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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #80 on: January 18, 2016, 01:47:42 AM »
Sorry I missed your post. As you saw, the food is probably a step above standard airline food, especially when you include the setup tray. You have a choice of fish, chicken, or beef. All OU/Pas Yisrael/Chalav Yisrael/Chassidhe Sechita. For breakfast, there is an omlette option, but not on the Auto Train since they have a continental breakfast only. The meals were upgraded a few years ago and use the same caterer as El Al First. Hope you're having a good trip.

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Thank you. Great trip indeed.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #81 on: January 18, 2016, 06:08:38 AM »


Unfortunately, due to the structure of Amtrak's reservation system, 24 hours minimum for Acela (72 hours for long distance) is really needed for the commissary to receive proper notification of a special meal and ensure that it gets delivered to the proper train in advance of your travel. The upgrade coupons are set for 12 hours and there is generally not a way around that. I will flag your concern to the Loyalty Department, but they are currently preparing for the launch of AGR 2.0 so I may not get an answer quickly. Sorry about that.

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Thanks.  Unfortunately I'll be on 2128 tomorrow evening, which I'm sure doesn't give enough time for a resolution.

The agent at NYP thought making the kosher meal reservation while applying the upgrade coupon would be worth a try.  But based on what you're saying, I'm guessing that the system won't even take the meal reservation, just like it rejected it yesterday (because I was still in BC) - am I right?

Or maybe you can toss an extra kosher meal (I'd prefer the beef, if I have a choice) onto tomorrow's 2128 while nobody's looking? 

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #82 on: January 19, 2016, 03:43:03 PM »
I submitted the request on your behalf. We'll see what happens.

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Thanks.  Unfortunately I'll be on 2128 tomorrow evening, which I'm sure doesn't give enough time for a resolution.

The agent at NYP thought making the kosher meal reservation while applying the upgrade coupon would be worth a try.  But based on what you're saying, I'm guessing that the system won't even take the meal reservation, just like it rejected it yesterday (because I was still in BC) - am I right?

Or maybe you can toss an extra kosher meal (I'd prefer the beef, if I have a choice) onto tomorrow's 2128 while nobody's looking? 

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #83 on: January 20, 2016, 09:22:29 PM »
I submitted the request on your behalf. We'll see what happens.

AI

Thank you! I also called it in and the agent put some sort of request on the account as well.

And then this happened - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/01/19/all-trains-are-stopped-on-marcs-penn-line/ - and 2128 was cancelled. I ended up on 2124 (departing over an hour after 2128's scheduled time, once service resumed), of course without my meal.

But thank you for trying!

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #84 on: January 29, 2016, 10:07:18 AM »
Sorry I missed your post. As you saw, the food is probably a step above standard airline food, especially when you include the setup tray. You have a choice of fish, chicken, or beef. All OU/Pas Yisrael/Chalav Yisrael/Chassidhe Sechita. For breakfast, there is an omlette option, but not on the Auto Train since they have a continental breakfast only. The meals were upgraded a few years ago and use the same caterer as El Al First. Hope you're having a good trip.

AI

Hi Amtrak Insider, Do you know what brand of meat is used?

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #85 on: January 30, 2016, 07:38:55 PM »
Hi Amtrak Insider, Do you know what brand of meat is used?
IIRC our meal was from Borensteins??? In Jamaica NY.. If he can't help, maybe see where the meal will come from for your specific ride.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #86 on: February 02, 2016, 11:27:02 AM »
They all come from Borensteins. Good luck.

IIRC our meal was from Borensteins??? In Jamaica NY.. If he can't help, maybe see where the meal will come from for your specific ride.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #87 on: February 07, 2016, 09:37:13 AM »
I just got an email from a friend on this morning's 51 out of NYP - the kosher meals for four that he ordered aren't on the train!  Any magic you can do, AmtrakInsider?  His train just left BAL and he's going all the way to CHI (and connecting there to 5 to EMY).

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #88 on: February 07, 2016, 07:05:49 PM »
I just got an email from a friend on this morning's 51 out of NYP - the kosher meals for four that he ordered aren't on the train!  Any magic you can do, AmtrakInsider?  His train just left BAL and he's going all the way to CHI (and connecting there to 5 to EMY).

Looks like his meals were loaded at WAS.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #89 on: April 24, 2016, 11:57:19 PM »
Any ideas on a great route to travel from NYP that has a bedroom?

Pesach food would be pretty cool too!

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #90 on: July 05, 2016, 11:29:42 PM »
I transferred over 100k points from chase to Amtrak before chase closed Amtrak as a transferring partner, since I was planning a trip with Amtrak, but in the end I didn't use them. is there any good way to redeem them besides travel? Does any broker buy them?

