New Companion Pass Restriction?

Old Dec 19, 2019, 7:54 am
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New Companion Pass Restriction?

I'm being told that the companion pass I have and that I want to use on an Acela on a weekend day can only be used on a weekday Acela, not a weekend one. Anyone hear of that restriction. It's not listed on the coupon.
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Old Dec 19, 2019, 11:48 am
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Yea... that's inaccurate. Are you maybe trying to use it on a blackout day?
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Old Dec 19, 2019, 11:49 am
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Old Dec 19, 2019, 6:32 pm
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nope. Sunday Jan. 26

And an Amtrak agent specifically told me it couldn't be use on a Sunday Acela train
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Old Dec 19, 2019, 7:34 pm
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Well they were wrong. Call someone else or just book it yourself online.
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Old Dec 20, 2019, 12:42 pm
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You can use companion passes on Amtrak.com now. Try booking that way and let us know if you get the same error
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Old Dec 21, 2019, 6:28 am
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Did a dummy booking on Amtrak.com for the date you mention - looks fine here (see below). Also searched just 1 pax and the fares were $131 for value biz and $224 for flex biz so that is indeed showing correctly.

That being said, I'm not actually sure what's going on with the First pricing - according to the companion pass language those can't be used towards F tix. The F price without the coupon is $208/person so 2x should be $416 so I'm not sure what the $351 is - it's as if it's applying the coupon to a biz fare and then applying some sort of partial discount on the upfare...this isn't something I've looked into before so I'm not sure how that works.
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Old Dec 21, 2019, 11:45 pm
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Companion fare for Acela first or business class on conventional trains will be calculated by 1 value fare plus the accommodation charge for business or first & the second person pays the accommodation charge only...only the rail fare portion is “free” for the companion.
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Old Dec 23, 2019, 5:48 am
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Originally Posted by drgreg
Companion fare for Acela first or business class on conventional trains will be calculated by 1 value fare plus the accommodation charge for business or first & the second person pays the accommodation charge only...only the rail fare portion is free for the companion.
Interesting - thanks. What exactly is an "accommodation charge"? Is it an upfare that costs more than the listed fare differential? In this case, a single F ticket is selling on this route for $208 and value biz for $131, or a $77 differential. 2x77 + 131 would be $285, which is less than the $351 with the voucher. So what's the calculation going into the $351?
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