Did you know that you could accumulate points on AMTRAK like you do with airlines and hotels? Well, you can! I was happy to read when I received my Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card that AMTRAK is a 1:1 transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards. Currently, AMTRAK is running a Double Points promotion with travel now through October 31, 2013. That’s twice the point earnings! You must first become a member of Amtrak Guest Rewards and then you need to register here for this promotion!
When I was a kid, my mother and I always took the train to wherever we were going on vacation because she had a phobia about airplanes. I’ve taken the train to southern Florida numerous times as well as to the West Coast – all from Boston. Now as an adult, I’ve continued to ride the rails though not as often as I would like – probably a combination of time and the cost. I found it relaxing to board the train and then just…….relax. It was the time period between leaving work or your home and the start of your vacation. I was able to decompress, take a deep breath and arrive at my destination fully relaxed and ready to begin my vacation. I fondly remember the time we left Boston and went to Chicago on an overnight train. After arriving in the morning we spent the day in Chicago before we had to go back to the train station to get our train to the West Coast. The train, the Super Chief, had the Vista Dome
feature where we could go up the stairs and there would be a glass dome over us so we had an unimpeded view of the countryside. The interesting part of this trip, and I “think” they still do it or at least a version of it, is that we were in the last Pullman car and in the middle of the night in Arizona, our car was unhitched from the train. We waited for another engine to take our car up to the Grand Canyon where we awoke. We spent the day touring the area and it is a day that I have not forgotten in the decades since. Later that day we boarded our Pullman again and were taken to the same spot on the tracks where we were unhitched the night before. This time we would be awaiting another westbound train to “pick us up” and continue our journey. Click here for some information on trains in the Grand Canyon.
When was the last time that you rode the rails?
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