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#1 Rail Freak

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:39 PM

I live in a 55+ community & was curious about organizing a Group Amtrak Trip. So I looked at Amtrak.com & found A News Realease by Karina Van Veen dated Dec 10, 2002?????????? Group Sales a little on the back burner, are they, or what gives????????
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Edited by Rail Freak, 24 June 2009 - 12:40 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:58 PM

I live in a 55+ community & was curious about organizing a Group Amtrak Trip. So I looked at Amtrak.com & found A News Realease by Karina Van Veen dated Dec 10, 2002?????????? Group Sales a little on the back burner, are they, or what gives????????
RF :cool:

Here is the information from the Amtrak website for booking groups.

Group Travel Requests





Submit Request for Group Travel
For parties of 20 or more passengers.
Make travel requests at least four business days before departure.
Group discounts may be available.



Benefits for 20 or More

Parties of 20 or more passengers traveling together can enjoy the benefits of traveling as a group. We can accommodate groups of hundreds depending on the train and time of year of travel.

Make Reservations Early

You must make reservation requests for your group at least four business days before departure. Book as early as possible for best fares and accommodations.

How Do I Book Group Reservations?

Online
You can make a request for group travel using our online group travel form.

By phone, fax or email
You can also call 1-800-USA-1GRP (1-800-872-1477), fax your request to 1-800-872-3298 or send an e-mail to the group travel department at groupsales@amtrak.com.

Riding the Train

Seating and sleeping accommodations
We offer coach seating on all trains, and, on long-distance trains, a variety of sleeping accommodations.

Meal choices
We also offer a varied menu with choices ranging from light snacks and sandwiches, to full meals in our long-distance dining cars. A variety of beverages and non-alcoholic beverages are also available, including a full bar selection on some trains.

Pre-boarding and exclusive occupancy
We can pre-board your group to add ease and comfort to the boarding process. We offer group seating and exclusive occupancy if your group is large enough to occupy an entire car.

Discounts

Groups may be eligible to receive discounts up to as much as 20% off for each 20 paying passengers. Amtrak's 15% senior citizen and half-fare children's discounts may be applied to eligible members of the group. These discounts are not valid on all trains. Further restrictions may apply.

Group Leader and Chaperone Policy

We want you and your group to have fun and be safe! Please review these rules with the adult chaperones in your group and provide each of them with a copy of these guidelines.

Chaperones
A minimum of one designated chaperone is required for every six minors under the age of 18 aboard the train. Designated chaperones are adults specifically responsible and accountable for minors traveling on the train. Any adult traveling in connection with the group who is responsible for an infant will not be considered a designated chaperone. Chaperones are responsible for following all Group Leader and Chaperone Guidelines.

Station Arrival
Please call 1-800-USA-RAIL prior to leaving for the train station to make sure your train is on schedule.

Plan to arrive at the train station at least 60 minutes before your scheduled train departure. Your group will need to be ready to board as soon as the train pulls into the station. Some station stops are as little as two minutes. The trains cannot wait for late arriving groups or individuals.

Present your ticket to the station staff or conductor.
At staffed stations, identify yourself to the station staff to confirm boarding instructions.
Identify your group to the conductor and follow his/her seating instructions. During your trip, feel free to contact onboard personnel for assistance.
Group leaders and designated chaperones are responsible for the conduct and supervision of their group at all times during the field trip.
Please remind your students to be considerate of the other passengers. Amtrak personnel cannot assist in the supervision of your group.
Please use the trash and recycle bins and keep the area around your group clean and free of debris. Amtrak staff will provide extra trash bags for you to pick up your area before your group arrives at your destination.
When your group exits the train, follow the conductor's instructions.
Appoint one or two people to follow behind the group to check the seating areas and overhead bins for any items that may have been left behind.
We look forward to having you travel on Amtrak!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:10 PM

link for group reservations

http://tickets.amtra...rak/grouptravel
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:57 PM

Thanx for the info! BUT AFTER FURTHER THOUGHT, I'm not really sure this would be a good way to take a VACATION from your day to day dulldromes!!!! Especially, the lady that has a problem with the direction I point my garbage can on trash day!!!!

