Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak discount fares’

Amtrak Touts Student Discount Fares on Midwest Corridor Routes

May 15, 2018

Amtrak caught some flack earlier this year by phasing out some everyday discount fare programs.

But discount fare programs are still around, although in a different form.

In a news release, the passenger carrier sought to entice college students into make trips home by taking advantage of its student discount fares.

Amtrak even suggested that students can take their dirty laundry home to be cleaned, noting passengers are allowed up to 150 pounds of carry-on luggage at no cost.

The fare program is available to students ages 13-25 with a valid student ID.

They will receive 15 percent off the lowest Value or Flexible Fare when making reservations on the Amtrak website at Amtrak.com/MidwestStudentDiscount or by entering Promo Code V307 at time of purchase.

The fares are available on the Illini, Saluki, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Lincoln Service, Hoosier State, Wolverine Service, Blue Water, Pere Marquette, Missouri River Runner and Hiawatha Service trains.

Student discount fares are also available with Amtrak Thruway buses associated with these trains, all of which are funded by the state departments of transportation of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Veterans Wants Amtrak Discounts Reinstated

April 16, 2018

Veterans groups are pushing back against Amtrak’s termination of ticket discounts for military veterans.

They’ve launched a petition at change.org seeking to pressure Amtrak into restoring the discounts, which were ended in late March.

At issue is a program formerly known as Veterans Advantage, which offered discounts of 15 percent to members and their families.

Amtrak continues to offer fare discounts to active duty military members.

The Veterans Advantage program, which began in February 2001, ended along with standing discounts for members of AAA and the National Association of Railroad Passengers, now known as the Rail Passengers Association.

Amtrak has said that is has ended the discounts in favor of discounted Saver fares that require purchase at least 14 days in advance of travel as well as periodic fare sales.

Amtrak Launches Fare Sale This Week

March 27, 2018

Taking yet another page from the airlines fare sale playbook, Amtrak has launched a discount sale of its highly restrictive “saver” advance purchase fares.

The National Spring Sale Campaign, which began Monday and extends through March 29, is offering discounts of 20 percent to 33 percent for tickets purchased online only at Amtrak’s website.

The fares are good for coach travel between April 15 and June 21. There are no blackout dates, but the cheaper fares are not be available on every day or train.

They cannot be upgraded later to business class or sleeping-car travel and are “non-refundable.”

Making a change in your travel plans once you purchase a ticket will subject you to a 25 percent cancellation fee.

Amtrak Holding Winter ‘Flash Sale’

January 30, 2018

Amtrak announced today a three-day “flash sale” on tickets for several long-distance routes, offering 25 percent if purchased through Thursday, Feb. 1.

Fares will be automatically discounted from the standard coach fare and cannot be combined with other discount codes.

The sale doesn’t apply to one-way travel and upgrades to business class are not allowed. Sale prices are not available on all trains at all times and tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets must be bought at Amtrak’s website for travel between Feb. 13 and March 22, and includes nine long-distance routes:

  • Auto Train (Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida)
  • The Capitol Limited (Chicago and Washington)
  • The Cardinal (Chicago and New York)
  • The City of New Orleans (Chicago and New Orleans)
  • The Crescent (New York and New Orleans)
  • The Lake Shore Limited (Chicago and New York/Boston)
  • Silver Service/Palmetto (New York-Savannah, Georgia-Miami)
  • The Sunset Limited (New Orleans and Los Angeles)
  • The Southwest Chief (Chicago and Los Angeles)

Amtrak to Make Discounted Fares Less Generous

December 15, 2017

Amtrak is poised to become less generous with its discounted fares starting next month.

Trains magazine quoted anonymous sources as saying that a number of changes will be made to fare discounts and cancellation policies in the wake of a review ordered by Amtrak co-CEO Richard Anderson.

Under the present policy, passengers who cancel a reservation before their scheduled departure time can convert the entire value of their ticket into a voucher to be applied to future Amtrak travel within a year.

