtrak zombie links found; should you hop on?).  Then, the next day, the last remaining links died.  So what?  Who would want an Amtrak credit card anyway?  The answer is that the Amtrak credit card unlocks the ability to transfer…

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Amtrak zombie links found; should you hop on?

UPDATE: Zombie links are now dead. This morning I wrote that Chase was no longer offering the Amtrak credit card.  In that post I explained why the card was interesting, even to those not interested in Amtrak travel.  A few hours after publication, Miles Whip tweeted that a user who goes by mia on Flyertalk had published two working application links: Link 1 (bonus: 12,000 points after $500 spend) Link 2 (bonus unknown) I tried…

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Chase kills the Amtrak card. Why you might care…

I was never interested in the Chase Amtrak card.  Sure, it can be used to earn Amtrak points, and those can be valuable, but there was always a better option for earning those points: Chase Ultimate Rewards.  Ultimate Rewards points transfer one to one to Amtrak (and to a number of airline and hotel partners) as long as you have a premium card such as the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus.  So, why get an…

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Amtrak says “We didn’t cause your frustration”

What a frustrating day!  Among other mishaps yesterday, I tried to book an Amtrak trip using points, but failed miserably.  I’ll explain the details in a moment, but first you should know that, according to Amtrak, they didn’t cause me any frustration — I did that to myself.  Really Amtrak?  Really? I’ve booked Amtrak rewards before, and usually it’s a painless process.  My routine begins with a search on Amtrak.com to see the price I…

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Weekend in Chicago: Getting there

Mrs. Miler, Tyler Miler, and I visited Chicago last weekend.  I don’t usually write trip reports, but I learned a few cool things that I want to share.  To keep it light, I’ll break up the trip report into four parts: 1) getting there; 2) lodging; 3) eating; and 4) stuff to do. This photo of Chicago is courtesy of TripAdvisor Amtrak Amtrak runs the Wolverine line which travels between Michigan and Chicago.  The Amtrak…

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