Amex Sync: Spend $150 on Amtrak, Get $30 Back

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MANY MANY MANY Amex Sync promotions just came out today, and if you follow me on Twitter you’ll notice I’ve been tweeting the various hashtags all morning. I have been trying out a bunch to see what works as they are not listed on Amex’s Sync site, so this has been a trial and error, but many are working! I will go ahead and list all of the sync opportunities I find this afternoon, but I really wanted to point out the Amtrak one, since well this is a travel site and saving money on Amtrak is great!

By syncing your American Express card, you can get a $30 statement credit with a $150+ purchase at Amtrak. You can register for this promotion two ways:

  1. Going to your American Express account and registering for this promotion via the “Offers for You” tab, or
  2. Syncing your American Express credit card to Twitter and tweeting  #AmexAmtrak;  you can sync your American Express card with Twitter here

The Amtrak promotion showed up in both my accounts, and if you are familiar with the syncing promos, once you register in one account it will disappear in the other. There are a few workarounds with this:

  • Creating different AmericanExpress.com accounts for each card – meaning a different username and password
  • Multiple Twitter accounts synced to different American Express cards and tweeting the hashtag
  • If you have two cards, then first register one card in the “Offers for You” tab and then register the other card via the Twitter hashtag

This Amex Sync opportunity runs until February 15, 2014, so you have a nice long time to use it. The terms state that this offer is valid in station and online at Amtrak.com. It doesn’t state anything about tickets purchased via the phone, but I am assuming it will work, just not 100% sure. If you have success with this let me know, so other readers can benefit. Keep in mind that purchases through a 3rd party will NOT trigger the statement credit.

This is on a combined purchase of $150 through February 15, 2014, not a single purchase like most Amex Sync promotions. 

I have yet to try purchasing a gift card as I am not sure if it will work or not. Amtrak gift card purchases are purchased through a different site (Amtrak Vacations) and you can only redeem through via the phone through Amtrak Vacations, so I am weary of this. It also seems like it is a pain to use them. I do wonder, however, if purchasing points will work as we all know many times purchasing points (especially if there is a bonus) is cheaper than actually buying a ticket outright. I’ll look into that and keep you all posted.

If you read this blog often, you know that I absolutely love the American Express Sync concept and have received a bunch of statement credits due to making purchases with a registered Amex credit card. Remember, these promotions are only valuable to those with an American Express card (non-Corporate or prepaid cards) and is only a one-time statement credit. If you have multiple Amex cards, you will need to sync them to different accounts.

And stay tuned for a whole slew of Amex Sync opportunities listed laster today (Fresh Direct, West Elm, AMC, Zappos, Sprouts, P.F. Changs, Newegg Flash, Ruby Tuesday, JC Penny, Legal Seafoods, Bertucci’s, CoffeeBean.com, Guitar Center).

Enjoy! And follow me on Twitter!

Thanks to reader Joey for keeping me abreast of some new Amex Sync promos!

Comments

  1. Is this one purchase or cumulative $150 spend on Amtrak by Feb? I.E., if I make 2 separate $80 ticket buys, would I get the promo or only $150/transaction?

  2. You should just be able to buy a $150+ ticket, then cancel it and convert it into an evoucher that you can use within a year. eVouchers now basically work as a declining balance on the Amtrak website, so if you plan to travel in the next year it shouldn’t be any problem.

    • @tonei – we think alike. That is my exact plan but I am waiting to do it till feb so have more time to use the evoucher. Blog post already written about it!

  3. How sure are you that it must be a single $150 purchase? I can’t find any indication in the T&C on the Amex website stipulating that. Here’s what I see:

    OFFER DETAILS
    Get a one-time $30 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $150 or more at Amtrak by 2/15/2014.

    (Key words: “a total of $150.”)

    I can do the buy-big-ticket-and-convert-to-voucher route, but I’d prefer not to have to do that.

    And just for posterity, here are the full terms:

    Offer valid in station and online at Amtrak.com. Purchases through 3rd party travel agents are excluded. If you order items during the offer period but they are not provided to you until after 2/15/2014, it may not count towards determining whether your purchases qualify for the offer. Enrollment for the offer is limited. Limit 1 statement credit per American Express Card across all American Express offer channels. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 8 weeks after American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchases. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchases from the merchant until all of the items from your qualifying purchases have been provided or shipped by the merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchases are returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. POID: AVE7:0001

    • @jackal – interesting! i do believe if you do not get it automatically, a call to amex will give you the statement credit as their customer service is quite good.

    • I had the $25 Amazon credit appear (email notification and then online a few days later) after a $35 purchase and looked back that I had crossed over $75 with that purchase recently.

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