Amtrak Is Offering Buy-One-Get-One-Free Tickets for Summer Travel

Travel with a lot of distance between you and other travelers.

Editor's Note: We know COVID-19 is continuing to impact your travel plans. As of April 2021, official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention states that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk, though safety precautions are still required. Should you need to travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the CDC's latest guidance as well as local requirements/protocols/restrictions for both your destination and home city upon your return. Be safe out there.

Amtrak is trying to make a case for being the vehicle of choice as people start considering travel again. It's offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal (BOGO) on traveling in a private roomette this summer. 

The offer is available from April 6-16 for travel from June 1 to September 30 of this year. The deal is pretty straightforward: When you purchase a private roomette, you get to bring a travel companion along for free. It's an alluring way to travel while maintaining your distance from other travelers. To get the discount, drop in the code "C645" during checkout.

There are limited lines on which the deal can be applied, but they are spread across the country. You'll find the BOGO tickets available across 15 routes. That includes the Auto Train, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Northeast Regional, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle. 

A roomette gets you a pair of beds in a private space with a window, fresh towels and linens, and access to a bathroom and shower. You'll also get lounge access at stations, priority boarding, and complimentary meals. 

Here are some of the lowest prices you'll find for two people traveling to major destinations along these lines (this is just a sample of the prices you'll find):

  • Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis: $193
  • Chicago - New Orleans: $319
  • Chicago - Seattle: $527
  • Denver - Salt Lake City: $252
  • Los Angeles - Albuquerque: $297
  • Los Angeles - Portland, Oregon: $409
  • Lorton, Virginia - Sanford, Florida: $296
  • New York City - Chicago: $394
  • Philadelphia - Miami: $489
  • St. Louis - Austin: $314
  • Washington, DC - Atlanta: $352
  • Washington, DC - Boston: $288

While buying tickets through Amtrak, you'll be able to see the percentage of seats that are sold on the train. "This will give customers the opportunity to book a train that is less crowded," the announcement says. "If capacity exceeds comfort levels, customers can change their ticket without incurring a fee." Travelers are also required to wear a mask on the train. 

Of course, at the moment, the CDC is not recommending travel. Though, it did say last week that fully vaccinated individuals are able to travel safely inside the United States. 

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