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Amtrak Revives USA Rail Pass

June 10, 2021

Back in the 1970s Amtrak offered unlimited coach travel on the USA Rail Pass good for up to 30 days.

Various forms of the rail pass have been around over the years, but this week Amtrak announced a re-launch of the program.

The new USA Rail Pass will offer a 10-ride pass for $299 through June 22, a savings of $200 over the regular price of $499.

Amtrak said in a news release that passengers using the pass under the introductory offer will pay less than $30 per segment.

Unlike the paper passes of past years, the new rail pass is an electronic pass that allows up to 10 segments of coach travel in a 30-day period.

Trips involving a connection will count for two segments. Upgrades to business class or sleeping-car accommodations are not available.

Once the pass is purchased, passengers will have up to 120 days to use it. Once the first segment is traveled, passengers then have 30 days to travel nine more segments.

The news release said passengers will be able to book and modify their trip itinerary and will receive an electronic ticket for each segment to present to the conductor when boarding.

Biden to Help Amtrak Celebrate 50 Years

April 29, 2021

President Joseph Biden will participate in a ceremony on Saturday to mark Amtrak’s 50th anniversary.

The White House said the event will be held at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station where Biden also is expected to promote his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

Biden became known as “Amtrak Joe” during his time as a senator when he commuted on Amtrak between Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington on a near-daily basis.

As vice president under Barack Obama Biden continued to sometimes ride Amtrak

Amtrak is expected to showcase some of its special livery locomotives during the Philadelphia event, including the Salute to Veterans ACS-46 and two P42DC locomotives that have received 50th-anniversary inspired liveries.

The latter includes the Midnight Blue No. 100 and No. 46, which has the current livery with a large 50th anniversary herald.

Other locomotives are slated to receive heritage and/or specially designed schemes, but those units have yet to be released for revenue service.

The Midnight Blue unit was released from the Beech Grove Shops near Indianapolis last weekend and was the trailing unit on Monday night’s Capitol Limited that departed Chicago en route to Washington.

In a related development, Amtrak said Thursday it is selling 50 percent off tickets to mark its anniversary.

The fares are available on select routes and come with a maximum fare of $50 per segment.

Reservations must be booked between April 28 and May 5 for travel between June 2 and Nov. 14.

More details and bookings can be done at Amtrak.com. Terms and conditions apply.

Latest Flash Sale Aims to Boost Auto Train Travel

January 14, 2021

Amtrak’s latest flash sale is focused on travel on the Auto Train.

The sale began Tuesday and extends through Jan. 22. The carrier is touting fares as low as $99 for one person in a sleeping car roomette and $149 for two in the same room.

Fares for one person in a bedroom are as low as $259 for one and $299 for two.

Coach sale fares are $59 for one and $118 for two.

Those fares do not include the cost of transporting a vehicle between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida.

Travel must be made between Jan. 15 and Feb. 25 northbound, and March 15 to May 31 southbound. Blackout dates for the latter are April 2 and 5.

The fares do not require roundtrip travel, but reservations must be made at least three days prior to departure.

The offer is available at Amtrak.com and the Amtrak app. Other terms and conditions apply including that the fares are not available on all trains at all times.

More information is available at Amtrak.com/AutoTrainSale.

Kids Can Ride Free on Amtrak

October 21, 2020

Amtrak launched this week a flash sale through Oct. 25 in which one child ages 2-12 can travel for free with each paid adult fare.

The free travel applies to coach or business class and is applicable on Northeast Corridor, national network, and most state-supported trains.

Excluded are the Pennsylvanian between New York and Pittsburgh, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner trains in California, and some Thruway bus routes numbered 7000 to 8999.

Travel must be begin and be completed between Oct. 26 and Dec. 17. Tickets must be purchased at Amtrak.com or on the Amtrak app.

Fares are subject to availability and must be booked at least three days in advance of departure.

Backout dates of Nov. 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30 also apply along with other terms and conditions.

Amtrak Offers NEC Bargain Fares

July 11, 2020

Amtrak said this week that it is offering what it termed its “lowest fares of the year” for Northeast Corridor travel.

A news release said passengers could save up to 30 percent by booking the ongoing Saver Fares already offered on Acela and Northeast Regional trains with the special offer before July 31 for travel through Sept. 12.

The fares have no blackout dates and exchanges and refunds will be processed upon customer request through Aug. 31.

Amtrak to Change Fare Rules March 1

February 24, 2020

Amtrak plans to make some of its most popular discounted tickets non-changeable and non-refundable on March 1.

The changes to the terms of the “saver” tickets mirror the rules applied to discounted airline fares.

Amtrak also plans to tighten the rules on standard fare tickets at the same time.

Currently, passengers buying “saver” tickets have some flexibility to change their travel plans and to get a refund if they cancel their trip.

Amtrak Executive Vice President Roger Harris, who is the carrier’s chief marketing and revenue officer, said tightening the rules for discounted tickets is a trade-off that will allow the railroad to make “the very lowest fares even lower.”

But no longer will passengers be able to get refunds for discounted tickets. “In other words, once you buy it, you use it or you lose it,” Harris said.

The changes in the fare rules had been expected after Business Insider last December published a leaked internal Amtrak memo describing plans for fare restrictions.

This isn’t the first time that Amtrak has cracked down on refunds and cancellations.

The carrier two years began imposing a 25 percent cancellation penalty.

