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Another four night stay at the Econo Lodge in Raleigh NC.  In about three weeks, I will be redeeming some of this points points hoard for a vacation stay in center city PHL. Probably at a Cambria or Sleep Inn. One of the things about Choice Hotels, is they only let you redeem points a maximum of 100 days out from check-in.

 

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 308,795

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,026

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,021

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 39,140

IHG Traveler MC 60,092

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $46.12

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 402,479

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,450

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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2020 Thread   For 2021, I'm doing things a little different. Instead of being a thread that is centric on Choice Hotels, I'll be posting the earnings and redemptions for all the programs I p

Yes, I was lucky enough to stay at the Gold Strike Hotel in Jean, Nevada, when the hotel was full of customers and it cost $55. Well, the luxurious high roller room is really $250 per night, and a Jac

I haven't stayed in many $39 Choice properties because many of the Choice promos require at least $40 before taxes, a night to earn whatever promo they are doing.   A couple of years ago, Ch

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 308,795

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 39,140

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $46.12

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 402,479

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,576

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 308,795

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 39,140

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $46.12

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,576

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 328,795

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 39,248

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $46.12

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,601

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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On 5/13/2021 at 7:05 AM, TheVig said:

BofA wants me to apply for the AF Amtrak card. I'll pass. Unlike years back when Chase had the card, BofA will let you have both the AF and no AF card.

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I changed my mind. Instant approval. $13,000

 

I'll post later about why.

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I know this post will interest about 0.00000000000001% of the members here at Credit Boards. But anyways thought I would share why I just added the Amtrak Guest Rewards (AGR) World MC, with a $79 AF, when I already have the no AF AGR Platinum MC.

 

Simply put, I did it for the SUB. We have some short term and long cross country plans on Amtrak. I want to minimize out of pocket costs by using points and enjoying some perks at the same time. Granted an Amtrak lounge is only about two notches above the Discovery Lounge at the Cedar Rapids airport.

 

Anyways here is a breakdown of the card.

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Amtrak points are worth on average 2.5cpp

 

3x/$ Amtrak travel and onboard purchases.

 

2x/$ On other qualifying travel purchases. Qualifying travel purchases are as follows:  Non-Amtrak travel merchants, which include: airlines, car rental agencies, hotels, motels, inns, and resorts, steamship/cruise lines, commuter rail, passenger rail (where Amtrak is not the merchant of record), and travel agencies (where Amtrak is not the merchant of record).

 

1x/$ on all other purchases.

 

Annual Companion Coupon: Get a Companion Coupon upon account opening and each year when your account renews (worth up to $300 in Amtrak travel).

 

Annual Upgrade Coupon: Get an Upgrade Coupon upon account opening and each year when your account renews for an enhanced travel experience (worth up to $150 in Amtrak travel).

 

Get a 5% Amtrak Guest Rewards point rebate when you book your Amtrak redemption travel.

 

A faster route to tier status: Earn 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs) toward earning tier status each time your eligible spending reaches $5,000 in a calendar year, up to 4,000 TQPs per year.

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Onboard Purchases Rebate: Get a 20% rebate on your food and beverage purchases onboard when you use your Amtrak Guest Rewards® World Mastercard®.

 

Complimentary Station Lounge Pass: Get a complimentary Single-Visit Station Lounge pass upon account opening (worth up to $25 in Amtrak travel).

 

If you are curious about Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs), you can visit HERE 

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 328,795

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 39,248

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,652

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 329,143

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,278

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,753

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 330,574

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,278

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 16,853

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 330,579

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,182

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,476

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,278

IHG Traveler MC 60,156

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $88.99

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,060

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 408,899

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $118.35

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.47

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 17,029

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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