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Deal Alert! Amtrak Slashes Fares Deeply for Summer Travel

Though it looks like Amtrak will cut service drastically in October, for now the trains are running as usual—but mostly empty.

To better fill them, the railway is throwing a sale, and the price cuts are major. They include:

• 25% off Acela rates (which reduces the price for Boston or New York City to Washington, D.C., to $99, among other discounts)
• 30% off long-haul routes for travel before September 7 (which reduces the price for the AutoTrain from Lorton, Virginia, to Central Florida to $101 round trip, and the California Zephyr from Chicago to near San Francisco to $124 one way, to give just two examples)

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• Fares starting at just $9 between Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami
• Buy-one, get-one-free fares for Saturday trips on any Northeast Regional or Acela trains until the end of August
• No change or cancellation fees until the end of August

There are also deals for students, seniors, persons with disabilities, and "roomette" fares.

To see all the offers go to www.amtrak.com/promotions/deals.html.

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