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Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:40 am

My friends and I are going to new york city on the 22nd and I want to know if I should book my ticket online now, at 76.00 or just buy one that morning... Will it be the same price, or jump up or down dramaticly?


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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:00 am

Get it now, save the trouble. Amtrak is like airlines, subject to raising fares at their convenience and when the tickets sell, they sell. However, they are pretty good about not raising their prices too dramatically. I can still travel today to Kansas City for like $25 one way.
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:39 am

Amtrak doesn't raise its fares like that. It does something similar to airlines, which is pricing the seats based on location on the train and type of accomodation. But the "fare increase" comes from selling out the seats available at that fare, not elapsed time, more like Southwest Airlines.

Trains to New York City sell out rather quickly if you're looking for sleeper accomodations, because there are so many connections at Penn Station. If you are just looking for a reserved coach seat, you'll probably find the same fare tomorrow.

What train are you riding? Are you connecting? Where is your final destination?

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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:42 am

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
What train are you riding?

the 143 Regional going Springfield-Hartford-couple other places and NYC

Quoting Redngold (Reply 2):
Are you connecting?

nope, one train

Quoting Redngold (Reply 2):
Where is your final destination?

NYC, Penn Station
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:48 am

Yeah, the stalker I am I figured out at least that from looking at your profile.

I'd go for a reserved coach seat, and if you're seriously worried about price, I'd buy now. Otherwise, you may have to pay $19.00 more per seat (that would be $38.00 more per round trip ticket.) There are only Reserved Coach and Reserved Business seats on that train because it's a medium-distance train with regular car stock.

If that's not a huge difference in your book, you can practically walk up and buy that day, *IF* there are seats still available. However, I wouldn't wait that long, because I'm sure that train is popular with area college students.

(Former Amtraker and proponent of rail expansion "speaking" here - glad you chose the rails!)

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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:13 am

I'm not sure if it runs that far north, but don't waste your money on the Acela if it's available... My girlfriend takes Amtrak between Baltimore and NY every week and she says she can't count the times her train has gotten there faster than the Acela due to delays and mechanical problems
 
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:17 am

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
I'm not sure if it runs that far north, but don't waste your money on the Acela if it's available...

The Acela runs Boston to Washington along the costal route. Cadet57's route is only partially covered, so it's not an option.

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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:26 am

Quoting Redngold (Reply 4):
glad you chose the rails!)

well, its more fun plus, CO wants 600 bucks to EWR!
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:41 am

Ok, just thought of another question.... My friend whos coming with us wants to get his own ticket incase he has to cancel and get his $$ back. He hates putting his card online and wants to know of he can go to the local amtrak station and buy his ticket there say saturday for the 22nd..
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:46 am

Yes, he should be able to go to the station. Call beforehand - some stations have really weird hours because of the timing of the trains. For example, the station here in Cleveland is only open after 11:00 P.M.... because the trains arrive between 2:00-3:00 A.M.!
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:54 am

Red.. im sorry but you are wrong.. only on the NE corridor they raise the ticket price by about $20 if you buy it at the station on the same day you are going. So cadet, id highly suggest that you get your ticket now than going down to the station to buy it before you board. I'm a veteran Amtrak rider.. so i know the workings inside and out. So hope this helps.. if you have any more questions.. just give me a PM and ill answer them to the best of my knoledge.
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting Redngold (Reply 2):
Amtrak doesn't raise its fares like that.

that's incorrect. i know from experience.
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:02 pm

Quoting STLgph (Reply 11):
that's incorrect. i know from experience.

Well, if you're basing your comment on this:

Quoting Nicksair (Reply 10):
only on the NE corridor they raise the ticket price by about $20 if you buy it at the station on the same day you are going.

Then I stand corrected, but the last time I bought tickets on a train out of Cleveland (not in the Northeast Corridor) I was able to get a Reserved Coach seat across the country for the same price as two weeks earlier... because they hadn't sold out that fare.
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:39 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
My friends and I are going to new york city on the 22nd and I want to know if I should book my ticket online now, at 76.00 or just buy one that morning... Will it be the same price, or jump up or down dramaticly?

I think the sum of all of this is that it will go up. On the California Corridor, particularly when trying to go from Southern to Northern California, fares tend to creep up a little at a time. Remember, Amtrak fares are all refundable, so don't worry if you need to change your train.
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RE: Question On Amtrak Tickets

Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:06 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
I think the sum of all of this is that it will go up. On the California Corridor, particularly when trying to go from Southern to Northern California, fares tend to creep up a little at a time.

Actually Ali.. the only two times the fare changes is when the spring/summer and fall/winter schedule changes happen.. say if you were going between norcal and socal.. then if you buy a ticket last min... the price goes up. For instance from SAN to SF is $99 one way if i bought a ticket for the next train.. 2 weeks in advance.. it falls to $57 one way. Now on the Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner trains.. those fares are set for the whole fare season... there can be holiday fares during that season.. but otherwise the fares on the short-range California routes stays the same usually.
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