Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak fare sales’

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.

Flash Fare Sale Publicizes Return of CONO to NOLA

August 27, 2019

As a way of marking the restoration of Amtrak’s City of New Orleans to operation the full length of its route, the passenger carrier has launched a buy-one, get one fare sale.

Nos. 58 and 59 have been terminating and originating in Jackson, Mississippi, for much of the time since May when flooding closed the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April opened the spillway to prevent Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans.

Generally, when that happens, host railroad Canadian National bans Amtrak from using the spillway.

Also disrupting the operations of the City of New Orleans was CN track work, which for a week in late July and early August had the train operating two hours later than its normal schedule, and then originating and terminating in Memphis for another week.

CN and Amtrak have a standing agreement that trains can only deadhead with employees until the aging trestle on the spillway is rebuilt when the spillway is opened.

However, CN also denied Amtrak permission to use a wye to turn the train at Hammond, Louisiana, which is 50 miles closer to New Orleans.

During the track work and spillway opening passengers rode chartered buses between Jackson and New Orleans.

As for the fare sale, tickets must be purchased by Aug. 31 and travel completed by the end of September.

Trains magazine noted that the flash sale for the City was one of the few Amtrak has held that is route specific in recent years.

Similar sales have been nationwide aside from a those limited to the Auto Train or conducted in cooperation with states that fund Amtrak corridor routes.

The focus on the City of New Orleans is an effort to attract attention to the fact the train is once again serving both endpoint cities and to address a ridership drop during the months of schedule disruptions.

Trains said that sleeping car revenue had been flat for the first half of fiscal year 2019, but dropped by 16 percent in May, 29 percent in June, and 36 percent in July compared with the corresponding months of 2018.

The represented lost revenue represented of almost $500,000 for those three months.

“We knew we had to develop a plan to counter the idea that there were only buses south of Jackson,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

The Southern Rail Commission has sought to help Amtrak publicize the fare sale by appearing in local news media reports in the South.

“It was important for us to get some earned media to publicize the sale,” Magliari said.

Amtrak awarded special recognition pins to on-board and station employees for their service during a difficult situation.

Reduced Fare Companion Tickets offered on Adirondack

July 2, 2019

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the New York-Montreal Adirondack, Amtrak is offering a 45 percent off companion ticket with the purchase of a full fare adult ticket.

In a news release, Amtrak said no special purchase or ticket is required, but the Amtrak ticket is required to be purchased within 10 days of the travel period.

Passengers who show their Amtrak ticket to or from Ticonderoga, New York (station code FTC) at Fort Ticonderoga’s ticket office throughout July and August will receive free access to the historic fort, which dates to the 18th century.

Only one free Fort Ticonderoga ticket will be offered for one Amtrak Adirondack ticket. The offer is subject to restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Amtrak Launches Sleeper BOGO Sale

June 5, 2019

Amtrak has announced a buy one, get one sale on sleeping car roomettes and bedrooms.

Tickets must be purchased between June 4 and 10 and travel must take place between Aug. 1, 2019, and March 21, 2020.

Amtrak said the fare is available on all trains with sleeping cars except the Auto Train.

The full fare adult and traveling companion must travel together on the same reservation.

Other terms and conditions include no changes to a trip itinerary once travel has begun and a 25 percent cancellation fee will be imposed on all cancellations.

Reservations must be canceled at least 15 days before travel and reservations canceled after that will receive a non-refundale eVoucher.

There are no blackout dates, but space may not be available on all trains at all times.

Amtrak Sale Tied to Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

Amtrak is using Valentine’s Day as a backdrop for its latest fare sale, a buy one get one free offering that began Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 18.

In a news release, the passenger carrier said passengers can buy one ticket and get the second one free for nationwide travel between March 25 and July 29 with no blackout dates.

The sale is available at Amtrak.com, and all prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare price.

Fares are only available on coach seating on reserved service and is not valid for travel unreserved service, including the Pennsylvanian, Keystone Service, Capitol Corridor, Hiawatha Service, Pacific Surfliner and 7000-8999 Thruways.

Fares are one way (adult) and no additional discounts apply. Travelers must travel together and be booked in the same reservation.

Other restrictions include no upgrades allowed and the offer being not combinable with any other discount offer.

Sale prices may not be available at all times and on all routes. The offer is subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased, a 25 percent cancellation fee may apply.

Passengers booking travel under this plan should refer to discount code C125.

Amtrak Offering 2 for 1 Roomette Fares

December 7, 2018

Inside a Viewliner roomette aboard the Lake Shore Limited.

Amtrak is offering a buy one get one free sale on sleeping car roomettes.

The deal is only available at Amtrak.com and runs through Dec. 11 for travel between Jan. 7 and May 23, 2019. There are no blackout dates.

In a news release, Amtrak said the sale allows one person in a group of two to travel for free.

Under normal circumstances, both occupants of a Viewliner or Superliner roomette must each pay for rail fare and share an accommodation charge.

The sale applies to travel aboard the California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Startlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle.

The sale does not apply to the Auto Train.

The companion traveling with the customer must stay in the same roomette, and other terms and conditions apply.

To take advantage of the sale, a traveler should begin by clicking on the “Buy One Roomette and Bring a Companion for Free” page of the Amtrak website.

The sale does not show up on the normal reservations page, which is unable to calculate the discount.

Passengers will know they have booked the sale fare if they see a “promo applied” notation below the roomette fare.

Trains magazine reported that it found that the best cost savings are available for multi-night travel because rail fares are yield managed.

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)

2-for-1 Fares Launched on Texas Eagle

January 20, 2016

Amtrak has launched a two for one sale for Texas Eagle passengers that is good for travel through March 20.

The fares are also good for travel beyond San Antonio on the Sunset Limited for those who board at a station served by the Eagle between Chicago and San Antonio.

Amtrak Texas EagleAmong the intermediate stations served by the Eagle are Springfield, Illinois; St. Louis; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas.

Three days a week through cars between Chicago and Los Angeles operate via a connection in San Antonio with the Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited.

Sample fare for two adults each way are as low as Chicago to Little Rock, $124; Los Angeles to Dallas/Ft. Worth, $192; Chicago to Dallas/Ft. Worth, $162; Little Rock to St. Louis, $70; Chicago to Austin, $172; Austin to Dallas/Ft. Worth, $36; Chicago to San Antonio, $172; and San Antonio to Dallas, $44.

Travel between Chicago and St. Louis, and between San Antonio and Los Angeles is excluded. See the Deals tab on Amtrak.com for other applicable restrictions.