Earn double points on Amtrak travel this summer and fall

Aug 11, 2020

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Amtrak is back with another Double Days promo, where you can earn 2x Guest Rewards points on all of your rides. Here’s what you need to know.

You will first need to register for Double Days here. Once registered, you will have to purchase a train ticket for travel from now through October 31, 2020, and complete travel during those dates. There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn with the promotion other than being limited to four qualifying one-way segments per day.

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That’s not all — you can also earn up to 5x bonus points by shopping through Amtrak’s partners, like Budget. Amtrak members can earn 5x points at Budget after renting for three days or more. You can also score a free upgrade on an intermediate through full-size four-door car.

Amtrak points are quite valuable. We value them 2.5 cents per point (that’s the highest for any points currency). Although they can be transferred to a few different hotel programs, Amtrak points are best used when redeeming for train travel, like Acela, where you can usually find great value. Amtrak is also now allowing business class passengers to choose their seats on Acela.

Related: You can track your train now through the Amtrak app

(Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

If you decide to hop on the promotion, make sure you pay for the tickets with a travel rewards card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which is the best card for general travel purchases. The Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard is also a solid option if you’re a frequent Amtrak traveler.

The information for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Why I’m (temporarily) switching my loyalty to Amtrak

If you’re uncomfortable with air travel or just prefer taking the train, Amtrak requires face coverings and says it will potentially ban customers who don’t comply. It has also made several customer-friendly changes in recent months, including extending elite status and the expiration date on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

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.

Related: Amtrak adopts “plane policies” for train tickets

Featured photo by Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
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