Edited by Rail Freak, 24 June 2009 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:14 PM

I've seen several groups using the trains before. I specifically one retirement group out of Ft. Myers that took a bus to Sebring and went on their way from there. I forget their ultimate destination though.

Some major sports teams also use the train for travel in between destinations on the Northeast Corridor. I believe the Nats do this on a regular basis for trips to Philly and New York. I know the Cubs did this a few years back and had some sort of break down along the way. These teams though generally do charter trips. IIRC the Cubs train was a couple of coaches and a cafe behind an AEM-7.

Also don't forget some big rail enthusiast organization do special charter trips with Amtrak on a regular basis.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:31 PM

Thanx for the info! BUT AFTER FURTHER THOUGHT, I'm not really sure this would be a good way to take a VACATION from your day to day dulldromes!!!! Especially, the lady that has a problem with the direction I point my garbage can on trash day!!!!

:lol: And all the other bosses,leaders, organizers, gossips etc. that seem to be in
every group and community!best way to travel is with GOOD friends,Lovers and well behaved kids!!!! :) :) :)
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:56 PM

I'm not really sure this would be a good way to take a VACATION from your day to day dulldromes!!!!

It works for me! :P

Then after my vacation, I go back to the day to day dulldromes - and think about the next trip (that can't come soon enough)! :lol: It's what get me thru the dulldromes!
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:51 AM

I've seen several groups using the trains before. I specifically one retirement group out of Ft. Myers that took a bus to Sebring and went on their way from there. I forget their ultimate destination though.

Some major sports teams also use the train for travel in between destinations on the Northeast Corridor. I believe the Nats do this on a regular basis for trips to Philly and New York. I know the Cubs did this a few years back and had some sort of break down along the way. These teams though generally do charter trips. IIRC the Cubs train was a couple of coaches and a cafe behind an AEM-7.

Also don't forget some big rail enthusiast organization do special charter trips with Amtrak on a regular basis.


For Mardi Gras a couple of fraternities at the University of Alabama went together as a group from Tuscaloosa to New Orleans in a private sleeper added to the rear behind the coaches back when the Cresent was running sleepers first. What I wonder is if they were charged for bringing that extra sleeper from NYP to TCL or if Amtrak sold rooms as normal in the extra sleeper between NYP and BHM on the days they traveled?

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:06 AM

With a group sale, does each individual passenger get a ticket, or is there one ticket with all group members listed on it? Can each passenger receive AGR points?

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:38 AM

For Mardi Gras a couple of fraternities at the University of Alabama went together as a group from Tuscaloosa to New Orleans in a private sleeper added to the rear behind the coaches back when the Cresent was running sleepers first. What I wonder is if they were charged for bringing that extra sleeper from NYP to TCL or if Amtrak sold rooms as normal in the extra sleeper between NYP and BHM on the days they traveled?

Was it a "regular" Amtrak Viewliner or a PV? :huh:

If it was a PV, I'd say certainly no. If it was a regular Viewliner, probably yes Amtrak sold the rooms between NYP and BHM or TCL.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:43 AM

With a group sale, does each individual passenger get a ticket, or is there one ticket with all group members listed on it? Can each passenger receive AGR points?

I'm not certain, but I think each person gets their own ticket. The leader's ticket would just indicate a fare of $0.00! After all, an AGR award for 2 in a roomette issues 2 tickets - with both saying $0.00 fare!
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:42 PM

For Mardi Gras a couple of fraternities at the University of Alabama went together as a group from Tuscaloosa to New Orleans in a private sleeper added to the rear behind the coaches back when the Cresent was running sleepers first. What I wonder is if they were charged for bringing that extra sleeper from NYP to TCL or if Amtrak sold rooms as normal in the extra sleeper between NYP and BHM on the days they traveled?

Was it a "regular" Amtrak Viewliner or a PV? :huh:

If it was a PV, I'd say certainly no. If it was a regular Viewliner, probably yes Amtrak sold the rooms between NYP and BHM or TCL.


It was a standard Viewliner, I assumed they sold them anyway. I used to see the Georgia 300 on the Crescent at least 2-3 times a month during summer until it became the "presidential car."



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