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  1. justinslot

    Trip with multiple legs of travel, paying with points and cash, checked baggage

    I just called the Amtrak help line with this question but I'm not completely sure the representative understood what I was asking so I am checking with the forum on this one. Let's say I want to book PHL --> WAS --> LAX, but I don't have enough points to cover the entire trip. (Both of those...
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    Connecting with the Crescent via the Silver Star (92) in WAS

    The ticket agent was able to book me on the 92 to connect with the Crescent, for the record. I'm fairly confident that nearly four hours between arriving and departing trains will allow me to make that connection (knocks on wood.)
  3. justinslot

    Connecting with the Crescent via the Silver Star (92) in WAS

    What did you do during that enormous layover? One could definitely make a "day in DC" out of it, hit some museums or something.
  4. justinslot

    Connecting with the Crescent via the Silver Star (92) in WAS

    This is something I've noticed when trying to see how Amtrak can take me from Orlando to Birmingham...I realize there are straighter non-train paths between those two destinations, but I really prefer the train. Whenever I try to book this trip the Amtrak website only gives me the option to...
  5. justinslot

    Drug Busts On SWC

    Oh! This happened to me! I mean, not the drug bust thing or having my money legally confiscated thing, but I have encountered the DEA on Amtrak. If you go back to my posts you'll see the exact day it happened, lemme find it...oh yes, on 11/13/18--the day the Southwest Chief was held so...
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    Hurricane Dorian (2019)

    Wonder what the chances are for another few days of cancelled Silvers...I was thinking of rebooking my trip for Wednesday but worried I'll just have to move it around again. EDIT: As of right now the 91 and 97 are showing as cancelled on Amtrak.com for 9/4 and sold out for 9/5 except for coach...
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    Hurricane Dorian (2019)

    Welp, there we are. Getting my points (for the trip there) and dollars (for the trip back) was an easy five minute phone call, so good on Amtrak customer service.
  8. justinslot

    Hurricane Dorian (2019)

    Thinking about being proactive and seeing if I can move my departure to Saturday instead of Sunday...but also thinking just seeing if I can move everything around to avoid the hurricane altogether. I have a bit of flexibility here, basically the first three weeks in September to play with.
  9. justinslot

    Hurricane Dorian (2019)

    Wonder how far in advance Amtrak will cancel the 97 on 9/1, if they do.
  10. justinslot

    Hurricane Dorian (2019)

    My clever plan to take the 97 from PHL to ORL on Sunday so I could go to the Disney Halloween Party on Monday is looking less and less clever.
  11. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    So the other day I noticed that Hertz says they have a location at the Kissimmee station? And...that station is about as close to Disney World as the downtown Orlando station is? This might be exactly what I'm looking for, particularly if they allow dropoff at the station. Has anyone rented from...
  12. justinslot

    FYI: Hertz Chicago Union Station is closing

    So FYI: the day I arrived in Chicago was the day after the rental agencies were closed for good. Luckily the Avis office is extremely close by--I went out the wrong exit on the way there so I had to walk a little more than I had to, but if you go out the Jackson Blvd exit and turn right on...
  13. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    Interesting...I'd forgotten that non-Amtrak trains pass through there.
  14. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    By the way--I appreciate the suggestions above, but for me being able to hang out in my comfortable, air conditioned car in the Orlando parking lot right up until my train arrives (within reason) is an irreplaceable luxury. I will be sad if it is gone for good.
  15. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    Okay, so, whoever I just talked to at the South Orange HLE office--which administers the ORL station desk--claimed that they are, quote, being "kicked out" and the close is permanent. The mystery deepens...why would Amtrak kick them out? If my information is accurate, I mean. She had no...
  16. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    Thanks for the thread move. Yeah I think the Hertz office that staffs the Amtrak station will also do local pickup, so there's that. I'd probably be in trouble even if the Amtrak desk wasn't closed since I'm arriving on Labor Day for my next trip...
  17. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    (Weird how this thread is in the lounge, which I just noticed since I found it via a forum seach? It's not off topic from the main board...anyway I hope some Orlando folk see this.)
  18. justinslot

    Hertz Rental at Orlando Station

    Old thread bump but I don't want to start a new thread for this... I've been trying to book a car here in both September and December and I kept getting the dreaded "PICKUP LOCATION TEMPORARILY CLOSED [DE556]" message...unfortunately I've been doing this at night, or on a Saturday (like right...
  19. justinslot

    FYI: Hertz Chicago Union Station is closing

    Ah, I searched for "chicago rental" and "chicago hertz" and didn't see anything. Yes, the closest Hertz office is at 181 W Washington, and they do offer pickup. But it would be even easier to just rent from the onsite companies...does the other thread cover whether Avis and Budget are also...
  20. justinslot

    FYI: Hertz Chicago Union Station is closing

    I was trying to make a reservation for early August but the Hertz website said the Union Station location would be closed then; I called the Union Station Hertz desk directly to make sure the website is correct, and not only is it correct, the location is closing permanently sometime after 7/15...
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