The Future is the One Place Everyone is Headed Traveling by train is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. As a more energy efficient mode of travel, rail contributes less per passenger mile to climate change than either cars or airplanes. When you travel with Amtrak® and offset your emissions, you help fight climate change and improve the future of our environment. And when you join Amtrak Guest Rewards program, you can do even more. For Earth Day through Train Day, the motto for Amtrak’s Guest Rewards Program is “The future is one place that everyone is headed, and how we get there is important.” From Earth Day on April 22nd until Train Day on May 7th, Amtrak Guest Rewards will be matching 50% of all carbon offset redemptions. Guest Rewards members earn points for train travel and can use those points to mitigate their train travel carbon footprint. And what’s more? Both Amtrak and Earth Day celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year! Since 2009 Amtrak and Carbonfund.org have partnered to offer carbon neutral travel options to customers and for Guest Rewards. Redeeming points with Amtrak’s Guest Rewards is as easy as one, two, three:
- Enroll today
- Provide your member number at the time of booking and earn points for every dollar spent on Amtrak travel
- Use your points to redeem a wide selection of rewards, including free Amtrak travel and carbon offsets
For example, a traveler can contribute 1,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards Points for 1,983 pounds of CO2 or 2,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards Points for 3,966 pounds of CO2. Of course, between now and National Train Day, Amtrak will award a 50% match! To celebrate rail travel and the partnership, Carbonfund.org will join Amtrak Guest Rewards at the Train Day celebration May 7th at Union Station in Washington, DC. Union Station joins Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia in the day’s celebration of Amtrak rail travel. This year, Amtrak celebrates four decades of providing the nation with vital intercity and high-speed passenger rail service. After 40 years dedicated to serving communities across the country, Amtrak is proud of its role in America’s history, but even more excited about what’s to come.