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Amtrak is offering Guest Rewards members a chance to earn a free trip this summer by taking three round-trips this winter.

Amtrak Guest Rewards members can earn this free round-trip this summer by taking three round-trips on either the Acela or Northeast Regional between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28, 2019. Again, this is for Amtrak Guest Rewards members only, but non-members can register now and automatically qualify for the 1-2-3 Free Promotion.

You can also earn a free trip by taking six qualifying one-way trips with Amtrak. The fine print, though, is that there is a minimum spend of $89 per one-way segment for Acela trips and $49 for the Northeast Regional. Additionally, the promotion is limited to two qualifying one-way segments per day and one qualifying segment per train number per day, and travel with a monthly pass or using multi-ride tickets doesn’t count toward this promotion.

A maximum of four free trip coupons can be earned and redeemed for the Acela Business Class or the Regional Coach class, but must be redeemed between July 2 and Aug. 29, 2019. Members with Select Executive status can redeem their coupons for First Class on the Acela or Business Class on the Northeast Regional.

When booking your tickets to take advantage of this promotion, be sure to do so with a credit card that will maximize your return. For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve will earn you 3x points on the travel purchase, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card will earn you 2x points per dollar spent.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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