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bratkinson

Posted Today, 09:02 PM

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


Maggie's Mom

Posted Today, 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.


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. :)


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