Amtrak offers Veteran, military member discounts

Save 10% off lowest fare options


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Beth Lamb

Beth Lamb has been a member of VA’s Veterans Experience Office since January 2017. She previously held Public Affairs positions for several Veterans Health Administration facilities and currently lives in Missouri with her family.

Comments

  1. Ray Bosanko    

    I would just as well use the AmTrak Senior discount over the VA discount “NOT AS MANY RESTRICTIONS.”
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  2. Marci Nemtzow    

    I love Amtrak, and I am grateful for my 10% military discount.

  3. Tony    

    Cry me a river, my brothers….you guys are just full of complaints, and yea, I’m a combat Vietnam Army Veteran…

  4. Walter Hynson    

    A total waste of time and money to even advertise a fake news discount.

    1. Peter Jr Galong    

      I agree. I was told I am already buying their lowest priced ticket so they can’t give anymore discount. This also does not apply to business class.

  5. O J Smith    

    Is Amtrak going to service Mobile, Al again?

  6. Clifton Head    

    Amtrak, nightmare in the making with no help. Wife and I took Amtrak from Chicago to Spokane to see our kids, had a sleeper room with a bathroom and shower. This was over $2800. The two chairs that set by the picture window were broken and you could see that they were broken just walking in the room. We told the person that was responsible for the rooms about the chairs she said nothing could be done. So just think Chicago to Spokane with no chairs available to set on. Had to use the bottom bunk. Call Amtrak and all they said was we will take $200 total off your tickets for your next travel. Not even we sorry.

  7. Hoover E Hodge Jr    

    Exactly the type discount I’ve come to expect from the VA.

  8. Wesley Oglesbee    

    My thanks to the many company’s that offer real discounts to vets. The auto sales dealerships stand out the most. I wish I could name all of the ones that I know give the discounts. Just ask when you are out looking at cars.

  9. Jessie Tharpe    

    VA probably need to check your quality of resource prior to posting a big headline of what you are providing and what quality and cost for their service. Looks about like80 pct of the responses are very negative.

  10. Phillip J Norton    

    After considering the many restrictions and reading many of the detailed and informative comments I find that this alleged 10% discount offer borders on being an Amtrack/VA SCAM! Would anyone in VA upper level administration ride Amtrack under these or any conditions? NO! That speaks to what it is worth.

    1. Bob Brinkerhoff    

      Thank you Ron, for informing me ahead of time. It’s nice to have a heads up on things. From a Viet Nam Marine vet.
      BOB B.
      ROCH, N. Y.

    2. Bob Brinkerhoff    

      Phil thank you also for the info. Was going to catch a train to Nashville Tenn, but now I think my wife and I will fly also and rent a car for two days. Pound for pound we will still be ahead.
      BOB B.

  11. jimmie roan    

    this is the first sentence, Veterans receive a 10% discount on the “lowest available rail fare “on most Amtrak trains. so one contradicts the other. how can you discount a fare that is the lowest available then restrict it.

  12. Ronald Beattie    

    I served in the 101st Armored Cavalry National Guard in Brooklyn, NY from 1952 to 1955 and the US Air Force Security Section from 1958 until 1961.
    I would like to take the train from Columbia, SC to Washington, DC. When I checked in 2004, The train runs very seldom through Columbia and one stopped at a deserted station here at midnight or one a.m.. Is that still the case. If there is a train, What are its hours and what is the cost for coach weekdays?
    Sincerely,
    Ronald Beattie

  13. John Denegard    

    Why would you ride Amtrak? Like, legit question? I just did some checks and it is 2.5x the cost for an upcoming trip, and 5x the duration. Flying round trip will cost me 350, for my up coming trip. Amtrak, wanted 800+ for the trip. The Flight I am taking is a one stop, 6 hour total flight time. The Amtrak time duration? 36 hours from start to finish with 4 stops and changes. I would love to ride the rail as I hate flying, but I can tell you this much, I ain’t ever gonna ride the Amtrak.

  14. Yes I Am A Veteran    

    You people are bickering over ten percent. Gimme gimme gimme. That’s all the modern culture thinks about. Get some real problems like the rest of us.

    1. Paul Crocker    

      THE VA AND AMTRAK SHOULD GET MARRIED..
      BOTH ARE USELESS AND IMPRACTICAL,I THINK .
      I’M STRESSED , JUST IMAGINING BEING IN THE
      COMPANY OF EITHER ONE…

  15. Edward Regonini    

    AMTRAK Military/Veteran Discount is as fake as can be. They are over priced as it is and and 10% is next to nothing and the way their tickets are set up it’s nearly impossible to be able to apply the Military/Veteran discount at all. I will drive before ever utilizing AMTRAK.

