Black Friday in the travel world means deals on luggage, portable chargers and cameras, travel-sized beauty products, flights, cruises, and even hotel stays. This year, Amtrak is getting in on the sales too, with up to 50 percent off on select routes, from Friday, November 27, to Cyber Monday, November 30. Since most of us will be staying put through the end of this year, rest easy—this offer is good for train travel between December 8, 2020, and April 30, 2021.
Some of the best Amtrak deals are actually on company’s high-speed Acela train, which connects Boston to Washington, D.C. with stops in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, one-way Acela tickets between New York City and Boston will be as low as $49 (or $29, if you take the slower regional train) and one-ways between New York and Philadelphia are just $50 ($28 for the regional route). The most basic Acela ticket—which is actually business class—includes reserved seating, access to Amtrak’s free onboard Wi-Fi, and electrical outlets and large tray tables at every seat.
Because this sale doesn’t include roomettes—our favorite way to travel long distances on Amtrak, especially since you can take off your mask when inside your private room—we’d recommend using this sale to book shorter trips. Check out The Downeaster, which leaves from Boston’s North Station and stops in a handful of charming towns throughout the 3.5-hour journey to Brunswick, Maine. The trip from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, on The Cascades, will take just over three hours, making for a great day trip or long-weekend, too. If you’re up for sitting in coach for a long-haul journey, settle in for the 18-hour trip between Chicago and Denver, which will cost you just $63 in the sale. (Plan to bed down after the ride at the Crawford Hotel inside Denver’s Union Station.)
You will have to wear your face covering on Amtrak’s trains and in the station—a welcome policy—and Amtrak has instituted additional cleaning policies on trains. The company is also limiting bookings to manage crowds, and you can see how full your train is as you move through the booking process. You can find all of Amtrak’s COVID-19 health and safety policies here.
Of course, there’s a little fine print to read, including blackout dates, mostly around holidays, which span December 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28; January 3, 4, 19, 20, and 21; and April 2 and 5. If your desired travel fits within the available dates, head to Amtrak’s site to book. Fares will already be adjusted to the sale, with no extra code necessary to take advantage of these Amtrak deals.
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