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Deal alert: Amtrak offers 35% off routes nationwide

Sept. 06, 2019
3 min read
Amtrak Coast Starlight train
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Amtrak just rolled out their latest sale, with discounts of 35% on nearly all routes across America in celebration of Grandparents Day. The sale runs through Sept. 9 for travel from Oct. 1 to Feb. 2, 2020.

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Below are some of the rates that Amtrak is promoting on its website:

The discount will automatically be applied at check out on all valid routes, although it appears that not all departures are discounted, so you may have to search a little to find the cheapest fares.

Start your search for discounted tickets on the Amtrak website. There's no coupon code needed to unlock the cheap fares.

Routes: Services include all routes except for the Pennsylvanian and Keystone local service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Capitol Corridor, Hiawatha, Pacific Surfliner, and 7000-8999 Thruways.
Cost: From $16 one-way
Book by: Sept. 9, 2019
Travel Dates: Oct. 1 through Feb. 2, 2020
Restrictions: Prices can’t be combined with other discount codes. Upgrades to Business Class are not permitted, and this offer is only valid for Acela Business class and coach seats. Space is limited as sale prices are not available on all trains or at all times. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period; a 25% cancellation fee applies. Other restrictions may also apply.
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Jackson, MS to New Orleans, LA for $16 one-way:

San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA for $36 one-way:

Washington D.C. to New York, NY for $39 one-way:

Boston, MA to Washington D.C. to for $73 one-way:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on train purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on all travel purchases), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare purchases) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases).

Featured image by Amtrak Coast Starlight train. (Photo courtesy Amtrak)
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