  16. Louis G Lamboley    

    Thanks for nothing AMTRAK. O goody, I get to sit next to the homeless guy that smells like urine for a 10% discount.

    1. Julie    

      It’s disgusting that you are a veteran. Why would you talk about someone who is homeless. You’re a creep

      1. Dennis montague    

        Go live in Russia, china, or a few other comminus if you to talk down a veteran for speaking the truth! this just shows you what the V A thinks of their freedom.
        10% isn’t much of a discount to ride faith class.
        Oh I am a vet and I have never been able to afford to go first class so I don’t know what I am missing anyway.

  17. Arnold Cabral    

    Veterans listen up email your Senators or Representative contract Veteran Affairs Committee passed a new Benefit Law for Disabled Veterans who is a 100 percent service connected needs a Dentist know how to G4 implants in for free because they don’t have no Dentist knows how that work for Veteran Medical Centers and haven’t not a contract with Veteran Administration.

  18. Herman Gardner    

    About 3 years ago I wrote to Amtrak and asked them why did veterans have to purchase a subscription to an outfit called Veterans Advantage in order to get a 10 percent discount for retired military. using its Auto train. I got a response that my letter was sent to Amtrak Headquarters and that was the last I heard from them.

  19. Peter Brockert    

    The veteran discount is not valid with Saver Fares.
    The veteran discount is not valid on weekday Acela trains.
    The veteran discount does not apply to non-Acela Business class, First class or sleeping accommodation. These upgrades are permitted upon payment of the full accommodation charges.
    The veteran discount is not valid for travel on certain Amtrak Thruway connecting services.
    The veteran discount is not valid on the Canadian portion of services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.
    The veteran discount may not be combinable with other discount offers; refer to the terms and conditions for each offer.
    Additional restrictions may apply. *

    * The veteran discount is not valid for veterans.

  20. Christopher Hendrik    

    According to the limitations, Veterans as in former military and retired military are offered ZERO discount.

    1. Robert Horton    

      You are absolutely Right! Not Good for Veterans!

  21. Beverly A Newell    

    I totally agree with pevious comments. This is my first exposure to this VA supported blog and was looking forward to learning of benefits to Veterans many living on fixed income.

    My experience with the Veterans benefits offered by Amtrak has left me with a few questions. First I would like to know who reads all the small print prior to posting all of the untruths in an article such as this and then posts? Or are they simply a conduit for big business to enhance their public image?

    This posting contains NO benefit to Veterans and very, very limited benefits with many disclaimers for active military. Easier to post the circumstances that do honor the 10% discount.

  22. Nancy lyons    

    Is your discount valid for spouses of disabled vets

  23. K R W    

    You’re spot on Robbie…. Another scam to take advantage of Veterans.

  24. John E. Owens    

    What type of ID, is needed, and are gust included ?

  25. ray M    

    And Amtrak has been subsidized by the federal government for years otherwise they would have been gone a long time ago and it’s also why there 10% has so many restrictions of use, just another way the government thinks it knows better than you how to spend your money ie. Taxes
    Maybe if Trump gets reelected he will pull the teet out of there mouth and say swim on your own or sink

    1. Raul Heredia    

      A draft dodging president don’t care about us veterans! Your are putting your money on a wrong horse.

      1. Mangor Jooz, valid citizen    

        AMEN, AMEN.
        If you check the news reports from the late 60s, early 70s Trump was lauding the Russians even in the midst of conflicts with that country. People were outraged. As to no collusion? He was already in bed with them ages ago

  26. Ron Cowher    

    With all of the “not valid” restrictions placed on AMTRAK’s 10% discount, just what IS discounted ?

    Maybe I’ll wander down to the train station and see if AMTRAK will let me LOOK at one of their trains for a 10% discount.
    I promise not to touch anything.

  27. Joel Hoffman    

    Richard, Amtrak IS offering a Veteran discount. It is a separate discount than the active duty discount description.

  28. heh    

    NE Corridor…not a lot of love for the military there so AMTRAK’s so-called “discounts” don’t surprise me.

