I received an email a couple of days ago offering to elevate my AGR membership from no status to Select if I register and take four paid Amtrak segments with a value of at least $49 each by May 19. In the airline frequent flyer world, this is called a status challenge. If the challenge is successfully completed, my AGR Select status would be valid for the rest of the 2018 program year (to 2/28/19) .
I have no plans to take the challenge. I would be paying at least $196 to attain a member level that provides very little added value to me. What is interesting is that I can't recall this type of promotion previously being offered by Amtrak. It is very much an airline thing. Maybe this promotion suggests some fresh thinking at AGR.