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Proposed New AGR Elite Chart

I have been brainstorming for while how to improve the new Amtrak Guest Rewards program and make it more effective for members out there to use the benefits and how it will help people to travel more for worth of their money. Amtrak has been offering the Guest Rewards for years and this is their current status chart:

 

As you see above, I feel the benefit does not excited me so I though how to improve it? So, what I did was to create my own Elite Status program that will be more worth for my money if I want to travel often on Amtrak. I hope they will understand how important passengers to provide the best elite benefits for us who want to spend more money. The reason I stated this, if you ever want to reach the top, you will need to spend at least $10,000 in order to achieve the status, is that worth to you? From my point of view, I think Select+ is the best deal because it would be more than enough for me because of perks that gives me such as unlimited access to the Amtrak private lounges in New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and New Orleans and name to few other perks.

To earn points, it’s called Tier Quailfy Points as TQP so you need to earn amount of points to reach the elite level and this chart explains how to earn TQP’s as example:

 

So the bottom line, if you want to start building up, you would need at least 25 trips on the $100 ticket level to Select. If you decide to want to ram up, ride on Business Class instead, from there you would need at least 40 trips on the $100 Business class level to become Select+. Now, once for all if you want to reach the top, you will need 80 trips on Business Class or almost 69 trips on Acela First Class to achieve it. Now that tells you, it’s way too much and it takes longer to reach to the top. If you want to reach the top fast? The secret is book $585 Roomette Sleeper rooms, let’s say from New York City to Miami and do it 20 times roundtrip, you are all set or do the full Bedroom for $995 and do it 16 times, that is other thing too. The price is as a example.

Bottom line, the way to reach to the top is not cheap, very expensive. If you can afford the luxury, great and go for it. But if you want to be budget wise, just enjoy and travel and go with the flow. Unless if you have the Amtrak AGR World Mastercard, say with $7500 credit limit, spend on anything like Bills, Restaurant, Food Shopping, Amtrak trips and many more and it’s the only true option to reach higher status faster because the spending you do, you earn more points that way since it has 3X points every dollar so it adds up. You do the math.

 

As you see, my own version Elite Status chart is shown below:

 

 

The only big difference is this that I added a new level status called Ambassador that gives more full benefits with big perks. I also changed the status name to be more common for the elite status out there. I am outling the level information below with more detailed what benefits it offers:

 

CLUB:

  • 2 Points per $1 Amtrak Travel
  • 25% point bonus on Business Class Travel
  • 50% Points on Acela First Class Travel
  • 75% Point bonus on Sleeper Class Travel
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • Up to 50,000 points to purchase per calendar year
  • Up to 100,000 points to share points per calendar year

 

GOLD:

  • 3 Points per $1 Amtrak Travel
  • 25% point bonus on Business Class Travel
  • 50% Points on Acela First Class Travel
  • 75% Point bonus on Sleeper Class Travel
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • Up to 100,000 points to purchase per calendar year
  • Up to 250,000 points to share points per calendar year
  • Up to 50,000 points transfer from your account per calendar year
  • Two Tickets to Access to Amtrak lounges
  • Two One-Class Upgrade Coupons
  • One Companion Coupons
  • Two coupons for 10% off Amtrak travel
  • 50% point bonus on Amtrak travel
  • Priority call handling
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from a variety of program partners

 

PLANTIUM:

  • 3 Points per $1 Amtrak Travel
  • 50% point bonus on Business Class Travel
  • 50% Points on Acela First Class Travel
  • 75% Point bonus on Sleeper Class Travel
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • UNLIMITED points to purchase per calendar year
  • Up to 500,000 points to share points per calendar year
  • Up to 100,000 points transfer from your account per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED Access to Amtrak lounges
  • Four One-Class Upgrade Coupons
  • Two Companion Coupons
  • Four coupons for 10% off Amtrak travel
  • 100% point bonus on Amtrak travel
  • Priority call handling
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • Auto-registration for promotions
  • Complimentary Upgrade Ticket – When your elite status reach this level, you’ll be given a free one ticket for Business Class on any route wherever Amtrak goes.
  • Rollover Elite Status – If you still maintain TQP points for the calendar year without travel, you can rollover your status to the next year.

 

EXECUTIVE: 

  • 4 Points per $1 Amtrak Travel
  • 25% point bonus on Business Class Travel
  • 50% Points on Acela First Class Travel
  • 75% Point bonus on Sleeper Class Travel
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • UNLIMITED points to purchase per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED points to share points per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED points transfer from your account per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED Access to Amtrak lounges
  • Six One-Class Upgrade Coupons
  • Four Companion Coupons
  • Two Auto Train Priority Vehicle Coupon
  • Six coupons for 10% off Amtrak travel
  • 100% point bonus on Amtrak travel
  • Priority call handling
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • Auto-registration for promotions
  • Complimentary Upgrade Ticket – When your elite status reach this level, you’ll be given a free one ticket for First Class on any route wherever Amtrak goes.
  • Rollover Elite Status – If you still maintain TQP points for the calendar year without travel, you can rollover your status to the next year.

 

AMBASSADOR:

  • 5 Points per $1 Amtrak Travel
  • 25% point bonus on Business Class Travel
  • 50% Points on Acela First Class Travel
  • 75% Point bonus on Sleeper Class Travel
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • UNLIMITED points to purchase per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED points to share points per calendar year
  • UNLIMITED points transfer from your account per calendar year
  • 25,000 Bonus Points every year when you are on this level when meet elite status requirement
  • UNLIMITED Access to Amtrak lounges
  • UNLIMITED One-Class Upgrade Coupons
  • UNLIMITED Two Companion Coupons
  • UNLIMITED Auto Train Priority Vehicle Coupon
  • UNLIMITED for 10% off Amtrak travel
  • 125% point bonus on Amtrak travel
  • Priority call handling
  • Exclusive discounts and bonus offers from our program partners
  • Auto-registration for promotion
  • Complimentary Upgrade Ticket – When your elite status reach this level, you’ll be given a free one ticket for Bedroom Sleeper Ticket on any route wherever Amtrak goes.
  • Rollover Elite Status – If you still maintain TQP points for the calendar year without travel, you can rollover your status to the next year.

 

So what is your thoughts on this? Will it be worthwhile or am I wasting my time on this nonsense? I want to see Amtrak Guest Rewards program to be improved, soon.