  29. Larsen Scott    

    Robbie May – I agree with most of what you wrote. These “discounts” are a joke. Amtrak is just trying to make a “Gravy Train” for themselves. I don’t understand your inclusion of First Responders but I will say that if Amtrak REALLY wanted to show appreciation to Veterans they would NOT have ANY limitations. This goes right along with Sports Leagues having games where all participants wear Camo-type uniforms: they are just trying to make themselves look good which, in my opinion, is simply disgusting and insulting,

  30. Joel Hoffman    

    Read BOTH articles, R v g :

    “Amtrak Passenger Discount for Military Veterans

    Veterans receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.

    Use the Fare Finder at the beginning of your search on http://www.amtrak.com and select ‘Military Veteran’ for each passenger as appropriate to receive the discount.”

    Then read the restrictions…

  31. Harvey Dozier    

    You write active duty and veterans, but all the ad spokes to is active duty with proper military ID.

  32. Kevin Fields    

    A discount, that excludes essentially everything… Yay!!!
    Useless!

  33. Scott W. Nelson    

    10% off with all of the restrictions? WHOOPEE!!

  34. Jim Thames    

    I agree with the above comment. We need clarification. Veterans do not have active duty ID’s. Is it only for Active duty?

    1. Hank Brown    

      Brother, you can get a veteran ID card check on it. No Joke, a Lowe’s home improvement

  35. Daniel Bulygo    

    Amtrak should include ALL VETERANS!!! Plain and simple!!

  36. FCarter    

    This is not clear on who exactly with military credentials qualifies for a discount. Whoever wrote was not a veteran themselves.

  37. David Grunzweig    

    Seriously, Amtrak and everyone else who gives us a measly 10% off and ooooo first in line. F**k you. Soldiers put their F**king lives on the line for their idiot commander and chief and we get a lousy 10%. I hope you find your self in a situation where your life is on the line, and no one shows up to help. Soldiers should be getting rides/flights for free and health care should not even be the slightest concern for veterans. No, I am not at all mad how this country is run.

  38. Steve    

    I am a Veteran, I know how to hop a freight train. Long lost art, I can go most routes, whenever I want, with a real discount. Back pack carries same as Bar car and Cafe car has. No sleeping though, too dangerous.

  39. Weston Wishart    

    Why publish crap like this? When you get to the bottom line it is as useless as tits on a bull!

  40. Jack M Coelho    

    I am a Vietnam veteran, woops, no travel discount for the likes of me! What a sham!

  41. Harry A Jr Hudson    

    Please request anyone offering a discount, benefit etc to clarify exactly who is eligible.
    This is a constant problem with offers saying “veterans” but meaning active duty only! I am a combat infantry Vietnam Veteran and am never certain their definition on their offers for anything to military

  42. Ruben Gutierrez    

    I appreciate those businesses that do give discounts because they really don’t have to. I am not one of those individuals that feels entitled because I served. I served because it was my calling not for the discounts, accolades and any other tangible reward.

  43. Al Gallegos    

    well now that I know you do not give VETERANS the discount i will no longer be utilizing amtrax for any reason what so ever. I never used the VETERANS discount. I payed Full Fare Never Again i hope other Veterans do Like wise
    Al Gallegos

  44. Ray Bohn    

    Most releases from the VA are usually confusing. I worked with veterans and active duty college students. In the beginning of the new benefits, it was a circus. Even the VA experts did not understand the program. We fought a good fight for Minnesota Guard members. The VA said they were not eligible for certain benefits, but finally agreed with our team’s interpretation. Many hours and many discussions/arguments kept us from serving others.

  45. Steven Badolato    

    American Veterans should be recognized and AmTrak definitely needs to clarify their decisions and how they are to receive 10%discount in the purchase of their tickets. Many veterans carry ID’s provided by US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

  46. Linda D    

    This looks like Active Duty only? How does this help Veterans?? And I suppose dependent survivors are SOL.

    1. Linda D    

      And if this doesn’t include Retired, then this “offer” is VERY misleading.

  47. James D Payne    

    How can you not be eligible for a veteran discount as described in your offer and within the fine print that if you don’t fit a certain criteria such as active duty then your veteran status is not recognized…if you served your country in any capacity at some point you put yourself in harm’s way for your country. Does your “Veteran” status wane because you are no longer in uniform???

  48. Rick Slater    

    Stop advertising for veterans when it’s not. Veterans have dd214’s if they need to id themselves.
    Active duty and retired active duty have ID cards. Vets have dd214’s…

  49. Ogechi Fall    

    Welp. As a veteran wbo does NOT hold an active duty id, I guess my family and I do not qualify for the discount….

