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  1. bratkinson

    Amtrak price increases causing low ridership in addition to Covid 19?

    I've been toying with getting back on Amtrak with a couple of overnights in roomettes and was surprised at the current fares. They're about 30% higher than they were a bit over a year ago when comparing trips I took vs current prices on Amtrak for February 2021 travel. All are for 1 passenger...
  2. bratkinson

    Pick a sleeping car line number...

    Amtrak has an inconsistent sleeping car numbering scheme that drives me nuts as it differs from one long distance train to another. For most sleeper passengers, it's not a problem. But spending about 15 nights or more in a sleeper, it's one of those Amtrak inconsistencies that makes me crazy...
  3. bratkinson

    Not too bright - AGR emailed a free Boston metropolitan lounge pass to me

    I got an email earlier today indicating I have a complimentary access 'coupon' to the Boston Metropolitan Lounge from now through November 15. Apparently, the AGR computer programmer in charge of sending emails failed to add code to check my current AGR status. I already have unlimited access...
  4. bratkinson

    Booking Amtrak tickets with Amtrak credit card sends me to fraud dept

    Is it just me, or is it happening to others as well? About a month ago, I decided to get some 'last real dining car' meal service before they're gone or converted to boxed dog food on 10/1. So, I booked at trip to WPB and back for later this month and after entering my credit card info, and...
  5. bratkinson

    PTC blues

    I just LOVE getting clobbered by PTC while riding Amtrak... Back in January, when I took the Silver Meteor to Fort Lauderdale, after a 3 hr late departure from NYP due to frozen doors (ice storm the night before), at WAS, after the train was all ready to go (after waiting 10 mins for a...
  6. bratkinson

    3 companion coupons available

    After offering 10 companion coupons for anyone a couple months ago, it turns out that 3 were unused.  After confirming their not being used, they are once again available on a first come (by PM time stamp) first served basis.   Please PM me if you want any or all of them. 2 of them have an...
  7. bratkinson

    Roomette 'flash sale' (ended December 11)

    Per the RPA web site (formerly known as NARP), the current news letter indicates there will be a 'flash' sale of roomettes starting next Tuesday the 4th.  The 'deal' is that companions ride free for trips between Jan 7 and May 23 2019...Auto train is exempted.  Also,  it can't be upgraded to a...
  8. bratkinson

    Dear Mr Anderson

    I don't know about other regular Amtrak passengers, but as for me, I get frustrated with the numerous inconsistencies I find on Amtrak. In the past 10 years or so, (I've been riding Amtrak fairly often since '75), I've encountered everything from 5 or 6 'different' business class accomodations...
  9. bratkinson

    Extra 15,000 points promo but I never got an email

    I've just finished booking hotel accomodations for next week via the AGR website and discovered that instead of the 'usual' number of points for a hotel stay, there's a 'limited time offer' of UP TO 15,000 points per night for a hotel stay! The only hook is it must be booked now through...
  10. bratkinson

    AGR Points Sale again

    Amtrak Guest Rewards is having another points sale! They sent me an email earlier today. The good news is that the points are on sale. The bad news is that unless you buy enough to get good percentage bonus, you won't be getting the supposedly-standard-except-for-Acela rate of 34.5 points per...
  11. bratkinson

    It Ain't Rocket Science

    I don't know about others on this site or other railfan sites but I've just about had my fill of the incompetence at Amtrak Guest Rewards. I've written them directly numerous times in the past 2-3 years, got zero response, and zero improvement in their computer systems. For starters, WHY does...
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