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#1 Blackwolf

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:16 PM

This is a theoretical question, but one I'm curious about. If you have a current and valid AGR account, with points accumulating, and were to gain employment with Amtrak or one of its contractors, what happens? I have looked through the T&C of AGR and cannot specific language stating that employees cannot be members, but somehow I still think they are not allowed. Would you simply have to forfeit your account and points? If so, that would be a major bummer!!

Anyone here know the answer? :)

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:25 PM

As an Amtrak employee do you get free or reduced travel? What about spouces? Kids? Unless you already get free travel as a benifit, you still may want to earn points. Maybe if you get reduced fairs you can't earn points on your travel. Interesting question though.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:49 PM

As an Amtrak employee do you get free or reduced travel? Yes What about spouces? Yes Kids? Yes Unless you already get free travel as a benifit, you still may want to earn points. Maybe if you get reduced fairs you can't earn points on your travel. Interesting question though. Employee travel does not earn any points, obviously. (Amtrak travel depends on position, length of hire, and other)





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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:41 PM

Employees are eligible to be a member of Amtrak Guest Rewards, and participate under the same rules as any other passenger, with the following caveat: Minimum point earnings (including 100 points per segment minimum, and Acela city-pair bonuses) do not apply. It's just a straight 2 points per dollar.

Amtrak employees and eligible passriders can ride for free on corridor trains (except Acela and to/from Canada) by "flash passing" on the train. On long-distance trains, they are subject to a "red/white/blue" policy that is based on that train's history of selling out on that particular day in the past. Blue trains are free (no AGR ponts). White trains are sold at a 20% discount off the prevailing fare (rail fare & accommodation charge, if applicable), and if the train does not sell out, they get a refund of the 80% they did pay. Red trains are just sold at a 20% discount, with no refund. As I noted, standard AGR earnings apply (except for the minumum) to tickets that the employee pays for.

Sleeping cars are always sold at a "white" fare (so if that particular accommodation sells out on your train, you get no refund, but if it doesn't sell out, then you do). However, certain trains do offer the ability for employees to occupy space in the dorm car if the rooms are available within 24 hours of departure, and nobody traveling on company business has booked those rooms. That space is free (obviously, no AGR points), but does not include attendant service (find your own sheets, make your own bed) or free meals (pay for them in the diner on your own).

Off-peak Acelas are a flat $5 for business class or $30 for first class, if space is available within one hour of departure. That will earn you 10 (or 60) AGR points, so it's not exactly a points run candidate. There actually was a time when you could get the Acela city-pair credit (500/750 points) on an employee pass ticket, but that loophole was closed a while ago.

As of now, employees, spouses/domestic partners, and their dependent children (up to, I think, age 19, or up to age 25 if they are enrolled full time in school) are eligible for pass privileges under the same rules.

Employees traveling on company business, of course, travel for free, and therefore do not earn any AGR credit.

Freight railroad employees that have Amtrak pass benefits (basically, those that worked for the railroads before Amtrak was created) operate under a completely different set of rules that I am not familiar with.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:19 PM

Thank you, Trogdor. That makes me a bit happier to apply with Amtrak. Not that loosing AGR was a deal-breaker, but being able to keep it makes things all that much sweeter. Lets just say I'm entertaining all my options right now for a job, as being an employee of the State of California is getting to be rather (read: VERY) uneasy these days.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the details Trogdor.

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