  50. Maggie Lynn    

    This article doesn’t mention any Veterans discounts. The article talks about discounts afforded to active duty military. Not Veterans.

  51. RxG    

    Bring back the DRAFT and millennial’s will have a better understanding about our Nations Veterans. Saying discount is a joke at times no matter where you go. Ace hardware doesn’t offer Veteran discounts especially the one here in Solon, I went to the Geauga County Fair in Ohio and asked for Veteran discount and was told only Active Duty. I told the person I was Retired Military and that didn’t count either. The program, “Madam Secretary” is a disgrace to our Nation educating our mediocre children taught by our mediocre educational systems to be one sided. There are just too many single parents not teaching both sides of life either. enough said.

  52. Charles Dunn    

    No veteran discount, active duty personnel only?!! Home Depot does the same thing!

    1. Thomas Wheeler    

      Charles, Home Depot gives a 10% discount to Vets on anything “not for construction”. All you have to do is ask and show your ID.

      1. Charles Dunn    

        Thanks Richard, good to know. However, as a home improvement contractor, that isn’t doing me much good. Plus, aren’t they a home improvement store!? Pitiful

      2. Charles Dunn    

        I’m sorry, that’s Thomas, not Richard

      3. C.Y.N    

        As I was paying for a refrigerator at Home Depot, the clerk noticed I was using a USAA credit card and asked, “are you a veteran?” When I said I was, he re-rang the sale with the 10% discount, which on an expensive item like that is a great deal.

      4. William Hallman    

        Home Depot will give the discount in some stores, and wont in other stores. Its a crap shoot. But…Lowes always gives the discount in every store. I bought a clearance item marked 80% off and they still gave me the 10% discount. Lowes also has parking spots reserved just for veterans and active.
        I quit HD years ago. Lowes gets all my business now.

        1. William Hallman    

          My buddy (26 years Army) just re-roofed his house. Got a 30% contractor discount due to quantity and still got the 10% veteran discount at Lowes. Nothing has ever been excluded, lumber, masonry, appliances, hardware, paint, chemicals, tools. We both built our own homes from scratch. Did all wiring, plumbing, carpentry, etc. Never turned down for the discount.

  53. Daniel Baker    

    The Amtrak description of their “veteran discount” reminds me a scene from The Jerk when Steve Martin works for a carnival and tells people what they will win if he doesn’t correctly guess their weight. The prize and the “veterans discount” are the same…. NOTHING!

  54. Grant Carner    

    Yes, I just checked, the discount for Veterans is the same for seniors. That’s Okay I guess, but the real issue is the junk Amtrak is, compared to, say, MOST OF ASIA AND ALL OF EUROPE. But, Amtrak prices are comparatively greater. Hmmm.

  55. jerry hinnant    

    from amarilo ,texas too demoines iowa and back

  56. Michael Smith    

    After reading through all the restrictions I am dumbfounded to actually find a discount for Veterans. It looks to me that you have to be active. I get more of a discount that this even touts as a senior citizen and that discount sucks.

  57. Grant Carner    

    Yes, I just checked, the discount for Veterans is the same for seniors. That’s Okay I guess, but the real issue is the junk Amtrak is, compared to, say, MOST OF ASIA AND ALL OF EUROPE. But, Amtrak prices are comparatively greater. Hmm.

  58. Richard Thibedeau    

    Is this discount available for service related disability veterans?

  59. Kathi v    

    How do i get a card for discounts for military children?

  60. Kathi    

    How do i get a card for discounts for military children?

  61. Arthur Goggins Sr.    

    Stop using the Veterans Discount if you cannot include all veterans. You are just using it as a sellling point. Same, shame!!

  62. Corgidog59    

    Well put Robbie May. This veteran /active duty benefit is a joke. So many restrictions. Ridiculous.

  63. Bill    

    There is no point in this article. As stated in the article and above there are so many restrictions that it doesn’t make any sense to use the ‘discount’. This is also appears to be only for active duty. Many Veterans would qualify for much lower rates using AARP or similar. Ms. Lamb needs to research her articles before publishing them.

  64. Lyman Jordan    

    From AMTRAK.COM:

    The veteran discount is not valid with Saver Fares.
    The veteran discount is not valid on weekday Acela trains.
    The veteran discount does not apply to non-Acela Business class, First class or sleeping accommodation. These upgrades are permitted upon payment of the full accommodation charges.
    The veteran discount is not valid for travel on certain Amtrak Thruway connecting services.
    The veteran discount is not valid on the Canadian portion of services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.
    The veteran discount may not be combinable with other discount offers; refer to the terms and conditions for each offer.
    Additional restrictions may apply.

