The Big Easy by Train – Making it Happen

So, you want to take a quick trip to the Big Easy–how do you make that happen? Below, you’ll find the cards you need, and how much the trip will set you back.

Card Annual Fee Spending Requirement Bonus Points Notes
Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards World

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$79 $1,000 in 90 days 20,000 points After your 5% redemption, you will have 1,253 points for another redemption.
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select

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$0 for the first year, $99 after that $1,000 in 90 days 30,000 points This bonus increases to 50,000 miles a few times a year, so it may make sense to wait for that and earn even more AA miles.

If you go this route, using two sign-up bonuses and paying for the hotel, you’ll end up pay $481.20 for a trip that, in total, costs $1,428.30, a savings of $947.10, or 66%!

If you add in the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card to the mix:

Card Annual Fee Spending Requirement Bonus Points Notes
Chase Marriott Premier Rewards

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$85 $3,000 in 90 days 80,000 points Get an additional 7,500 points for adding an Authorized User

Going this route, your only out-of-pocket expenses would be the taxes on your award flight, a whopping $11.20! That’s a savings of 99%, basically a free trip!

Happy travels!

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