Earn double points on Amtrak travel this spring

Apr 5, 2022

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Amtrak is back with another double points promotion, where you can earn 2x Guest Rewards points on all of your rides. This promotion is open to everyone — you just need to register to participate.

You will first need to register for the Double Points promotion here. Once registered, you will have to purchase a train ticket for travel from now through May 22, 2022, and complete travel during those dates. There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn with the promotion.

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Amtrak Guest Rewards points are quite valuable. We value them 2.5 cents per point, which is the highest of any award currency. Part of what makes them so valuable is that they aren’t as easy to earn as other currencies. For instance, you can’t transfer points directly from any of the major credit card programs (though there’s a workaround).

Although Amtrak points can be transferred to a few different hotel programs, they are best used when redeeming for train travel. Reward prices are roughly tied to the ticket’s cash cost. To get the best value from your points, you’ll want to use them on trips when the cheapest saver-level tickets are sold out.

Related: The secret way to transfer credit card points to Amtrak

If you decide to hop on the promotion, make sure you pay for the tickets with a travel rewards card that earns additional points on train purchases.

Keep in mind, like airlines, Amtrak still requires face coverings and says it will potentially ban customers who don’t comply. It has also extended elite status and is waiving all change fees for reservations made by April 30, 2022, though cancellation fees may still apply depending on the type of fare purchased.

Make sure to check out our ultimate guide to Amtrak Guest Rewards for more on how to earn and burn points with the loyalty program.

Additional reporting by Victoria Walker.

Featured photo by Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images.

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