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#1 pennyk

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:24 AM

I just received an email from AGR announcing their Fall double points promotion.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

I just received an email from AGR announcing their Fall double points promotion.

:hi: Thanks Penny! :cool: I forsee lots of Point Run Reservations being made by AU Members! Book it, Danno!
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:27 AM

I just received an email from AGR announcing their Fall double points promotion.


And for monthly pass riders, note that the promo starts Wednesday, September 5th, which is only the second normal business day of the month (assuming you have Labor Day off). If you have an alternate means of getting where you need to go on Tuesday the 4th and can wait to buy your pass on the 5th, then you can squeeze three monthly passes during the promo period, since it runs through November 16th.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:34 PM

September 5th... Great day.. My birthday.. Thanks for the Birthday Present Amtrak! :) Came just in the knick of time! I'm doing a Bday trip on the 6th. :)
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:12 PM


I just received an email from AGR announcing their Fall double points promotion.


And for monthly pass riders, note that the promo starts Wednesday, September 5th, which is only the second normal business day of the month (assuming you have Labor Day off). If you have an alternate means of getting where you need to go on Tuesday the 4th and can wait to buy your pass on the 5th, then you can squeeze three monthly passes during the promo period, since it runs through November 16th.

Afsheen, it has been my experience with the monthly passes that the date always posts as the first of the month, no matter when the pass was bought.

Are you suggesting the if the pass is bought on the 5th that it will qualify for double points?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

Thanks Penny

We are leaving on the 5th on the Cap Ltd & CZ for our Yellowstone trip.

Great Timing on Amtrak's part...smile

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:32 PM



I just received an email from AGR announcing their Fall double points promotion.


And for monthly pass riders, note that the promo starts Wednesday, September 5th, which is only the second normal business day of the month (assuming you have Labor Day off). If you have an alternate means of getting where you need to go on Tuesday the 4th and can wait to buy your pass on the 5th, then you can squeeze three monthly passes during the promo period, since it runs through November 16th.

Afsheen, it has been my experience with the monthly passes that the date always posts as the first of the month, no matter when the pass was bought.

Are you suggesting the if the pass is bought on the 5th that it will qualify for double points?


Oh, you know what, I hadn't ever checked, but you're right - all my monthly pass points post dated on 1st of the month. I'll try buying mine on the 5th this time around and see if it gets double points.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

Excellent ! Joined AGR in May & love the points I'm already adding up over my summer travel. I got the email too :D

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:00 PM

Just as a clarification of the rules for this promotion. You may take only two 1-way trips each day to gain the double points.

Therefore; if we ride from CLE to CHI for one trip and ride the Hiawatha up to Glenview for another trip, we could not count the return trip from Glenview to Chicago for double points. :unsure:

I know the group has discussed this issue several times before when it comes up, but would like to hear it again-- I am old and my mind is not as sharp as it was yesterday :giggle: :giggle:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:03 PM

Just as a clarification of the rules for this promotion. You may take only two 1-way trips each day to gain the double points.

Therefore; if we ride from CLE to CHI for one trip and ride the Hiawatha up to Glenview for another trip, we could not count the return trip from Glenview to Chicago for double points. :unsure:

I know the group has discussed this issue several times before when it comes up, but would like to hear it again-- I am old and my mind is not as sharp as it was yesterday :giggle: :giggle:


You are correct, and it's important to point this out since the Email I received from Amtrak has this subject line:


Double points on all Amtrak travel this autumn
Granted, you can't expect them to cram all the fine print into the subject line of the email, but it's simply incorrect to say "All Amtrak Travel."


Edit to add: Actually, I see that it's not just the subject line of the email. The promotional material is full of references to "All Amtrak Travel."
Kind of misleading.

Edited by fairviewroad, 29 August 2012 - 04:05 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:26 PM

I agree it is misleading.

I can hear the lawyers now... "Well it is on all Amtrak travel... as long as you only take two one-way trips a day..." :wacko:

It reminds me of when I was growing up, and my parents who would say: "Do what you want." But, the unspoken part was: "As long as we would approve." :huh:
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

It says that terms and conditions may apply. ;)

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:33 PM

Kinda ruins the deal though. I always would do four one ways. To max out that Double Points. I guess they figured out a lot of people do that.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

As they say in the NFL, "Upon further review", looking @ the Fine Print that limits Double Points to Two One Way or One Roundtrip a day sort of puts a damper on the old Promos that allowed up to Four trips a day! In the case of the Gathering, if we ride Amtrak from PHL-WIL, and upon returning to PHL via Septa want to take a turn on the Keystone only one of the Legs will count for Double Points! Same thing on the Return Home on the Penn and Cap Ltd. from PHL on Monday,, a morning Point Run on the Keystone Wouldn't Work because of the Two Legs getting Double Points later in the day! Bummer! :(

Edited by jimhudson, 29 August 2012 - 07:19 PM.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:14 PM

Add me to the list of folks who don't think this promotion is worth the effort at this point.

Edited by Texas Sunset, 29 August 2012 - 06:24 PM.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:59 PM

The promo is well worth signing up for if you are traveling like a normal person, and not a railfan... Posted Image

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

I didn't get the email (for some reason), so thanks for letting me know about it!Posted Image And if someone did not notice, you need to register for the double points!Posted Image

And yes, I wish it were like prior years that allowed 4 one way trips per day. If I make a day trip to (say) ALB, I have to take 2 trains each way. However, on the return, I'd only earn 1x points?Posted Image I don't like that!Posted Image
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

But as my old daddy used to say. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" :giggle:

Trains Ridden So Far:
Lake Shore Ltd, Capitol Ltd, Pennsylvanian, NE Corridors, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Hoosier, SW Chief, Surfliners, California Capitol Corridors, Coast Starlight, Cascades. Texas Eagle, San Joaquins, Missouri River Runner,Cardinal, Downeaster, Silver Meteor, Keystones, Auto Train, Adirondack, Lincoln Service, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Texas Eagle Detour Rt, Autumn Excursion Tour PHL, Silver Star,  -- 57,618  Amtrak miles & counting


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

I didn't get the email (for some reason), so thanks for letting me know about it!Posted Image And if someone did not notice, you need to register for the double points!Posted Image

And yes, I wish it were like prior years that allowed 4 one way trips per day. If I make a day trip to (say) ALB, I have to take 2 trains each way. However, on the return, I'd only earn 1x points?Posted Image I don't like that!Posted Image


Dave, I guess you are not "normal" according to Anthony's definition - and I am. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
and.... if you believe that I am normal, I have a bridge to sell you. :giggle:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:29 PM

Sorry already bought it - 37 times! I'm a slow learner.Posted Image But I did sell it 26 times - and made a profit!Posted Image
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