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #91 on: August 30, 2016, 08:02:33 PM »
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Plus, with 40% more trainsets than the current Acela fleet, service will be offered every half-hour between Washington D.C. and New York City during peak times and every hour between New York City and Boston throughout the day to give you more departure options.

This new fleet is a large part of our multifaceted modernization program to improve the overall travel experience for our customers, both onboard and in major stations throughout the Northeast. We will be sharing more details in the next few months and we look forward to having you join us on this journey. As always, thank you for traveling with us.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #92 on: September 01, 2016, 12:54:00 PM »


I don't understand why they don't phase the current Acella trains to replace some of the aged NER trains.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #93 on: September 13, 2016, 04:33:23 PM »
Did anyone transfer a bunch of points to Amtrak before severed relationship with Chase?
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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #94 on: September 13, 2016, 04:57:05 PM »
Did anyone transfer a bunch of points to Amtrak before severed relationship with Chase?

And used them

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #95 on: September 13, 2016, 09:51:51 PM »
Did anyone transfer a bunch of points to Amtrak before severed relationship with Chase?
I transferred over 100k points from chase to Amtrak before chase closed Amtrak as a transferring partner, since I was planning a trip with Amtrak, but in the end I didn't use them. is there any good way to redeem them besides travel? Does any broker buy them?
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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #96 on: September 20, 2016, 11:35:46 AM »
Book by this Thursday, you'll find tickets to destinations in Virginia as low as $47.

Our 3-day sale gets you to Virginia for less. Once you hop aboard the Northeast RegionalSM, you'll not only experience the fall colors along the Northeast Corridor, you'll also find the lowest one-way fares.

But book now for travel from October 25 – November 17, 2016 because this sale ends Thursday.
Travel from New York to:
Charlottesville   $47
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Norfolk   $48

Offer is exclusively available at www.Amtrak.com. Valid for sale September 20 – 22, 2016. Valid for travel October 25 – November 17, 2016. Valid for travel on the Northeast Regional train service between the following select city pairs only: 1. New York, NY – Richmond, VA. 2. New York, NY – Norfolk, VA. 3. New York, NY – Newport News, VA. 4. New York, NY – Charlottesville, VA. 5. New Haven, CT – Washington, DC. 6. Philadelphia, PA – Newark Liberty International Airport. 7. Philadelphia, PA – Boston, MA (South Station/Back Bay) and Route 128, Westwood, MA. 8. Washington, DC – Baltimore, MD and /BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Station, MD. 9. Washington, DC – Lynchburg, VA. Offer does not include travel to/from any intermediate cities. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable; exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date. Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times. Fares are subject to availability. The discounted one-way fares are valid for all adult passengers; no additional discounts apply. Valid for Coach seats only; no Business class upgrades permitted. Not combinable with any other discount offer. In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #97 on: September 20, 2016, 11:38:59 AM »
Book by this Thursday, you'll find tickets to destinations in Virginia as low as $47.

Our 3-day sale gets you to Virginia for less. Once you hop aboard the Northeast RegionalSM, you'll not only experience the fall colors along the Northeast Corridor, you'll also find the lowest one-way fares.

But book now for travel from October 25 – November 17, 2016 because this sale ends Thursday.
Travel from New York to:
Charlottesville   $47
Newport News   $47
Richmond   $47
Norfolk   $48

Offer is exclusively available at www.Amtrak.com. Valid for sale September 20 – 22, 2016. Valid for travel October 25 – November 17, 2016. Valid for travel on the Northeast Regional train service between the following select city pairs only: 1. New York, NY – Richmond, VA. 2. New York, NY – Norfolk, VA. 3. New York, NY – Newport News, VA. 4. New York, NY – Charlottesville, VA. 5. New Haven, CT – Washington, DC. 6. Philadelphia, PA – Newark Liberty International Airport. 7. Philadelphia, PA – Boston, MA (South Station/Back Bay) and Route 128, Westwood, MA. 8. Washington, DC – Baltimore, MD and /BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Station, MD. 9. Washington, DC – Lynchburg, VA. Offer does not include travel to/from any intermediate cities. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable; exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date. Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times. Fares are subject to availability. The discounted one-way fares are valid for all adult passengers; no additional discounts apply. Valid for Coach seats only; no Business class upgrades permitted. Not combinable with any other discount offer. In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply.

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #98 on: January 12, 2017, 08:12:19 PM »
Skip I-95 for $95 aboard the Auto Train

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Re: Amtrak
« Reply #99 on: January 18, 2017, 12:41:59 PM »
When I was a youth my parents took us on the Auto Train for a trip to Disney.  It remains one of the more memorable family vacations.