The new policy will impose a 25 percent cancellation penalty for sleeper and super saver fares.

Passengers who cancel and seek a cash refund will see 10 percent of the value of their ticket deducted for coach or Acela Business Class reservations if canceled within 48 hours of scheduled departure.

Also under the present policy, a 15 percent penalty is imposed for sleeping car reservations canceled within seven days of departure. The penalties are waived for business class or Acela first class reservations.

The new policy deducts 25 percent of the value of a canceled sleeping car ticket or a coach or Acela Business Class ticket purchased with a saver fare regardless of whether the remainder of the ticket value is returned as cash or a voucher.

The penalty does not apply if the reservation is changed for a future date or otherwise modified short of cancellation. If a change results in a lower fare, the full difference can still be refunded as a voucher.

Many existing discounted fares will continue to be offered, but the discount will be less.

The 15 percent senior discount will be cut to 10 percent and the age eligibility threshold increased from 62 to 65.
Likewise, the disability discount of 15 percent will be cut to 10 percent. Unchanged are the requirements that passengers buying a disability fare ticket do so with an Amtrak agent by phone or in person at a staffed station. The disability discount will continue to apply to all rail fares.

Amtrak now allows up to two children between the ages of 2 and 12 to travel for half off the full adult rail fare when they are accompanied by an adult paying full fare.

The new rules will allow only one child per accompanying adult. All other children must pay the full adult fare.

The new rules will also create an exemption whereby many discount fares will not apply to the highest fare bucket.

Under the existing rules, all discounts can be applied to all fares except saver or E-bucket fares that require a ticket purchase at least three days in advance of travel.

The new rules will mean that only the disability discount can be applied to “full Y” bucket fares, which typically carry the highest rail fares and apply to the last tickets sold.

This change will also affect such discounts as student, AAA members, Veteran’s Advantage members and National Association of Railroad Passengers member discounts.

“Full Y” fares are the only ones available for purchase aboard a train from a conductor.

All discounts apply only to the rail fare and are not applied to accommodation charges for sleeper, business class and Acela first class tickets.

Tickets acquired with Amtrak Guest Rewards points will carry their own change and cancellation penalties.

Amtrak Holding Black Friday Fare Sale

November 24, 2017

Amtrak is joining in on the “Black Friday” craze and offering discounted coach fare tickets up to 30 percent on select trains nationwide.

The sale runs through Monday (Nov. 27) and travel must be completed between Dec. 11, 2017, and March 25, 2018.

Restrictions and blackout dates apply. Like all of its promotional fares, the “Black Friday” fares are yield managed and the price goes up once predetermined benchmarks are hit.

Would-be passengers wanting to buy a “Black Friday” fare need to know the train number and its schedule. The fare will not be displayed until you are completely logged in to the Amtrak website.

Amtrak Holding ‘Track Friday’ Sale

November 23, 2016

Amtrak is joining the Black Friday madness with a Track Friday fare sale.

Amtrak 3Between Friday, Nov. 25 and Mon day Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), the passenger carrier is offering 30 percent off for travel between Dec. 10, 2016, and April 9, 2017, throughout Amtrak’s national network.

The fares are only available at Amtrak.com.

$5 Kid Tickets Offered for Travel to Missouri State Fair

July 19, 2016

Amtrak is offered a $5 children’s fare keyed to travel to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

The fare applies to up to two children ages 2-12 when accompanied by an adult traveling at the regular fare.

Amtrak Missouri River RunnerThe fares are good on the state-funded Missouri River Runner trains during the fair’s Aug. 11-21 run in Sedalia.

Reservations should be made using discount code V523 through Aug. 20 and must be made at least one day in advance of travel.

Look for the “Deals” tab at Amtrak.com or call Amtrak reservations at 800-USA-RAIL.

The offer is valid for coach seats and is dependent upon availability.

Amtrak’s Sedalia station is located three miles from the fairgrounds and taxi service information will be available on the train and at the station.

The Missouri River Runner also serves St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit, Independence and Kansas City.