Glad to see you back, lots of us felt the same as you when the AGR2.0 Rollout was mishandled and the nickel and dime cuts, along with the ever increasing fares kept on coming!
I wouldn't waste points or $$ on the Silver trains since you've been there,done that.
Of course using amsnag and being flexible in your travel dates will allow you a better bang for your points or bucks.
FWIW,I'm not sure what trains you haven't ridden yet, but taking the Adirondack,Vermonter and Downeaster are excellent trips in the NE.
Theres still some deals on the CONO (although the Food Service has been downgraded) and the Texas Eagle and Sunset also.(New Orleans is cheap in the Summer!)
The California trains are also good, as are the Carolina trains and the Cascades in the NE once the Mudslides are over.
As always, riding the Cap Ltd. is a nice trip to WAS,as is catching the Pennsy in PGH to PHL or NYP ( early connection at the Pit in Pit) if you haven't seen the Horseshoe Curve.
The Missouri River Runner between STL and KCY is also a nice trip with KCY being a nice place to explore!
I'd avoid the Zephyr,Empire Builder and SWC due to their High Bucket Fares.
Edited by Bob Dylan, 13 April 2017 - 08:06 PM.