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#1 Andy

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:04 AM

Of course the only time I can travel by train to see family is around Christmas time. But Amtrak won't let me use points for sleeping accommodations. They say some peak times are blocked out. Frustrating. Is there an actual list of dates that are blocked out?

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:07 AM

There are no more blackout dates for using points! However, on some dates additional points are required.

I suggest to try again. You can also book with points online. (Just toggle between "cash" and "points" at the top.)
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

I couldn't use points on Thanksgiving. Was told it was blacked out. Hmm

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:15 AM

For sleepers there are. Try ATL to NYP around 12/22.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:17 AM

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Are there blackout dates?
As of January 24, 2016, departure dates and times that were previously unavailable to the majority of members are now redeemable. Blackout dates may still apply to some offers and promotions, including One-Class Upgrade coupons and free companion fare coupons.
 

https://www.amtrakgu...w/blackoutdates


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:18 AM

Why is "No Price" Shown?

 

"No Price" is displayed in place of Premium fares

Sleeping accommodations and seat upgrades to Business class or First class are considered Premium services.

For trips with more than one connecting segment, you can reserve sleeping accommodations or upgraded seats for one or more segments of your trip in combination with Coach seats (Business seats on Acela Express) in another segment, but at least one segment must include an upgraded seat or room selection in order to receive the Premium fare. Coach-only (Business-only on Acela Express) seating cannot be selected or priced as a Premium service.

If you do not want to upgrade any segment, simply select a seats-only trip from any of the other available fare types.

Passengers with disabilities and any additional passengers traveling together must reserve the same level of seating or accommodations for each segment of their trip. Upgraded seating or accommodations may be selected for any or all segments of the trip.

"No Price" is displayed for Redemption Booking

During peak travel periods when demand is high and capacity is limited, some departures are available at a higher point cost and some seats or classes of service may not be available for redemption. Amtrak Guest Rewards members with Select Plus(SM) and Select Executive status may find expanded access to use their points for travel during those peak times. For best results, we recommend members log in to their Amtrak Guest Rewards account before searching for available itineraries.

 

 


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:20 AM

Yes I read that. But is that dynamic based on current demand or capacity available? Or is there a set list of peak times.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

Are there blackout dates?
As of January 24, 2016, departure dates and times that were previously unavailable to the majority of members are now redeemable. Blackout dates may still apply to some offers and promotions, including One-Class Upgrade coupons and free companion fare coupons.

 

Blackout by demand and not date might be a possibility.

 

Is it possible they are sold out? That could appear as not available.

 

Worth a phone call to the AGR number for clarification.....


Edited by PVD, 03 September 2017 - 09:24 AM.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

Looks like based on availability.  I just checked for 12/23 and roomettes have points, but bedrooms do not.  Looking at them with dollars, you can see how many are "available" at this price" and see that 12/22 has less rooms available than 12/23.


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 





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