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#1 DivMiler

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:41 PM

According to the AGR Insider on FlyerTalk:

 

http://www.flyertalk...all-2015-a.html



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:56 PM

Sounds like Anthony's Bosses and team have worked out a deal that, based on his post, sounds good for most AGR Members!

I'm hopeful that it won't involve an Annual Fee and if switching to another Bank won't involve a bunch of paperwork and red tape!

I've been very happy with my World Master Card and the Chase/AGR Partnership the past few years!
 
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 02:04 PM

If this means that CUR points are no longer transferable then AGR is likely to be a lot less useful to me.  Between this and the points price increase 2015 doesn't look like a great year for AGR members.  Wonder if another devaluation is in the cards before the year is over.  Perhaps an increase on roomette redemptions?


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 04:28 PM

Given that Chase has scammed several people I know... and doesn't seem to want to issue me a credit card because my credit is too good.... I'm hoping the deal's with someone else. Just, please, not Bank of America.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 04:41 PM

Go with capital one.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 05:15 PM

Since Chase has  never scammed me personally, has always been helpful when I have questions and is my local bank, I am hoping they retain the relationship with AGR for both Mastercard and Ultimate Rewards.


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 05:23 PM

We have a good relationship with Chase and several banking services including my AGR World Card and my wife's AGR card as well. Not looking forward to this if it involves a change in card issuer. I'll follow the AGR route though.

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 06:52 PM

Reading between the lines, it doesn't appear to be Chase.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:13 PM

Thanks for the update, Ryan.

 

As long as points are transferable from CUR to AGR (or at least, as long as we have sufficient notice before the transfers are not permitted), is there really a difference between Citi, Chase, Barlays, etc?

 

If so, what differences?


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for the update, Ryan.

 

As long as points are transferable from CUR to AGR (or at least, as long as we have sufficient notice before the transfers are not permitted), is there really a difference between Citi, Chase, Barlays, etc?

 

If so, what differences?

Does it really matter since we have/had no input into who AGR chose.


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:38 PM

As long as points are transferable from CUR to AGR (or at least, as long as we have sufficient notice before the transfers are not permitted)


I would prepare for a time where that's not the case and transfer points as soon as you're reasonably sure that you want them in Amtrak.

As far as the banks, doesn't really matter to me, they're all more or less the same.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:39 PM

I have to disagree on the Banks being the same Ryan! Wells Fargo and Bank of America were bottom feeders run by hucksters and crooks!

Citi Bank is one I've never had any expierence with, you New Yorkers might know more about them???

I've had good expierence with Chase and Cap One, but best of all are Credit Unions!!!!
 
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:42 PM

I have to disagree on the Banks being the same Ryan! Wells Fargo and Bank of America were bottom feeders run by hucksters and crooks!


You say that as if the other banks you mention aren't.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:45 PM

I have to disagree on the Banks being the same Ryan! Wells Fargo and Bank of America were bottom feeders run by hucksters and crooks!

You say that as if the other banks you mention aren't.

Touche! 😯
 
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Posted 08 August 2015 - 03:17 AM

I really want to get the "points for cash" greenback non credit card! I hope that Amtrak's connections in Washington with the Treasury Department helps to secure that as the new deal.

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 11:11 PM

 

As long as points are transferable from CUR to AGR (or at least, as long as we have sufficient notice before the transfers are not permitted)


I would prepare for a time where that's not the case and transfer points as soon as you're reasonably sure that you want them in Amtrak.

As far as the banks, doesn't really matter to me, they're all more or less the same.

 

 

Agree. Be prepared. Transfer points to AGR when it still works and is useful for your particular needs.

We none of us know the details yet, but obviously, the situation bears watching.


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Posted 09 August 2015 - 04:53 PM

I don't care which other company gets it as long as they offer a big bonus.



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Posted 09 August 2015 - 04:54 PM

Bonuses are OK, but they're a one shot deal.
 
I'd much prefer a card with a smaller bonus and better ongoing benefits.
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Posted 09 August 2015 - 05:20 PM

My AGR card came with 36,000 points after buying a stick of gum with no annual fee.  I want another bonus like that again.  I couldn't care less about the ongoing benefits.  The more benefits you receive the bigger the annual fee will become and if you don't live along the NEC the annual fee is likely to be a waste of money.


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Posted 09 August 2015 - 10:07 PM

Hope the new card will be ApplePay friendly.


Amtrak Train travel: Empire Builder = 1677; Silver Meteor = 668; Capital Limited = 780; Hiawatha Service = 172; Cascade = 312; Lincoln Service= 640; Southwest Chief = 2,265;  Total = 21,514

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