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Deal alert: Cyber Monday Amtrak sale — buy one, get one free for Northeast travel

Nov. 26, 2021
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Starting today, Amtrak customers can buy one train ticket and get one free ticket for a friend to travel together via select routes throughout the Northeast as part of the rail company's annual Track Friday Sale. BOGO tickets can be booked through Nov. 29.

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Deal basics

Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 24. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Carrier: Amtrak
Routes: Valid on routes along the Northeast Corridor, for travel between Brunswick, Maine (BRK) — Roanoke (RNK), Newport News (NPN) and Norfolk (NFK), Virginia, which includes stops in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.
Trains: Acela Business Class, Northeast Regional, Cardinal, Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Star and Silver Meteor.
Cost: Coach seats as low as $42 one-way for select routes. Valid for Value and Flexible fare type tickets.
Dates: Jan. 4 — Apr. 30, 2022

This limited-time sale is valid for Amtrak's coach class and Acela business class on select trains traveling throughout the NEC. To book, customers can enter the code "C240" at https://www.amtrak.com/track-friday-sale or use the Amtrak app. Note that both the customer and their companion must travel together in the same reservation for this deal.

The sale is not available on all trains at all times and is not eligible for travel from April 15 – 24, 2022. No upgrades are permitted, and other restrictions may apply.

Related: 2 claws up: Amtrak’s new menu features lobster crab cakes and chicken tandoori

Sample routes

Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 24. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This offer is automatically applied when you search the sale on amtrak.com for qualifying Value and Flexible fares. For example, you could book two round-trip tickets from New York's Penn Station (NYP) to Union Station in D.C. (WAS) in Acela business class for $238 total.

(Screenshot courtesy of Amtrak)

Although each fare was listed as $119, you're ultimately only paying half the original price since your companion gets to travel for free, thanks to you being a good friend and taking advantage of this deal.

(Screenshot courtesy of Amtrak)

You could also book the same train using the Amtrak app by entering the code "C240" under Coupons/Discounts.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Amtrak)

Related: Amtrak rolls out new kiosks nationally

(Screenshot courtesy of Amtrak)

Lastly, you can also use Amtrak Gift Cards to book these fares online, via the app or by phone.

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Bottom line

This is an excellent deal for those traveling along the Northeast who want to avoid the hassle of getting to and from an airport. Amtrak offers all passengers two personal items and two carry-on items for free. Passengers are expected to wear face masks at all times to prevent the spread of COVID-19 consistent with federal law.

Amtrak is waiving all change fees for reservations made by Jan. 4, 2022.

Act now as this deal is short but sweet, lasting through Nov. 29.

Related: Breaking: Amtrak says all employees must be fully vaccinated as of Nov. 1

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
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  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
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