Double Point Promotion: Between September 7 and November 23, 2011, Amtrak is offering double points on all Amtrak travel. You must register prior to travel to earn these bonus points.
50% Bonus on Purchased Points: Between September 1-30, you will receive an additional 50% bonus on all purchases of at least 5,000 points. For example, a purchase of 10,000 points at $275 will actually result in 15,000 points. For Northeast travel on Amtrak (which I am most familiar with), this results in 5 one-way trips in the Northeast Zone from Vermont all the way down to Virgina. This means that each one-way trip equates to $55. This, in my opinion, is a great deal for Northeast travel! There have been times I’ve been able to get a $50/one-way fare, but it is rare. The good thing about Amtrak travel is that redeeming points is very easy and typically always available. I was able to redeem 3,000 points same day on a $150+ ticket from Baltimore-NYC when my flight was cancelled and landing in BWI was my only option. Because I am in NYC and taking the train is fairly common, I actually think I am going to jump on this deal. You can also get a 50% bonus when purchasing points as a gift for someone else. Loyalty Traveler also includes that this deal has some value when transferring Amtrak points to various hotel and airline options.