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Amtrak adds a new tier to its rewards program

Do you make a lot of train trips in the Northeast Corridor? If so, you might qualify for the new “Select Executive” elite status in Amtrak’s rewards program. Meanwhile the rail company is expanding its New York-Washington schedule this week.

The new Select Executive level in the Amtrak Rewards plan is for customers who accumulate 20,000 or more Tier Qualifying Points in a calendar year.

Benefits include a 100 percent tier point bonus on Amtrak travel; four one-class upgrade coupons and two free companion fare coupons; unlimited access to Club Acela, the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge, first class lounges and United Club locations; unlimited Buy and Share points; no limits on transfer points; special promotions; and a priority customer service phone number.

Select Executive members earn 2 points per dollar spent on Amtrak; 500 points for each Acela Business Class trip between select city pairs; bonus points on partner deals and promotions; and a waiver of blackout dates for award travel.

Other elite levels in Amtrak Rewards are Select, for those who earn 5,000 to 9,999 Tier Qualifying Points; and Select plus, for accumulating 10,000 to 19,999 Tier Qualifying Points. For details: www.AmtrakGuestRewards.com.

Meanwhile, frequent travelers on Amtrak’s New York-Washington D.C. Acela service will now get a little more time to make the last departure of the day.

Effective January 28, Amtrak is adding a 16th weekday departure to its New York-D.C. Acela schedule—the final departure of the day. The northbound train leaves Washington at 8 p.m., arriving in New York at 10:45; and the New York departure is at 9:15 p.m., getting to Washington at 11:59.

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