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Amtrak waives change fees for all reservations made through October

July 18 2022
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There's good news for Amtrak travelers who are hoping for maximum flexibility with trips this fall, as Amtrak is once again waiving its change fees for reservations made through October.

This means that all Amtrak reservations made by Oct. 31 can be changed without an extra fee, regardless of fare type.

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"Amtrak is waiving all change fees for reservations made by October 31, 2022," an Amtrak spokesperson confirmed via email, while also noting the extension of "the removal of some restrictions on Multi-Ride tickets on the Northeast Corridor" through the same date.

This applies to all Amtrak travel, including cash fares and trips booked with Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

The waiving of change fees applies to Amtrak classes across the board, including Saver tickets, the cheapest fare type. Under normal circumstances, Saver fares are nonrefundable outside of the 24-hour period from the time of booking, and travelers must pay a 25% fee of the total ticket price to make a change more than 24 hours after purchase.

When conducting a test booking for this story, Amtrak's website still notes that "cancel/change fee may apply" to Saver fares, but that is not the case for travel booked by Oct. 31.

(Screenshot from Amtrak)

Amtrak previously waived change fees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but resumed change fees for Saver coach fares last September.

Just note that even though you can change your Amtrak reservation without a penalty, expect to pay a fare difference if your new ticket is more expensive. This is similar to the way that most airline fare changes work.

"A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary," Amtrak says online. "The change fee waiver does not apply to a previously purchased fare rebooked for the same train, date and origin/destination to a lower fare."

Related: 9 mistakes travelers make on their first train trips

Bottom line

To modify your Amtrak reservation online, log in to your account and go to the "Modify Trip" tab or log in to the Amtrak app and find your reservation on the home screen.

You can also change your travel by calling an Amtrak customer service agent at 800-872-7245, but if possible, we recommend changing your itinerary online or through the app for the quickest way to do so since you'll likely be put on hold if you call by phone.

Read more: Amtrak extends points expiration, continues to pause its waiver of change fees

Featured photo by The Amtrak Surfliner Train. (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
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