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#41 RichieRich

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:00 PM

Be sure to join Amtrak Guest Rewards, so that you can get some benefits from your train travel!  It's their "frequent flyer" program.

I'll 2nd THAT ! I get a lot of free trips using points. I use the AGR MasterCard exclusively...all others are just for emergency. I generally charge over $5k/month on it and accrue points, and QTPs which establishes your "Status" that gives you even more benefits. Yes...you have to read the rules closely as the $5k/month thing is limited, etc., etc.  For the ol' timers...don't'ya miss the old system where "points" weren't "dollar-related"!?!? Man, did I work that! "Oh, use my points for the trip back (more expensive in $$$) and I'll pay cash for the trip down (less$$$)". LOL



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:35 PM

 

Be sure to join Amtrak Guest Rewards, so that you can get some benefits from your train travel!  It's their "frequent flyer" program.

I'll 2nd THAT ! I get a lot of free trips using points. I use the AGR MasterCard exclusively...all others are just for emergency. I generally charge over $5k/month on it and accrue points, and QTPs which establishes your "Status" that gives you even more benefits. Yes...you have to read the rules closely as the $5k/month thing is limited, etc., etc.  For the ol' timers...don't'ya miss the old system where "points" weren't "dollar-related"!?!? Man, did I work that! "Oh, use my points for the trip back (more expensive in $$$) and I'll pay cash for the trip down (less$$$)". LOL

 

Yeah &, when redeeming, I really miss the old Zone System!!! (for longer distance trips)


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:18 PM

 

 

Be sure to join Amtrak Guest Rewards, so that you can get some benefits from your train travel!  It's their "frequent flyer" program.

I'll 2nd THAT ! I get a lot of free trips using points. I use the AGR MasterCard exclusively...all others are just for emergency. I generally charge over $5k/month on it and accrue points, and QTPs which establishes your "Status" that gives you even more benefits. Yes...you have to read the rules closely as the $5k/month thing is limited, etc., etc.  For the ol' timers...don't'ya miss the old system where "points" weren't "dollar-related"!?!? Man, did I work that! "Oh, use my points for the trip back (more expensive in $$$) and I'll pay cash for the trip down (less$$$)". LOL

 

Yeah &, when redeeming, I really miss the old Zone System!!! (for longer distance trips)

 

 

I wonder if Amtrak is still scratching their heads over what happened to all the traffic between Wolf Point and El Paso... :P

 


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 03:34 PM

GUESS WHAT - I did it or rather I'm doing it NOW.  On the #98 just approaching Jacksonville now.  This is awesome and I'm so glad I got a sleeper car.  Thank you guys for all your tips they certainly resolved alot of my fears.  Sleeper Car Attendants are awesome, mine even took me on a tour so I would know where everything was.  It was alittle bumpy walking around and I think I'll have a few bruises after this trip. LOL.  According to the schedule, we will be arriving 45 minutes ahead of schedule in Washington so guess I won't be getting breakfast on the train.  McDonalds, here I come.  Was really hoping for a late arrival so I could let some of the mad commuter rush subside for the Metro Red Line.  Oh well . . . it's still a great trip!!!


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 03:50 PM

Great to hear that you are having a good trip.  :)

 

It is too soon to know if you will be early in WAS.  A lot can happen. (BTW, I sent you a PM).


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 06:53 PM

Well, I can now say I've dined in the Dining Car and it was fabulous.  Had the steak and seafood cake meal with some delicious sauce.  I can't recall when the last time was that I ate that much for dinner.  Had another lady join me at my table and we had great conversation the entire time.  My "virgin" train ride has been a great success so far.  Now here's hoping for some sleep in acouple hours.  I'm a lite sleeper so not sure how this is going to go but hey, I can sleep when I get to my hotel, no worries.


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Posted 16 October 2018 - 06:36 PM

Glad the trip is going well. When you get to the station and exit McDonalds is to the left and Dunkin is to the right. Plenty of places for a slightly better breakfast if not in a hurry.



