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#1 TylerP42

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:25 AM

I can't seem to find the page to redeem. I click on the link to redeem and it sends me to the normal booking screen and asks me to pay with credit card.
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:29 AM

On the normal looking screen click where it says "points".
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:36 AM

On the normal looking screen click where it says "points".

If it was a snake it would of bit me! My bad! Didn't really "jump out" at me, so I didn't see it. Thanks!


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:46 AM

Southwest's web page is very similar, so the logic was already hard wired for me. :D
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:59 AM

On the normal looking screen click where it says "points".

 

I was having the same problem and tried the solution and I get a message "Sorry for the inconvenience. Currently there is a system issue preventing your request from being processed."

 

Apparently bugs in the system are being worked out.  I guess patience is key until all are fixed.


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 05:43 PM

I'm on the payment screen right now and do not see "points"  anywhere.  Payments methods are Vouchers and credit card only.  

 

Also, I cannot find the "points estimator" on the AGR website.  Can someone point me in the right direction.  I'm trying to determine how many points would be need for a trip costing $934.00.00


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 05:51 PM

You have to select "points" before you get to the payment screen.
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Posted 31 January 2016 - 05:52 PM

I'm on the payment screen right now and do not see "points"  anywhere.  Payments methods are Vouchers and credit card only.  

 

Also, I cannot find the "points estimator" on the AGR website.  Can someone point me in the right direction.  I'm trying to determine how many points would be need for a trip costing $934.00.00

Go back to the 1st screen that shows the trains.  There are two buttons near top left  Dollars / Points.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 06:26 PM

 

I'm on the payment screen right now and do not see "points"  anywhere.  Payments methods are Vouchers and credit card only.  

 

Also, I cannot find the "points estimator" on the AGR website.  Can someone point me in the right direction.  I'm trying to determine how many points would be need for a trip costing $934.00.00

Go back to the 1st screen that shows the trains.  There are two buttons near top left  Dollars / Points.

 

I am trying to book using the "multi-city" option and I don't see it.  I do see it trying to book round trip.  What I'm trying to do is book a trip departing RVR to CHI but I want to take the Cardinal west from WAS rather than taking the bus option from RVR to CVS.  I'd rather wait in the Acela lounge than taking the bus.  

 

Also, where can I find the point estimator tool on the AGR website?  

 

Thanks, I'm trying not to be dense.  


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 06:38 PM

And, I discovered if you switch from dollars to points, you have to re-select your desired accomodation. If you are on dollars and select sleeper bedroom, it goes back to roomette when you switch to points!

 

The "Points Estimator" went away when AGR 2.0 went into effect. Wish it was still around!


Edited by FrensicPic, 31 January 2016 - 06:38 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 06:38 PM

 

 

I'm on the payment screen right now and do not see "points"  anywhere.  Payments methods are Vouchers and credit card only.  

 

Also, I cannot find the "points estimator" on the AGR website.  Can someone point me in the right direction.  I'm trying to determine how many points would be need for a trip costing $934.00.00

Go back to the 1st screen that shows the trains.  There are two buttons near top left  Dollars / Points.

 

I am trying to book using the "multi-city" option and I don't see it.  I do see it trying to book round trip.  What I'm trying to do is book a trip departing RVR to CHI but I want to take the Cardinal west from WAS rather than taking the bus option from RVR to CVS.  I'd rather wait in the Acela lounge than taking the bus.  

 

Also, where can I find the point estimator tool on the AGR website?  

 

Thanks, I'm trying not to be dense.  

 

Ah.  Don't fret about it (being dense).  It's a new system and a lot of people are having problems navigating it.  I haven't even tried to book anything with the new AGR.  Maybe all the bugs will be revealed, if not fixed, by the time I do want to book something.

 

I think, but not sure, I read that you have to call for multi-city bookings.  And I also think I read they removed the estimator tool.  :(



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 06:51 PM

Thanks everyone!!!  I did a test booking round trip WAS-CHI with roomette on the Card and on the CL, came to 32,155 points which would have been, IIRC, 40,000 points under the original AGR setup.  Roomette on the Card and bedroom on the CL was 48,542.  

 

That doesn't factor in the RVR-WAS round trip but that would be a nominal cash outlay.  


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 08:39 PM

Along this line, I have yet to see any option where you can combine "Cash" and Points, other than booking 1 way with Points and the other with Cash on separate reservations.  If you call AGR, can they do a Cash/Points combo?



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 09:23 PM

Along this line, I have yet to see any option where you can combine "Cash" and Points, other than booking 1 way with Points and the other with Cash on separate reservations.  If you call AGR, can they do a Cash/Points combo?

 

Supposedly not ready yet.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 09:36 PM

They still want you to buy points for that.

Although I think it would be interesting to see people start doing their own 2.0 "Toledo Shuffle" at whatever location they run out of points...

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 03:06 AM

The "Points Estimator" got pulled from the AGR website (probably about the time someone realized it was, in fact, not true for many trips).  However...

 

https://web.archive....rak.com/rideon/

 

The Wayback Machine is your friend!  Feed it cookies!  Click on the fifth dot down.  If the points cost doesn't roughly line up with what the cash price estimate converts to there, you have a Bad Deal (since that's the baseline price).


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 06:25 PM

The "Points Estimator" got pulled from the AGR website (probably about the time someone realized it was, in fact, not true for many trips).  However...

 

https://web.archive....rak.com/rideon/

 

The Wayback Machine is your friend!  Feed it cookies!  Click on the fifth dot down.  If the points cost doesn't roughly line up with what the cash price estimate converts to there, you have a Bad Deal (since that's the baseline price).

Thanks Anderson.  I've downloaded plenty of music from the archives but have never spent much time on the wayback machine.  


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:32 PM

I'm going back to the well of knowledge again.  I am trying to use the multi city option to book an AGR trip and cannot determine how to pay with points?  The payment section only shows credit card or voucher payment.  

 

I am working on a RVR-NYP-CHI-WAS-RVR trip.  The routing using the round trip option (where I see the button for points) only offers a too close for comfort connection from 88 to 49 of 56 minutes.  I would prefer to take 164 that offer more cushion but that option does not appear.  Train 164 is not sold out for my travel dates.

 

Thanks in advance for the help.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 03:07 PM

I've booked trains separately in cases like that.  Used points to WAS then used either points or cash for a later regional home.  If 164 gives a good cushion, then consider booking it separate from the rest.



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 03:19 PM

Good thinking, thanks.  I'll just book 4 separate one way trips using points.


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