Discussion in 'Illinois' started by 4amigos, Jan 6, 2011.
I used to use Amtrak a lot when I was in college in Illinois and It was always 30 minutes late every time, which used to be annoying. I was told you can request a refund to compensate for lateness but to get a discount, you need to get a student advantage card, even if you arent a student (weird!)
Overall, I think to enjoy Amtrak, you must like the idea of train travel in itself, and the scenery isn't always great, but hey you can't have all your way!
My co-worker just cancelled the train because it was too expensive. But I think they found the full fare online and it didn't have any added fees. It just wasn't as cheap as he wanted. You can google for coupon codes and sign up for fare alerts if you want to plan ahead.
I've only traveled on Amtrak once but it was a great experience. There were no hidden costs, train was on time, passenger loading went quickly. Train was clean, comfortable and the dining car was very efficient with outstanding food. Arrived at the destination on time. The return trip was equally as enjoyable. Smooth ride all the way around.
booking tickets on Amtrak over the phone
my experience booking tickets on Amtrak has been a positive one so far...I like the fact that almost all Amtrak tickets are fully refundable if you haven't yet printed them out. I'd also suggest booking tickets over the phone rather than online because online you don't have control over room selection.
best time to book Amtrak tickets?
I just wondered if there is a best time to book Amtrak tickets? I can see that i can't book for tickets for november 2012 at the moment and have been constantly checking the prices which don't seem to waiver that much apart form summer/holiday times. any ideas?
booking Amtrak tickets during low season
that's because you can usually book 10 months in advance. Also, long distance sleeper car accommodations do not go on sale because they tend to sell out. Their cost goes up closer to travel date as the room supply goes down. Also, I recommend booking in October because you have fewer family vacation groups since school is back in session, so ticket prices are usually lower to begin with.
train cheaper than plane
I recently did a trip on The Vermonter and the trip was very enjoyable and the best thing is that you don;t get no airport hassle. Amtrak is also far less expensive than flying. May even be less expensive than driving, if you count wear and tear on your car and parking.
gotta love Amtrak
like the poster above said Amtrak is more hassle-free than an airplane. You can buy your tickets online and if your order 3 days in advance you can use AAA to get a discount. I love train trips and the seats are big and comfy unlike planes. Amtrak is really an awesome way to travel!
booking amtrak tickets
As long as your amtrak tickets are paid for in advance you can pick them up at the station from the ticket master or a self-serve kiosk. I would advise though that you arrive at the station in advance to avoid the queues..
Amtrak? never again
Amtrak? where do I start?! my trip on Amtrak with my husband from Omaha to Sacramento was pure hell...not only the train was a few hours late but also we had to pay an extra day's fare for the joy of waiting at the hideously uncomfortable station because the train pulled into the station just before midnight. The food was dull and uninspired...what a nightmare of train travel!
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