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Amtrak Deal Bulletin — June 19

Amtrak San Joaquins at Emeryville station in 2012. The locomotive is wearing Amtrak's California logo by Hornswoggle via Wikimedia Commons Amtrak San Joaquins at Emeryville station in 2012. The locomotive is wearing Amtrak's California logo by Hornswoggle via Wikimedia Commons

General Conditions: Except where noted, all Amtrak promotions apply to coach travel only; discounts apply to full-fare tickets and can’t be combined with other discounts; most deals entail blackout dates; seats are limited; some promotions do not apply to all trains; most promotions make provisions for one or two children accompanying each adult traveler. Companion and most children’s deals require all travelers to travel together. Amtrak also offers other minor deals and promotions. In most cases, the Amtrak website automatically computes and displays eligible discounts for any trip you enter. Check for details and booking.

Standard Ongoing Discounts

Amtrak routinely offers modest discounts to certain travelers. For the most part, these discounts apply only to coach travel and are generally not combinable. Most routine discounts do not apply to weekday Acela Express trains and many do not apply to some Thruway bus travel. When you enter itineraries and personal details, the Amtrak website automatically computes discounted fares. Discounts are subject to capacity control.

  • Senior: 10 percent discount for travelers age 65 or over except on cross-border travel with VIA Rail, where the minimum age is 60. Senior discount is not valid on Acela, Auto Train, Saver fares, or on business class or sleeper accommodations. 50 percent senior discount on Downeaster trains.
  • Disability: 10 percent discount for travelers with disabilities and traveling companions, with appropriate ID. 50 percent discount on Downeaster trains.
  • Children: One child age 2-12 travels for 50 percent off with an adult age 18 or over.
  • Military: 10 percent discount for travelers on active duty and their spouses/dependents, including travel on Auto Train, excluding Canadian portion of trans border trains.
  • Veterans Advantage: 15 percent discount for members of Veterans Advantage.
  • NARP: 10 percent discount for members of National Association of Railroad Passengers with three-day advance purchase.

Discounts previously available to AAA and AARP members have been discontinued.

Advance-Purchase Discounts

  • Saver Fares discounts of 15 percent-25 percent are routinely offered on most long-distance Amtrak trains with 14-day advance purchase. Discounts are limited to coach class and to Saturday and select weeknight Acela trips.

Weekly SmartFares: 

Buy Tuesday-Friday, June 19-22.

Travel Monday-Thursday and Saturday, varying dates, June 30-July 21.

Deal: 30 percent off regular coach fares.

Routes: Sale seats are available between endpoints or intermediate points of sale route; sale fares apply only in the direction noted.

  • City of New Orleans: Chicago-Marks, Mississippi
  • Northeast Regional: various routes.
  • Sunset Limited: Los Angeles-Del Rio.

Other Time-Limited Promotions

  • Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express and Maple Leaf: 15 percent discount for students age 13-25 for travel within New York State plus Montreal; requires student ID; buy by Dec. 28 with three-day advance purchase; travel through Dec. 31.
  • Capitol Corridor: 50 percent senior discounts for travel Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday; buy and travel through June 28. Also free companion ticket for travel on Saturdays, through Sept. 30. Also 50 percent discounts on up to five companion tickets; ongoing. Also 25 percent discount on trips to/from Oakland Coliseum station for A’s home games, through Nov. 1.
  • Downeaster: Free companion ticket. Buy three days in advance; travel through Dec. 31.
  • 50 percent companion discount on travel to Milwaukee for the “Summerfest” music festival for travel June 27-July 8.
  • Missouri River Runner: Children ride free, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Offer applies to one kid, age 2-12, accompanied by an adult, through Aug. 26.
  • San Joaquins: Up to five 50 percent companion discounts, ongoing.

Ed Perkins, editor

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