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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:36 PM

Glad the trip is going well. When you get to the station and exit McDonalds is to the left and Dunkin is to the right. Plenty of places for a slightly better breakfast if not in a hurry.

 

Thanks, McD's was going to be my backup plan but I was able to get breakfast before we arrived.  Planning on eating lunch at that McD's on my return trip 'cause I'll have acouple hours to kill at Union Station.  Unfortunately I have to take the Silver Star for my return trip so meals will not be as good as the trip up.  Hoping to also get a Subway Sub at Union Station for my dinner later that day.  I brought a small insulated case to put it in so hopefully it will be okay for dinner.



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Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:02 PM

Forget McDonalds at WAS.  Go downstairs to the fantastic food court!


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Posted Yesterday, 07:50 AM

Forget McDonalds at WAS.  Go downstairs to the fantastic food court!

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Posted Yesterday, 08:20 AM

 

Forget McDonalds at WAS.  Go downstairs to the fantastic food court!

This!

 

Are you guys being sarcastic?I've never tried it!


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Posted Yesterday, 09:27 AM

 

Forget McDonalds at WAS.  Go downstairs to the fantastic food court!

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Are you guys being sarcastic?I've never tried it!
The food court downstairs has lots of options.

There’s also a Walgreens down there for the Pepto - JUST KIDDING about needing Pepto. :P
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Posted Yesterday, 09:57 AM

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.



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Posted Yesterday, 10:54 AM

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

I'm not super familiar with WAS, but looking at the official layout, the food court is on the lowest level, below the "train concourse".


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Posted Yesterday, 11:10 AM

 

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

I'm not super familiar with WAS, but looking at the official layout, the food court is on the lowest level, below the "train concourse".

 

 

As  it turns out, I 'discovered' the connection from the turnstile-level of the Metro to the food court after spending a night at the hotel 1 stop away on the red line.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:17 AM

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

I would take my luggage up the escalator and leave it in the Club Acela.  Then I would explore the station unencumbered and look for something to eat and bring with you on the Silver Star.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:18 PM

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

 

Be aware that there are two exits to Union Station from the metro station. The exit at the north end of the station (where the elevators are located) will take you to the main level right next to the train gates and the club. The exit at the middle of the metro station will bring you directly to the food court level, but there are three or four steps to go up from the train mezzanine to the food court.

 

I'd stick with Penny's advice to leave your luggage in the club and go exploring.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:38 PM

 

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

I would take my luggage up the escalator and leave it in the Club Acela.  Then I would explore the station unencumbered and look for something to eat and bring with you on the Silver Star.

 

 

In my reconnoitering of WAS Union Station that I did in June in preparation for my December Silver Meteor journey, this is my suggestion as well.  Union Station is a very interesting place with dining areas on the Mezzanine level as well as the lower level.  People watching is fascinating, at least for me.  And, if a shopper, there are some shops to explore as well.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:58 PM

 

Is the food court on the same level as the main Metro (not platform) level?  From what I'm seeing on the map it might be but does it have direct access from Metro to downstairs food court.   Hate to have to drag luggage up another level and them come back down elevators with luggage - direct walk through would be nice.

I would take my luggage up the escalator and leave it in the Club Acela.  Then I would explore the station unencumbered and look for something to eat and bring with you on the Silver Star.

 

 

Penny - thanks for that suggestion.  That's definitely what I will do because I really do want to try and explore around the station.  I didn't get to see much upon my arrival so hope to have more time going back.



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Posted Today, 07:39 PM

Yes definitely store luggage and explore. A whole world of food at the station and food court on all levels. If Im taking the Star to Florida I tend to go to Johnny Rockets which is bad but very tasty for lunch.

 

I pick up a sandwich or salad for my dinner and dessert for the train. Also something for breakfast in my food container which may or may not go in my small cooler depending on my purchase. Going to West Palm Beach that only leaves me to grab something for lunch on the train which I keep very light as the train usually arrives in time to go out to a nice dinner with whoever is picking me up.





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