Amtrak Travel

Ok, ok, I’m not going to start a argument about whether D.C. is a better city than New York, but if you happen to be a frequent traveler to New York (like moi) and you take the train, you may want to consider signing up for Amtrak’s Rewards Program. It’s just like frequent flier miles for train tickets. Even better, you can redeem your Amtrak miles for airline miles on United, Continental and Midwest airlines.
Also, if you sign up for the Amtrak Rewards program and purchase a train ticket within 90 days of signing up, you’ll earn an extra 500 points.
They also have one of those Amtrak master cards where your credit card purchases go towards points, but I wouldn’t necessarily endorse that since you know the interest rate will be absolutely ridiculous. Besides, who takes the train that often anyway??? :-) I try to avoid Union Station as much as possible due to my “touristaphobia.” (fear of tourists who can’t stand on the correct side of the metro escalator and who wear “I love D.C.” t-shirts).
Happy trails!

2 Comments so far

  1. Jenn Brasler (unregistered) on August 20th, 2004 @ 5:21 am

    “Touristaphobia” is also known as “touronaphobia.” It’s in the DSM-IV.

  2. (unregistered) on August 26th, 2004 @ 8:38 am

    Or, you could take one of the Chinatown buses for much cheaper ($35 round-trip).

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