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niemi24s

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This updated version shows the SS sleeper fares increasing to equal those of the SM one month earlier than previously reported (see chart above):30 - 14 Mar 2020 Amtrak Fare Buckets.jpg
There's some possibility the previously reported date for this increase was incorrect.
 

niemi24s

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This update includes the previously unseen low bucket Bedroom fare for the SL and increases of 1.8% and 1.6% in high bucket Bedroom fares for the CARD & LSL(NYP) and the CL:
32 - 31 Mar 2020 Amtrak Fare Buckets.jpg
 

20th Century Rider

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i prefer coach and find that the rail pass has always been the most cost effective for us, even when the dining car was available to coach
With all the cutbacks and sky high rates in sleepers... which lowers the value... rail passes become an exceptional choice. You are getting the advantages of a large seat, use of the observation lounge, availability of the cafe car, and the beautiful scenery. Also one can bring their own food; and hot water for your cup of soup, or tea or coffee is available in the cafe car free of charge. All this with the extra social distancing space allotted now on passenger cars makes the pass a great idea! ;)
 

niemi24s

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This chart just has the lowest two or three buckets and with two for each train - end points to the current high ridership intermediate point:Partial Buckets 001a.jpg
 

niemi24s

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This updated chart shows fares between the end points of each route, replacing the first four charts in this thread. 33 - 6 Sep 2020 Amtrak Fare Buckets.jpg
Note that fares for the Silver Star and Silver Meteor are now the same (for their entire routes). They were equalized on 1 Jun 2020.
 
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ref5035

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Thank you , But could you please tell me the procedure so when it is fixed I’ll know how to use it?

i’m actually trying to plan a huge circular ride Los Angeles New Orleans Washington DC Reno....

thank you
 

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Hi,
Because the Amsnag site is being reconfigured, no one currently knows how it will work, it is an amateur site run by an enthusiast. With the Corona virus causing many timetable alteration issues, I guess it will be some time before we can expect it back.
Broadly speaking, you entered the route, a range of dates you were considering to travel, up to a span of 30 days, and the website brought back the fare info from the Amtrak site, in an easy to follow manner, so by listing all fares for all 30 days, it was easy to spot which dates had cheaper fares.
You can find the info direct from the Amtrak site, but you have to change the departure date one day at a time, and note down the fares. The Amsnag site only tells you the same info in a convenient format, it does not actually sell the tickets.
You might consider a rail pass for your trip, although I am not sure if they are still sold with the Corona virus situation?
When are you thinking of travelling, folk here are often happy to offer route suggestions, etc?

UPDATE:
I tried to buy a rail pass, just as an experiment, and although the option is still on the Amtrak website, it does not connect through to allow purchase.
 
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RichieRich

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I really REALLY miss the ol' Amsnag! Being retired, exact travel dates are totally flexible. I was on the A/T almost monthly (til the Covid). It showed me how to save tons just by changing from one day to the next. Hope it comes back. Kudo's to the guy that invented it.
 

Michigan Mom

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So SS and SM are now the same? Interesting.
This argues in favor of booking based on connection times rather than meal service.. a lot less incentive to try for the SS from the Cap in DC.
Thanks Niemi for the update.
 
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