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  1. ET2020

    Car damage from AutoTrain?

    I've traveled via Auto Train 4 times in the last 2 years, with a 2019 Enclave, and have not experienced any issues. However, in 1998 we took our 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan on the Auto Train, and it had a broken tie-rod issue, upon our return to Lorton.
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    AutoTrain Boarding

    I'd like to know also ?? - It wasn't running January or February of 2021
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    AutoTrain Boarding

    We wrestled with the same thing this past January, and will now go through it again in a couple weeks. We arrived around 11:45, and parked at the small exterior lot, not checking in through the main window. Then I walked into the terminal to get my boarding confirmation and select our dining...
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    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    Our 2nd SnowBird trip is coming up, and we were hoping that things would be more back-to-normal than they were in Jan of 2020. I would like to have the Dining Room Experience, and maybe even actually talk to another passenger en-route.... Fingers-Crossed !!
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    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    For that Wife : Bread & Wine -- just add some cheese, and that's all you need! :)
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    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    Amtrak HR having trouble "OnBoarding" staff ! Now that's RICH! :)
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    Auto Train Meals

    Hello - jiml When are you planning to return to Florida via AutoTrain?
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    Auto Train Meals

    WOW - interesting that the cash price is the same, though. That's a premium of almost 100K Points. Definitely not worth it. I just received an email from Amtrak identifying $9 Coach fares on AutoTrain. I think I would suffer through sleeping in Coach for that deal, if only I had a reason to...
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    Auto Train Meals

    Curious as to the Points vs Cash structure when looking at next year’s trip. First week of January in a Bedroom is $1365 Southbound. Points are 145,373 !! That’s > 106 Points per Dollar End of January - same trip is still $1365, but only 48,458 Points (35.5 Points per Dollar). Why the huge delta...
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    Auto Train Meals

    I can validate this. We just completed our first roundtrip in a Bedroom. We requested our meals be delivered to our room. We were able to maintain physical distancing at both stations: we (I) checked in at the desk at 11:30 each time, and requested our dining time and (for the NB) paid for...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    OK - Thanks for that feedback!
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    Thanks, BLNT - I agree that the pay off is being able to rest (somewhat), and avoid the white-knuckled experience on I-95 ! We drove it in January of 2018, and sure enough, it snowed the morning we left. Roads from VA through NC were horrific. And in SC (we stopped over at Hilton Head), it was...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Hi JimL Nice article -- My wife is definitely glad we're doing the AutoTrain to Orlando instead of flying. Looks like our journey has the train at 45% booked right now, although all the bedrooms are sold out. Do you know - Are they filling all the bedrooms, or does it represent being Sold-Out...
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    How was the experience, over all ? This Jan trip will be our first time in a Bedroom.
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    Haven't seen any more recent updates to this topic. We head SouthBound on AutoTrain on 1/2/21, in a Bedroom/Sleeper. Is the Dining Room still closed? Do i need to even bother about reserving a time , or does the SCA bring dinner to your bedroom ??
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