Friday, February 26, 2016

Amtrak Rewards

Apparently, I can now pick the supplier of my electric power - and get 10,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points!
Welcome to the NRG Home family! We’re changing the way people think about and use energy, and you’re part of that change movement.

Your plan comes with:* 
  • 10,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points after your second month as an NRG Home electric customer
  • 2 points for every $1 on the supply portion of your electric bill 
The best part is, you don’t have to do anything different. Your local utility will continue to deliver your electricity, read your meter and send your bill, while you reap the benefits of teaming up with us.
Amtrak Guest Rewards has switched to a point system where travel redemption is linked to fare price, but it appears that 10,000 points is worth about $300.  The offer advertised on the Amtrak website is for 5,000 points.  NRG claims that their introductory electricity price is 30% lower than Pepco, but who knows?
You'll receive a promotional electricity supply price of 7.3¢ per kWh for your first three bills and your price will be variable after that.
Going back to Pepco is supposed to be without cost or difficulty.  We'll see!


  1. I find it odd that we are able to choose our natural gas and electric suppliers but have no options for water and mail delivery.

  2. Well, the Postal Service is a government monopoly that would probably go out of business as we know it if it weren't subsidized by the government (kind of like Amtrak and passenger rail). Water, unlike electricity, is relatively cheap to produce so the main expense is the infrastructure that delivers it, which would be impractical to duplicate.