    1. ALLAN CAMPBELL    

      Is this discount for all veterans or is it only for active duty military members and their families? the article above is not clear on the applicability. I am a retired E-8 with 23.5 years of service.

    2. T Lozauskas    

      Why not list what the veteran discount is valid with. The list would be shorter and easier to read.

  65. Jim W Kiesel    

    Walgreens is not giving veterans free flu shots if they require the high dose shots. These are not covered in the agreement with Walgreen’s.

  66. Robbie May    

    I am sick and tired of companies and agencies flouting their “military discount”. If one looks at the list of people eligible for exactly the same discount you will find a very long list. How is this supporting our military and first responders? I recently reviewed Amtrak’s discount for veterans and the attached restrictions make it impossible to take advantage of the discount. When is corporate America going to wake up and SUPPORT ITS VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS?

    1. Kelly Persich    

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

    2. Dan Thomas    

      Robbie; I agree with all you have stated. Companies who offer these alleged discounts are mocking us who have served with all their exemptions attached to the discount. If they don’t want to give legitimate discounts to the military and veterans, they should man up and say it. Additionally, the VA should verify these things before promoting the “generosity.” of these companies.

    3. Debra Williams    

      This is a JOKE!!! I signed up for Amtrak’s “military discount” program and found the restrictions very offensive. You are better off paying full price. Support for this country’s veterans, military, and first responders is horrendous.

    4. K.A.M    

      Robbie May, Any company, be it Amtrak, Walgreen’s, etc. are not required to offer any discount. It has gotten to the point that to many individuals think they are entitled to more than they should. It is a courtesy extended not a requirement. None of your enlistments were made with a line including “and I shall receive discounts from all companies, public and private upon my separation/retirement.”
      And just an FYI, my husband is a 20+ year disabled veteran.

    5. Joe Jackson    

      You can upgrade to full accomodation, Connecting Thruway services or Canadian services, after paying the discount on the basic fare. The Veteran’s Discount does not include families.

  67. Richard John Ringelstetter    

    Amtrak is offering a discount for active duty and their dependents, NOT veterans.

    1. Arthur Torazo Tom    

      If you go to the website you’ll see a military veteran and active duty (they’re separate options) drop down menu option

    2. TomR    

      Thanks for highlighting this marketing deception.

    3. Arthur Fisk    

      This, not to mention many Active Duty ID cards are carried by Reserve and I.R.R. members. Unless these cards now bare some kind of identifier, how is their status verified past the ID card? Veteran status is proved by DD214 and VA ID, these forms of military ID are not referenced at all.

    4. EMac    

      So true! I don’t see any real military discount. There are some many restrictions it seems to me Amtrak just wants to advertise a fake support. They need to learn from the European Rail system that really offers the best deals for a far better quality service and faster trains. Shame on our rail system. We have the technology to surpass any rail system in the World.

    5. Joel Hoffman    

      Richard and R v g , please see my comments concerning Amtrak Veterans Discounts

    6. K.A.M    

      Actually, if you go to Amtrak’s website and scroll down there is indeed a veteran’s 10% discount.

    7. Joe Jackson    

      Veterans can upgrade to full accomodation, Connecting Thruway services or Canadian services, after paying the discount on the basic fare. The Veteran’s Discount does not include families. There are two different discounts, one for active duty and one for Veterans.

  68. R v g    

    Amtrak veteran. Discounts
    Veterans and retired do NOT carry Activd Duty identification. They are VETERANS!
    Please Clarify your description of what is necessary for a discount. Very confusing

    1. Chris B    

      Disney World does the same thing. The only way you get military discount for Disney is if you can access the commissary. That’s how they describe it.

    2. Chris B    

      Disney World does the same thing. The only way you get military discount for Disney is if you can access the commissary. That’s how they describe it.

    3. CHAN    

      see if you can apply for a veterans card at VA. I have a veterans ID card since I do utilize VA

    4. Joe Jackson    

      You can upgrade to full accomodation, Connecting Thruway services or Canadian services, after paying the discount on the basic fare. The Veteran’s Discount does not include families.
      not sure how they know you are a veteran until you actually check veteran’s status on the Amtrak web site.

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