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Amtrak ends discounts to students, AAA members and raises age requirements for seniors

Amtrak has changed several discounts. (Source: Pixabay) Amtrak has changed several discounts. (Source: Pixabay)
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Amtrak officials have ended discounts for students and AAA members and raised the age requirements for senior discounts to 65.

According to Amtrak, the rail service is moving to a more streamlined and efficient business model. Amtrak said its goal is to improve overall revenue performance by expanding the use of tactical fare sales to generate ridership growth versus everyday discounts for certain consumer segments.

Amtrak has also implemented a bi-weekly sale program to offer savings to our customers. Sales are offered on tickets for travel in the northeast and long-distance routes.

Sales are available more frequently like every two to three weeks. The program entails short “Flash” sale concept, which is similar to a Black Friday sale for tickets and on President's Day/ Both sales are nationwide.

Discounts for students and AAA members are no longer available. Amtrak customers 65 years of age and over are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on most fares. This is a change from 62 years of age. Amtrak will continue to evaluate various discount programs.

The best way remains for customers to save is to book early (at least 14 days in advance) and use Amtrak’s, Saver Fares.

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