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Old Jun 4, 08, 4:18 pm   #1
 
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AAA Reservation for someone else?

I am booking my girlfriend a ticket on Pacific Surfliner. I am a AAA cardholder but she is not. Can I still use the discount for her ticket if I'm not traveling with her?
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Old Jun 4, 08, 4:36 pm   #2
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Not legally, no. However, it is quite likely that you could sneak her by the system--just make sure she picks the tickets up from an automated machine (if she picks them up from an agent, the agent may ask for the AAA card).

Once she has the tickets and boards the train, it's EXTREMELY unlikely (as in, nobody around here has EVER been asked) that she'll be asked by the conductor to show the AAA card. I've traveled many, many segments on Amtrak with my Student Advantage card discount, and I've NEVER been asked to show the card itself. (Conductors simply don't care.)

Not that I'm encouraging you to beat the system...
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Old Jun 5, 08, 3:05 pm   #3
 
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Most conductors only care if you have a ticket to go from "A" to "B" - not how much you paid. (Many don't know or care what AAA or V454 or H570 or ... is!) As long as you hold a ticket, they will (normally) take it without question.

I have travelled many time on the AAA fare, many times on numerous promo codes and a few times with the handicapped discount. I have NEVER been asked by the conductor for roof.

The only time I've been questioned about my ticket has been when I used a credit card to buy my ticket, and the ticket was not signed. (It need to be signed.) The conductor just gave me his pen, and continued to collect the next few tickets - and then came back to collect my signed ticket!
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Old Jun 11, 08, 7:50 pm   #4
 
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it would be unethical but, as indicated by other FTers, it can be done w/o detection.
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Old Jun 12, 08, 9:05 am   #5
 
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it would be unethical but, as indicated by other FTers, it can be done w/o detection.
Why would it be unethical?

The rule is as long as one ticket holder qualifies for the AAA fare, everybody in that party also qualifies for the AAA fare - as long as all travel on the same train. (I think the OP qualifies.)

If you consider this to be unethical, then you must consider AAA's own rules for road service to be unethical also! Per their own description:
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AAA road service is not on the car, it is on the member. So if you are a passenger in a car - even if you do not own it - requiring road service, that car is covered!
So, if you are driving to the store with your girlfriend (in her car) and it breaks down, you better not call AAA! That would be unethical - since she is not a AAA member!
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Old Jun 12, 08, 9:34 am   #6
 
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Why would it be unethical?

The rule is as long as one ticket holder qualifies for the AAA fare, everybody in that party also qualifies for the AAA fare - as long as all travel on the same train. (I think the OP qualifies.)
I read the OP as NOT traveling on the same train.
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Old Jun 13, 08, 6:11 am   #7
 
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I read the OP as NOT traveling on the same train.
Sorry, I passed over the NOT part!
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