Amtrak Offers 'Great Getaway Fares' to See the Country

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak said its spring value pricing, called Great Getaway Fares, and other promotions will help agents sell rail tours to families.

When clients book the value fares, valid for travel April 19 to May 21, the first person pays the regular fare; the second passenger gets 50% off, and the third rides for free.

Tickets must be purchased by May 9 and must be reserved seven days in advance. The fares, commissionable at 10%, are not available on certain Amtrak routes.

Agents can sell packages to families by emphasizing the "unique experience and quality time they enjoy on a train," according to Kathleen Gordon, assistant vice president of sales for Amtrak.

Amtrak said its version of the popular Carmen Sandiego CD-ROM, a U.S. geography game, will help drive family sales to agencies. The special spring fares are valid for sites highlighted in the game, Amtrak said.

The computer game features the character Carmen Sandiego, a crook who has climbed aboard an Amtrak train. The new CD-ROM, "Where in America Is Carmen Sandiego? The Great Amtrak Train Adventure," introduces players to train travel as they chase Carmen and her cohorts across the U.S. It is designed for children ages 7 to 12 and showcases Amtrak destinations as well as its trains, such as the California Zephyr, Adirondack, Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder.

Travel agents can offer their clients coupons to purchase the game for $7.95 plus tax, which is $2 off the advertised price. Agents can obtain the coupons by calling (800) TEL-TRAK.

Amtrak Great Getaway Fares are for coach class travel.

Upgrades to custom class preferred seating and first class sleeping accommodations can be reserved for an additional charge, subject to availability. The fares are based on roundtrip purchase, which is double the one-way fare.

Fifteen selected routes are subject to Great Getaway Fares, including:

  • Chicago to Washington. A one-way rail trip for three is $73.50; full fare for three is regularly $147.
  • New York to Savannah, Ga. A one-way rail trip for three is $139.50; full fare for three is regularly $279.
  • Los Angeles to Flagstaff, Ariz./Grand Canyon. A one-way rail trip for three is $73.50; full fare for three is regularly $147.
  • Travel agents can package these fares with hotel accommodations, rental cars or other add-ons for increased commissions.


    Phone: (800) TEL-TRAK


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