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#1 daybeers

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 07:16 PM

Hello! I'm looking into possibly taking Acela NHV-WAS on 6/17/18 or 6/18/18. I was thinking about doing a points redemption on that. I'm a bit confused because even though most of the fares are the low bucket, $176, the point values on those fares are all over the place, from 6,834 to 8,073 to 10,296 points. Does Amtrak just charge whatever point values they want, regardless of the ticket price? I thought AGR 2.0 was supposed to be in line with ticket prices!


Amtrak travel so far: only 10,207 miles: Springfield Shuttle (12), Northeast Regional (25), Acela (1), Lake Shore Limited (2), Pennsylvanian (2), Capitol Limited (1)

Ambus mileage (3 trips): 108

Other rail transit: WMATA (~830 miles), Metra, CTA, MTA, MBTA, Metro-North


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:55 PM

AGR2.0 Fares are Bucket Based, so some Trains may be X # of points, and others XX,XXX,XXXX # of Points etc.. YMMV
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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:52 PM

Yes, daybeers. The # of pts/$ is fluid. Another variable to check. Max value is $.0289/point or some 37 pts/$. It goes down from there based on who knows what.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 01:43 AM

Okay, thanks. It seems the point values don't fluctuate as much on NER trains compared to Amtrak's "golden boy" Acela.

Amtrak travel so far: only 10,207 miles: Springfield Shuttle (12), Northeast Regional (25), Acela (1), Lake Shore Limited (2), Pennsylvanian (2), Capitol Limited (1)

Ambus mileage (3 trips): 108

Other rail transit: WMATA (~830 miles), Metra, CTA, MTA, MBTA, Metro-North


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 10:00 PM

Looks like Acela requires 50% more points during peak weekday travel times. Everything old is new again.

Edited by gatelouse, 08 January 2018 - 10:01 PM.

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