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 January 16, 2013  Posted by  Expired
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Hankering for a winter getaway? AMTRAK has a deal for you. Actually, the deal is good on early spring travel, too.

You’ll save 20% on long-distance travel between January 24 and April 18 when you buy your tickets by Feb. 4.  Amtrak says it’s offering the deal on all of its long-distance train routes so most of the country is covered. The rates are good to ski sections of the country, warm destinations on the east and west coasts and many places in between.

The routes in the sale: Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Palmetto, Crescent, Cardinal, Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief, California Zephyr, Empire Builder, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Carolinian and Auto Train.

Here’s the fine print: You must make your reservation at least three days before you travel. The tickets are non-refundable. Black-out dates are – February 15 and 18, March 28-29, and April 1.

The discounted fare is based on the regular (full) adult rail fare. Once purchased, the sale tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges on the sale tickets are permitted only within the ticket validity period.

The discounted fare is valid only on coach seats and cannot be used on accommodation upgrades.  Up to two children ages 2 to 15 may accompany each adult at half the regular (full) adult rail fare.

Here are some one-way fares in the sale:

  • Chicago to Washington, $74
  • New York to Chicago, $79
  • Los Angeles to Chicago, $125
  • Atlanta to New York, $110
  • New York to Orlando, $105
  • Chicago to New Orleans, $94
  • Chicago to Denver, $88
  • St. Paul-Minneapolis to Chicago, $48
  • Cleveland-Boston, $64
  • Salt Lake City-San Francisco, $74
  • Denver-Salt Lake City, $60

For more information about the Winter Sale, check out the Amtrak website or call 800-USA-RAIL.

Kathie Sutin

Kathie Sutin has covered everything from construction to transportation. Features, however, are her specialty especially those about travel, food, health, parenting and people. Her work has appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Midwest Traveler, Southern Traveler, St. Louis Parent, Hooked on the Outdoors, Missouri Life, St. Louis Magazine, Air Tran’s flight magazine and Sauce Magazine and websites including and At her last fulltime gig, public relations writer for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, she developed a vast knowledge of all things St. Louis as she spread the gospel about free and things to do in the Gateway City. That came in handy when she launched St. Louis On The Cheap as did her lifelong strategy of paying less whenever she can.

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