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#1 CoachSlumber

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 05:48 AM

Advice please. I have 32,000 points
I used 29,000 on a LAX to Chicago roomette for two on the Chief this coming October, but then the fare sale popped up and I can do it for $670 cash, which seems goood. Should I do the cash deal?

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 09:32 AM

If you can easily afford it, yes!:)

That way, you will earn additional AGR points to use in the future. Also, the redemption rate is based on the non-discounted fare, not the (lower) sale fare.

Edited by the_traveler, 23 June 2018 - 09:32 AM.

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 23 June 2018 - 10:08 AM

There may be a penalty to cancel your points reservation (if you have one already), so keep that in mind if you're thinking about any potential savings.



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 11:22 AM

the future of the Chief is up in the air, keep up with latest news


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 01:58 PM

Good point about the point penalty. That 20% penalty may affect the decision of yes or no.
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!

#6 CoachSlumber

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 05:25 PM

Good point about the point penalty. That 20% penalty may affect the decision of yes or no.

Thanks everyone. I inquired because the point fare did not have the discount incorporated so I was in effect paying more with points than money.
For some reason they waived the point penalty.
This seemed like a good fare, so even though in a way I want to use my points before Amtrak goes even worse, when that sale came up I got tempted! 670 for two on the Chief seemed worth paying the cash for. One of the few I haven’t ridden either.
BTW, the NARP discount doesn’t apply to the 2 for 1.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:46 PM

It does not apply, since the sale fare includes a discount. As the NARP also provides a discount, itcan not also be used as you can not use 2 discounts on the same fare.
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!

#8 George K

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 05:32 PM

There may be a penalty to cancel your points reservation (if you have one already), so keep that in mind if you're thinking about any potential savings.

If you "modify" your reservation, you might not suffer the penalty.

 

However, when I "modified" without a penalty, it was only for dates, not the route.


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Posted 24 June 2018 - 07:52 PM

Hopefully Amtrak will have double days back in October so it is definately worth paying for it.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 01:04 AM

Hopefully Amtrak will have double days back in October so it is definately worth paying for it.

I'm hoping so myself. I booked my wife and I a week in San Antonio Oct 18-24 hoping for double days.

Edited by scrollmaster, 05 July 2018 - 01:07 AM.





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