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Possible EuroStar partnership on the horizon

Possible EuroStar partnership on the horizon

Old Oct 16, 12, 12:33 pm
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Possible EuroStar partnership on the horizon

Just got an email to complete a survey. After getting through the "screening" questions the meat of the content was all about a possible earn and burn partnership with EuroStar. Very appealing, I'd say, at least until we find out what the rates are.

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Old Oct 16, 12, 1:00 pm
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Interesting concept, indeed (and thanks for posting, since not all of us got the survey).

But I wish AGR would start a little closer to home. It's sad that, on the heels of AGR's 12th anniversary, there's still no partnership VIA Rail Canada Préférence. In fact, the only real Amtrak-VIA marketing partnership (the North American Rail Pass) was eliminated a few years back. Préférence actually even has an agreement with SNCF (France), but nothing with AGR.
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Old Oct 16, 12, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by GoAmtrak View Post
Interesting concept, indeed (and thanks for posting, since not all of us got the survey).

But I wish AGR would start a little closer to home. It's sad that, on the heels of AGR's 12th anniversary, there's still no partnership VIA Rail Canada Préférence. In fact, the only real Amtrak-VIA marketing partnership (the North American Rail Pass) was eliminated a few years back. Préférence actually even has an agreement with SNCF (France), but nothing with AGR.
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Old Oct 17, 12, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by GoAmtrak View Post
Préférence actually even has an agreement with SNCF (France), but nothing with AGR.
Perhaps it's the language barrier
They certainly do have a very odd earning/burning chart, though, reflecting the very different desirability of their routes.
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Old Oct 17, 12, 11:20 am
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Since Eurostar runs the chunnel train from England to France, does this mean it may be possible in the next few years to take a chunnel-like train from Manhattan to London and then connect to the Eurostar in Paris.

I suppose it may be a few years on the horizon, but, assiming the partership is true and such a train may come to fruition, how many zones do you think this would be?

A current AGR redemtion from New York to Los Angeles is 3 zones, so would a trip from New York to Paris be considered 4 zones or even 5?

Definitely planning to start banking the AGR points now and start learning to speak French!
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Old Oct 18, 12, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by diesteldorf View Post
Since Eurostar runs the chunnel train from England to France, does this mean it may be possible in the next few years to take a chunnel-like train from Manhattan to London and then connect to the Eurostar in Paris.
I assume you're joking, but at the very least I feel compelled to point out that a tunnel between NYC and London would be a shoo-in for the world's least-scenic train trip!
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Old Oct 20, 12, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by fairviewroad View Post
I assume you're joking, but at the very least I feel compelled to point out that a tunnel between NYC and London would be a shoo-in for the world's least-scenic train trip!
A series of bridges between Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, and Ireland wouldn't be, though!
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Old Oct 22, 12, 1:54 am
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I agree that Amtrak should also do a North American partnership "closer to home". A potential Amtrak partnership with Eurostar however, can be quite interesting. Perhaps in the future, Amtrak can also partner not just with Eurostar, but with the Rail Team, which is a rail group, equivalent to an airline group like *A, OW or ST. Eurostar belongs to the Rail Team, and so does SNCF, DB, Thalys and SBB.
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Old Nov 7, 12, 5:53 pm
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The 250 bonus points for completing this survey posted to my AGR account today.
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Old Nov 16, 12, 1:48 am
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Wow. I'm imagining how nice it would be if I could use my thousands of AGR points for my weekly Eurostar journeys…
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Old Nov 16, 12, 12:55 pm
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What about Parterning with something Closer to Home like VIA in Canada eh! The old North American Rail Pass used to be a great way to ride Amtrak and VIA all over North America! Id think more of us would use that than the Trains in Europe!
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