Update: The offer below has expired and is no longer available.
Amtrak is running quite the fare sale where you can save up to 50% on the base class of service on all Amtrak trains — that’s coach if you’re on the Northeast Regional and most long-distance trains, or business class if you’re on the Acela.
You’ll need to book your tickets between September 1 and 8, 2021, and then travel from September 8 to November 18, 2021, just before Thanksgiving. You’ll need to book at least 3 days prior to travel in order to receive the discounted rates.
Examples of Routes and Discounts by Class
Amtrak has provided these examples of discounts you can receive:
|To/From||Acela Business Class||Coach Class|
|Chicago to Denver||–||$63|
|Chicago to Washington, D.C.||–||$53|
|Los Angeles to Seattle||–||$63|
|New York City to Boston||$49||$28|
|New York City to Philadelphia||$38||$17|
|New York City to Miami||–||$81|
|New York City to Washington, D.C.||$60||$28|
|Portland, OR to Seattle||–||$18|
|Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia||$43||$17|
Because these are deeply discounted fares, you won’t be able to upgrade to business class (on non-Acela trains), first class (on the Acela), or sleeper accommodations. You also can’t travel on the Auto Train, or the Keystone or Pennsylvanian between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, change fees are waived through January 4, 2022, so if you need to cancel, you’d get the full value back onto a voucher you can use for travel later on.
For those that live in the Northeast Corridor, or along most long-distance train services, this Amtrak sale can’t be beaten. In most cases, the cost is significantly less than flying, though certainly, the journey will take you a lot longer (not a bad thing if you have time to watch the country go by).
Be sure to check the terms of your booking to ensure the fares are what you want, but most passengers will certainly find these prices very attractive and worth jumping on sometime soon!