Amtrak fare changes ?

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Amtrak fare changes ?
Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 10:50 PM

Unconfirmed reports that Amtrak is eliminating or reducing some discount fares . Included are military, senior, AAA, allowed children.  Anyone with more info ? 

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Posted by Enzoamps on Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:12 AM

I would hate to lose my senior discounts, or AAA for that matter, but I would REALLY hate to lose the senior boarding, especially at cattle call places like Washington Union Station.

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Posted by bratkinson on Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:27 PM

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Posted by oltmannd on Friday, December 08, 2017 6:03 AM

With ex-Delta CEO at the throttle, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Amtrak fare structure starts mimicing the airline yield managment system.

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Posted by JPS1 on Friday, December 08, 2017 8:30 AM

oltmannd

With ex-Delta CEO at the throttle, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Amtrak fare structure starts mimicing the airline yield managment system.

I thought Amtrak has been using a modified yield management fare system for some time. 

According to Amtrak's webpage, the senior discount, at least, is still 15 percent off of the regular coach fare for most trains.  It does not apply to the Acela Express,  Auto Train, or upgrades.

Amtrak has 11 different discounts.  It would be interestng to know how much these discounts cost the railroad in revenues.  And whether all of them are justified.  

Amtrak's webpage does not mention any change in the discounts. 

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Friday, December 08, 2017 1:18 PM

Passenger counts going up so raise the fares. Classic Buisness sence.

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Posted by oltmannd on Friday, December 08, 2017 9:04 PM

JPS1
I thought Amtrak has been using a modified yield management fare system for some time. 

Yes, but relatively tame compared to airlines.  

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, December 09, 2017 12:25 PM

FYI-,

Yield Management is not in place on all Amtrak Trains, some use Fixed Price exclusively.    Not sure why but one example are the Chicago to Milwaukee Hiawatha trains.   I suspect they would make more money with yield management but for some reason either one or both DOT's (IL and WI) wants the train service to be Fixed Price.    There are some other state sponsored trains that also do not use the Yield Management system though I suspect all the Long Distance trains use it.

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