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Bring your favorite travel partner along for free with this two-for-one Amtrak deal.

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Bring your favorite travel partner along for free with this two-for-one Amtrak deal.

Amtrak’s Buy One Get One Free Sale offers travel dates through August 27, 2021.

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If you want to surprise the train lover in your life with plans for a post-vaccine locomotive trip this summer, here’s a Valentine’s Day gift for you. Amtrak is having a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale on its reserved coach seats from now until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 16, for nationwide travel from February 22 to August 27, 2021.

This means that two people traveling together in coach on Amtrak can get two one-way tickets for as low as:

  • Chicago to Milwaukee: $25
  • Boston to New York: $58
  • New York to Washington, D.C.: $74 ($128 for Acela)
  • Los Angeles to Seattle: $126
  • Atlanta to Washington, D.C.: $132
  • Philadelphia to Savannah: $140

This sale applies to coach seats on some of the most scenic train routes in the United States, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and California Zephyr. The offer is valid for any of Amtrak’s reserved service (except Amtrak Cascades, Pennsylvanian, and Keystone Service). Adults must travel together and be booked on the same reservation to qualify for this deal.

Things to keep in mind before you book

Since COVID-19 travel restrictions are constantly changing, Amtrak recommends reviewing state-specific travel advisories before you reserve dates for your trip. While a 25 percent cancellation fee may apply, Amtrak is waiving all change fees for reservations made by March 31, 2021, in case you need to reschedule your trip.

Per federal law, all employees and customers two years and older are required to wear a face mask onboard Amtrak trains and can only remove them while actively eating, drinking, or taking medication. According to Amtrak policy, “Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, face shields, and masks containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind do not qualify as acceptable face coverings.”

In addition to enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols at stations and onboard, Amtrak confirmed that all trains are equipped with onboard filtration systems that cycle fresh air through cars every four to five minutes.

How to book

To book tickets, visit amtrak.com and the discount will be automatically applied to the standard fare (or use the discount code “C214” at checkout).

This article originally appeared online on February 14, 2019; it was updated on February 11, 2021, to include current information.

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