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Amtrak deal alert: 30% off train fares

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Amtrak deal alert: 30% off train fares

Brendan DorseyAmtrak deal alert: 30% off train faresMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Amtrak has launched a sale offering up to 30% off fares purchased from January 28 through January 30, 2020. The sale is inspired by “National Plan Your Vacation Day” which encourages Americans to use all of their paid time off. According to research from the U.S. Travel Association, Americans had 768 million days of unused PTO last year.

You’ll see the discounts for travel on trains like the: Northeast Regional, Acela, Downeaster, Carolinian, Piedmont, Keystone, Pennsylvanian, Vermonter, Maple Leaf, Empire Service, Adirondack and Ethan Allen.

To take advantage of the sale, you’ll need to book a train for travel February 16 through May 31, 2020. Note that you can save even more when booking a Share Fare or a Kids Fare.

Here are some examples of what you can book (all prices are one-way):

Best credit cards for train travel

You’ll want to pay with a credit card that earns bonus points on travel purchases. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card both earn 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards points on all travel purchases, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns 2x points. The Citi Premier Card and US Bank Altitude Reserve card are also good options, each earning 3x points on travel purchases.

Or you can use the Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards® World Mastercard®, which earns 3x Amtrak points on Amtrak purchases.

The information for the Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Featured image by Melanie Lieberman.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 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, 60,000 points are worth $750 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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Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

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