BEVERLY, Mass., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterans Advantage with its VetRewards Card, that offers secure partner redemption of military discounts, announced an expansion of its exclusive military partnership with Amtrak to include Veterans Advantage discounts on rail fares with Amtrak Vacations and its packages on year-round travel without blackouts.
"We are pleased that our longstanding partnership with Amtrak continues to grow and bring great travel savings to thank those who served our country and their families," said H. Scott Higgins, founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, and a Vietnam Veteran. "Just like our 15% everyday savings on Amtrak, our members can now see the country they served with the same discounted rail fare on scenic Amtrak Vacations travel packages, and be rewarded with significant savings."
The Veterans Advantage discount on the rail fare portion of the vacation packages offered by Amtrak Vacations covers over 300 rail vacations to its thrilling destinations – cities, landscapes and National parks – with options to depart from more than 500 Amtrak rail stations across the country. Amtrak recognizes the VetRewards Card, a special privacy protected ID only for active duty, retirees, veterans, guard, reserve and their families at its stations nationwide, online and by toll free phone for same day travel with no advance purchase requirement.
"We are excited and honored to support Veterans Advantage and its VetRewards Card members as a way of doing our part to show our deep appreciation for service to our country," said Frank Marini, Yankee Leisure Group Inc. President, the operator of Amtrak Vacations. "We now offer significant rail savings on our scenic journeys that never fail to deliver memories that last a lifetime."
Just last year, Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, which provides the nation's intercity rail passenger service, expanded its more than 15-year relationship with Veterans Advantage to include the servicemember's immediate family members, who may book Veterans Advantage discounts independently. Additionally, Amtrak accepts same day bookings for its Veterans Advantage discounts, and waives its the 3-day advance purchase requirement for VetRewards Card members. These new benefits will also apply to Veterans Advantage's Amtrak Vacations bookings with discounted rail fare.
Veterans Advantage, for its part, include at no additional cost, $50,000 of global emergency travel Insurance from Travel Guard with MedEvac services for its members who travel more than 100 miles from home. This benefit covers members travel booked with Veterans Advantage discounts on Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations.
Veterans Advantage Secure ID Technology and VetRewards Card Veterans Advantage members who travel to Amtrak Vacations destinations will benefit from the company's secure military verify technology when using their VetRewards Card ID to qualify as eligible for military discounts. Veterans Advantage protects veterans' privacy and supports enhanced military security with the issuance and administration of its VetRewards Card, the nation's first secure military ID. Veterans Advantage uses FTC recommended 'de-identification' methodology in its verify technology platform to safeguard veterans' personal information when redeeming military discounts.
The nation's travel industry leaders and leading retailers offer military savings with the VetRewards Card. In addition to Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations, other exclusive Veterans Advantage partners include United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Greyhound, Avis/Budget, Wyndham Hotels, Choice Hotels, Red Roof Inn, Ford & Lincoln Motor Cars, CVS/pharmacy, Foot Locker, Dell, Apple, and Verizon Wireless & Verizon Fios, among its more than 150 benefit partners.
ABOUT AMTRAK VACATIONS Amtrak Vacations is the leading supplier of vacation packages featuring Amtrak rail services in combination with inclusive travel packages for one-of-a-kind vacations throughout North America. Amtrak Vacations offers over 300 rail vacations to amazing cities, scenic landscapes and spectacular National Parks with options to depart from more than 500 Amtrak rail stations across the country. Amtrak Vacations is operated by Yankee Leisure Group, Inc. Learn more at www.amtrakvacations.com
ABOUT VETERANS ADVANTAGE Veterans Advantage, PBC is a registered public benefit company that advocates for greater respect, recognition and rewards for veterans, active and retired military, guardsmen, reservists and their families to thank them for their service to the country. Veteran founded and led, Veterans Advantage partners with national retailers, travel industry leaders, and insurance providers to create new benefits with its coalition of partner companies to those verified through enrollment in Veterans Advantage. Veterans Advantage's patent-pending military verify technology solutions allows its partners to confirm their customers' eligibility for their military program offers in real time, online, by toll-free phone and at point-of-sale locations nationwide.