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#1 Acela150

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:23 PM

Was notified at work today that AAA will no longer be accepted for 10% off of fares effective next Sunday 2/18/18. 


Edited by Acela150, 07 February 2018 - 08:37 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:47 PM

Well that kinda stinks.    Oh well...............


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:53 PM

Well that's kinda ridiculous. Amtrak is going to lose even more revenue and ridership than when they discontinued the student discount and raised the minimum age for the senior one.

Amtrak travel so far: only 10,207 miles: Springfield Shuttle (12), Northeast Regional (25), Acela (1), Lake Shore Limited (2), Pennsylvanian (2), Capitol Limited (1)

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:58 PM

I have heard that the NARP discount will remain.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:29 PM

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Rewarding people for membership in an organization with a history of opposing transit and focuses on driver convenience always seemed odd to me.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:36 PM

Well that's kinda ridiculous. Amtrak is going to lose even more revenue and ridership than when they discontinued the student discount and raised the minimum age for the senior one.


Not really. Many people don’t even use it.

I have heard that the NARP discount will remain.


I think if the NARP discount goes away that the NARP May give Amtrak some trouble of it.

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Rewarding people for membership in an organization with a history of opposing transit and focuses on driver convenience always seemed odd to me.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:47 PM

 

Well that's kinda ridiculous. Amtrak is going to lose even more revenue and ridership than when they discontinued the student discount and raised the minimum age for the senior one.


Not really. Many people don’t even use it.

 





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I have in the past.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:54 PM

In the past week or so I have been taking phone calls at the call center. In the 50 or so reservations I've made or modified or even looked at for a passenger only 2 of those had a AAA discount. Both of those Passengers were unaware of the AAA discount. 


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:08 PM

Aaa is the automotive lobby. Its exist on transit is absurd
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:15 PM

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 11:47 PM

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.


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Agree!  Amtrak has been making a lot of bad decisions lately, and this goes on my list also.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:22 AM

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.


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I was just about to say the same thing.......I'll wager that the AAA travel organization, one of the largest, if not the largest, contributes a heck of a lot more business (and support, if you read their travel magazine) to Amtrak, then all of the rail lobbying organizations do, combined....


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:06 AM

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.

I was just about to say the same thing.......I'll wager that the AAA travel organization, one of the largest, if not the largest, contributes a heck of a lot more business (and support, if you read their travel magazine) to Amtrak, then all of the rail lobbying organizations do, combined....

Agreed!

 

Edit: at least to the contributing business part, as there are a lot of AAA members nationwide.


Edited by daybeers, 08 February 2018 - 06:31 AM.

Amtrak travel so far: only 10,207 miles: Springfield Shuttle (12), Northeast Regional (25), Acela (1), Lake Shore Limited (2), Pennsylvanian (2), Capitol Limited (1)

Ambus mileage (3 trips): 108

Other rail transit: WMATA (~830 miles), Metra, CTA, MTA, MBTA, Metro-North


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:18 AM

 

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.

I was just about to say the same thing.......I'll wager that the AAA travel organization, one of the largest, if not the largest, contributes a heck of a lot more business (and support, if you read their travel magazine) to Amtrak, then all of the rail lobbying organizations do, combined....

 

What kind of irrational wager is this?  Rail lobbying organizations are trying to influence public policy.  They are not trying to function as Amtrak's marketing department.  AAA has a history of attacking basic environmental protections like the Clean Air Act, lobbying for zoning restrictions that create extended commutes while also fighting against public transportation and pollution reduction initiatives, and looking for ways to pave over or around as much natural land as possible.  Maybe those actions mirror your own views and positions, but they do not help or support Amtrak in any meaningful way.  If AAA loves passenger rail so much I'm sure Amtrak would be happy to allow AAA to cover the cost of any future discounts out of their own pocket.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:16 AM

 

I always used the AAA discount for my tickets. AAA is a travel agency as well. Maybe AAA should stop it’s sales of Amtrak tickets and vacations.


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I was just about to say the same thing.......I'll wager that the AAA travel organization, one of the largest, if not the largest, contributes a heck of a lot more business (and support, if you read their travel magazine) to Amtrak, then all of the rail lobbying organizations do, combined....

 

Well said, at least here in the Northeast and New England the AAA newsletters mailed to all members always speak of the importance of transit balance, and they often promote the heck out of Amtrak and to a far wider audience than NARP. To say anything to the contrary is stupidity, plain and simple.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:37 AM

Book more than two weeks out and get the Saver Fare. Its better than any other discounts. The cleaning up of this and all of the other excessive discounting is long over due. Sure, the lack of discounts may stop some from traveling, but its nothing compared to the millions of dollars left on the table over the years that was discounted when it didnt have to be. These moves are smart business as they will substantially increase revenue without increasing costs.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:37 AM

I always assumed that AAA subsidized some of that discount? Since the purpose is cross-marketing.

 

I suspect that AAA was no longer able to fund it. AAA membership has been dropping over the years- Probobly because its 2 main services: Travel Agency, and Towing Service, are usually offered elsewhere (ie your car insurance usually offers cheaper roadside towing, and the internet has made traditional travel agencies pointless).

 

That said, I discovered many years ago that if I sent the local AAA a request for information, they sent me a free trial membership, good for any discounts within the trial period.  So I'd used that for whatever big trip I was taking that year.  Sounds like I've lost that little loophole.



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

What kind of irrational wager is this?  Rail lobbying organizations are trying to influence public policy.  They are not trying to function as Amtrak's marketing department.  AAA has a history of attacking basic environmental protections like the Clean Air Act, lobbying for zoning restrictions that create extended commutes while also fighting against public transportation and pollution reduction initiatives, and looking for ways to pave over or around as much natural land as possible.  Maybe those actions mirror your own views and positions, but they do not help or support Amtrak in any meaningful way.  If AAA loves passenger rail so much I'm sure Amtrak would be happy to allow AAA to cover the cost of any future discounts out of their own pocket.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:25 PM

Airlines have none of these discounts. As far as I know, neither does Megabus although they do have an active discount program that is very targeted and dynamic. Greyhound still does senior and student discounts but not AAA.  



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:35 PM

 

What kind of irrational wager is this?  Rail lobbying organizations are trying to influence public policy.  They are not trying to function as Amtrak's marketing department.  AAA has a history of attacking basic environmental protections like the Clean Air Act, lobbying for zoning restrictions that create extended commutes while also fighting against public transportation and pollution reduction initiatives, and looking for ways to pave over or around as much natural land as possible.  Maybe those actions mirror your own views and positions, but they do not help or support Amtrak in any meaningful way.  If AAA loves passenger rail so much I'm sure Amtrak would be happy to allow AAA to cover the cost of any future discounts out of their own pocket.


I have to agree with DA on this.

 

Likewise.

 

AAA has its uses, but supporting passenger rail in the policy arena is not one of them, irrespective of what they occasionally write in the rags. We have enough experience countering AAA advocacy against passenger rail where it matters, in the halls of Congress.


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