Amazing value of Priority Club points through!

Update: is sending out emails to those that made transfers, informing them the transfer was unsuccessful.

Priority Club points can be purchased for 0.7 cents each using the techniques outlined in this post. Basically you can make cash & points bookings (where you’re paying $70 in place of 10,000 points), and then redeposit them, with 10,000 points posting back to your account instead of $70.

Well, for whatever reason is currently letting you exchange Priority Club points for Amtrak points at a very favorable ratio, 1,000:1,333.

While you can redeem Amtrak points for train travel, you can also redeem them for gift cards in a variety of programs at a rate of one cent per point. For example, you can get a $100 Hyatt gift card for 10,000 points:

Or you can get gift cards with AMC, Applebee’s, Barnes & Noble, Bath and Body Works, Bloomingdales, CVS, GAP, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Maggiano’s, Olive Garden, Pottery Barn, Red Lobster, etc, at the same rate (10,000 points gets you a $100 gift card).

So this is basically an opportunity to get gift cards for half off. $70 gets you 10,000 Priority Club points, and that gets you 13,333 Amtrak points (worth roughly $133 in gift cards, though you do have to transfer in the right increments).

The Amtrak rules for say you can transfer a maximum of 50,000 points per transaction and a maximum of 100,000 points per year, though that doesn’t seem to be enforced.

The big risk here is of course that they don’t honor it. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen. If you have Priority Club points it’s a no brainer to take advantage of this. If you actually need to buy Priority Club points to take advantage of this, be prepared to get stuck with Priority Club points….

This should be fun to watch.

(Tip of the hat to Gary)


  1. My “exchange” button is not active for this trade, despite having enough Priority club points and selecting a number over 10K (the minimum for the transfer”. Might be under scrutiny already…

  2. @ Anita — Are you making the transfer in increments of 1,000 Priority Club points (and not increments of 1,000 Amtrak points)? That could make all the difference.

  3. The exchange rate is actually 3:4, so if you want to avoid rounding and get exactly 100k Amtrak from it, do your transfer in multiples of 3k PC points. Although frankly, the number of points you’d “lose” from rounding is insignificant.

  4. Lucky (and others)

    I figured it out. I’d selected “get more” “Amtrak points” in the top section instead of “move points out of” and “priority club”. It does not work in reverse.


  5. @ Lucky,

    I am planning on flying LHR-SEA at the end of the weekend in First.

    Before I book it with AA I am waiting to see how your experince was, please post that portion of the trip report ASAP.


  6. To get exactly 100k (and not 99,99x) with transfers that get you 50k Amtrak points each, transfer 24k (for 32k), 24k, and 27k (for 36k).

  7. Thanks, Lucky (and also Gary). We’ve done it and we’ll see what our final confirmation e-mail reads in X days.

    Nothing ventured – nothing gained.

  8. I just received cancellations for my transfers:

    “Thank you for performing an exchange transaction on Unfortunately, your exchange has been cancelled as we were unable to process it. If you would like to try again, please visit”

    The 1333:1000 (4:3) exchange ratio on the website hasn’t been fixed yet, but I would expect it to be a no-go.

  9. they just fixed it, now showing 10,000-1,333. I was able to process 2 of them just before they fixed it, will see if it goes through

  10. There was a similar error with Amtrak -> Asia Miles transfers about a week ago that stuck around for several days. I actually got 8k Amtrak points converted to 60k miles but they sent a cancellation email a couple days later and reversed the trades.

  11. I’m curious why you’d hat tip Gary, when in fact he basically just swiped it from LoyaltyLobby? Why didn’t you hat-tip LoyaltyLobby? Even Gary hat-tipped LoyaltyLobby. Great to see the good old hat-tip chain reaction which inevitably gets the snowball rolling til there is so much exposure that the deal dies. 🙁 Why even waste readers time with these deals that you know won’t be honored as you know it’s not sustainable to buy GCs at 50% off?

  12. @ gregorygrady — I “tip the hat” to where I see a deal and not where it originated. Otherwise I’d probably spend 20 minutes per post trying to find the very first source for something. It looks like it was posted on FlyerTalk before LoyaltyLobby, and probably somewhere else before that.

  13. Gary thanks for posting this even if it’s not going to be honored. Re: those who endlessly criticize you for posting things on YOUR BLOG that in some way violate their personal obscure code of ethics – do you ever want to punch them in the nose, literally, or figuratively?

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