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#1 Philly Amtrak Fan

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:10 AM

https://www.amtrak.c...-three-day-sale

 

Tons of conditions and limitations but interesting. I wonder if it might be a sign that the AT's financial success is weakening.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:20 AM

Maybe it's "a sign that the AT's financial success is weakening", but I expect it's more a sign that September is low season and Amtrak has seats that would otherwise (and might anyway) be vacant.



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:06 PM

FWIW, that advertised fare is a whopping $16 (or about 17%) below the Saver Fare.  <yawn>


Edited by niemi24s, 10 August 2017 - 02:08 PM.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:11 PM

School is starting for most of the East, it is way to early for snow birds. It's still warm here and too hot there. It is a soft month for Florida travel. Look at the roomette and bedroom prices, what does that say about the loading?



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:23 PM

Sales on the Auto Train (and other routes) are nothing new. It's a sign that Amtrak is continuing to do business as usual.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:43 PM

The demographics of the the Autotrain audience is probably changing. While there will always be travelers on this route,the large core group of "snowbirds" that take the train may be thinning. The "snowbirds" that compose an important A/T passenger group are mainly retirees that are affected by fixed income levels, relocation/downsizing, health/mobility issues, and even end of life.  I do not see this demographic growing.  While the train will continue; in the future, I cannot see it being as busy as it once was. This will probably put downward pressure on ticket pricing. Time will tell.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:11 PM

The demographics of the the Autotrain audience is probably changing. While there will always be travelers on this route,the large core group of "snowbirds" that take the train may be thinning. The "snowbirds" that compose an important A/T passenger group are mainly retirees that are affected by fixed income levels, relocation/downsizing, health/mobility issues, and even end of life. 

 

I agree with this. Additionally, future generations may not have the income to support two houses, particularly in an area that is extremely expensive.


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