Ok, so here’s the post where I get on my high horse, and explain how I beat the system and everything, right? I mean, isn’t that what bloggers do? Especially in travel hacking?
Well, I’m not going to do that. And it’s not because I’m modest, or a great guy – though I also like to think I’m those things. It’s because I can’t.
I won’t be getting status on Amtrak, because my plan won’t work.
So. Here’s my new experiment.
If you remember my post from last month, this will become a monthly item on the writing board. Rather than just updating my Keeping Score page, I want to explain a few things. You know, why I do what I do.
If I just put numbers in front of you, I’m the only one that’s going to benefit from it. If I explain those numbers, I hope it helps you a little bit too!
I want to get everyone travelling a bit more, and a bit cheaper, too.
My second business credit card!
When I applied for my first business card, I only based it on my occasional reselling of items on Amazon or on Ebay. Luckily, American Express was happy to stroke my ego, agreeing that I had a “business” and I snagged a Starwood Preferred Business Credit Card.
Now, I’m happy to say my side hustle is actually holding its own.
So much so, that I had to increase my spending power. I not only requested (and was approved) for a credit line increase on my Starwood card, but I took out a new Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card from Bank of America!
So, the latest weapons in my arsenal are two new cards from Bank of America. One personal, one business. On the personal application, I opted for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard.
I actually plan on keeping the Amtrak card long-term. Some of the benefits we’ll discuss below will be great for my long term.
Depending on your local rail scene, this card may not provide much value for you. Since I live and travel in the Northeast corridor, I’m looking forward to adding more train trips to my itineraries! There’s something nostalgic about trains to me, and I just took my first trip by train last month! It wasn’t long, but Amtrak offered an easy way to get from Baltimore Washington Airport into Washington DC’s Union Station.