- Travel experts say Amtrak riders could be making some simple mistakes.
- There are credit cards that should be used for bookings, and riders should consider scenic routes.
- Some passengers aren’t bringing snacks and drinks.
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“If you buy a ticket with a credit card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (my favorite), you automatically qualify for travel insurance,” he said. “So if your train gets postponed or canceled for certain reasons, you can qualify.”
“My advice would be to avoid the mistake of thinking you are going to sleep well while sitting in a regular seat on an overnight train,” Schatz said.
“I talked to one person who took an Amtrak Vacation and part of their package had them dropped off at the train station at 4:30 in the afternoon,” Schatz said. “Unfortunately, that train station didn’t open until 10 that evening and this gentleman had no transportation option to get him anywhere else.”
“Depending on your ticket, you might not always have a lot of space in your area, so sometimes it’s worth checking the bags in and then just picking them up after,” Soto said.
“The food on the train certainly isn’t cheap, so it might be worth bringing small snacks to eat to keep hunger at bay,” he said.
“People should take into consideration that you might not always get to your destination on time,” Soto said. “If you’re running on a very tight schedule, it might be best to plan your own method of transportation where you’re in control of how early you can leave to avoid any possible circumstances.”
“Amtrak is pet-friendly, but only on certain routes, and there are plenty of rules to follow,” Pilar Godoy said.
For instance, pets must be under 20 pounds (9kg) and are only allowed on trips under seven hours.