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  • Writer's pictureAdam Garrett

Adam's Amtrak Upgrade, Lounge Pass, & BOGO Giveaway

Updated: May 20, 2023


Pictured: Amtrak Norfolk - Image by Adam


4/23/23 Update:

All the upgrade vouchers are still available

There are 2 more lounge passes available & 2 are considered tentatively claimed.

The BOGOs are tentatively available since the person who claimed them hasn't booked yet after more than a week, so someone else can claim them as long as they book travel prior to the person who tentatively claimed them >1 week ago not using them.

Tentatively claimed means that there is someone who claimed them but there is no ticket yet, so there is still a chance that they will become available again if travel isn't booked. If you'd like something that's been tentatively claimed in the event that they're not used, let me know.


This year I'm offering former closed clients on a 1st come, first serve basis the option of selecting Amtrak upgrades or a companion certificate (buy one, get one heavily discounted) on Amtrak for 1 way or round trip travel. I'm also giving away 4 lounge passes available for use for departure or arrival where lounges are available, each of which can provide access for at least 2 people.


Top Reasons To Consider Train Travel

When Is Train Travel Optimal?

Details of all Awards

Details of Companion Coupon (potential to save >$400 per coupon)

Details of 12 Hour Upgrade Coupons on 1 Leg

Lounge Locations & What's Offered

Details of Lounge Passes

First Class Passengers, Rooms, Roomettes, & Bedroom Suites receive complimentary lounge access & complimentary meals.

Route Maps

Stations in SE VA

Stations in DC/Baltimore

Example Direct Routes Compared to Car Travel Times

Pricing Patterns

Maximizing

Examples of Low-Value Redemption & Low Out of Pocket Cost: Coach or Business Class BOGO or Upgrade

Examples of Mid-Value Redemption & Low-Mid Out of Pocket Cost: Coach or Business Class Upgrade or BOGO

Examples of High-Value Redemption ($243) & Low Out of Pocket Cost ($71) via Upgrade:

Miscellaneous

Below I'll go over starting pricing (before any discount) & timing options for 1-way direct travel from:

  1. Newport News (coach & business only)

  2. Richmond (coach, business, partial 1st, roomettes, & bedrooms)

  3. DC (coach, business, or 1st)


Examples from Amtrak Newport News (with often similar pricing from Williamsburg), 1 passenger can go direct 1 way to the following as of 4/7/23, not factoring in any discounts from above:

Direct Option from Newport News (North East)

Coach 1 Way Base Price

Business 1 Way Base Price

Lowest Time Required

Williamsburg (though you're likely better off driving unless you don't have a car)

8

24

19 mins

Richmond Main Street Station

9

25

1h 12m

Richmond Staples Mill Rd

9

25

1h 45m

Ashland, VA

11

32

2h 2m

Fredericksburg, VA

15

44

2h 44m

Quantico, VA

16

46

3h 10m

Woodbridge, VA

16

46

3h 24m

Alexandria, VA

17

48

3h 39m

Washington DC - Union Station

17

49

4h 6m

New Carrollton, MD

19

54

4h 42m

BWI Airport (Baltimore)

20

58

4h 57m

Baltimore Penn Station (within city)

22

62

5h 12m

Aberdeen, MD

43

83

5h 41m

Newark, DE

49

95

6h

Wilmington, DE

24

70

5h 59m

Philadelphia, PA

24

70

6h 22m

Trenton, NJ

28

80

6h 54m

Iselin, NJ

31

89

7h 18m

Newark Airport, NJ (EWR)

40

100

7h 29m

Newark Penn Station, NJ

32

92

7h 34m

New York, NY

32

92

7h 56m

New Rochelle, NY

32

92

8h 48m

Stamford, CT

32

92

9h 7m

Bridgeport, CT

32

92

9h 7m

Going further from Newport News examples below:

Direct Option from Newport News (North East) continued

Coach 1 Way Base Price

Business 1 Way Base Price

Business 1 Way Base Price

New Haven, CT

32

92

10h 3m

Old Saybrook, CT

36

103

10h 35m

New London, CT

36

103

10h 54m

Westerly, RI

36

103

11h 27m

Kingston, RI

36

103

11h 41m

Providence, RI PVD

36

103

11h 51m

Boston, MA BBY (too far for single segment 12 hr upgrade from Newport News, but not from Richmond)

37

105

12h 43m

Boston, MA BOS

37

105

12h 48m

Small Sampling of Examples from Richmond Staples Mill Road (RVR) Station 1 Way:

Destination

Coach

Business

1st (indirect)

Roomettes

Bedrooms

Minimum Time

Washington DC

12-79

34-101

191-211

236-404

2h 33m

Baltimore

17-86

48-141

215

260-428

3h 24m

Philadelphia

23-153

66-196

248

293-461

4h 37m

New York City

32-215

92-275

297

342-510

6h 7m

Boston

37-244

105-312

NA on direct

NA on direct

10h 23m

Boston Indirect

139

342 (business from RVR-WAS, 1st to Boston)

10h 11m

Boston Indirect 2

272

319 (business from RVR-WAS, 1st to Boston)

​RVR-NYP Roomette, then choice of business or 1st class. w/ business class $355, w/ 1st, $496

11h 59m

Boston Indirect 3

137

198

​RVR-NYP roomette, NYP-BBY Coach $319, Business $380

13h 31m

Charlotte, NC

43

80

7h 20m

Charleston, SC

68

128

282

634

6h 59m

Savannah, GA

78

147

300

683

8h 54m

Jacksonville, FL

90


352

1237

11h 35m

Orlando, FL

102


392

1403

15h 15m


Small Sampling of Examples from Washington DC Union Station:

Destination

Coach

Business

1st

Time

Boston, MA BBY Acela

74

255

6h 33m+

Boston, MA BBY

36

107

7h 43m+

New York, NY

20

92

3h 16m+

New York, NY Acela

71

243

2h 46m+

Philadelphia, PA

10

57

1h 50m+

Philadelphia, PA Acela

50

173

1h 30m+

In case you'd like an extended journey on a train, here's a 74 hour- 77 hour example to Los Angeles from Norfolk, with a 2h 37m transfer in Washington & a 6h 5m transfer in Chicago:

Image courtesy Amtrak.


For some of the longest journeys by train, here are a few Miami to Seattle examples:

Image courtesy Amtrak.

Image courtesy Amtrak.

For a long direct route, here is an example from Chicago to around San Francisco:

Image courtesy Amtrak.

Here's a National Geographic article that covered that route.

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