Ticket change penalties are standard in the airline industry and in 2018 the airlines raked in $2.7 billion in reservation-change and cancellation.

Amtrak expected to gain $10 million dollars a year from the rule changes.

The new fare rules that become effective next month will affect “saver” and “value” tickets by establishing a 24-hour window for passengers to change their travel plans once ticketed.

After 24 hours, the ticket will become nonrefundable, and no changes or upgrades will be allowed.

Currently rules allow discounted tickets to be changed at any time before departure subject to a 25 percent cancellation fee.

Standard and value fares will come with a 25 percent penalty for cancellations or a 15 percent penalty for changes made within two weeks of departure, unless the passenger is changing or upgrading the reservation on the same train or day as the original reservation.

Standard fares currently are fully refundable if canceled eight days or more before departure. If canceled less than eight days before departure, the 25 percent cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, business and Acela First-Class Premium tickets are still refundable up to the moment of departures and changes can be made at any time.

Amtrak said that in the wake of its fare rule changes it will promote even more discounted fares for travel aboard its Acela and long-distance trains.

One area in which Amtrak continues to distinguish itself from the airlines is with add-on fees.

The carrier said it has no plans to charge passenger fees for baggage.

But Harris said that doesn’t mean it will never impose such fees.

“Frankly, we should review it,” he said. “But I don’t think we’re going to be like an airline that suddenly says give me $30 for your bag. I don’t think that’s the value proposition that we offer.”

Amtrak allows passengers two personal items and two carry-ons, plus two checked bags free.

BOGO Tickets Being Offered from Jefferson City

January 8, 2020

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation Amtrak is offering a buy one, get one fare sale for travel to and from Jefferson City, Missouri.

For each adult coach ticket purchased through Feb. 29 using discount code V716, a second adult traveling on the same itinerary can travel free of charge aboard one of the Missouri River Runner trains.

The offer is valid for adult coach seats only and no additional discounts can be applied.

All sales are final and no upgrade to business class is permitted.

Exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period subject to a 25 percent cancellation fee. For more information, including other terms and conditions, visit Amtrak.com.

Amtrak said in a news release that the BOGO tickets are to thank the community for its patience while local, state and Amtrak officials worked to provide a temporary station after the regular station was closed to due to structural defects.

The temporary station is located along the boarding platform a half-block west of the regular Amtrak station, which closed last October.

The Missouri River Runner trains are funded by MoDOT. Trains 311, 313, 314 and 316 operate daily between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Bring a Companion For Free Fare Sale Launched

January 8, 2020

Amtrak on Tuesday announced a bring a companion for free fare sale for travel between Feb. 1 and June 12.

Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 12. The fare applies to select routes for coach and sleeping car tickets.

There are blackout dates on April 10, April 13 and May 22 through May 25.

The trains offering the companion fare include the California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and the Texas Eagle.

Amtrak said the sale is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling on the same reservation as one full adult fare.

For reservations with sleeping accommodations, the free companion and full fare customer must travel together in the same room.

All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion  on a special website page by using the discount code (V605) when booking a trip.

The fare cannot be combined with other discounts. Space is limited and the offer is not available on every departure. Other terms and conditions apply.

Amtrak Launches Coach Travel Flash Sale

November 5, 2019

Amtrak has launched a flash sale for coach travel between Nov. 11 and 24, offering savings up to 60 percent off regular coach fares.

The sale began on Nov. 5 and extends through Nov. 7.

In a news release, Amtrak said passengers can choose from 15 routes to travel without black-out dates.

Examples of the fares include Chicago-New Orleans, $49, New York-Miami, $59, Washington-Cleveland, $29; Atlanta-New York, $59; Dallas-St. Louis, $39, Los Angeles-Albuquerque, $29 and Seattle- Sacramento, $39.

The offer is valid for adult coach seats only and no additional discounts can be applied. All sales are final and no upgrades will be allowed.

Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable and exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period for a 25 percent cancellation fee applies.

Amtrak Offering Sleeper BOGO Sale

October 9, 2019

Amtrak launched a sleeping car flash sale this week, offering a buy one get one deal.

When one person buys sleeping car accommodations a second person can join them for free.

The deal is only available at Amtrak’s website and tickets must be purchased by Oct. 14 for travel between Nov. 11, 2019, and April 8, 2020.

Blackout dates will apply between Nov. 21, 2019, and Dec. 3, 2019; between Dec. 21, 2019, and Dec. 23, 2019; and between Dec. 27, 2019 and Jan. 3, 2020.

Amtrak operates sleeping cars on the Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington), Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-New York/Boston), Cardinal (Chicago-New York), City of New Orleans (Chicago-New Orleans), Silver Meteor (New York-Miami), California Zephyr (Chicago-San Francisco Bay region), Coast Starlight (Seattle-Los Angeles), Empire Builder (Chicago-Seattle/Portland), Silver Star (New York-Miami), Southwest Chief (Chicago-Los Angeles), Sunset Limited (New Orleans-Los Angeles) and Texas Eagle (Chicago-San Antonio)

When booking travel, passenger would navigate to amtrak.com/roomette-bogo or use the discount code V550 when booking their trip.

The offer is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling in the same roomette, bedroom or family bedroom with the purchase of one regular full adult fare.

The free companion and full fare passengers must travel together in the same room and reserve in the same reservation.