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jebr

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Unless you're in Chicago, where BC passengers are allowed to use the lounge 😅

Of course, there's no Acela Business Class running to Chicago. Although I'd be happy to lose lounge access if it meant that there was 150mph rail service out of Chicago!
 
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I am in business class and not eligible for Bid-up, according to the website. If anyone has an expiring pass that they cannot use, I would be grateful. Thanks
 

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Wouldn't you get access even without a pass, since you're taking Acela? I thought Acela and any sleeper reservation automatically have lounge access. Maybe I'm mistaken.
I believe it's just AGR Select Plus, First Class and sleeper at Metropolitan Lounge-last time I checked, anyway. You can purchase a day pass but it's pricey (I learned this when I forgot my lounge passes at home on my last trip, ha)!
@dromio515 I have an extra I can give you. Just let me know the best way to get it to you!
 

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You can see the latest on who can purchase lounge passes where on this page:


Specifically, as of May 29, 2020 the situation is:

Purchasing Day Passes

Business Class passengers can buy day passes for the lounges at Philadelphia - William H Gray III 30th Street Station and Boston - South Station for $35 per day, or $50 per day at New York - Moynihan Train Hall. Speak with a uniformed employee at those stations for more information.

All passengers can buy a day pass to the lounge in Chicago - Union Station, if it's not already included with your reservation, for $35 per day. Just see a station agent when you get there.

Normal eligibility is:

Who is Eligible for Lounge Access?

Amtrak Guest Rewards members traveling with a same-day Amtrak ticket and valid Select Plus or Select Executive member card.
Amtrak passengers with a same-day travel ticket (departure or arrival) in First Class or sleeping car accommodations.
Amtrak Business class passengers with a same-day travel ticket (departure or arrival) may use the lounges in Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and St. Louis.
Complimentary Single-Visit Station Lounge Pass holders may access ClubAcela, Metropolitan Lounge and Unstaffed Lounge locations.
Private car owners/lessee and party between time of arrival and departure specified in the reservation. Provide your reservation number to the Amtrak representative upon entry.
Due to space restrictions, private car owners and their groups are not permitted in the Los Angeles - Union Station Metropolitan Lounge.
 
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Can you use the upgrade certificates in the sleeper? i.e. move from a roomette to a bedroom? Thanks for the help
 

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I was just wondering if anyone has any lounge passes they won’t be using for a trip I am taking to NYC in August. Also in general do you guys think it’s worth the 5000 points it costs to buy single day passes ?
 

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Also in general do you guys think it’s worth the 5000 points it costs to buy single day passes ?
Only if I would use all five of them before they expire. I aim to get at least 2.5 cents per point, so 5000 points would be $125, or $25 per pass. They do allow one travel companion or a family, so if I'm traveling with someone that can be useful. But my home station of MSP only has an extremely mediocre first class waiting area, which I'd value access to at about $1, and many of my longer trips are in classes of service that grant lounge access anyways, so I'd probably only use a couple before they expire.

If Amtrak offered a one-pass visit, even for 1500 or 2000 points, I'd consider it in some circumstances, especially if they were digital. But 5 passes is too much for me to use, and it's a bit of a hassle to keep track of the paper passes for a year anyways.
 

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I was just wondering if anyone has any lounge passes they won’t be using for a trip I am taking to NYC in August. Also in general do you guys think it’s worth the 5000 points it costs to buy single day passes ?
Please send your address via Private Message, and I'll mail you the paper passes. Click on the little envelope on the top right of the screen to the right of your username. There should be a red circled "1" there because I sent you a message.
 
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I was just wondering if anyone has any lounge passes they won’t be using for a trip I am taking to NYC in August. Also in general do you guys think it’s worth the 5000 points it costs to buy single day passes ?
Remember that even with the Lounge Pass, you must have a same day Amtrak ticket.

If you are not Traveling the day you want to visit the Lounge, a work around is to buy a One Way Coach ticket on a Late Train from NYP to Newark Penn Station(NWK) for $14, then once you're in the Lounge Cancel it and receive a Voucher you can use for a future trip.
 

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Remember that even with the Lounge Pass, you must have a same day Amtrak ticket.

If you are not Traveling the day you want to visit the Lounge, a work around is to buy a One Way Coach ticket on a Late Train from NYP to Newark Penn Station(NWK) for $14, then once you're in the Lounge Cancel it and receive a Voucher you can use for a future trip.
Just be aware that to use a purchased pass you need to have a Business Class ticket to use the Lounge at NYP.

I believe complementary passes can be used with a Coach ticket.
 

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Just be aware that to use a purchased pass you need to have a Business Class ticket to use the Lounge at NYP.

I believe complementary passes can be used with a Coach ticket.
Thanks jis, I didn't know that since I've never used a purchased pass,( I looked up Biz Class to Newark and saw $24 as the lowest Fare) only ones kindly given to me by AU friends!😁( and of course in the Good Ole Days, one didn't need a same day ticket whether using your Select Plus or Select Executive Card or a Pass to enter the Lounge.
 

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Please send your address via Private Message, and I'll mail you the paper passes. Click on the little envelope on the top right of the screen to the right of your username. There should be a red circled "1" there because I sent you a message.
Thanks I think I figured it out and I just did message back. I really appreciate it
 

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Anyone have a lounge pass to give away? I'm going to have a long layover at NYP on 7/17. I can trade a companion coupon for it (expires 9/1/22).

Edit: thank you to those that offered but my plans have changed and I I no longer need a pass.
 
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