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Amtrack Discounts?

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Amtrack Discounts?

Does anyone know of a discount for Amtrack? We haven't worked out all the details, but if the three of them fly up from NC then I'll go up by myself . I would rather Amtrack up instead of worrying about parking and driving. And by the time you add in airport security it takes less time to Amtrack AND you end up in Manhattan so you don't waste even more time getting in from the airports. Does anyone know any discount codes or cheap tickets to get from the DC area to NYC? Can you let me know what to expect? I havn't travelled Amtrack in about a decade!

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1. Re: Amtrack Discounts?

When I visit DC or Boston I always take Amtrak. I find it more convenient, comfortable and relaxing. I went to Boston a few months ago via Amtrak and found it was excellent.

If you are a member of AAA, or AARP, you can get a 10% discount.

Also, have you considered the bus? Less comfortable, but much less expensive.

The Washington Deluxe is a good option.

http://www.washny.com/

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2. Re: Amtrack Discounts?

Sorry, forgot to add, did you check their website for specials?

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The only special deal (apart from the usual AAA/senior citizen/military discount) Amtrak is showing right now is for "companion fares"... the second person's fare is 1/2 of the usual. If this works for you -- it's valid for travel through the end of June -- enter promotional code V383 in the appropriate box on the booking page.

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10% discount for AAA with a three day advance purchase. Note that it seems many of the trains have widely varying prices depending on type of train, and time. Acela trains at peak times are most expensive, Metroliners still exist (who knew?), and then there are the Regional trains. Amtrak, well, its a pretty ride, it helps if you're a patient person. I always fly between New York and Washington, Amtrak gets under my skin, but lots of people love Amtrak. Often I can get last minute walk-up roundtrip weekend flights between New York and Washington for less than the price of the train and if I'm going to Arlington / Alexandria I find the convenience of Washington Reagan National an added bonus. Now, if its cloudy, raining, snowing, windy, or somebody in Air Traffic Control hit traffic on their drive to work you can expect delays coming into LaGuardia or Newark.

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I travel frequently between NYC and DC... have driven, flown, and taken the train (I don't care for buses so have given that means of transport a pass). Amtrak is my much preferred MO, and although I've occasionally experienced some delays on the tracks between NYC & Boston, all my DC trips have been snag-free & on time... indeed, on my last trip several weeks ago, the Regional train I was on was running ahead of schedule so we ended up stopping longer at the stations along the way so as to not leave new passengers behind. But to reduce the odds of any delay when heading north, pick a train which originates in DC -- not one of the long-distance trains which starts further down south.

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we travel on amtrack all the time to the City;we have a mastercard which gives us amtrack miles,so many of our trips are "free". We try to use our card for all big items,and car repairs,etc...the when we're able,we go to NYC (they also allow us AAA discount if we don't have enough creditcard points). We have been doing this for many years,and only once(!!) have been disappointed(train much delayed).

watching the sun come up,the dining car(meeting people),the ease (no baggage searches,etc)of travel all equal a fine transport-then,of course,getting off @ Penn Station to get to hotel,so easy..some people prefer flying..we like the train!

There are promotions all throughout the year...ask the people @ AAA,or get a credit card that will give you train miles(you can put college tuition on it! wow,that's a lot of free travel)

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How does one deal with luggage on the DC-NYC trains?

I did not see any listings for bag-checking trains on the schedules I was looking at.

I am totally new at trying to make train arrangements. It's confusing and I am lacking in confidence.

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You can either take you luggage onto the train yourself orthey will get someone to help you.

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Amtrak's overhead luggage racks are roomier than those on an airplane; in addition to those, there is typically a luggage storage area at one end of each car if you don't feel like schlepping your suitcase to your seat & hoisting it to the overhead rack. Some people here at TA caution against leaving baggage in that end-of-the-car storage area lest someone dart on and snatch it while the train is stopped at a station. But, I've never witnessed that nor do I know anyone else who has. The porters who assist with luggage are called "red caps" -- so if you see a sign with that posted, that's what it means -- and like airport sky caps, should be tipped for their service which is otherwise free.

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10. Re: Amtrack Discounts?

Thank you. I should have been more clear.

My concern was storage places for the luggage on the car and if I would need to store something overhead.