Amtrak Celebrates Independence Day with Additional Discount for Members of the Military

Jun 30, 2010, 12:22 ET from Amtrak

Additional 10 percent off travel from coast-to-coast

WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amtrak is honoring the dedication of the nation's military this Independence Day with an additional discount for those who serve. Members of the military will receive an additional 10 percent discount on tickets purchased the week of the July 4th holiday -- July 1 through July 9 -- for travel August 21 through November 12. The 10 percent discount is in addition to Amtrak's everyday 10 percent discount for members of the military, their spouses and dependents.

"As a former member of the military, I know first-hand, the sacrifice made by members of the military and their families," said Joe Boardman, Amtrak's President and CEO. "As we celebrate Independence Day, Amtrak applauds the efforts of the men and women who wear our nation's uniform and welcomes them and their families on board." This additional discount is available to active duty members of the military, their spouses and dependents. Reservists currently serving on active duty as well as those serving as temporary active duty are also eligible. A current active duty United States Armed Forces Identification Card is required to receive the discount.

With service to more than 500 stations in 46 states, Amtrak offers service to a number of cities that are home to military bases including Albuquerque, N.M.; El Paso, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; San Diego, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, DC. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL using discount code V818. The military discount may be combined with Amtrak's every day Kid's Half Price fare. With this fare up to two children ages 2 to 15 travel at half price when accompanied by an adult, making Amtrak a great way for families to travel.

The military discount is not available on weekday Acela Express service or joint Amtrak/Via Rail service. Upgrades to Business Class, First Class, or sleeping accommodations are available upon payment of applicable charges. Other restrictions apply. Please see for details. There are no additional taxes or fees to Amtrak prices.

About Amtrak

As the nation's intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company's history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day—at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies.

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