Amtrak ticket price increase?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by wadejc85, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    I was about to buy Amtrak tickets to go to NYC next Saturday (Nov. 29), but I noticed that the prices have almost doubled. The prices went from approximately $50 one-way to around $90 one-way. At $50 one-way, it is comparable with gas + tolls + parking, but $90 is just ridiculous.

    Is this because of Thanksgiving weekend? Does anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    Holiday time all tickets (air and land) typically go up.
     
  3. benbondu macrumors regular

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    That would be my guess. You could test that theory by trying to book a trip the next week to see if the price was lower.
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Wait few days. Amtrak is the opposite of the airlines. The longer you wait, the more prices go down. At least that's been my experience.
     
  5. wadejc85 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick replies! I tried the week after, and the prices were back to normal.

    I'll keep checking as the 29th gets closer. Hopefully the prices will decrease.

    Ugh... :(
     
  6. benbondu macrumors regular

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    Hmmm... sounds like a strange business practice. That would suggest airlines typically overbook a trip while Amtrak typically underbooks. I suppose that might be true, or maybe you've just been especially lucky.

    I don't know how often Amtrak sells out. I can't say I've ever been on a full train myself.
     
  7. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    I have nothing to back this up, but I'd guess that the NE corridor is the only place that Amtrak sells out. And that only during the peak travel times.

    I don't think they are price or time competitive in any other market.
     
  8. wadejc85 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've been on sold out trains... It's not fun. Way too cramped!
     

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