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Amtrak Mastercard

The new MBNA Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard is now on track after Amtrak unhitched the Amtrak smartrak rewards VISA card issued by Capital One. The new co-branded card ties into the Amtrak Guest Rewards loyalty program which was launched last November. In May, Amtrak announced the new agreement with MBNA. The new card offers one point for every dollar in retail purchases that are charged to the card and two points for every dollars worth of Amtrak tickets charged to the Platinum Plus version of the program. There is also a signup bonus of 500 points. Platinum Plus cardholders may earn up to 100,000 points while Preferred cardholders are limited to 50,000 points, annually. Points may be redeemed for: free travel on board Amtrak; transfer points for free flights on United, Continental, and Midwest Express; exchange points with the Hilton HHonors program; free stays with Hilton HHonors Hotels, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, and W hotels as well as Marriott hotels; and free car rentals from Hertz. MBNA is offering a 12.99% go-to APR following a six-month intro balance transfer APR of 3.9%. There is no annual fee. For more information visit

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