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Jan 26, 14, 12:19 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 4,473
Posted By gatelouse

Yes, I can confirm that they are. Recently...

Yes, I can confirm that they are. Recently received promo credit for a ~$40 rail fare + $20 biz class upcharge.
Nov 26, 12, 10:14 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 6,921
Posted By gatelouse

While we may debate the value of the new...

While we may debate the value of the new benefits, I'm glad to see some incentive for high Acela TQP earners to continue riding. Also glad to see that United Club access will continue, in some form,...
Nov 15, 12, 8:32 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,461
Posted By gatelouse

Perhaps, but one can always book over the phone,...

Perhaps, but one can always book over the phone, pay in cash at a staffed station or with a debit/prepaid card over the phone, and show ID to the conductor in lieu of an eTicket printout. No...
Nov 15, 12, 8:18 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 10,137
Posted By gatelouse

One way to implement the equivalent of an...

One way to implement the equivalent of an eVoucher for AGR points is the same "virtual voucher" scheme that's used frequently in the "buy x, get 1 free" AGR promotions. The virtual voucher basically...
Nov 15, 12, 8:03 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 10,137
Posted By gatelouse

Red face I'm going to challenge the conventional wisdom...

I'm going to challenge the conventional wisdom that sleepers don't sell at the last minute. On every train with sold out sleepers, there are coach passengers hoping that a room will open up. Amtrak...
Nov 9, 12, 6:36 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 10,137
Posted By gatelouse

This year I've canceled one paid and one...

This year I've canceled one paid and one redemption sleeper within 15 days of travel, and nearly canceled a second. All but one were for necessary family reasons that probably wouldn't have passed...
Nov 8, 12, 10:33 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 10,137
Posted By gatelouse

Does any airline FF program impose a no...

Does any airline FF program impose a no redeposit, no exchange rule on premium award tickets within X days of departure?

The sleeper award cancellation policy goes too far in my book. It's trivial...
Aug 14, 12, 8:36 pm
Replies: 125
Views: 22,507
Posted By gatelouse

Yup, it appears they're finally enforcing the...

Yup, it appears they're finally enforcing the "non-refundable" terms on the NEC advance purchase tickets. I ran into a similar situation the other day. Now if they'd only make it more clear at...
Aug 2, 12, 9:20 pm
Replies: 125
Views: 22,507
Posted By gatelouse

So they can hit you twice, once for the outbound...

So they can hit you twice, once for the outbound and again for the return.

And to allow a customer to take an outbound and refund a return after travel begins.
Jun 12, 12, 4:27 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,873
Posted By gatelouse

Yes. Business Class, Seniors, and families with...

Yes. Business Class, Seniors, and families with small children were invited to preboard at WAS for a Regional. This Regional was on a low-level platform (through track to/from VA), and those in the...
Jun 5, 12, 9:49 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,355
Posted By gatelouse

What benefits should "Super" S+ members receive?

There have been numerous calls for a third elite tier beyond Select Plus. Frequent Acela riders report reverting back to the air shuttles after requalifying for S+.

If you were AGR, what would you...
Jun 5, 12, 9:37 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,835
Posted By gatelouse

My impression based on limited data points is...

My impression based on limited data points is that the better promo is offered to those with a bit south of 2500 TQPs for the year. Anyone past that is already tracking toward Select. Yes, this risks...
Jun 1, 12, 10:40 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,835
Posted By gatelouse

There are two variants of this promo, accessible...

There are two variants of this promo, accessible on two different URLs.

The one ending in /SummerWellSpent includes the 100 TQP bonus for rail travel. Only targeted members can register...
Jun 1, 12, 10:08 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,835
Posted By gatelouse

Summer promotions are always the weakest of the...

Summer promotions are always the weakest of the four seasons simply because ridership is already quite high. So the idea here is to promote their partnerships and only target infrequent riders with...
May 31, 12, 9:48 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,835
Posted By gatelouse

TQP only or redeemable TQPs? Guess we'll find out...

TQP only or redeemable TQPs? Guess we'll find out tomorrow.
May 16, 12, 9:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By gatelouse

There's conflicting information above on how many...

There's conflicting information above on how many points are required for a roomette redemption. amamba is right--20k each way for a two-zone roomette, for 40k roundtrip.

All AGR rail awards are...
May 9, 12, 9:01 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,744
Posted By gatelouse

I believe Omaha-Emery is still two zones; the...

I believe Omaha-Emery is still two zones; the zone boundary is at Denver.

Transferring/borrowing from a friend laden with AGR points is a reasonable and quick approach, but considering the price...
Apr 21, 12, 4:13 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By gatelouse

Caution - Chase AGR Card + Amtrak iPhone app

In March I purchased a good deal of Amtrak travel and canceled a couple of trips using the convenient iPhone app. All trips were bought on the Chase AGR credit card. Once my Chase statement came in,...
Apr 2, 12, 9:47 pm
Replies: 238
Views: 34,552
Posted By gatelouse

Fair point, but most rush-hour commuters are in a...

Fair point, but most rush-hour commuters are in a hurry and would rather rush to their trains or position themselves to grab a seat on the next one, which isn't far behind. In the off-hours when...
Mar 30, 12, 6:16 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 5,566
Posted By gatelouse

The latest T&Cs clearly state that all travel is...

The latest T&Cs clearly state that all travel is eligible for double points and the two-trip daily limit only applies to the Take-5. Thanks to AGR for rewriting them to make this absolutely clear.
Mar 24, 12, 9:35 am
Replies: 238
Views: 34,552
Posted By gatelouse

The official wording on admittance for UA pax is...

The official wording on admittance for UA pax is vague. Somehow I feel like the same-day travel requirement applies only for UA F passengers, and that United Club members could enter simply with a...
Mar 19, 12, 8:55 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 5,566
Posted By gatelouse

So, two qualifying trips per day...

I really hope that the two qualifying segments per day rule for this promo applies only to the take-5 bonus and not the double/triple point bonus. Here's why.

Suppose I travel 3 segments:...
Mar 19, 12, 3:46 pm
Replies: 566
Views: 119,174
Posted By gatelouse

I've been out of the UA loop for a while now but...

I've been out of the UA loop for a while now but do remember a late-2010 PMUA handling of a downgrade from 772 to 752. That's a significant downgrade with lots of premium cabin and coach passengers...
Feb 24, 12, 11:12 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,613
Posted By gatelouse

What? No one wants to play? Four character code,...

What? No one wants to play? Four character code, about 3 lines up from the lower left of the ticket stub--that's all I ask for.

I recently saw a ZOGE on a neighbor's Acela receipt. There's a Z...
Feb 18, 12, 9:32 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,613
Posted By gatelouse

Post your fare basis

Just curious how many different types of fare basis codes are out there.

On the lower-left hand of your ticket receipt/stub is a four-character code. This is the fare basis (or fare plan). Which...
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