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  1. I received my last statement yesterday and I did not receive the bonus 3X the points. I received 4000 points. I used the card extensively in December. Booking eight hotel nights and $600 on a cruise gave me 4000 points alone. I called BOA and they directed me to AGR and nobody helped me. I should have received at least twice the points. What other recourse is there?
  2. How about just restoring full diner service on both trains?
  3. benale

    Dinner on the Capitol Limited?

    That free alcholic beverage includes a $16 carafe of wine. Thats the positive. Negative is the elimination of the sit down hot meal diner. No matter how Amtrak spins it it is an obvious downgrade
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    Reaching status using long distance only

    Under the old AGR I would make two round trips from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown in one day during Double Days. $11 r/t 400 points and my select bonus. I amassed quite a few points back then.
  5. I like the Legacy lounge over the Metropolitan. Better food selection and you could have up to three or four full size drinks during their happy hour instead of the wine tasting at the Metropolitan. Ive used it while riding Coach. I ve wanted to use it with a sleeper but I couldnt justify paying the $20
  6. benale

    92(12/5/2018) 10 Hours Late

    Wow! I just got off todays 92 in Philly about an hour late. I made a connection on a Keystone to Harrisburg within the hour. Yesterdays train got into Philly at 3:30AM. If I was on that train I would have made the first connection of the day at 5AM.
  7. I really wish the terms were better understood. I recall reading you didnt have to sign up and I even called BOA and they said it was automatic. My points post in a few days. Since I found out about the promotion I ve been using the card extensively. Those points better show up!
  8. The SW Chief is the last of the Western trains to depart Chicago. How about the riders who had reservations on the Eagle,Zephyr and Builder? The timekeeping on 29 and 30 has been abysmal. I took 29 a week and a half ago into Chicago connecting with The Eagle. If I missed that connection my entire train vacation would have been ruined. I had three non refundable hotels and sleepers on every leg. If I had to be downgraded to Coach I would have been pissed. We are taking 29 connecting with 5 in April. I think I will arrive in Chicago the night before spend the night and take the next days train. I just dont trust 29.
  9. benale

    Business Class in the west?

    Very nice. Its upstairs from the rental cars. You can store your luggage. Muffins,coffee and juice in the morning. Snacks,sodas in the afternoon
  10. benale

    Business Class in the west?

    One of the only benefits to riding CS business class overnight is that you will probably have two seats to yourself
  11. Sometimes unsold roomettes will go to low bucket a day before your trip. I did a rail pass last year and grabbed great roomette prices at the last minute for sections of my trip.
  12. Coach the entire trip is tough. Keep checking roomette prices. A roomette for part of your trip is a good break and meals are included.
  13. One addition. As others have mentioned if you can break up the trip. Boarding in Toledo if on time you will get on around Midnight. Maybe a roomette to Pittsburgh, Coach to DC,sleeper from DC to Jacksonville,Coach to Tampa. This way you have a sleeper on the two overnights. You will probably be on the Silver Star which does not have a diner so if you book early enough a roomette would be under $200.
  14. Nothing is more uncomfortable than sharing a seat with a stranger overnight. If you were guaranteed two seats to yourself overnight Coach would be semi tolerable. If you can afford it a sleeper is the way to go
  15. benale

    Unsold sleepers

    When I rode Coach most of the time I would get a call from Amtrak to upgrade to a roomette for a very attractive price and I always accepted. I take it they dont do that anymore. The night before the start of a trip Amtrak knows how many unsold sleepers there are for the journey. Ive read all the comments and again.. If Amtrak knows a sleeper will remain empty the entire trip or a portion of it why dont they sell them at a discount to fill them? As I said a discounted sale is better than no sale. This seems so simple and straightforward!