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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

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If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014.

Amtrak's Double Days
Amtrak’s Double Days promo earns you double points on travel now through November 14, 2014

In order to take advantage of Double Days, you have to be an Amtrak Guest Rewards member and register online. The promo limits you to two one-way segments per day, and in order to ensure that each segment/trip qualifies for double points, be sure to include your membership number when making reservations. Be aware that your Amtrak Guest Rewards points will not be awarded for cancelled or refunded reservations or tickets.

Double Days isn’t your only route to earning Guest Rewards. The Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard has no annual fee, earns you 2 points for every dollar spent on Amtrak purchases and 1 point per dollar everywhere else, and currently offers 12,000 points after spending $500 in the first 3 months. The Guest Rewards program itself has several partners that allow you to accrue Guest Rewards points, and is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus/Ink Bold into your Guest Rewards account.

Amtrak's redemption chart is split into several zones
Amtrak’s zone-based redemption chart lets you cover a lot of distance for relatively few points.

One of the greatest benefits of Amtrak Guest Rewards points is that they can be used on any open train (minus some blackout dates around major holidays) across all four of Amtrak’s zones – Western, Central, Eastern and Northeast. The number of points needed is determined by the seat class you book (Coach, Business, Roomette or Bedroom) and the number of zones you travel across. For more detailed information on redeeming your points for train travel, be sure to see my post on maximizing the Amtrak Guest Rewards program

If you’re taking advantage of Double Days and hitting the rails this fall please share your experiences in the comments below!

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