"This is a great opportunity for customers who might not have previously considered taking Acela because they assumed it was geared toward business travelers or perhaps thought it was out of their price range," said Roger Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer of Amtrak. "As customers feel more confident traveling again, we will continue to ensure a premium travel experience onboard our Acela trains to take our passengers where they want to go safely and comfortably."
Planning ahead pays off for customers who book travel at least 14 days in advance. They will be able to access the lowest available Acela fares. Sample city pairs in Business Class include:
|Travel Between||Fare||Travel Between||Fare|
|Washington D.C. - New York||$69||Boston – New York||$59|
|New York – Providence||$49||Philadelphia – New York||$49|
|Washington, D.C - Philadelphia||$49||Baltimore – New York||$69|
|Boston – Philadelphia||$69||Boston – Washington, D.C||$69|
The choice of First Class seating brings comfortable two by one seating, complimentary hot meals and unlimited beverages, all managed by a dedicated attendant.
Through the recently launched Bidup Program, those who are already ticketed on the Acela can bid on an upgrade to First Class. Those traveling in Coach can bid on a Business Class seat and those in Business Class can try for First Class, all by entering their ticket number on the online form and then placing a bid for that seat. Bids can be modified or cancelled until two hours before departure. Winning bids are notified one to two hours before departure, all through email communications. The winning upgrade bid will apply to all passengers within the booking. Amtrak Guest Rewards members will earn two points per dollar spent on their trip, plus Business Class and First Class point bonuses.
Amtrak's latest fleet of Acela trains feature nearly 25% more seats, personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights at every seat, complimentary Wi-Fi, and even spacious restrooms with a 60-inch diameter turning radius. The Acela is the fastest train in the Western Hemisphere, with a maximum speed of 150 mph (241 kph) on many sections of its route. On average, Amtrak train travel produces 67 percent fewer emissions per passenger than flying, and 79 percent fewer emissions than driving alone.
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