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#1 Rail Freak

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:39 PM

I'll be connecting in Chicago to the EB #27 (AGR). A friend may hop on with me in Chicago & share my roomette to PDX. What will he be charged & how do we book it?

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Edited by Rail Freak, 14 April 2017 - 04:42 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:51 PM

Have him book an open sleeper.  He'll only have to pay the lowest rail fare.  


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 02:59 AM

Have him book an open sleeper.  He'll only have to pay the lowest rail fare.


I believe all sleeper occupants have to pay at least a "Value" level fare even if "Saver" is active and available for those dates and times.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:26 AM

I'm pretty sure you are correct, it is lowest "regular" fare which would be value not saver, but "regular" discounts like AAA, NARP and Military can be applied to the rail fare (not the accommodation)



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:07 AM

Will he be entitled to meals?


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:18 AM

Will he be entitled to meals?

Yes.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 09:15 AM

That's what makes sleepers a much better value for more than one traveler- individuals pay the rail fare, but the space is only one charge, and it adds the meals for all occupants.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

Make sure he gets an open sleeper ticket (NOT just a coach ticket!) and associates it with your reservation. That way meals will be included!
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:18 PM

Is anyone positive that you can mix reservations like that, i.e. an AGR ticket and then a regular revenue ticket associated with it in that manner? Has anyone actually done it? I will be surprised! Especially since with AGR2 the second person on a sleeper redemption is not free! That was a change that people belly-ached about loudly and longly.


Edited by City of Miami, 15 April 2017 - 07:21 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:48 PM

I haven't done it, but I made a reservation and told the AGR agent that I may have a 2nd person join me. The agent said to call and it will be no problem! (My friend could not make it.)
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

Yes. You have to make sure the agent you talk to has *heard* of an "open sleeper ticket". Some of them haven't been trained properly on it.

If they haven't heard of an "open sleeper", get them to get their supervisor, or hang up and call back.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:58 AM

I have built quite a few points on the Amtrak guest rewards credit card.   Is it easy to cash in those points?  This will be my first trip since accumulating those points.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:04 AM

It's very easy!:)

For Amtrak travel, you can use them booking online. Just book normally, but at the top of the "select trains" screen, there are 2 choices (dollars or points). Chose points, and it will show you how many points you need.

However, if you book on line, the computer assigns the room. If you want a specific room (like #2, #7 or #11, call an AGR agent @ 1-800-307-5000 to book.

It's no problem at all!
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:28 AM

Is anyone positive that you can mix reservations like that, i.e. an AGR ticket and then a regular revenue ticket associated with it in that manner? Has anyone actually done it? I will be surprised! Especially since with AGR2 the second person on a sleeper redemption is not free! That was a change that people belly-ached about loudly and longly.

Yes. I have done that successfully in the past to bring along a fellow participant at the last minute who had a Coach ticket, onto an award Sleeper accommodation during an OTOL or AU gethering, I forget which.






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