Is there a discount for roundtrip tickets on Amtrak?
Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:52 PM
You just board like you have a reservation. This is the fallacy of the "all reserved" NEC service. Both ten trip ticket holders and monthly pass holders can ride almost any non-Acela train without advance reservations. Whether Amtrak tries to factor that into the reservation inventory is anyone's guess.
Hmmm. How do tentrips work when a train is sold? Do they hold some tickets for tentrip users? Or do you have to stand? Or do you not get to ride? THanks for your help.
Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:32 PM
It's not a perfect system, but it probably works much of the time.
Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:13 PM
Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:05 PM
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:12 PM
I suppose the logical next question is: why not? Wouldn't giving a small discount (say, five dollars) on the return ticket encourage people to buy the tickets in advance, thus locking them into taking Amtrak and not, say, getting a ride home or taking the bus or finding a cheap airplane ticket? It would also encourage people to both tickets at once, thus counting down on (by consolidating) the amount of payment processing and ticket issuing etc. that Amtrak has to do.
Amtrak already discounts the return leg of a trip (as well as the outbound leg) with their bucket system. It doesn't really matter where you are going. It is almost always cheaper to purchase the ticket in advance than at the window.
I guess the airlines have found their way to the bottom of the dicount slippery slope. Notwistanding Low Cost Carriers or airline with simple pricing structures (like Delta), airlines deeply discount the round trip advanced purchase ticket in order to lure the average leisure traveler off Amtrak and out of his/her car and onto the plane. It is well known that a one way ticket is much more expensive than a round trip ticket, so many people wanting to go one way will buy a round trip ticket and throw away the return half of the ticket. the prepurchased and empty seats from the thrown away tickets causes the airlines to attempt to maximize their revenue and oversell their flights.
By keeping it simple, Amtrak does itself and the travling public a service.
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