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Back in January I wrote about Amtrak’s “Go Free” promotion where you can earn free Amtrak rides. Originally, this promotion was to end on March 1, however, it has been extended to March 14, 2014.
The promotion varies depending on your ticket:
- Northeast Regional: 2 roundtrips = 1 free roundtrip (free trip valid July 1 – August 31, 2014)
- Acela: 3 roundtrips = 1 free roundtrip (free trip valid July 1 – August 31, 2014)
- Amtrak Cascades: 2 roundtrips = 1 free roundtrip (free trip valid March 2 – April 3, 2014)
- Hiawatha: 2 roundtrips = 1 free roundtrip (free trip valid March 2 – May 31, 2014)
The terms are pretty straight forward, and actually instead of two roundtrips it can be four one-way trips, which is great. Each one-way must be at least $49, which they typically are so there should be no issues there. You are limited to two qualifying one-way segments per day.
The free trip voucher can actually be redeemed for two one-ways and you are able to earn a maximum of two roundtrips (four one-ways). Unfortunately the free rides come with blackout dates: Northeast Regional and Acela – 7/3, 7/6, and 8/29; Amtrak Cascades – 4/17, 4/18, 4/21; Hiawatha – 4/17, 4/18, 4/21, 5/23
While I wouldn’t go out of my way to earn these free train rides, if you already have upcoming travel, this is a great promotion!
You MUST register for this promotion prior to taking your trip!