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Convert United/Continental Airline miles to Amtrak (1:1)

rm999 83 September 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM in Travel (2)
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Last Edited by rm999 December 15, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Hopefully this is a good deal for some of you, who like me have plenty of united airline miles and travel along the northeast corridor a lot. A coach amtrak one way ticket in the northeast region (anywhere between DC and Boston) is 3000 points, and is typically priced between 70-100 dollars, valuing those points at 2.3-3.3 cents each. This is considerably higher than I can usually get from my airline points, plus amtrak points are more convenient (easy refunds/changes and you can buy any ticket for 3000 points at any time, even 30 minutes before the train).

Of course the northeast corridor is served well by very cheap buses, but sometimes trains are way better - faster, more comfortable, more dependable, more consistent (especially during rush hour on fridays!), and safer. If you don't find value in taking the train this isn't for you.

Steps:
1. If you want to transfer continental points skip this step. Transfer united points to continental here [continental.com]. Make sure you use the exact same address and name when you setup the two accounts. Transfer in blocks of 5000 points
2. Call continental's onepass number at 713-952-1630 and request the transfer to amtrak. They only do transfers in blocks of 5000, and it can take up to ten days for the transfer to go through. It took me about 3 days.

The reason I'm posting in this forum is the ability to do this may not last much longer - continental points are merging with united at the end of 2011, at which point the ability to transfer to amtrak may end.

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#31
I've never taken Amtrak but I'm interested in swapping some miles for Amtrak rewards. Does anyone know what "Coach Class - Special Routes Reserved/Unreserved Coach / 1000 points" and "Coach Class - Northeast Zone Coach Class - Northeast Zone / 3,000 pts?" When I click the descriptions I can't decipher what it's saying...I created an account and pretended to book a trip but when I clicked "redeem" it simply said I do not have enough points for the trip but didn't say how many I need.
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Quote from supergirll8075 View Post :
I've never taken Amtrak but I'm interested in swapping some miles for Amtrak rewards. Does anyone know what "Coach Class - Special Routes Reserved/Unreserved Coach / 1000 points" and "Coach Class - Northeast Zone Coach Class - Northeast Zone / 3,000 pts?" When I click the descriptions I can't decipher what it's saying...I created an account and pretended to book a trip but when I clicked "redeem" it simply said I do not have enough points for the trip but didn't say how many I need.
You'll have to call them. They won't even tell you the points required if you email them (even if you give them ALL the details).

1-800-307-5000. They are open daily 5am to Midnight ET
Last edited by dvdapex September 22, 2011 at 08:54 AM
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#33
Added to wiki about the limited time promo
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#34
My wife and I each have Continental Airline miles accounts. Does anyone know if we can transfer from our separate airline mile accounts into one Amtrak account?
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#35
Just called Amtrak Guest Rewards for the details on the Autotrain. Dont be leary of calling, the have wonderful customer experience and the representitive was extremely pleasant to speak to. Autotrain goes from Lorton, VA (30 mins south of Washington, DC) to Sanford, FL (20 mins from Orlando). 16 hour trip. Train departs station at 4pm, arrives at destination at 8pm. Points required for travel (all travel is booked one-way):

10,000 points per vehicle
5,500 points per coach ticket
15,000 sleeper cabin (holds up to 2 people, no coach ticket needed if cabin reserved)

I plan on reserving a cabin and taking my car. So I was quoted 25,000 one-way for a sleeper cabin, my car, my girlfriend and myself who are taking that the trip. Roundtrip will be 50,000 points. Thats a pretty AMAZING value.. considering 25,000 points barely scores a roundtrip airline ticket these days. And 50,000 points is usually the price of a unrestricted roundtrip domestic airline ticket for ONE person. If you want to put value to the points.. most airline miles are worth about 1-2 cents each.. meaning 25k miles = $250-500 for the airlines.. and 50k miles = $500-1000 for the airlines.

Even with these miles being valued at 2 cents a mile.. converting them to Amtrak points and taking the Autotrain to Florida for Xmas vacation. I'm still only spending 50k miles for what would be a $1650 trip if I paid cash. That means these 'converted' miles are worth 3.3 cents each on Amtrak (versus 1-2 cent each with an airline).
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My wife and I each have Continental Airline miles accounts. Does anyone know if we can transfer from our separate airline mile accounts into one Amtrak account?
I have the same question????
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#37
The hold to reach a rep is ridiculous...30+ minutes on 2 calls.
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#38
Quote from TheOldinOut View Post :
The hold to reach a rep is ridiculous...30+ minutes on 2 calls.
UA/CO is tough to deal with.
I had two flights cancelled and could only send them an email, in which they havent even replied yet.
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Quote from surftb15 View Post :
UA/CO is tough to deal with.
I had two flights cancelled and could only send them an email, in which they havent even replied yet.
Well just transferred 50k miles to Amtrak...took 2 minutes with the rep. They must be very understaffed.
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Well just transferred 50k miles to Amtrak...took 2 minutes with the rep. They must be very understaffed.
Yea. They tweeted:

Currently, our Customer Care team has longer than normal response times. We appreciate your patience.

Sorry for the delay. Our Customer Care team is experiencing longer than usual response times. Thanks for your patience.
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#41
Continental's onepass number at 713-952-1630 has callback service thats much better than waiting on hold for 30 mins or whatever. Call, leave your number/name.. they will call you back when its your turn in the wait queue. It works absolutely perfect.. and with no headaches.
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