Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Day Trip and my Confusion with Orange County Metrolink and San Diego Coaster

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Day Trip and my Confusion with Orange County Metrolink and San Diego Coaster

Last month, I shared my experience riding the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Seattle down to Los Angeles (link).  A few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on taking public transportation (buses and Amtrak) from Orange County to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) (link).  Today, I will share my experience booking the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and some of the scheduling roadblocks I ran into.

The first thing you should know is that the Pacific Surfliner is part of Amtrak’s special routes, where it costs only 1,500 Amtrak Points per person each way, regardless of how long or short the ride is.

Amtrak Special Routes

The Pacific Surfliner runs multiple times every day from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a 5 hour and 45 minute journey if you go end to end.  Along the way, the train passes through 29 stations.  Important: not every Pacific Surfliner train stops at every stop.  This partially screwed me up on my trip from Irvine (IRV) to Carlsbad Village (CBV) to visit a friend on Tuesday afternoon, I’ll explain later.

Pacific Surliner Maps and Stops

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AMEX Offers: Office Depot / Office Max Update #2, Columbia, Montblanc, and 6 Other Offers

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AMEX Offers: Office Depot / Office Max Update #2, Columbia, Montblanc, and 6 Other Offers

Good morning everyone, if I had a dollar for every AMEX Offer I talked about, I would be a very rich man (call me American Express!).  On Monday morning, I talked about the Office Depot / Office Max promo (link) and how I used 6 AMEX cards to purchase 2 $200 Visa Gift Cards (link).

Office Depot Office Max AMEX Offer

This morning, I checked my American Express account and saw all the charges and statement credits post to all 6 of my AMEX cards.  Therefore, you will earn cash back when purchasing gift cards in-store and you can split the purchase amount across multiple AMEX cards.

Office Depot Statement Credit

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Random News: Amazon AMEX Offer, 6,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points, Apple Pay at Walgreens, and Accidental Chime Card Hack

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Random News: Amazon AMEX Offer, 6,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points, Apple Pay at Walgreens, and Accidental Chime Card Hack

Good evening everyone, I know this offer was mentioned 10+ hours ago, but I wanted to make sure to share it: Amazon AMEX Offer provides a $15 statement credit after making a $15+ purchase on Amazon.  #freemoney.  Unfortunately, none of my AMEX cards have this offer, I guess AMEX doesn’t love me after all.  Shawn @ Miles to Memories received this offer on 6 out of 7 of his AMEX cards. #luckyguy

Amazon $15 AMEX Offer

Thanks Whitney for the image.

In other credit card news, I received a targeted offer for my Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card.  I can earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay until February 28, 2015, up to 6,000 points.  This offer is nothing special, but if you have this credit card, you should have received a similar (maybe better?) offer in your inbox.  Hilton Points are worth about 1/2 a cent, so this offer is a big yawn in my book.  Good deal if you had upcoming Hilton stays already planned though.

Citi Hilton HHonors Promo 2,000 Points Per Stay

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Random News: $10 Starbucks eGift Card for $5 on Groupon, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22, and AMEX Offers for eBags and Vitamin World

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Random News: $10 Starbucks eGift Card for $5 on Groupon, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22, and AMEX Offers for eBags and Vitamin World

Good morning everyone.  Hopefully you are all staying warm somewhere as 2/3 of the country is under a pile of snow.  This deal should warm you up.  Groupon has $10 Starbucks eGift Cards for $5 (link).

Starbucks Groupon Deal

Before purchasing your egift card, remember to go through an online shopping portal (link).

Groupon Cash Back Monitor Portals

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AMEX Offer Office Depot / Office Max Update, Free $5 Amazon Gift Card, and other Chime Card Offers

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AMEX Offer Office Depot / Office Max Update, Free $5 Amazon Gift Card, and other Chime Card Offers

Good evening everyone, earlier this morning I posted the AMEX Offer for Office Depot / Office Max (link) where you would receive a $10 statement credit for a purchase of $50 or more on your enrolled AMEX card.

Office Depot Office Max AMEX Offer

Shortly after creating that post, I drove over to my local Office Depot store and bought 2 $200 Visa Gift Cards (you can only buy the fixed value cards at Office Depot, not the variable load cards that say $20-$500 in the corner).  I kindly asked the cashier if she should split the payment into multiple $50 payments and she agreed.  Splitting the payment was really easy, all you do is swipe your AMEX card, tell the cashier how much you want to charge (they will need to change the amount from the default full amount to $50), sign your name on the credit card reader, and repeat until all your AMEX cards have been used.  Immediately after every purchase, my iPhone received the AMEX alert and email confirmation.

Office Depot GCs and Receipt

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