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Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card review

Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card

Bank of America has recently unveiled their new Amtrak branded credit cards: Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard and Amtrak Guest Rewards Platinum MasterCard. Are they worth applying for?  Are they worth using?  Are they worth keeping?  Answers follow… Basics World MasterCard Annual Fee: $79 Standard signup bonus: 20,000 points after $1,000 spend in 3 months Earning rate: 3X Amtrak, 2X qualifying travel, 1X elsewhere Big spend bonus: Earn 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points towards earning status…

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Necker Island: 557,000 miles in the bag, 180,000 miles on the way, and my plan for the rest

Necker Island

My Virgin Atlantic account currently shows a balance of over 557,000 miles.  With most programs, I’d be pretty happy about that.  In this case, though, the total is less than half needed for a single award: A week on Richard Branson’s Necker Island. In the post, “Considering the 1.2 million mile Necker Island challenge… Who’s with me?”, I wrote about Virgin Atlantic’s Necker Island award.  For a “mere” 1.2 million miles, two people can stay…

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470,000 points after $48K spend

319,000 points

UPDATE 10/1/2015: Please note that the 30K SPG offers described in this post have expired. In the post, “319,000 points after $33K spend” I wrote about my wife’s latest round of credit card aplications.  Unbeknownst to her, she applied for 8 cards in total and was approved (at that time) for 5 of them.  For review, here were the 5 that were immediately approved: Bank of America Virgin Atlantic: 75K bonus after $12K spend (at…

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319,000 points after $33K spend

319,000 points

UPDATE 10/1/2015: Please note that the 30K SPG offers described in this post have expired. Yesterday, my wife applied for 8 new credit cards and was instantly approved for 5 of them.  At the time of this writing, the other 3 are pending.  Here’s the story… I realized yesterday that my wife had never signed up for SPG cards (yes, major lapse on my part!).  So, with the current 30K SPG offers, it was time. …

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