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Deal alert: Amtrak tickets starting at $19 one-way, $49 for Acela

Jan. 26, 2022
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available.

Looking for a cheap travel deal and prefer the train over flying? Amtrak is offering fares around the Northeast Corridor for as low as $19 in coach class or $49 in Acela’s popular business class.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Deal basics

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Carrier: Amtrak
Routes: Tavel between Boston and Washington.
Trains: Northeast Regional, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Keystone, Vermonter, Crescent, Cardinal, Palmetto, Silver Star and Silver Meteor services within the Northeast Corridor.
Cost: Coach seats as low as $19 and $49 Acela business class.
Dates: Sale runs between Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2022, for travel from Feb. 1 to May 26, 2022.

This limited-time sale is valid for Amtrak’s coach class and Acela business class on select trains traveling throughout the Northeast Corridor. To book, customers visit https://www.amtrak.com/northeast-getaway-sale or use the Amtrak app.

Note that the discounted fares are not available for Sunday travel and upgrades aren’t allowed. All tickets include two bags and two carry-ons and Amtrak is waiving change fees through April 30, 2022.

Sample routes

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This offer is automatically applied when you search the sale on amtrak.com for a qualifying deal.

Washington to Boston for $49 in Acela business class:

Screengrab from Amtrak

New York to Philadelphia for $18 in coach:

Screengrab from Amtrak

Baltimore to Providence for $49 in Acela business class:

Screengrab from Amtrak

Maximize your purchase

(Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg)

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on travel purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel).

If you find yourself frequently traveling on Amtrak, you might want to consider applying for a cobranded credit card issued by Bank of America. The no-annual-fee Amtrak Guest Rewards® Platinum Mastercard® offers 12,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days of account opening.

The information for the Amtrak Guest Rewards card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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