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  1. siberianmo

    Amenities that have disappeared from Amtrak

    Having just returned from a SW Chief trip (CHI-LAX) I once again experienced the "no printed schedule and no route guide" in the bedroom "thing." Nothing really surprising but always a turn-off. I do travel prepared with my own personal copies of both from trips-past - however, I have to...
  2. siberianmo

    Amtrak from a conservative point of view

    For Ryan; I have no intentions of elevating your blood pressure more than apparently it is. However, "dead wrong," prove it? "Obvious" to whom? And I am educated. Context? Perhaps reading the entirety of my comments would enlighten you a bit regarding the analogy used. Pay as you go...
  3. siberianmo

    Posting of Chase AGR Points

    Chase really mishandled all of this. My points posted as "Credit Card" with an Oct 1st date; that transaction just appeared as of this date - Oct 17th. When I spoke with a Chase representative last week, I was told that since I elected to cancel my Chase AGR card and not accept their Freedom...
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    Amtrak from a conservative point of view

    Chiming in with my 2-cents: However, in the interests of Full Disclosure - I am firmly in the camp of Joseph Vranich through his books “Supertrains: Solutions to America’s Transportation Gridlock” - “Derailed: What Went Wrong and What to Do About America’s Passenger Trains” - and - “End of the...
  5. siberianmo

    Texas Eagle Route for 2 zones?

    Not sure I fully comprehend your question, however my experiences have been: The Texas Eagle/Sunset Ltd runs 3 days per week from Chicago to Los Angeles - as an aside: the ridiculously early arrival in LA is one that I avoid. Anyway . . . The Coast Starlight runs daily from Los Angeles to...
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    Posting of Chase AGR Points

    Had to laugh about this one: On Oct 1st I called Chase to close my credit card Guest Rewards account only to hear that they could not find it! After a bit of a wait, I was "informed" that all Chase Guest Rewards cards had been switched over to Freedom cards with new account numbers. None of...
  7. siberianmo

    Double Days?

    My two cents: Double Days is the twice per year "event" wherein Guest Rewards members can stock up for future travel. I have been registered for this fall's offering since it was announced on the web site. If not for "burning through" my Rewards points under the soon-to-be phased out Guest...
  8. siberianmo

    Dinner in your room, or "Room Service!"

    My two cents: I read through all of the replies on this topic and really am amazed at some of the comments. I do not doubt the veracity for a second, just surprised at some of the negativity; hopefully those sorts of things were promptly reported to Amtrak's Customer Relations - call "Julie"...
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    Zephyr sold out

    In the for what it is worth dept.: I have been booking the CZ for at least one annual trip (CHI-SAC) for several years. I try to do so at least 4 months in advance. Why? My preference is to get a sleeper and hopefully the SuperLiner bedroom of which there are only 5 per car; depending on the...
  10. siberianmo

    My Auto Train trips August 10-11 & August 18-19, dining crew rude

    Chiming in: My rail travels over the past decades have been, in a word, extensive. I am hardly a novice at that sort of thing, much less life itself. I have found that a dining car staff can make or break one's experience. Cheerful, friendly and attentive are the buzz words. Sadly, there...
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    Amtrak Guest Rewards 2.0 Coming January 2016

    More of My Two Cents: This topic has become magnetic - really something that has triggered all sorts of oh-pin-yuns, commentary, insights, etc. Cannot keep away . . . My BOA M/Card is all set up and has arrived in the mail. Fortunately, we have just had a rather extensive home project...
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    Burning some points. Silver Meteor NYP-MIA and Return.

    Enjoyed your report - covered all the bases. Looking forward to your fotos. Reminded me of a round trip taken in 2013 - WashDC-Orlando - Silver Star southbound; Silver Meteor northward. Mine was in roomettes w/toilets. Consists had full-service dining cars. An okay trip for eastern runs -...
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    Amtrak Guest Rewards 2.0 Coming January 2016

    My two cents regarding "gaming the system": Let's see, one is gaming when cashing in on a reward system? A system which promises and delivers to those who pay their way? Hmmmmmm. Extrapolating a bit, I suppose there are those who think military retirees are "gaming the system," along with...
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    New Amtrak Guest Rewards Master Card - Fall 2015

    For: jimhudson The trip aboard #422 was an absolute joy - great crew in the dining car and sleeper. Sent Kudo's to Amtrak; hope the employees get the feedback. As for Chase, I had posted a bit of info regarding that Freedom Card some pages back and was told that if one cancels their Guest...
  15. siberianmo

    New Amtrak Guest Rewards Master Card - Fall 2015

    Put this in the For What It is Worth Dept. as of Sep 15th: I was able to get approved for BOA's Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard in 12 minutes - start to finish. Began on the Guest Rewards site - clicked the card I wanted - entered the required info - done! Perhaps some of that elapsed time...
  16. siberianmo

    New Amtrak Guest Rewards Master Card - Fall 2015

    And some more . . . . I "just" spoke with Chase customer service about their Freedom card that will be sent to me as a replacement for the Guest Rewards MasterCard. Here is what I "learned": (1) One cannot opt out of receiving the Freedom card because "It will automatically be sent and...
  17. siberianmo

    New Amtrak Guest Rewards Master Card - Fall 2015

    Ever have one of those mixed-emotions-moments? Just this morning (Labor Day) I did. Upon returning home from a most enjoyable rail adventure (San Diego-to-Los Angeles-to St. Louis via San Antonio) with three nights in a sleeper ("paid" by Amtrak Guest Rewards!) I found a stack of snail mail...
  18. siberianmo

    New AGR Program Mailer with a nice luggage tag

    I just returned from a most enjoyable rail adventure - San Diego to Los Angeles aboard the Pacific Surfliner in Business Class with a change of trains to the Sunset Ltd/Texas Eagle from LA to St. Louis via San Antonio in a Superliner bedroom; all "paid" by Amtrak's Guest Rewards Program. While...
  19. siberianmo

    Amtrak Guest Rewards 2.0 Coming January 2016

    Ahoy Disgruntled Rewards "Club" Members, Without repeating my post #309 on page 16 of this topic, I am most happy to see all of the dialogue. Wondering, does anyone "out there" know - really know - whether the folks at Amtrak Guest Rewards read these posts? If they do, one would think there...
  20. siberianmo

    Amtrak Guest Rewards 2.0 Coming January 2016

    G'day Rail Travelers, What I am posting is for the information of those interested in a point of view that is mine regarding the announcement of forthcoming changes to Amtrak's Guest Reward program. As one will see within my submission, my travels aboard Amtrak are frequent for long-distance...
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