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Amtrak Changes Some Longstanding Discounts

Union Station, the headquarters of Amtrak, viewed from Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C. Union Station, the headquarters of Amtrak, viewed from Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C. by Wknight94 talk via Wikimedia Commons

Without fanfare, Amtrak has, as rumored, changed some longstanding discounts:

  • Senior. The senior discount has dropped from 15 percent to 10 percent, and the minimum age increased from 62 to 65 years except on cross-border travel with VIA Rail, where the minimum age is 60. Senior discounts are not valid on Auto Train or Acela, on Saver fares, or on business class or sleeper accommodations.
  • Children. One child age 2-12 travels for 50 percent off with an adult, down from two children.
  • AAA/NARP/Military. The discount remains 10 percent; it is not valid with Saver, business class or sleeper fares or on weekday Acela trains. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance. The advance purchase requirement does not apply to military members and their families.
  • Veterans Advantage. The discount remains 15 percent for members, with other conditions similar to AAA/NARP.

Ed Perkins, editor

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