Traveling by Train: An Insider’s Look at Amtrak Presentation

I had the privilege of speaking at the First2Board Phoenix Sessions this weekend talking about traveling by train, a very under-valued and unused travel mechanism. While many folks are aspiring to travel in Emirates in First Class with a shower, there’s a lot of folks that are either are afraid to fly, don’t have the necessary points to do so, or want to relax along the way, something that train travel can help accomplish.

If you haven’t traveled Amtrak before, I highly recommend doing so at least once, mainly for the experience. While local or regional routes are convenient, I’d book a cross-country or long-distance for kicks at some point, just so you can experience the fun of sleeping overnight in a private compartment on a train.

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In this presentation, I covered:

  • Types of train travel
  • Using Amtrak Guest Rewards
  • Amtrak’s elite status tiers
  • Sweet spots redeeming Amtrak points

For those that attended my presentation, thanks so much! I’ve written down several upcoming blog post ideas because of it, so look forward to some upcoming posts. For those that weren’t able to attend, I hope this presentation gives you a basic idea of train travel in the US.

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Some image sources: Google Images, Travel Codex, Amtrak

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