Amtrak Enhances Share Fares Deal Offering Discount for Up to Six Travelers

Travel And Tour World | August 14, 2019

Amtrak Enhances Share Fares Deal Offering Discount for Up to Six Travelers
Amtrak announced its new and improved Share Fares deal, offering up to 45% off Amtrak travel. Inspiring customers to travel together with friends and loved ones, Amtrak now offers discounts for up to six passengers as part of its Share Fares deal. The deal was previously available for four passengers and provided up to a 35% discount.The Share Fares discount is valid for purchase on August 12 for travel after August 14 and requires a reservation two days in advance. The more the merrier on Amtrak with customers saving up to 45% on tickets when traveling with up to six companions.

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