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From VARPs On Track newsletter, summer 2011
Dick Peacock, VARP Secretary
Amtraks pricing structure mirrors the airline industry practices. The bad news is that last-minute tickets cost a lot more and the whole pricing structure is very complicated. The good news is that the smart traveler who plans ahead is rewarded with low fares.
Extreme differences in fares are common. A coach trip leaving from Richmond at
Certain age groups and the military receive discounts. Infants under age two can travel free with a fare-paying adult if they do not occupy a needed seat. Children aged 2 through 15 receive
Certain organizations can get discounts. Members of AAA and NARP obtain a
Fares on certain routes, in certain states, or for particular trains are frequently put on sale. This information can be found on Amtraks home page under the Deals tab at the top of the page. In the spring of 2011 coach fares were lowered 20% in the State of
If you make a reservation on the Internet and try to combine discounts, you will receive an error message. It is possible that you may not be aware of a discount because it is mentioned elsewhere on the railroads website. If this happens just select adult fare or childs fare. Just go with the combination of information that produces the lowest fare.
Certain ticket promotions require promotion codes. These promotions are typically for visiting an event in a particular city. Special museum exhibits or trade shows may use this strategy. Your Amtrak ticket representative will likely not be aware of these special deals; therefore, you will need to provide the appropriate code.
Multi-ride tickets can be obtained for a calendar month or for
Rail passes allow people to travel widely at lower cost for certain periods. The USA Rail Passes offer extensive travel for 15, 30, or
A person can join Amtraks Guest Rewards program to receive points for future travel, and Guest Rewards specials allow participants to earn double or triple points for specific trips. Combining this program with a Chase Amtrak credit card doubles the points a traveler can earn.
More information about special pricing can be viewed on Amtraks website under the Deals tab at the top right portion of the home page.