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Sauve850

Posted Today, 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.


Maggie's Mom

Posted Yesterday, 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.


pennyk

Posted Yesterday, 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).


Maggie's Mom

Posted Yesterday, 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!!!


ehbowen

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

 


Rail Freak

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)


RichieRich

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


cpotisch

Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:56 PM

 

 

P.S.--Maggie's Mom, I see you have joined us on AU--welcome! :)

 

Thank you.  It appears I'll be doing several trips a year on the train so after my initial maiden voyage, I hope to help others.    You guys are such a friendly bunch; full of great tips. 

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 would also recommend getting the Bank of America Guest Rewards World MasterCard. You'll get a companion coupon and upgrade coupon upon signing up, and 20,000 Guest Rewards points once you spend $1000 with the card (worth roughly $700). And you'll get a point for every dollar spent on regular stuff, two points for every dollar spent on travel, and three points for every dollar spent on Amtrak. That really adds up. :)


Maglev

Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:24 AM

 

P.S.--Maggie's Mom, I see you have joined us on AU--welcome! :)

 

Thank you.  It appears I'll be doing several trips a year on the train so after my initial maiden voyage, I hope to help others.    You guys are such a friendly bunch; full of great tips. 

 

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


Maggie's Mom

Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:16 AM

P.S.--Maggie's Mom, I see you have joined us on AU--welcome! :)

 

Thank you.  It appears I'll be doing several trips a year on the train so after my initial maiden voyage, I hope to help others.    You guys are such a friendly bunch; full of great tips. 


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